I’ve seen this tag floating around the ol’ blogosphere a bit, most recently on Rachel’s blog, and since I love both cats and books, I couldn’t resist. The tag was started by Melting Pots and Other Calamities. Let’s get started!
Purr: As cats do this when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happiest or relaxed?
Let’s get the obligatory Harry Potter reference out of the way early, shall we? Seriously though, HP is the epitome of nostalgia and comfort for me now.
Twitch while dreaming: Have you ever dreamt of a book you read?
I remember having a really weird dream after I read The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, where I was sort of present during the book’s climax, which I won’t spoil for obvious reasons. His books do mess with your head a bit though, so perhaps this isn’t such a surprise.
Seems to play nice…until the claws are out!: Which book had the biggest plot twist(s)?
It doesn’t necessarily have the ‘biggest’ twists in a ‘the-killer-is-revealed’ kind of way you’d get with the likes of a thriller, but All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan constantly caught me off guard. Ryan was able to completely change my whole perspective on a character or plot point time and time again with a single gut-punch line that would come out of nowhere and instantly make me re-evaluate everything I thought I knew about the story.
Cuddles: Which book character would you give a hug to?
Pierrot from The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill. I just read this book recently and fell in love with both him and Rose, the two main characters. They suffer through so much, but Pierrot is such a troubled soul who really never recovers from his childhood traumas and ends up so adrift in the world. I feel sad just thinking about him.
Catnip: What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?
I’ve already used my Harry Potter card in this tag… Is this where I admit that I hardly ever read happy, positive or uplifting books and prefer things as dark, miserable and atmospheric as possible? Oh, actually, Iris Grace was pretty adorable at times. It’s a non-fiction book about a little girl with severe autism who really struggled to communicate, but then through a love of art and an incredible connection with her pet cat, she really flourished. It seems very appropriate for this tag.
Cat breeds: Your favorite book(s)?
Getting the cat: How did you find your favorite book(s)?
Rebecca: It’s a classic, so I had always been vaguely aware of it and then felt like I was hearing it mentioned more and more, so wanted to give it a go for myself.
Harry Potter: In childhood. I was the perfect generation to grow up with the characters.
Church of Marvels: I think I might have first heard about it on Mercy’s Bookish Musings’ YouTube channel.
Bird Box: Similarly, I think I first heard about this on Jen Campbell’s channel.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Classic from childhood
Monsters of Men: The last in the Chaos Walking trilogy. I honestly don’t remember how I first came about this series. I adored it at the time but really want to/am scared to revisit it now. They’re making a movie though, so perhaps soon…
The Gracekeepers: I had heard it mentioned a couple of times, and then it was a bookseller’s pick in my local bookshop, so that convinced me to finally pick it up.
Peter and Alice: Jen Campbell again. She’s a gem for recommendations.
Being in places they shouldn’t: Least favorite cliché?
Oh, I could list a few here. Villains having a scar or obvious physical deformity to ‘show us’ they’re evil. Girls who ‘aren’t like the other girls’, as though they should all be the same and as though being outwardly feminine is a bad thing anyway… Villains in thrillers killing an animal to prove how twisted they are, as though killing/stalking/attacking people isn’t enough. I’ll stop before I get on a roll.
The good old cardboard box: Most underrated book series?
I don’t read a huge amount of series to be honest, and most of the ones I have read are pretty well known. I’ll go for the Harold Fry duology by Rachel Joyce as I don’t hear them talked about so much. The first book opens with an elderly man receiving a letter from an old friend telling him that she is terminally ill. He writes a response but when he goes to post it, he just keeps walking instead, determined to see her in person. The first book is told from Harold’s perspective, whilst the second is from his friend, Queenie’s. They’re about secrets, lies, love and friendship; they’ll break your heart and then slowly put them back together again.
Since Rachel shared some adorable pictures of her cats, I thought I’d do the same.
There we have it! Since I wasn’t tagged, I’ll leave this open for anyone who wants to take part.