I saw this tag over at Zeezee with Books and knew I absolutely had to do it, since I am the humble caretaker of one Russian Blue mix whomst may be addressed as “Her Evilness” by us common humans.
This tag was created by Kate @ Melting Pots and Other Calamities, and the only rules are to credit the creator, answer the questions, and tag whomever you like!
purr — what book makes you happy and relaxed?
Wow, first question and I’m already struggling. I don’t tend to read low-stakes, cozy books that induce a steady state of happiness and relaxation, so this one was difficult for me.
However, the closest I can come is Meredith Katz’s The Cybernetic Tea Shop, which is a futuristic sapphic romance with asexual representation in the form of an android who runs a café. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies, however; Sal, the android, experiences anti-robot racism and the threat of violence at one point. Overall, though, I would say this novella is very heartwarming, and predictable in a comforting way. You can read my review here for more details.
sleep — what book put you to sleep or was just boring?
It is a truth universally acknowledged that very few people pick up a book that they think will be boring. So far, I’ve been extremely lucky in that I can’t remember reading a book that was overwhelmingly boring — maybe slow-paced, sure, but boring? Nah.
twitch while dreaming — have you ever dreamt of a book you read?
Not that I can remember!
seems to play nice… until the claws come out — what book had the biggest plot twist(s)?
This one was easier than I expected! You can read my full review of Kel Kade’s Fate of the Fallen here, but suffice to say something happens within the first five chapters that will leave you shocked and wondering how anything good can possibly happen now that this event has occurred. I really enjoyed this high fantasy book, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that a sequel will be announced sometime soon.
cuddles — what book character would you give a hug to?
Definitely Amani from Mirage by Somaiya Daud. She’s ripped from her family, has her daan erased, and is forced to act as the body double for a cruel colonizer princess. I have yet to read the sequel, Court of Lions, but when Mirage ends Amani is in a terrible place with seemingly no way out, and I was absolutely enraged on her behalf and extremely worried for her safety and happiness. If anyone needs a hug, it’s definitely this girl.
catnip — what book gave you warm and fuzzy feelings?
Evie and the Pack-Horse Librarians by Laurel Beckley is a novella that feels like a warm hug. You can read my full review here, but for summary’s sake let’s say this: there is a warm hearth fire of optimism in this book that sometimes dims, but never goes out, and is always warm and inviting. It wasn’t a mind-blowing book, but if you’re looking for something queer-focused and comforting then I can’t recommend it enough.
cat breeds — what are your favorite books?
I dread this question. It’s better than “what is your favorite book?” (singular) but not much better. I hate playing favorites! However, I can definitely say that Nghi Vo’s The Singing Hills Cycle is a series of novellas (as of April 2021 there are two installments in the series) that I absolutely loved reading. I’m not much of a re-reader, but these are books that my thoughts consistently return to and that I actually… want to re-read. I also definitely want to read Nghi Vo’s latest (unrelated) work, The Chosen and the Beautiful once I can get my hands on a copy — I’m mentioning it here because I have so much confidence in Vo as a writer that I’m 100% sure it will become a favorite.
getting your cat — how did you find your favorite books?
As an adolescent, I found my favorite books by raiding my dad’s bookcases for reading material. I was really into military sci-fi for a while, because that’s what was available to me. Now I’m not as much of a fan of that sub-genre, though I do still enjoy David Drake’s RCN Saga and a few others.
Nowadays, I mostly find my favorite books through the book blogging world! I remember reading about The Empress of Salt and Fortune on somebody’s blog (goodness, I wish I remembered whose) last autumn and thinking it sounded cool, and now it’s one of my favorites.
vet’s office — your least favorite book?
Probably my least favorite book (at the moment) is Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon. You can read my review here, but to summarize… as a romance, it was really, really clichéd, the book had no sense of the passage of time, the POV jumped around from paragraph to paragraph, and all in all it was the most disappointing book I’ve read in a very long time.
being in places they shouldn’t — least favorite cliché?
Oh, definitely the “I’m not like other girls” cliché. It’s not just worn out and tired, it’s also lowkey misogynistic and it will invariably earn (at the very least) me treating the plot and characters with suspicion. This is the one that most immediately springs to mind, but there’s also the “rape as backstory for a female character” and just the needless brutalization of “soft” characters (especially soft female characters) to “toughen them up” and provide extra angst.
good old cardboard box — most underrated book series?
A book series I haven’t (yet) seen talked about in the blogging world is James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small series. I think it’s not talked about much because it’s so old (it’s semi-autobiographical and is about an English veterinarian working in the Yorkshire countryside just before and during World War II), but it definitely has a special place in my heart for all of the charming — and sometimes heartbreaking — stories about animals and the people who care for and sometimes even love them. I absolutely adored this book series as an adolescent.
However, in 2020 there was a TV adaptation of the series (under the same name), which I am really looking forward to watching once I have more free time, so hopefully these books will get more attention soon!
And that’s that! I hope you enjoyed this book tag!
I nominate anyone who loves their kitty or kitties 😉