Time for yet another fun blog tag! I discovered this one on Kristin Kraves Books, where she has an entire page just dedicated to different unique book tags. I’m definitely going to be working through them over the next few months, and I hope you join me in checking out her site!
I’ve always said I’m more of a dog person than a cat person (though I can’t resist little fluffball kittens . . .), but since meeting my husband and spending time with his family’s cats, my adoration of them is growing.
Cats can be fluffballs of randomness, flipping in an instant between sass, affection, mischief, and cuddles, and I think that’s a huge part of their appeal. In honor of the many, many things cats do, let’s compare their traits to books, shall we?
– Credit Kate @ meltingpotsandothercalamities
– Answer the questions
– And tag as many people as you like!
PURR – AS CATS DO THIS WHEN THEY’RE HAPPY OR RELAXED, WHAT IS THE BOOK THAT MAKES YOU HAPPIEST OR RELAXED?
I’m going to say The Chronicles of Narnia books. I enjoy the writing style, characters, world, and of course, the themes. In general, reading them is a nice relaxing escape when I just want a “comfy read”. The one exception would be The Last Battle. That one is a hard mix of sadness and hope.
SLEEP – WHAT IS A BOOK THAT PUT YOU TO SLEEP OR WAS JUST BORING?
The Selection: The Elite by Kiera Cass. I’m sorry, I know this series has a fanbase but it just isn’t for me. To be honest, I mostly enjoyed the first book, finding it a fun premise and merge of genres. But the second one deviated so much from the plot of the first book that I couldn’t stay interested and ended up just skimming the last third to get it over with. I wouldn’t be opposed to trying the series again sometime, but for now, it’s not my favorite.
TWITCH WHILE DREAMING – HAVE YOU EVER DREAMT OF A BOOK YOU READ?
Yes, actually! I’m pretty sure it’s happened a few times, but the one that comes to mind right away is one of the Harry Potter books. I just remember being in that universe in my dream, and interacting with some of the characters. Probably because I usually read those books in bed right before falling asleep. As far as I know, no nightmares, just good dreams!
SEEMS TO PLAY NICE…UNTIL THE CLAWS ARE OUT – WHICH BOOK HAD THE BIGGEST PLOT TWIST?
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes. I don’t know if I’d say this had the one biggest plot twist I’ve ever read (though I can’t think of which book would at the moment), but it had so many amazing curveballs that I didn’t see coming at all. And though the book started off a little slower, I couldn’t put it down by the time it got to the middle and especially the last third!
CUDDLES – WHICH BOOK CHARACTER WOULD YOU GIVE A HUG TO?
Schmuel from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.
To clarify, I’m referring to the book character, as I’ve never seen the movie. Schmuel just makes me so sad, with everything that he had to go through and the way not even his friend Bruno understand the horrors he was living through. I just want to hug him tight.
CATNIP – WHAT’S A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAVE WARM AND FUZZY FEELS?
This is such a sweet story! It had more depth and powerful themes than I was expecting for a middle grade novel, but the beautiful simplicity of its prose made it a delightful read. I finished the book with a happy heart.
CAT BREEDS – WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?
I could never pick one all-time favorite, but on the list are:
– The Bible (of course)
– Wishtress by Nadine Brandes (all her books really . . . )
– Hind’s Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
– The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
– Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
– Blank Mastermind by Rosey Mucklestone
There are so many more I could list though!
THE VET’S OFFICE – YOUR LEAST FAVORITE BOOK:
I hate to criticize novels, but between the expletives, sexual content, unlikeable characters, and unbelievable plot, this one just wasn’t for me. To be fair though, it’s my own fault for buying it at the thrift shop with no knowledge of what it was about. The cover got me!
BEING IN PLACES THEY SHOULDN’T – LEAST FAVORITE CLICHE:
The first one that comes to mind is where the protagonist ends up falling for the good-looking and confident, but arrogant and abusive love interest that gives no good reasons why they should actually be together. But alas . . . they are.
No matter how good the story itself is, stories that end with such a dysfunctional relationship being presented as a happy ending drive me nuts.
FINAL QUESTION: THE GOOD OLD CARDBOARD BOX – MOST UNDERRATED BOOK SERIES:
The Jedi Apprentice series by Dave Wolverton and Jude Watson.
It’s been years since I read this series, but it almost single-handedly got me into writing Star Wars fiction and expanded my love for the universe. I’d be interested to see if it held up if I read it now, but it was amazing to me at the time, and I rarely hear it talked about.
This has been such a fun one!
As has been my usual lately, I’m not going to tag anyone . . . because I want to tag everyone! If you like blog tags, books, and cats, please feel free to join in on your own blog, or by leaving your answers in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!