Book Tag | What Cats Do

Well, I love books. And I love cats. Put the two together to form the MOST AWESOME TAG EVER! Saw this over at Callum‘s rather lovely blog, and decided to give it a go. The tag originally comes from Melting Pots and Other Calamities.

On with the tag!


Purr: As cats do this when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happiest or relaxed?

I think I’d have to go with Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Any time I’ve felt at a creative low and I get stuck in a creative block, I’ve turned to this book and it makes me feel so much better and more confident.

Twitch while dreaming: Have you ever dreamt of a book you read?

Ummmm, not that I remember. Although I have woken up thinking about books, the most recent one being The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I think I will always be thinking about that book…

Seems to play nice…until the claws are out!:  Which book had the biggest plot twist(s)?

I had to search through my booklist for this one, as I apparently don’t read a lot of books that have significant plot twists! But I think the main one, from such an intriguing and wonderfully stark book, is Parade by Shuichi Yoshida. The twist really does just hit you from nowhere and I still am stunned by it after reading it over two years ago.

Cuddles: Which book character would you give a hug to?

Ooooo, I have a couple for this one! Noah, from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater (because he is all kinds of adorable) and Mitch from Vicious by V.E. Schwab (I imagine he gives amazing hugs!).

Catnip: What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

Arcadia by Iain Pears. A book filled with devotion to the art of storytelling, all mixed in with a compelling plot and wonderful characters. All the warm and fuzzies.

Cat breeds: Your favorite book(s)?

Uh Oh. The big one.

  • At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill
  • Castles Made of Sand (Book 2 in the Bold As Love Sequence) by Gwyneth Jones
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
  • The Boy I Love by Marion Husband
  • The Green Mile by Stephen King
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Getting the cat: How did you find your favorite book(s)?

  • At Swim, Two Boys: I was developing an app of LGBTQ+ literature and this was recommended as a necessary read. (Full review here. And yes … that is me.)
  • Castles Made of Sand: I read the review pages of SFX magazine several years ago and found a review of the third book in the sequence and thought it sounded super interesting. Found the first one, went onto the next and was just blown away.
  • Jane Eyre: My mum really wanted me to read it as it’s one of her favourites (hi, mum!). Took me a couple of tries, but once I read the whole thing I just fell in love with it.
  • Days Without End: This was sort of in relation to the app, but also I was just intrigued by it as a) it had a beautiful cover and b) it was – at the time – shortlisted for the Costa Award (which it then went on to win… obviously). (Full review here.)
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora: I think this was one of those spotted-it-on-Amazon-add-it-to-a-wishlist books that I did get and then ended up leaving on a shelf for several years. When I finally picked it up, I realised how stupid I’d been to leave it for so long! (Full review here.)
  • The Left Hand of Darkness: For the app again! I’d read The Word for World is Forest as part of my degree, so knew I would probably enjoy this. It is a remarkable book.
  • The Boy I Love: A random purchase because it sounded interesting several years ago. A little-known book, but one that has stayed with me. (Full review here. Oh look … my face again …)
  • The Green Mile: I genuinely cannot remember why I decided to pick this up. I hadn’t seen the movie, but I think I just wanted to read some King after finishing his On Writing for university. Trying not to have an emotional breakdown in front of a crowd of students as I was reading it is one of the most difficult things I have had to do in my life!
  • The Handmaid’s Tale: This was for a university module. It changed my view of the world completely and I don’t think I have ever been the same.


Being in places they shouldn’t: Least favorite cliché?

I’ve started reading a lot more YA recently, and the … OMG isn’t he so attractive he will never like me ever even though he quite clearly does even though we’ve only had one conversation in the first ten pages of the book … is annoying. Fortunately, most YA I read doesn’t have this, but on the occasions it has shown up…

The good old cardboard box: Most underrated book series?

Bold as Love Sequence by Gwyneth Jones will always be on this list for me. And for younger readers, The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce holds a special place in my heart. I may need to re-read.


So that’s it! That’s the full tag. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and let me know if there are any other tags you want me to do!


Featured image by me! @javennall Isn’t my kitty so cute!!


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