Purr: As cats do this when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happiest or relaxed?
I feel like I always use this for an answer, but… the Harry Potter series. I’m not a big re-reader in general, but I’ve read each of these books at least 15 times, and there is absolutely no end in sight.
Twitch while dreaming: Have you ever dreamt of a book you read?
I’ve had a lot of dreams about Harry Potter… Otherwise, this isn’t a dream, but I think it’s noteworthy to say that I literally lost sleep over A Little Life. And I don’t mean, I was up so late reading that I lost sleep. I mean, I went to bed at a perfectly reasonable hour, but right before I went to bed I read [spoiler redacted] and I probably got two hours of sleep that night because I was so distraught, every time I managed to fall asleep I remembered that [spoiler redacted] and I woke up immediately. I can’t remember if I had actual dreams about it, but it definitely infiltrated by subconscious.
Seems to play nice…until the claws are out!: Which book had the biggest plot twist(s)?
Since the question is about getting scratched, I’m going to go with a twist that I hated, so, here we go: Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen. This book….. this book. Where do I begin. Okay, you know what, I’m just going to tell you what happens. I’ll warn for spoilers when necessary. So, the premise of this book is that Hannah has the perfect life, the perfect job, the perfect boyfriend. Until she comes home one day and finds that her boyfriend Matt is gone, he’s taken all of his stuff and deleted his number from her phone and quit his job and she has no way to contact him. SPOILERS: So Hannah eventually tracks Matt down, and it turns out he left because she was physically abusive and he feared for his life, which Hannah just….. forgot about??? During the entirety of her search for him??? AND THEN it turns out he’s having an affair with her best friend (the most obvious reveal ever), so Hannah flies off the handle, pushes the best friend off a balcony, and while he’s running to get help, Matt trips over a backpack, hits his head on a table, and goes into a coma. This book. How did this get published.
Cuddles: Which book character would you give a hug to?
My first reaction was to choose Jude St. Francis, because obvious reasons, but he doesn’t like physical contact, understandably, so I’ll choose someone else. Cyril Avery from The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. Cyril is such a flawed and tragic protagonist and even though he’s frustrating at times I wanted to yell LET THE POOR MAN BE HAPPY for the majority of this book.
Catnip: What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?
Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. This book is quite heavy at times for YA, but the bond that the main character makes with her dead uncle’s boyfriend was just delightful. Delightful and sad. But there were still a lot of happy times recorded in these pages. (Is it obvious I don’t read a lot of happy books?)
Cat breeds: Your favorite book(s)?
Getting the cat: How did you find your favorite book(s)?
A Little Life: My mom told me to read it.
Everything I Never Told You: My book club.
Pachinko: Book of The Month.
East of Eden: My good friend told me it’s one of her favorite books.
The Secret History: It’s set in Vermont so it had been on my TBR for ages.
The Iliad: I read it first in college in 2010.
The Pillars of the Earth: I saw the BBC miniseries and loved it.
Harry Potter: Childhood.
Les Miserables: I decided to read it on a whim when I was 18 (fun fact: I got into the book before I’d ever heard or seen the musical.)
Being in places they shouldn’t: Least favorite cliché?
Female characters dying for the sole purpose of filling male characters with righteous pain as they continue on in their testosterone-filled hero’s journey….. I’m not naming any names – wait a second, how did that picture get there?!
The good old cardboard box: Most underrated book series?
This is hard, I don’t read a lot of series! I guess I’m going to go with Lisa See’s duology, Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy. The former is about two sisters emigrating from Shanghai to San Francisco in the twentieth century, and the latter is about one of their daughters running away to China to explore her roots, set against the backdrop of the rise of communism. These are some unexpectedly dark books; the former includes rape and the latter includes some of the most harrowing descriptions of starvation I’ve ever read. Proceed with caution, but I think they’re both brilliantly written, intelligent, educational and highly entertaining reads.
Bonus: some pictures of my babies!
The grey one is Percy and the black one is Lily. I have more pictures of Percy because Lily looks like a black feather duster in pictures more often than not. Alas. Anyway, they are my children and I love them. (They’re indoor cats – they’re only allowed outside when supervised.)
Tagging: anyone who wants to do it!