Adult Fiction

The What Cats Do Book Tag

I did a dog book tag, it’s only fair I also do a cat one! I found this one on Musing’s from Neville’s Navel.

First, dis my kitty:


Kitty name of Mo. ^_^

As always, book selections reflect recent reading rather than all-time perfect choices.

purr: What book made you happy and relaxed?

Mooncop coverMooncop by Tom Gauld? More “pleasant and melancholy,” but close enough.

sleep: What book put you to sleep or was just plain boring?

The Romulan Way by Diane Duane, unfortunately. It’s the second in her Rihannsu series about the Romulans from original-series Star Trek, and the first one was transcendentally good sci-fi that added a lot of realism to the Trek universe. This second one had a lot of cool plot stuff going for it, the main character is a deep-cover Federation agent, but every other chapter is ancient Romulan history. Interesting stuff too, and I’m glad I read it, but my gosh it killed the momentum.

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

Not often, because my dreams are very visual and I don’t always have visuals for books. I dream about comic books pretty frequently though… I once dreamed an entire X-Men arc and I’m still glad none of y’all got to see that Hannah-exclusive movie.

seems to play nice… until the claws are out: Which book had the biggest plot twist?

I read Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, finally. And like, the whole thing is a plot twist? I dunno man. It was a lot. Amazing, but a lot.

cuddles: Which character would you hug?

Sophy from Season for Desire by Theresa Romain. I’m almost definitely sure she’s a lesbian, but she’s a minor character in the last book of a romance quartet, and the possibility isn’t explored. Either way the poor thing deserves some attention after being so lonely.

catnip: What book made you feel warm and fuzzy?

Star-Crossed cover Barbara DeeStar-Crossed by Barbara Dee. It’s middle-grade fiction with a bisexual main character and it’s all done so super well. ❤

cat breeds: What are your favorite books?

Hmmm… Watchmen. Frankenstein. Airman by Eoin Colfer (review). Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner (discussion). Batman: Hush and Bruce Wayne, Murderer. Sandman. Gilgamesh. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined by Steven Pinker (still one of my most-visited posts ever on this blog). There are more.

the vet’s office: What is your least favorite book?

I’m sure I could take this to a very ideological place, but instead… Final Crisis by Grant Morrison. The epitome of bad comic-book crossover events.

being in places they shouldn’t: What is your least favorite cliché?

The Chosen One. Especially if the Chosen One is a white male, or even if they’re not, if they’re some doof who is totally unprepared and doesn’t want or care about the power/responsibility. People KEEP WRITING THIS CHARACTER and they KEEP INSISTING they’re doing something cool and unexpected by making the Chosen One useless and irritating at the beginning, but I don’t know if I can even name any examples of the opposite. You might as well call it Privilege: The Epic. Just ugh.

the good old cardboard box: What book or series do you think is most underrated?

Skulduggery Pleasant wraparound

Skulduggery Pleasant! It’s amazing and original and feminist and dark and funny and magical and is everything. It’s of Irish extraction and I think it never caught on in the states because people thought it was a Harry Potter knockoff, but it’s actually a completely different kind of fantasy.


As always, I tag everyone!

2 thoughts on “The What Cats Do Book Tag

  1. I’m so glad you mentioned The Chosen One. This is something that’s been bugging me for a while but I hadn’t put it into words. And making them reluctant and/or useless doesn’t make them more relatable. Be like Superman, take responsibility!



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