I’d like to post things this week, but I have nothing planned and am not in the mood to catch up on book reviews, so that means it’s gonna be a…
BOOK TAG WEEK!!
I think it’s been a while since I’ve done a BOOK TAG WEEK, but I can’t remember for sure and don’t feel like checking.
Anyway, let’s kick this off with the Evil Cat Book Tag, created by Peat of Peat Long’s Blog, because I miss the Jinster, my fam’s cat.
Knocking Shit Off of High Places: A book with a cliffhanger
Lol! Lucky for us the Jinster never goes up anywhere high to be able to do this.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
The Song of Ice & Fire books always come to mind whenever I think of cliffhangers since they are riddled with them. I didn’t mind them much at first, but I became annoyed by them as I continued through the books on my first read. Of course, now when I reread them, I’m not bothered since I already know what will happen.
Howling at 3 a.m.: A book you didn’t sleep to finish
Oh, I remember when the Jinster would do this. Sometimes it was eerie, sounding like an actual person, like a baby crying or something. It made me worried that he felt lonely, being the only cat in the house, and wanted a feline friend… at 3 a.m.
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
I completed this in one sitting, on Boxing Day, I think, staying up late to get through it because I couldn’t put the book down. It’s a thriller set in Nigeria about a woman who tends to clean up after her sister, who is a serial killer. The story is so engrossing and the protagonist is so frustrating at times.
Hiding Before a Vet Visit: A book with a self-destructive character
Hmm, haven’t had the chance for this to happen yet.
Evie O’Neill from The Diviners series by Libba Bray
Certainly Evie, a party girl from Ohio who tends to overindulge in drink, especially when she pushes the use of her special abilities too hard. The Diviners is a YA historical paranormal series set in mid-1920s New York City about a group of teenagers using their special abilities to fend off a great evil and also to learn how they acquired such abilities. I’m hooked on the series and have the last book to get to.
The Turd Dangling From Their Behind: A sequel that was a bit, er, turd
I haven’t seen this happen, but I have seen the evidence, which is a random bit of turd lying far away from the litter box and the Jinster acting as if it isn’t his and doesn’t know where it came from.
Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen
It’s the fourth book in the Steampunk Proper Romance series and is described as “a steampunk retelling of Cinderella,” which I disagree with. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast, which is obviously inspired by Beauty and the Beast. The world the story is set in is interesting and contains supernatural creatures, such as werewolves and vampires, that would like to be accepted in society. Each book in the series is inspired by a fairytale, and I’ve enjoyed each one except Brass Carriages. The story seems slightly inspired by Cinderella than a retelling of it, and I didn’t like the protagonist. I was really annoyed by the story, unfortunately.
Puking on the Carpet: A book with a betrayal
For some reason, the Jinster always manages to do this only in the morning on weekdays when my mom is rushing for work. He goes around yelling about it until someone (my mom) cleans it up. He’s such a demanding cat.
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Oh yes. There’s a huge betrayal in this, and that’s all I can say because it’s a spoiler. Kushiel’s Dart is the first in a fantasy trilogy about a courtesan trained as spy who uses her espionage and diplomacy skills to save her country. I’m currently reading the third book in the trilogy and am liking it. I thought the first two books had shocking moments, but the ones in the third book sometimes blew my mind.
Dragging in Live Animals: A book with shocking violence
So far the Jinster hasn’t done this. He’s fiercely an indoor cat and refuses to go outdoors, no matter how much I try to coax him into doing so. However, I think if I should open the door when there’s a bird or squirrel in the backyard, he won’t hesitant to run out there and give a chase.
Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
The series has some BDSM bits in it and some of the ones in this are quite shocking, even to me. Same too for some of the wars described, like what the Akkadians did way back when that resulted in the Mahrkagir, the “Conqueror of Death.”
Looking You in the Eye Before Misbehaving: A book with a character desperate for attention
Oh, the Jinster does this while misbehaving. He’s a stubborn, feisty one, like his owners.
The Hotel Deucalion from Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Quite a timely book since it was published in 2020 in the midst of the corona pandemic and is about an epidemic in Nevermoor affecting the Wunimals. Due to the Hollowpox epidemic, everything is shut down, including the Hotel Deucalion, which is quite upset about it and seems to throw a tantrum. Hollowpox is the third novel in the Nevermoor series, a middle grade fantasy series about an unlucky girl who learns she has an unusual ability.
Shredding Things: A book with a destructive character
Oh man! The Jinster loves to rip a box apart or any paper innocently lying around that might be important.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Unfortunately, I can’t say who exactly the character is because that’s a spoiler. But the character tends to disrupt and destruct the communities he injects himself into.
Has Never Been Fed, Never: A series you can’t get enough of
The Jinster is such a weirdo to me. He never tries our food and never steals it either. My grandparents had cats (dogs, chicken, cow, donkey, pigs, goats) when I was a kid (still does), and they always stole our food. When I was a kid, it got to the point where you had to keep a close eye on your plate while eating. And sometimes they’d gang up on you. One would be at your feet meowing with big eyes making you feel sorry for them and as soon as you took your eyes off your plate, another would dash across the table to steal some food, smh, the tricksters.
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples
This quickly came to mind because it’s starting up again. I think the team took a break but are back at it now. I need to catch up on it. Really enjoyed the story. It’s fantasy, I guess, about a couple in love trying to build a family together although their respective governments would like to tear them apart because their planets are at war against each other and wouldn’t like it to get out that such a union is possible.
Be So Cute You Forgive Them Anyway: A book with a wicked MC you like
Aww, this always happens. It’s unavoidable. The Jinster is just too handsome to deny and very affectionate to boot. I miss him. 😊
I always go for Cersei for these types of questions. She’s one of my favorite characters in the series.