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🐱 what cats do // book tag + Paperless Post goodies! 🐱

It’s no secret that cats are amazing. I love them so much! I’ve always grown up around them and I can’t wait until I can have my own home and create a kitty sanctuary… So I thought I’d follow Sara @ Bibliophagist Reviews footsteps and do the “What Cats Do” book tag!

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If you want to do this tag as well, you’re welcome to do it too!

RULES:
❄️ Credit the creator, Kat @ Melting Pots and Calamities
❄️ Answer the questions
❄️ Tag as many people as you want!

Book cover = Link to Goodreads

 

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

Weird Things Customers Say in BookshopsJen Campbell’s Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. It’s a collection of things Jen overheard/was asked while working at a bookstore. Seriously, all the stories are so funny. From customers asking her if books conducted electricity to “did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?” You won’t be able to stop laughing…

 

Sleep: what was a book that put you to sleep or was just boring?

dash and lily's book of daresDash & Lily’s Book of Dares was one of the most boring books I ever tried to read. I couldn’t even finish it! All the characters were insufferable. Dash, to me, was way too arrogant for me to remotely care about his problems. And then you had Lily, who was too naive and immature to be likable. Never again am I picking up a book by these authors…

 

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

I don’t think I’ve ever dreamed of a book I’ve read! Honestly, it’s probably for the best. More often than not I have nightmares, so I’m glad I didn’t dream of The Poppy War or of Saga. That would have probably left me in a horrible mood!

 

Seems to play nice… until the claws are out!: which book had the biggest plot twist?

we were liars
I remember being much younger and being hella shocked by the twist in We Were LiarsSaying there’s a twist is already in itself a spoiler, so I don’t want to explain why I was so shocked. But oh my god was it major! It really wasn’t that good of a book, in my opinion, but that twist saved me from the boredom I was suffering from throughout the whole story.

 

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

guilded wolvesAlthough I didn’t like the book, I would hug Enrique from The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. He was such a sweet character and it hurt me so much to see him suffer from erasure on both sides of his heritage. If you’ve never read TGW before, Enrique is a half-Spanish, half-Filipino character who wants to get access to a historical society that only accepts Filipino members. But because Enrique is white-passing, they won’t let him in. And at the same time, he can’t enjoy the privilege his white heritage offers him because he still isn’t completely white. It’s really sad and all I want to do is hug him…

 

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

fangirlFangirl was a huge book for me when I started reading young adult novels. And, to this day, it features one of the cutest couples I have ever read. Levi is a sweetheart and he is so perfect for Cath. The more I read, the more in love I was with their relationship. That scene set in his room, on the couch, in which Cath kissed Levi’s chin over and over and over again? Not gonna lie, that gave me a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings. It’s such a sexy and loving scene!

 

Cat breeds: your favorite books?

This is such a hard question!!! I don’t think I can choose just one, so here is a list of books that will forever have a special place in my heart…

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavander

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Americanah

 

 

 

My brilliant friend


My Brilliant Friend

everything you wanted to know about trans


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trans

we are all completely beside ourselves


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

 

 

 

Getting the cat: how did you find your favorite books?

I love a little bit of story time! So, I found out about Where’d You Go, Bernadette? because I went into the library and it was the only book remotely interesting on the shelves, so…

Then, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavander started making its rounds on BookTube and I just couldn’t resist the hype. And what would you know, I ended up loving it!

Americanah is one of those books I don’t remember buying but I do remember reading and loving it! I think I may have picked it up at random at the bookstore because a) it was cheap (something like $8 for the paperback) and b) it sounded super cool.

My Brilliant Friend was all the rage in 2017 here in Portugal. It had recently been translated into Portuguese and I remember my grandmother saying she loved the first book. I still haven’t finished the series (I have two books left) but I’m getting very excited to pick it up as soon as I’m done with my ARCs!

When I requested a review copy of Everything You Wanted to Know About Trans (but were afraid to ask) I wasn’t expecting to love it this much. It’s one of the best books I have read in 2019, hands down. I highly recommend it!

Lastly, I also picked up We Are Completely Beside Ourselves at random at the bookstore. It had a gorgeous cover and was very cheap as well. Then, when I was too lazy to charge my Kindle, I picked this paperback from my shelves and read it all in one day.

The Vet’s Office: your least favorite book

maybe somedayMaybe Someday is a book that infuriated me so freaking much!!! The characters were despicable and annoying and made me want to stab my eyes out. This book was definitely a spite read. I couldn’t put it down, but I remember genuinely screaming at how toxic and misogynistic the whole relationship and the main characters were. I couldn’t take it anymore. So many red flags. This is the reason why I will never, ever pick up a Colleen Hoover book.

 

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

I’m a big fan of clichés, but some just make me want to die. I want to nominate three tropes I find all the time that are absolutely awful.

First, there’s the cheating on your partner and finding a new ~perfect~ boyfriend/girlfriend. It’s so gross, unnecessary, and just perpetuates cheating. How can anyone root for a couple born out of cheating??? My brain can’t understand.

Then, there’s the making quick assumptions and creating unnecessary drama because you can’t talk things out like adults. I hate this so much and it’s a pity that it happens to often in young adult books.

Lastly, I despise the whole no parents in sight even though the characters are minors. It makes no sense at all??? Why would thirteen-year-olds be allowed to stay up and go on road trips without telling any adults??

 

Final question — the good old cardboard box: most underrated book series?

I don’t see nearly enough people talking about how amazing The Neapolitan Novels quartet is. It is set in Naples, Italy, in a low-income neighborhood in the years following WWII and follows two girls: Elena and Lila. Their relationship is a complicated one, mostly because they are so different from one another.

 

 

 

The characters are beautifully described and developed, the author brings up a lot of issues regarding both class and gender, and the twists and turns that their lives take are super interesting. I couldn’t recommend it more.

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Paperless Post goodies!

 

A few weeks ago, someone from Paperless Post sent me an email asking if I wanted to try out their website, products, and then talk about my experience here on Bookish Rita! I had never heard of this company, but once I saw the beautiful postcards they have on their website, I fell in love.

Paperless Post is, as the name makes it sound, a company that creates cute paper stationary you can send to friends and family online. They won’t ship any products, but you get to keep a digital copy.

This is their selection of free postcards, perfect to send to a significant other or to a friend. I was given 60 coins (it’s their own virtual currency) to spend on their website and ended up picking these adorable designs:

 

 

Last night I sent all of these to my boyfriend while he was taking a nap. When he woke up and read them, he was so happy and lovey! I love giving people I love cute little gifts, and so these were definitely made for me

tagging…

YOOOOOUUU! I don’t have anyone in mind to tag for this, so I’m choosing every one of my lovely readers who want to participate!

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19 thoughts on “🐱 what cats do // book tag + Paperless Post goodies! 🐱

  1. Lovely answers for this tag, Rita! I’m with you about Enrique, I loved him so much and he deserves all the hugs ahhh. And the plot twist in We Were Liars shocked me, too, I didn’t see it coming at all haha 🙂
    Lovely post! ❤ ❤

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  2. This tag is adorable!! I need to do it ASAP. I agree with your three hated tropes, especially the one about cheating. In books or real life, a relationship that started because someone cheated is never going to last/ it will end up with that same person cheating again. I also agree that the whole “not talking things out which leads to drama” is annoying but I also think its realistic for young adults/ teenagers. I think that adults are far more likely to talk through problems where as teenagers jump to conclusions/assume the worst.

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