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The Cats (2019) Book Tag (ORIGINAL)

After many Catsthemed posts, I have finally created a Cats book tag.

This is my magnum opus.

Please join me in celebrating Tom Hooper’s fever dream.


A newer book you’re looking forward to reading

My copy of The Circus Infinite just arrived! It’s so purple!

The Circus Infinite by Khan Wong

I’m really looking forward to found family and circus hijinks.


A book that introduced you to a new genre

Hope Never Dies alerted me to the existence of presidential fanfiction.

Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer

Then again, that’s basically what American history books are.


A book that looked unassuming but took a strange turn

Nothing – NOTHING – prepared me for the talking cat in Mimi Lee Gets a Clue.

Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J Chow

I thought this was going to be a cute mystery!

Then the cat started talking!

Also the 2000s-era humor re: women in LA did absolutely nothing for me!

The Rum Tum Tugger

A book that is exceedingly h0rny

Woo, Spoiler Alert.

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

When Olivia Dade pitched her books as bawdy, she WASN’T KIDDING.

Bustopher Jones

An old favorite that does NOT hold up

People on TikTok were expressing their fondness for the Beautiful Creatures series, so I decided to reread the first one.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Yeah, no.

Lena Duchannes is the ULTIMATE Not Like the Other Girls…because she’s NOT BLONDE.

Ethan is DIFFERENT from everyone else because he likes BOOKS and wears CONVERSE.

I read as much of this book as I could stand, which was NOT MUCH.

Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer

Your favorite heist, mystery, or thriller book

My friend wrote a heist book! It’s really good!

Until that one gets published, I’ll keep rereading my favorite occult mystery, good ol’ Ninth House.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I reread it recently and the plotting is SOLID.

Old Deuteronomy

The oldest book you own (that is not a religious/spiritual text)

I don’t read very many older books.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The oldest one in my collection is probably Sense and Sensibility, though some might argue that counts as a religious text.

Beautiful Ghosts

A hyped book you didn’t like

Hello to the book that made me stop reading YA fantasy.

I will never get over For the Wolf.

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

I feel like I was pitched a very different book.

My mistrust of hype has increased sevenfold since this came out.

Gus the Theatre Cat

A book that makes you wistful

The Ocean at the End of the Lane messed me up.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I was fighting tears during the entire climax.

The ending wasn’t quite tragic, but it was STILL SAD.

Forgetting things sucks.


A book that tries to do everything all at once

If you like books that attempt the above, try Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno.

Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno

Listen, I’m hilarious.


A book with an unimpressive villain

(CW: outing)

(Spoilers for Witches of Ash & Ruin)

I didn’t mind the villain in Witches of Ash & Ruin.

Witches of Ash & Ruin by E Latimer

I just didn’t agree that she WAS the villain.

I thought she caught a lot of flack while the ex-boyfriend who OUTED OUR MAIN CHARACTER got off pretty much scot-free.

Let’s compare: girl being taken advantage of vs. boy who OUTS HIS EX (but dIdN’t MeAn To.)

SHE dies and HE survives??

I will NOT be reading the sequel!

Mr. Mistoffelees

A book with an amazing feat of magic

I once tried to pawn a copy of The Night Circus off on a stranger. (Don’t ask.)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

They asked me to pitch it to them.

I told them there was a redheaded boy named Pickle and a GIANT EXPLOSION.

The second one was true.

Jellicle Ball

Your favorite book with an ensemble cast

Notes on an Execution isn’t my favorite book with an ensemble cast, but it is A book with an ensemble cast.

Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka

I’ve only read a third of it so far and there have been POVs from Ansel Packer’s mom, the detective who finally caught him, and his sister-in-law.

I am CONCERNED about what’s coming.


A book you own that has been well-loved

My copy of Everything Leads to You has a faded cover and yellow pages.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

You can tell this is one I return to all the time.


A book you practically have memorized

I’ve been listening to the Lunar Chronicles audiobooks for something to do.

For the entire run of Scarlet, I would scream to nobody, “THIS IS THE PART WHERE _____!”

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I’ve read this book a LOT.

The Ad-dressing of Cats

A book with a dramatic speech

I no longer trash Neil Gaiman on this blog.

I (finally) read some of his adult novels and I get it now. I’m a fan.

That said…

American Gods contains a really long speech about belief.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

It’s my least favorite part of the book by far.

And this is a book where Bilquis [redacted]s people with her [redacted]!

“What did I just watch?”

A book that left you shell-shocked

Baptized in Tear Gas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist was quite the book to read on a lazy Sunday.

Baptized in Tear Gas: From White Moderate to Abolitionist by Elle Dowd

It stirred up a lot of feelings in me.

Nothing but respect for those on the streets.

There you have it! The Cats (2019) Book Tag!


If you are so inclined, please partake in this labor of love.

If you do, please link back to me because I’m nosy and I want to read your answers.

I think it’s high time for me to rewatch Cats.

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