Caturday // ragdoll

Caturday is an occasional Saturday feature here at A Word and a Whisper in which I match cat breeds with books. Today’s cat feature is the ragdoll, a supersoft, cuddly, affectionate kitty…

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Ragdolls are known for being SUPER cuddly and collapsing in the arms of whoever is holding them. They are very affectionate kitties who love their humans and are also very smart. The book I’m choosing this week is one I haven’t talked about a ton on the blog, and that is Kimberly Karalius’ 2015 debut, LOVE FORTUNES AND OTHER DISASTERS, synopsis below:

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Love is real in the town of Grimbaud, and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

 

I’m picking LOVE FORTUNES for the ragdoll because like these kitties, it is an extremely adorable, lovable, fluffy book. The town of Grimbaud is just delightful to read about, the characters are all quirky in their own ways, and the magic in the book is very unique and cool. If you are looking for a smart yet fluff-filled read, LOVE FORTUNES AND OTHER DISASTERS is definitely it!

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Caturday: Turkish Angora

Caturday is an original feature at A Word and a Whisper where I match cat breeds with books that either I’ve read or want to read. This week, I’m featuring the Turkish Angora.

Turkish Angora cat, Felis catus

As you can see from the picture above, Turkish Angoras are very beautiful cats with gorgeous, fluffy white coats. I have secretly always wanted a white kitty, because I find them very pretty. However, my kitties are obviously gorgeous and adorable gems. Anyway.

The Turkish Angora is apparently known for being intelligent and athletic, so the book I’m choosing for it has characters that exhibit both of those characteristics. The book that I’m picking for this cat is on my TBR list, and it’s THE FOXHOLE COURT series by Nora Sakavic. I’ve seen this book all over all of my favorite blogs, and though I am a little skeptical because the cover is dreadful, I trust my fellow bloggers.

Here’s a synopsis from Goodreads:

Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

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According to the numerous reviews I’ve read of this book, THE FOXHOLE COURT contains male characters who are soft and lovely and queer. That alone makes me want to read it. Apparently it is sort of New Adult-y because of content, and I’m a little nervous about that because I am not a reader of NA at this point, and honestly am not a huge fan of sexually explicit content. Even reading ACOTAR I feel all blushy inside and I am an enormous fan of that series.

So we will see. Tell me in the comments if you’ve read this series and what your thoughts were on it!!

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welcome to CATURDAY!!!!!

Friends, enemies, loved ones, people who are random, I have come to a decision: I have decided to make a feature all about CATS. The idea for this feature was actually inspired by my lovely boyfriend, Corey, (who also loves getting shoutouts on the blog so HI HON), who once suggested I do a post where I match books to breeds of cats. The funny part of this is that before he met me, he was not a cat person. His first interaction with a kitty was when he came to see me the first time we dated (we dated about twice about 5 years apart, though the first time was only about a kiss and a minute) and thought my cat Bo was choking because he was purring and had NEVER HEARD A PURRR (how precious). Now, we are proud cat parents to two adorable kittens, and he loves them as much as I do.

So, recap: Caturday will be an occasional Saturday post where I match something about a cat breed to a book (or books, plural, if I’m feeling extra write-y).

The first cat type I’ll be using is the TORTISHELL HAIR, which was the kind of cat my very first kitty was.

This is what they look like:

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Obviously all cats have different personalities, but in general, tortis have a reputation for being very opinionated and temperamental. This was definitely true of my first cat, who is the only cat I’ve had who ever bit with negative intentions. She was honestly not a very nice cat, though that’s not to say all tortis are like that! They are just very opinionated and…expressive at times.

And the book that I think matches these beautiful kitties?

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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

This is probably one of my top 3 favorite books of 2018, if not the top favorite (at least that I read this year). I really liked both Lira and Elian, but Lira was SUCH an interesting character. She is really all over the place in terms of character but in a good, dark way and you never know what she’s going to pull out (at the beginning it’s hearts out of princes’ chests, but we can all learn from our mistakes). She is wild and unpredictable and simply FIERCE. I’m not saying a torti will rip out your heart, but the temperamental thing is there, so that’s why I’m picking TO KILL A KINGDOM as the tortishell hair book.

 

If you have any suggestions or requests for kinds of cats I should include, please feel free to comment!

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