Top 10 books that made me laugh out loud

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Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is books that made me laugh. This is one of the few topics where I actually had a hard time narrowing it down, as opposed to having a hard time finding enough books. Originally, I came up with over 20 books that made me laugh, and I’ve narrowed it down to these, in no particular order:

Dragon Wing by Margart Weis and Tracy Hickman – This one I’m actually currently reading. There’s one perspective – a dwarf – that really has me tickled. Each time I get a chapter from his pov, I find myself giggling like a madwoman.

Absolutely Boyfriend by Yuu Watase – This is a six volume comedic romance about robot boyfriends, heavy on the comedy. I reread it for the first time since high school earlier this year and really enjoyed it. It’s so ridiculous..

Black Butler by Yana Toboso – I read this one recently – early 2020 – and fell in love. It’s hilarious, on top of all of its other amazing qualities.

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett – Again, a recent read. I wasn’t expecting this one to be funny but it really surprised me. It was hilarious. Especially any scenes with Clef, they cracked me up.

Mogworld by Yahtzee Chroshaw – I expected this one to be funny, as it’s written by the guy who does Zero Punction, but I still found myself surprised at how funny it was. This book was great.

Demon Diary by Kara – This is a seven volume comedy series about a young demon who has no idea what he’s doing being made into a demon lord. It’s cute and fluffy and so entertaining.

Life, The Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams – I feel like Adams is an obvious choice for this list. This one is my favorite so far.

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks – The narration in this has a bit of comedy in it itself, but the one character Kip is hilarious. He’s one of my favorites.

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud – This is a series I read back when I was a teen, and I remember cracking up at Bartimaeus. He’s a djinn and he’s so funny. So sassy.

Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – While this isn’t a comedy persay, it has a lot of comedic elements that are portrayed very well through the art style. This is a good one.

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And that’s it! Books that make me laugh tend to automatically get high marks from me. I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for a good joke.

Top 10 Mardi Gras colored covers!

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Happy Tuesday! Aside from yesterday, my blog has been a bit quiet. This tends to happen to me after Blogmas finishes out – it’s like I burn out for a couple weeks. But I think I’m getting out of it now. I still intended to post the eight planned posts for February, they’ll just be on different days than originally intended.

So today’s topic is gonna help that: Mardi Gras colored covers – ie covers that are yellow, green, or purple.

Here’s a stack of ’em:

Some of these I’ve read, some I haven’t. I gotta tell ya though, I had plenty of yellow and green spines to pick from, but the purples shown are almost all the purples I own, minus one or two. If I ever publish a book, I’m going to make it have a purple spine, just to bolster the numbers for poor people like me who want purple books in their pictures! Rah!

If you’ve read any of the above, do let me know. :”D Happy reading.

Most Anticipated Releases! | 2021 pt 1

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So both Top Ten Tuesday and Top 5 Wednesday apply to this post, so I’m just gonna combine them! The TTT post for this topic was technically in December of 2020 some time, I just wasn’t ready for it yet. the T5W topic for this is a retro one that I’m re-using! So here we go, it’s both!

These are all the books I’m looking forward to coming out in 2021 between January and June! And the typical reminder, these are the posted release dates as of today, and they may change. Dammit Jackie, I can’t control the weather.


The Frozen Crown (Warrior Witch, #1)Release date: Jan 12th

Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis: Askia became heir to the Frozen Crown of Seravesh because of her devotion to her people. But her realm is facing a threat she cannot defeat by sheer will alone. The mad emperor of the Roven Empire has unleashed a horde of invading soldiers to enslave her lands. For months, her warriors have waged a valiant, stealth battle, yet they cannot stop the enemy’s advancement. Running out of time, she sets sail for sun-drenched Vishir, the neighboring land to the south, to seek help from its ruler, Emperor Armaan.

A young woman raised in army camps, Askia is ill-equipped to navigate Vishir’s labyrinthine political games. Her every move sinks her deeper into court intrigues which bewilder and repel her, leaving her vulnerable not only to enemies gathering at Vishir’s gates, but to those behind the palace walls. 

And in this glittering court, where secrets are worth more than gold, Askia fears that one false step will expose her true nature. For Askia is a witch gifted with magical abilities—knowledge that could destroy not only her life but her people. As her adversaries draw closer, Askia is forced to make an impossible choice—and no matter what she decides, it may not be enough to prevent Seravesh’s fall.


The Forever Sea (The Forever Sea, #1)Release Date: Jan 19th

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis: On the never-ending, miles-high expanse of prairie grasses known as the Forever Sea, Kindred Greyreach, hearthfire keeper and sailor aboard harvesting vessel The Errant, is just beginning to fit in with the crew of her new ship when she receives devastating news. Her grandmother–The Marchess, legendary captain and hearthfire keeper–has stepped from her vessel and disappeared into the sea.

But the note she leaves Kindred suggests this was not an act of suicide. Something waits in the depths, and the Marchess has set out to find it.

To follow in her grandmother’s footsteps, Kindred must embroil herself in conflicts bigger than she could imagine: a water war simmering below the surface of two cultures; the politics of a mythic pirate city floating beyond the edges of safe seas; battles against beasts of the deep, driven to the brink of madness; and the elusive promise of a world below the waves.

Kindred finds that she will sacrifice almost everything–ship, crew, and a life sailing in the sun–to discover the truth of the darkness that waits below the Forever Sea.
 


A ​Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #4)Release date: Feb 16th

Genre: YA fantasy romance (New adult?)

Goodreads synopsis: Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.


All the Murmuring BonesRelease date March 9th

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis: Long ago Miren O’Malley’s family prospered due to a deal struck with the mer: safety for their ships in return for a child of each generation. But for many years the family have been unable to keep their side of the bargain and have fallen into decline. Miren’s grandmother is determined to restore their glory, even at the price of Miren’s freedom.

A spellbinding tale of dark family secrets, magic and witches, and creatures of myth and the sea; of strong women and the men who seek to control them.

 


Rule of Wolves (King of Scars Duology, #2)Release date: March 30th

Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis: (Potential spoilers for King of Scars) The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.


Project Hail MaryRelease date: May 4th

Genre: Sci-fi

Goodreads synopsis: Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission–and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that’s been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it’s up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.


For the Wolf (Wilderwood, #1)Release date: June 15th

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis: The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.


As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose-to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he’ll return the world’s captured gods.

Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can’t control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can’t hurt those she loves. Again.

But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn’t learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood-and her world-whole.
 


And that’s it! I’m particularly excited about this last one – I’ve been kinda stuck on Beauty and the Beast retellings lately, I don’t know what it is.

If you’re interested in any of the above, lemme know! Buddy reads are fun!

Books I hope Santa brings

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It’s Tuesday! Therefore it’s Top Ten Tuesday Day. Today’s topic is books I hope Santa brings, and well, I hope he brings these:

 

All of these I’ve requested either from friends or family. I tried my best not to put the same books on multiple versions of my list so nobody had to worry about buying something that someone else already got.

Aaaaaand I’ve basically already decided that any I don’t receive I’m gonna get myself as self-Santa. Pbtbtbt, dun judge me. :”D

Whatever happens though, I will be happy with whatever Santa deigns to give me, even if it’s just a bunch of socks (because I love socks). But if I’m very lucky and if I was good enough this year, hopefully I’ll get a few of these.

Happy Blogmas!

End of Year TBR potentials – My book buying ban is complete!

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Happy Tuesday! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Books on my Winter TBR, so I’m kinda warping it and combining it here with my book buying ban info, so bear with me.

Yay! I’ve completed my book buying ban! I put myself on one back in September or so, during my last book haul.

So during the past few months, I’ve purchased 0 books in an effort to get my physical fictional TBR down. And today is the last day, it’s over! I’m also happy to say that because of it, I’m definitely gonna reach my goal. I’m 1 book away, and with this TBR listed below, I’ll 100% achieve it, yay.

Though I gotta say, I probably won’t buy any books until after Christmas. I requested a few from friends and fam, and they’re the top ones I’d like, so I don’t wanna go buy them now.

After Christmas though, it’s on, man.

Speaking of Christmas

Starting this Saturday the 19th, I’m on vacation until January 4th. I have an entire 16 days off work in a row and because of the plague, I won’t really be going anywhere. Sure, I’ll play porch santa with friends and family – dropping their gifts off and running away – but I won’t be socializing or sharing meals with anyone aside from my husband. We might do some video calls to family but otherwise, nothing much.

That means I’m going to have a lot of open time, particularly the 21st through the 23rd, as I’m off work and my husband isn’t. So I’m gonna do a lot of reading. At least, I’m going to try to.

This is what (tentatively) I plan on picking up:

 

The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh – I picked this one up last night and am only a few pages in so far. I was luke warm to the first one, so I’m hoping I will enjoy this one more.

Hood by Stephen R. Lawhead – This is my current audio book and again I’m only a tad into it. I think I bought this book when I was 14 or so. It was one of my first purchases when I really got into reading fiction, but for some reason I never actually picked it up. So here’s hoping I love it.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – This is a buddy read I’m doing with a friend irl and honestly I feel like I’m reading a different book than everyone else. It gets super good reviews but honestly so far I’m not super impressed. Granted, I’m only about half way through so that could change but honestly it kinda reads like a fanfiction to me. If you’ve read this and loved it, please tell me what I’m missing (without spoiling if you can, please). This book we have on schedule to finish by the new year.

Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb – This is another buddy read! I’m reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and it’s a bit slow-going. I don’t know what it is about this book, but it’s lagging for me. I’m enjoying it for what it is, mind you, but it’s not the kind of book I can binge read. We’re doing four chapters a week at the moment, so this probably won’t be finished until 2021 unless something happens in the plot where it makes us go ‘LET’S JUST READ THE LAST 300 PAGES IN ONE SHOT NOW, OK’. But yeah, will be reading this, but probably won’t finish it with the pace (and I don’t know if my brain would let me even if we wanted to).

The Book of the Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick – This is another book I’ve owned for a long time, but haven’t read yet. I figured, it’s the perfect time of year. The Dead Days referred to in the book are the days between Christmas and New Year’s, so I’m gonna read it then! This is a favorite book of a buddy of mine so I’m hoping I love it too.

Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori – I used to love this series as a teen and figured it was time for a reread. I have the box set so I’m hoping to get through the whole thing. I feel like it’s been ages since I picked up a manga due to me trying to make that physical TBR goal so I’m particularly pumped about this.

Hands Off! by Kasane Katsumoto – This is another one I read back when I was a teen, and am rereading. I’m about half way through the series – on volume 5 out of 8, so I’m hoping to finish this one as well.

Hotel Africa by Hee Jung Park – I read vol 1 of this last year and loved it. I’m about half way through this one and am liking it as well! I only have volume 2 to read. There is a mysterious volume 3 listed on Goodreads but I don’t know if it ever actually came out or not. Ho hum.

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And that’s it! I’m hoping to get to more manga as well honestly, but I don’t wanna lock myself into what exactly I’m going to read. Let me know what you’re planning on doing for the rest of the year because really, I’m just gonna be a lump and I’m so excited.

All the Christmas books I’ve read to date

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is ‘holiday freebie’, so I’ve decided to literally just list all the Christmas books I’ve read, in order of how much I liked them, because I gotta tell you, it’s fewer than ten. This doesn’t include like, picture books my parents read to me when I was little for Christmas. Chapter books, yes. Picture books, no.

So in order of least favorite to most favorite:

The Autobiography of Santa Claus as told by Jeff Guinn – This one is technically cheating, as I DNF’d the thing. I got about two thirds through it and had to put it down. It had gotten weird and basically started to pull a Bill and Ted, where Santa went around collecting people.

The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans – This one I read a while ago but I remember enjoying it. It follows a widow and her family as they find this Christmas box. It’s wholesome (but then again, so are most of the ones on this list).

Santa & Pete by Christopher Moore and Pamela Johnson – My mom read this book to me when I was little, one of the few I remember her reading. Usually it was my dad that read to us and mom would do other things to spend quality time, but in this case it was her reading. This story is told through a grandpa telling his grandson a tale while driving around on a city bus. I still reread the thing every few years.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – This one’s a classic and I feel like it’s not even worth going into what it’s about. This is really nice to read, though.

The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans – Out of the two Christmas books I’ve read by this guy, this one is my favorite. It’s a kinda-sorta Christmas Carol retelling? Kinda? It’s pretty good I think!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson – This is my favorite Christmas book, hands down. It’s also for the youngest audience. The cover above is not the one I have, but I chose it because the one I have on Goodreads is teeny tiny and wouldn’t resize well, so pbtbt. But this is another book I’m pretty sure my mom read to me. It’s about a town trying to put on a kid’s Christmas pageant and a bunch of rambuctious “problem” children get cast as the main roles. It’s about understanding the backgrounds of other people and wanting to help them anyways. It’s really sweet and I like it. My copy is riddled with holes and all ripped up. Yes, actual holes, apparently 8 year old me at some point took a hole puncher to the thing. Bad Emily.

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And that’s it! Like I said, I didn’t have ten. I’m always on the hunt for new Christmas books though – I try to read one every year. This year I’m rereading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, but if you have any suggestions, do let me know! Happy Blogmas!

Books I wish I could read again for the first time

Happy December! Today’s topic is ‘books I want to read again’ and is open to a bit of interpretation, so I’m going with ‘ones I wish I could read again for the first time’. I’m going to add the caveat of ‘and if it’s set towards a younger audience, I would also like to be right in that age bracket again to read it’. Today I have eight to talk about, and their images are all going to be different sizes because reasons so work with me here.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – I think I first read this when I was ten or eleven and I remember being completely entranced. I really wish I could warp back to that age and read it again.

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa – This is one of the best manga series I’ve ever read. The plot is just so dynamic and thrilling and funny and intense and I remember waiting on baited breath for each new volume to come out. Man, I miss it.

Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki – This was my first ever ‘favorite manga’, and it’s still really up there. My copy of volume one has been read so many times that the cover just lays flat when you open it – no resistance whatsoever.

Harry Potter – I think this one would make a lot of peoples’ lists. I just wish all my memories of it hadn’t been tainted.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – Honestly, all the Robin Hobb books apply here. Maaaan.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik – This is one of my favorite series of all time and I would really love to experience it fresh. I did reread it recently and it was just as great as ever but it just wasn’t the same as the original read.

Black Butler by Yana Toboso – This is a series I just read for the first time this year and I already wanna reread it. I lent my whole series to my sister, who’s now reading it so I’m living vicariously through her.

Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba – This series was such a masterpiece – the pacing, the build up and the climax, all of it was absolutely awesome. I’d love to read it again for the first time.

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And that’s it! I know I’m supposed to pick ten but… I feel like the last two would have been just arbitrary choices to fill the list, so I stuck with eight. Lemme know what you think!

Top ten fantasy worlds I’m thankful for

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Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is ‘Thanksgiving freebie’ so I’m interpreting it as ‘fantasy worlds I’m thankful for’.

So basically, these are fantasy worlds I jumped into during important parts of my life, where they either helped me make some friends from shared interests or they were a safe haven when life was stressful. They’re worlds I think about all the time, even if I haven’t read the books they’re from in years.

 

Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama – I first got into this one when I was nine years old or so, when there were new episodes playing weekdays at 5pm after school. This was one of my gateway animes (I did later read the manga, so it counts as a book, shh). This was one that both my sister and my dad got really into too – and the three of us would watch the new episodes together. My husband and I right now are watching through the original Dragon Ball, and after we’ll pick of this series – it’ll be his first time watching it, I’m pumped.

Pokemon – Again, I got into this one really young, when I was around eight or nine years old. While the last one I used to bond with my family, this one really cemented me to my friends, particularly in fourth grade. None of those friends have really stuck, unfortunately, except for one or two. But it is how it is. Nine year old me though loved it. And now as an adult, I never really grew out of Pokemon. I feel like I’m not alone in this as well – that the creators know their target audience has aged and are still interested. I think it’s great, hah. The book I selected is the first in a series of chapter books written in the late 90s. I read this thing so many damned times, along with the rest in the series.

Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – This is the first anime where I delved into the fandom online. I remember being fourteen or fifteen years old and discovering fanfiction for the first time. This is the series I mainly read from, and I wrote a fair few as well. I also ended up making lots of online friends through this series, most of which I still have today. I’ve even flown to the other side of the world to meet up with one of them at this point. Out of all the series, this is the one I have the biggest soft spot for and am most greatful for. My life and friendships would not have gone in the same directions without it. Honestly I probably wouldn’t have met my husband if it wasn’t for this show getting me into anime years before I met him, which led me to join anime clubs in college, which is where I did run into him.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – I used to go to the library and rent and re-rent this book all the time. I’ve mentioned this book multiple times before at this point, but it’s really, really stuck with me. And thinking about it now, this is the first book I ever read that had a romance as a main plot line in it. I remember being like fourteen and absolutely swooning, as it was all brand new. I loved it.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – This book (and its sequel) were the first two books I ever bought with my own money. I remember my dad convincing me to spring for the hard back editions, as they would last longer, and I’m glad he did, as they did. I read this book and the second multiple times (but weirdly, never read the third? It’s on my list) and remember trying to write my own stories about people coming out of books as a result. I looooved this series.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – After Inkheart, this was one of the series I picked up next. I’ve read this first book I don’t know how many times, and this was another fandom I really got into. I remember reading and writing fanfictions and coming up with theories – the whole nine yards. This book was such a great escape. We do not speak of the movie. It does not exist.

Harry Potter – I think this would be on this kind of list for a lot of people. Growing up, I rented these books from the library countless times, and when I got my own copies, I read them to death. I used to be sooo obsessed with this series, and part of me still is. It’ll always hold a special place in my heart – it came to me during the perfect age range, and I ate them up. We do not speak of the author. She does not exist.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher – Usually when I mention Catherine Fisher’s books, I tend to focus on her Relic Master series, which I still think is seriously underrated. But this series, the Incarceron duology, also holds a place in my heart. I picked this up during my first bout at college. It was during a time when my living situation wasn’t great and I was spending as much time as possible outside of my apartment. I ended up on the campus library a lot, and I picked up these books during that time. Before that, I was in a multiple year long reading slump. I didn’t not read, but it was really slow – maybe ten books a year? But this book really got me back into it. It got me to make a Goodreads account honestly. So while I haven’t reread this book at all or anything, it really did help me cope with my life when I was 20 years old, and I really appreciate it for that.

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa – I chose this one because in addition to one of the best narratives I’ve ever read, it was one of the ones I read the longest. I picked up this series when only two volumes were out, and I bought the new release every time up until volume 27, the final one, came out when I was in my early twenties. I remember agonizing during the waits, because sometimes it would be months in between volumes and it really killed me. This series is one of the most consistently good series. No slow parts, no bad subplots, nothing. It’s perfection, man.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik – Third book pictured above! I picked this book up at the recommendation of a friend in college and I fell in love with it. This was one of the last books I read before I fell into that multiple year slump I mentioned, and it really was a high point. I’ve since reread it recently and adored it just as much as I did when I was 18. It really is a masterpiece and I know it’s a series I’m going to reread again.

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And that’s it! Ten fantasy worlds I’m really thankful exist. Each one was a formative book to me, and they’ll always be in my heart cockles.

Top ten characters I’d name a pet after

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It’s Tuesday again and this week’s topic is the title. I haven’t ever named a pet after a character before so making this list will be fun I think! I’ve never had a dog, so all these are names I would give to a cat.

I’m also someone who gives pets human names so if that bugs you, pbtbtbt.

And that’s it! Some are simple names, some are weird, but all of them I think could fit a cat if you got one with the right personality. Lemme know what you think!