Top 5… non-cats!

Good morning bookworms!

Today’s Top 5 Tuesday post actually doesn’t exist because Shanah is taking a mini hiatus. However, I don’t know what to do with Tuesdays any more, so I’m still here ranting about something… Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics that are coming up!


This week I’m merging a list topic I’ve been thinking about for AGES, with what is essentially a free choice topic. In case you didn’t know, I have three cats: Cat, Kitten and Fluffy. (No, surprisingly, they were not named by children, but by my husband and I. This is why we don’t have kids. No imagination.) Anyway, one of my friends and I always squee at each other we find a non-cat in a book. If you don’t know what a non-cat is, well, keep reading, because you’re about to find out! *cough* Also, I can’t count, so we’re doing more than 5…..

In seventh place, we have Emerald, or Emmy, in David and Leigh Eddings’ The Redemption of Althalus. Emmy is a goddess in the form of a cat so that Althalus can deal with the information she needs to impart to him. Because a talking cat is always more realistic than a goddess in any other form. Look, idk what they were thinking, ok? But. we love Emmy because she is snark and sarcasm personified. (Also, there might be a real reason why she’s a cat, but I can’t remember it because it’s been so long since I read it.)

Next up is Church, from basically all of the Shadowhunter books by Cassandra Clare. Well, he’s definitely in The Infernal Devices (set in London in the 1800’s) and The Mortal Instruments (set in New York in the last 10 years). I mean, he could be in more, but I’m behind on my reading… So, I know cats. They may have nine lives, but they don’t live THAT long. Church isn’t really a cat. But I like him extra because of this.

Fifth place goes to You. Yep, Granny Weatherwax’s cat is called You. And if you (actual you, not the cat… wow, this is going to get confusing) read the Discworld witch series by Terry Pratchett and still think that You is a normal cat, then I think one of us has missed something…

In fourth place is Fenestra from the Nevermoor series by Jessica Townsend. Fenestra is a Magnificat, which means that she’s magnificent. She’s also as big as a horse, can speak, and is in charge of housekeeping at the Hotel Deucalion. Yep. Personally I wouldn’t leave my cats in charge of any cleaning, but Fenestra seems to manage it, despite Morrigan never seeing her doing any work in the two books out so far…

Third place! See that kitty on the cover? His name is Maruman. He’s an arsehole. He is from Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody. He’s also possibly the only one who breaks my rule, because he *is* a cat… but because Elspeth (our MC in this series) can mind-speak with him (and he has visions) he doesn’t come across as a real cat.

Just missing out on my top place is Mister Kindly! (And wouldn’t he be salty about that…) Jay Kristoff’s shadow cat from the Nevernight Chronicle has the biggest attitude and I am all about that sarcasm. I love that between him and Mercutio they raised the most beautiful, stabby person, hell-bent on revenge at all costs. Also, while he’s smaller in the finer details on the UK covers for Nevernight and Godsgrave, I am so happy that he has the majority for Darkdawn. In saying all of this, come back to me in September because Mister Kindly may just eclipse number one, depending on the events of our final chapter in Mia’s story.

Finally, my current number one non-cat, is Mogget from Garth Nix’s The Old Kingdom series. No spoilers, but Mogget looks like a fluffy white kitty, with a blue satin ribbon for a collar. And on that collar is a teeny, tiny little bell. That MUST NEVER BE REMOVED. For reasons. Basically, grumpy, snarky, smart-ass, sarcastic Mogget looks like this in my head:

Basically, he’s me, but in cat form. Except he has an amazing ability thing… that I can’t talk about it. But if you read the books (they’re also amazing) then you’d know about it too, and then we can fangirl/boy/person about it together.

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  1. see, I joke that I should only be trusted to adopt/foster (whether that’s puppies, kittens, or children) because they come pre-named, so it’s not just you 😅 but this is a brilliant idea for a bookish list!

    I’m reminded that I read Sabriel earlier this year (I think we talked briefly about it?) but never picked up the next book, and at this point I actually don’t remember anything about the characters or plot? Mogget sounds like the kind of fictional companion I need in my life, though, so once I get through some more ARCs I might give it another go!

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