I’m an introvert and usually find it pretty easy to RSVP NO to any and all party invitations. But Leigh Anne’s invitation is to a different kind of party, and this is one I feel confident I can enjoy.
A Favorite Book: I’m going to bring one that I don’t think enough of my teacher friends have read: Meghan Whalen Turner’s The Thief. It’s the first in a series, so once you fall in love with Eugenides, the main character, (and you will), you can read four more books set in his world. It’s fantasy but set in a world that feels like ancient Greece to me. It’s short, which is a rare treat in fantasy series. And Eugenides is one of the best characters in all of fiction. It’s also brilliant on audio.
A Favorite Person: I’m going to bring my mom. We always have fun together. Plus, it only seems fair given that she reads every single word I publish on my blog and texts me whenever there’s a typo or grammatical error or formatting problem. She’d probably like to bring her own favorite book too. (Mom, what would you choose to share?) Be sure to ask about her formerly feral cat, Barbara, who’s the Mama Cat in my stories about my little feral cat family. (This is Barbara before she was tamed.)
A Favorite Food: Cake! I’m with Hyperbole and a Half: cake is the only thing that matters. And I don’t even care that this is a copyrighted image.
A Favorite Song: I don’t have a favorite song. Is it weird not to have a favorite song? Could I bring a second book instead? Or maybe a second cake?
A Surprise: I am sure my long-time readers can guess what I’d bring as a surprise. KITTENS! Kittens for everyone! Just to be clear: these kittens are not my kittens. These kittens are what happens when you do a Google search for “all the kittens.” Try it! It will make you happy! Also, these kittens are clearly too young to be separated from their mother or from each other, so I guess I will have to keep them all.
But here is one of my kittens: Chipotle dressed in fringe, ready for a party.
And I’d bring Zorro, because he makes life a party all day long: