“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” ― Paulo Coelho

If you change “child” in the quote above into kitten, you sum up my life since little Fury came to live with me. I picked him up at the end of January, the little rascal has been with me for over a month now, and there’s no need for television in my house anymore! It is almost surreal how much you can love a cat in such a short period of time. It is so much fun to watch him chase his own tail or shadow throughout the house, play with his toys, my toes (even though that’s not always as fun), or try to wrestle my pen from my hands whenever I’m writing something down. He’s a force to be reckoned with (does his name proud, haha) and I have so much love for the little guy.

I named Fury, after a kitten in Jennifer Armentrout’s the Dark Elements series. And since I feel like sharing I’m going to give you a small excerpt from White Hot Kiss, the book in which the kittens are introduced:

Roth snorted. “That one is Fury. The white one is Nitro and the black one is named Thor.”

“What? You called these cuties something like that, but named a giant snake Bambi?”

He bent forward, placing a kiss on my shoulder. It was so fast I wasn’t sure he’d actually done it. “There’s sweetness in evil,” he said. “And remember, looks can be deceiving.”

I lowered my fingers, running them over the kitten’s little head.

“I wouldn’t do that if I—”

Fury sank its claws and teeth into my hand. I yelped, jerking my hand back. It remained latched on, a squirming ball of vamp kitty.

Roth grabbed the fluff of fur, gently removing it from my hand. “Bad kitty,” he said, dropping it next to its siblings.

I stared at the demonic furball as it licked its bloody claws, and then shifted my gaze to Roth. “I don’t understand.”

“Let’s just say that they weren’t always this cute and cuddly-looking. They can get pretty big when provoked, but even in this form, Hellhounds are afraid of them,” Roth said.

Now, my little guy is not a “vamp kitty” or a “demonic furball” (most of the time), he’s all for sweet cuddles. However, you should have seen him when he encountered my parents’ dog for the first time, demonic furball definitely fit the situation. So, I couldn’t resist and named him Fury. Now, let chance be I have just the right picture to show you.

I had to submit my BA thesis proposal this month (can’t believe I’m finishing up my bachelor degree THIS year!) and it got approved. As a student English Language and Culture, I am really really excited that I get to do my BA thesis on one of my favorite books and subjects: Tolkien and fairy tales! As you all probably know, fantasy is a genre that borrows different elements from other genres. Alongside myths, fairy tales are important predecessors to fantasy. And while reading Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy I was always struck by the fairytale elements in these stories. So, for my BA thesis, I get to analyze the various elements of the fairytale and see if they can be applied to Tolkien’s work. So far everything got approved and I had my thesis advisor appointed to me (I got SO LUCKY with the professor that was assigned as advisor!!).

I also, finally, got a new phone. My old phone slowly has been perishing away for over a year now and I wasn’t too sure it was going to last much longer. I got to splurge on a new phone case as well, which, if I do say so myself, is adorable!

What I’ve Read

1. Kasie West – By Your Side. LOVED IT! Feel-good contemporary read with deeper meaning (my review will go up on Monday!)

2. Jamie Shaw – Mayhem. A reread before the fourth and final book, Havoc, in this series was released. This is one of my guilty pleasure reads!

3. Jamie Shaw – Riot.  A reread before the fourth and final book, Havoc, in this series was released. This one was my least favorite

4. Jamie Shaw – Chaos. A reread before the fourth and final book, Havoc, in this series was released. So freaking hilarious!

5. Jamie Shaw – Havoc. Dreamy, book boyfriend material!

And I guess this means I managed to fulfill my goal to read one book for myself every week! Yay! Hopefully, I’ll get to read a bit more in March.

What was the best book you read in February?