Happy chinese new year!
Chinese new year is definitely my favorite holiday apart for christmas. It’s a day filled with meeting relatives, delicious chinese food, and of course, hongbao! For those of you who doesn’t know, hongbao is the chinese red envelope usually distributed to the young unmarried relatives, filled with money. It’s been a while since I actually wear a cheongsam too for CNY celebration, but I’d love to wear one again one day.
Anyways, in honor of CNY, I decided to do the Lunar New Year Book Tag created by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit and Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts. The prompts of this tag is based from chinese zodiac, which is like usual star zodiac, except it uses 12 animals in order and the cycles start every 12 years. Since this tag is from 2017, the first prompt is rooster. The next prompt is dog, which is the chinese zodiac of 2018, and 2019 will be the year of pig 😀 In case you’re curious, the year I was born, 1998, was the year of tiger.
Again, no one tagged me for this but I found it by simple google search on CNY related book post. Let’s get started!
Changing it to my most anticipated 2018 book… it is definitely VENGEFUL by V.E Schwab! VICIOUS was such a statisfying, deliciously dark book, and whether it’s a standalone or a series, the ending was perfect for me. It’s been a while since we know that it’s going to be a duology, but only this year we got a title and release date! I’m so excited to get back to these amazing characters!
Probably HARRY POTTER. I don’t really reread books, so I don’t have book that I always go back to…
It’s either buying more books or funkopops… We don’t have a book-merchandise store here, and buying from etsy or society6 equals to expensive shipping and I don’t even know whether they ship to my country.
Historical fiction is definitely the most underrated genre in YA and adult alike. Either they are about romance, or not at all. I love THE WINTER SEA by Susanna Kearsley, which is set during the Jacobite rebellion and it’s so enchanting and full of longing I still get the ~feels~ when I think about it. I also think ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr is underrated, that book is so quiet and peaceful, yet it’s powerful to make you cry… I feel like it’s drowned by other books at that time and never got the appreciation it deserves.
Vasya from WINTERNIGHT TRILOGY. I love how she stands up for herself and refuse to follow the custom at that time which severely limit women’s freedom, but oftentimes, her resistance put too much trouble for the rest of the family :’)
SUMMER SKIN by Kristin Eagar, which deals the issue of women sexuality. I love how the characters outright discuss the issue throughout the book, on how women can’t enjoy sex without being labelled while it is being a conquest for men, instead of being an inner monologue only. The girls are strong, yet their friendship is even stronger, and I love them for it.
LOVE, ROSIE by Cecilia Ahern. I swear, whether it’s the book or the movie, Alex and Rosie is one of my best OTP. Childhood bestfriend, (almost) lover for 40 years, misunderstanding and mishap yet they managed to get through it all????? This is a book that literally tears my shipper patience to pieces, and I love every single minute of it.
RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo, which has my favorite royalty of all time, Nikolai Lantsov.
I guess it’s a truth universally acknowledged that many guys in YA are manipulative… but my champion here are Warner from SHATTER ME, The Darkling from GRISHA TRILOGY (yes, he is manipulative), and Damon Salvatore from THE VAMPIRE DIARIES.
The best standalone contemporary ever written, SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by Morgan Matson. This book will cause you to want to go on a summer vacation and hug your parents at the same time.
Hands down, STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor. Both the US and the UK editions are GORGEOUS (I prefer the UK though) and I can’t wait to read it this year!
Kenji from SHATTER ME series. Kenji is not only a comic relief, he’s also a leader and strategizer in the resistance, but his sense of humor really relief the tension caused by the love triangle of hell and threat of attacks from the government.
Happy chinese new year! What’s your favorite thing about CNY? What’s your chinese zodiac?