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The Lunar New Year Book Tag

I am so happy to celebrate the Lunar New Year. There wasn’t much going on here, on the blog, or at my house to celebrate UNTIL I saw this tag! To get in the spirit of the holiday, I wanted to share this tag with you all! It is hosted by  Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Mostly YA Lit.  Instructions, downloads, and a link back are found here, on the original post I saw.

If you want to find out what sign you are:

Which Chinese zodiac animal you are?

  • Click over here for list of dates. Match up your birthday to the corresponding year, and that’s your animal.
  • Or if you’re good at math, try this handy trick from TravelChinaGuide.com: Divide your year of birth by 12 and read the remainder. If the number of the year can be divided with no remainder, take the remainder as zero. Each remainder corresponds to an animal sign.
0: Monkey 1: Rooster 2: Dog 3: Pig
4: Rat 5: Ox 6: Tiger 7: Rabbit
8: Dragon 9: Snake 10: Horse 11: Sheep

Got it? You can read more about the different signs here, or below in each of the graphics!

My Recommendations

My most anticipated 2017 book is such a hard one! I am really looking forward to The Library of Fates and also giving away a pre-order copy on Twitter now!

This is easy, I always go back to the Forbidden Kingdoms Trilogy by Garth Nix (Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen) because they are one of the first books I read when I was younger. I also enjoy reading them again and again. Another close one would be any of the Tamora Pierce novels, especially the Daine ones.

Well I spend a lot of money on books. I have considered getting a subscription box, but they cost so much! But books is the thing I spend the most money on in all parts of my life…except maybe food.

Ugh this is so hard! I have been reading most hyped books so far in 2017, so none from this year. However, I wrote a whole post in 2016 about underrated reads!

Noa from Pachinko. I personally feel strong to a fault, but I do not think anyone can deny he stood by his morals. Keep a look out because I am going to be posting my review of this great book in about a week or so.

While I hate to be boring, but I think Pachinko addresses pretty boldly the racism and discrimination the Korean people felt in Japan. It is a novel that explores the societal stigmas and difficulties they face living in Japan (especially considering the history). By showing the whole family over the decades it examines whether things do get better and how their identities change.

Recently I haven’t been reading many books with sweet romances…but if I had to pick I would have to pick the romance from Love in the Time of Cholera. I read that in 2016, but lately my ‘romances’ have all been sweet and bitter, or more complicated than just ‘sweet’. Which isn’t a bad thing, but I cannot categorize them as such.

Portal of a Thousand Worlds has a royalty, assassins, and reincarnation. A lot goes on there. A review will go live for that just before Valentines Day!

This is pretty difficult. I would say that the priest from The Bear and the Nightingale takes the cake here. I did not really like him at all.

My recommendations for a good stand alone book? I absolutely loved Human Acts by Han Kang. In fact, I think it was my favorite book from 2016.

I do not even know where to begin with this one. I have not actually read this graphic novel yet, but I think it is a good sign that the cover is gorgeous!

So this is another tricky one! I normally do not like the comic relief characters, because I have a weird sense of humor. But, if I had to pick one, I would have to pick the neighbor from The Unlikely Pilgrimmage of Harold Fry. But this is kind of cheating, well no, actually cheating. At the beginning he seems to be a comic relief character, but actually one of the things he said almost made me cry. His backstory is so much more complicated than being ‘comic relief’.

So that is the end of my tag! I really loved doing this and found it so cool! I am unsure of who to tag, so anyone reading this, check it out! The link above will give you all the images (THANK YOU!) and then be creative and have fun! I will tag people on twitter 🙂

Do you celebrate the Lunar New Year?

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If you like this, you might like another list I did, 5 Books That Got Me Into Asian Fiction

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4 thoughts on “The Lunar New Year Book Tag

  1. Okay, Library of Fates is one that I forgot I was excited for! Great pick! And I love the idea of the subscription boxes, but they are way expensive. Oh, and the priest in the Bear and the Nightingale, I hated him too! I’m so glad you did this post as well. It was fun, wasn’t it!

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