I came across this tag on Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts blog. It was created by Joey and Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in celebration of the Chinese New Year which happens to be the Year of the Rooster. Now, I myself was born in the Year of the Rooster (which if you can work it out, makes me old AF!), so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do this tag (even though I wasn’t personally tagged). What can I say, I’m a rebel – must be the Rooster in me! 😉
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Lunar New Year Book Tag
Like in Western astrology, Chinese culture has it’s own zodiac, based on the year you were born and a corresponding animal. There are 12 animal signs and they each represent different personalities. You can read more about the different signs here, or below in each of the graphics!
Karin Lowachee: Author of Warchild, Burndive, Cagebird, and The Gaslight Dogs | It never fails to amaze me that Karin’s books are not more widely read/well-known. Not only is her writing magnificent, but she tackles such hard-hitting subjects that really make you think. I really cannot recommend her books enough.
Mildmay from Sarah Monette’s Doctrine of Labyrinth series | It may sound funny to choose a character who was a former assassin as someone of strong morals or ideals but Mildmay is definitely the person who sprang to my mind instantly. If you read the series, you will see what I mean. 😉
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta | I have never read such an open, honest portrayal of the beast that is depression before. This book is absolutely wonderful because it shows clearly how depression affects the afflicted party and everyone close to them too. It hit very close to home for me.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz | I do not tend to gravitate towards ‘sweet’ romances (give me twisted, tortured ones any day!) but one of my few exceptions is the romance between Ari and Dante. Their romance is just everything that is good and pure about this world – it just makes me happy thinking about it.
The Captive Prince trilogy by C. S. Pacat | I have just read this series (and I loved it – see what I mean about twisted romances?) and was completely swept up in this tale of political intrigue and uncertain loyalties. The two main characters are both royalty – heirs to each of their respective kingdoms in fact – and their interplay is fascinating to watch (or to read, to be more accurate). Needless to say, I absolutely loved it.
The Captive Prince trilogy by C. S. Pacat | I can see this is going to be a bit of a theme lol. Laurent of Vere is the epitome of a manipulative character (though, as the books progress, you do find out why he has had to be so). I loved seeing his little Machiavellian brain in action. He was always a good ten steps ahead of every other character and it made him a fascinatingly magnificent little bastard of a character (I, of course, loved him to pieces). 😉
Uprooted by Naomi Novik | Standalone books are none too common in fantasy, particularly of the young adult variety, but Uprooted is one such book that flies in the face of convention and is all the stronger for it. The story is well-drawn and very self-contained. As much as it left me wanting more, it was perfect as is.
Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier | I love, love, love the UK edition with its gorgeous artwork and wraparound cover – it is one of my very favourite designs and the artistry is phenomenal – it really captures the spirit of the book. I wish the later books had the same style (although I do rather like their covers too).
The Fool from Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series | The Fool doesn’t come without his own tragic history and story (and then some) but there is no one as delightfully witty and quick-fitted as my Beloved. He is a joy of a character and I miss him every time he is not on the page.
Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb | The last book about the Fitz and the Fool is (finally!) out this year and I am waiting on this with bated breath. This trilogy of books was a long time in the making and not entirely expected (though embraced by me with open arms) and I am both anticipating and dreading the conclusion. I cannot see how this will end without the death of at least one of my favourite characters and I do not think my heart will take it.
Watership Down by Richard Adams | This was a firm favourite of mine growing up and the book I always return to when I feel the need – so many fond memories. I was rather gutted to hear of John Hurt’s passing yesterday – he will always be the Hazel inside my head when I read the book thanks to his wonderful portrayal in the cartoon version (which is way scarier than the book and practically traumatized me as a child lol). 😉
A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas | I have become rather obsessed with collecting bookish related items and fanart from this series – which is rather funny when you consider I have actually only read (albeit enjoyed) the first book! I have become more than a little obsessed with the romance (mainly of the side characters but yes I ship Feysand now too even though I have not yet read their developing relationship in ACOMAF). My favourite character is still Lucien and I trawl Pinterest, Tumblr, DeviantArt, Redbubble and Society6 for art that fits my mind’s image of him (and the other characters). I think I have a problem lol. 😉
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