Chinese New Year Book Tag // featuring way too many books I’m so sorry

I had a completely different post scheduled for this date, but then I saw that there was a Chinese New Year tag, and clearly I had to change my plans completely.

(Also, I know I said I would be back on Wednesday and this is technically four days late but I was busy and I’m sorry!!!)

Anyways, I don’t think I’ve done an actual tag in a million years, but this sounds FUN and I want to do more tags and yeah, what can I say.

rules 2

  • Answer the questions and share your zodiac animal (Only if you’re comfortable with it! If you don’t know, you can look it up online based on your birth year!)
  • Pingback to the creator of the tag (hammockofbooks) and whoever tagged you so we can read your responses!
  • Tag some of your friends! (But not four because that’s unlucky!)

So… I didn’t get tagged for this post but it looks fun and I’m Chinese, so I think I have a natural right to do this post. ALSO THIS IS ALMOST LATE BUT TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE OFFICIAL CHINESE NEW YEAR HOLIDAY. (Happy Chinese New Year!!!!)

Also, for some of these I’m doing more than one book because I cannot be restrained.

{all covers link to their respective goodreads}


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1. NEW YEAR / a book with a phenomenal beginning

39863498blog review | goodreads review

This book’s prologue was kind of amazing and interesting and I loved it. A lot. And forgot that the prologue was even the prologue.

Not going to lie, but I hated Roshani’s debut, The Star-Touched Queen. I mean, when I was reading it, I mildly enjoyed it, actually! But the ending of the novel just made me cringe. A lot. And the fact that it was kind of just aimless meandering around a world (although the worldbuilding was kind of pretty & the writing was lush). But this one actually had plot!!!


2. CHINESE NEW YEAR / a book by an asian author


blog review | goodreads review

Listen, how could I write a post and just not feature GoPaF? it’s literally impossible.

I mean, this book tore my heart out the second I read that epilogue. Which was pretty cool. It was fun. It was fresh. I’m still in pain, whatevs.

ALSO THIS COVER IS SO GORGEOUS and I’m just thinking of the cover of the second novel… like how on earth can this improve?? What will the second cover be?? Another pretty Asian model?? WHAT WILL HAPPEN.


3. LUNAR NEW YEAR / a book that takes place in space

38469737blog review | goodreads review

I’ve definitely talked about this book way, way too much but uhhhh… listen this is a GOOD BOOK RIGHT HERE although I wouldn’t recommend it to ~everyone~ mainly because it’s more of a “classic sci-fi type” novel?? BUT STILL AMAZING.

Some people didn’t like this cover but LISTEN. I LOVE THIS COVER SO MUCH. I don’t know why but this space color palette is really just, like, *clenches fist* working with me.

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(Off topic but oh my god I’ve never formatted text with the image on the right side of the page and I am not used to it at all.)

Contrary to the above novel, I don’t think I’ve mentioned this book a lot in recent years. But it’s actually amazing!!! Even though the sequel was really confusing, and I don’t even recall anything that happened in the last half, but maybe that was because I was reading it on my phone???? But this book is good enough that I’m going to try rereading the sequel.


Can we talk about my goodreads review. What is this

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what is this. who am I


4. YEAR OF THE PIG / an animal sidekick


blog review | goodreads review

Okay, my reviews up there ^^ are lowkey incoherent but I mean… you can go and read them if you’d like to.

I STILL LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH oh my god!!! The author is writing an avatar novel this June!!! The sequel is coming out either this year??? Or next year?? And I’m so excited!

Also, this doesn’t 100% count as an animal sidekick?? It’s hard to explain, but you should just read this and then you’ll know what I mean!!

(I think that this prompt and this book is kind of ironic because this book is based off the Monkey King story, and in the original story the Monkey King has an animal sidekick: a pig!!!)


5. LUCKY COLOR RED / a book with a red cover


I feel like I never really talk about this book, but this is one of the first novels that drew me into reading YA fantasy!! IT WAS SO GOOD and the cover was so beautiful and ahhhh!!! I love Renée Ahdieh so, so much. (I loved her Flame in the Mist series, but they weren’t as *good* to me as this duology was??)

Wow, I really want to reread this novel. I’m just kind of recalling the absolute amazingness of the main character and how she was just an absolute queen. I MISS HER.


blog review | goodreads review

This novel kind of reminded me how much I love YA fantasy. It was a million times better than Amanda Foody’s debut (does that sound mean? I’m sorry) and while the cover is… moderately questionable… I’m still shocked that Harper actually sent me this. And that I read it way too late after the release date!! Why did I do that!! I make bad life decisions, kids.

I’M SO EXCITED FOR THAT SEQUEL. I NEED IT. I need more Enne and Levi, please.

(I’m doing all of these out of order and I just realized that I literally didn’t put titles for any of these.)


6. FIRECRACKERS / a book with action


blog review | goodreads review

I think that my blog review for this was one of my more well-written blog reviews, as of, like, ever? Probably because I actually took notes while I read it.

(Life tip: take notes while you read!!! You are welcome.)

Anyways, this was actually really enjoyable even though I was cringing because it was so, so long and it took me forever to go through it. It was also a little slow-paced, but you know what? It had a good payoff. I still enjoyed it. I feel like this book really took you on a tour through the world.


7. RED ENVELOPES / a book you can’t wait to open

There are so many books that apply to this (oh… my god) but I’m probably just going to list the ones that I actually own, in physical format so that I can narrow down the list.


I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet!!! I love the author so much (on Twitter) and literally everyone has loved this book and this pulls from real-life history, specifically the Second Sino-Japanese War which I really, really want to learn more about.

And I’m Chinese, and the author is Chinese, soooo it’s ownvoices. In both ways. (I was sent this for bookishwish and I’m so, so grateful oh my god.)

Also, I never really looked at the synopsis until around a month ago, and I’m MORE EXCITED for it because I love plots like this.


I know some people really, really hated this but more importantly some people LOVED this and I really want to read this!! The cover is actually gorgeous and this is an ownvoices for Muslim representation. (I originally thought the author was Asian, but she’s actually a white convert.)

I also thought that the main characters in this book were Middle Eastern, but I’m just now looking at reviews and apparently this is set near Cairo, so… I’m not 100% sure of the poc representation. ANYWAYS, this sounds amazing. The cover to the second novel is so freaking pretty!!


I got this from BookCon when I was actually trying to get Kass Morgan’s new novel (I forgot the title oops but it was space related and had a number in the title, I think) for my sister, and I’m so glad that I did because I was already excited for this novel!!

It’s inspired from Mughal India, and apparently the romance is one of the best ones soooo can I have a heck yea??

*the two people reading this blog post are silent*


8. DELICIOUS FOOD / a book that made you hungry


goodreads review

Okay, I haven’t actually written my Goodreads review yet (I’m going to be writing it… later today? Maybe?) and listen, I have mixed feelings about this novel (which I’ll elaborate on in the review) but guess who’s still in love with this cover?? ME.

This novel literally starts out with the main character and her mother making some murgir jhol in the first chapter, and oh my god I was SO HUNGRY when I was reading that.


9. GATHERING WITH FAMILY / a book with an amazing fictional family 


This is such an amazing novel and I know you’ve heard of it, but wow. These three sisters are so similar to me and my sister?? Kind of??? Both of my sisters agree that we’re super similar.

(Am I Lara Jean??)

*crowd boos because, like, I suck*

The father and the older sister, Margot, trying to take care of the family especially after their mom died is so touching to me and I really, really love the efforts that the dad goes to in order to try and keep the sisters in touch with their Korean heritage.


This post was literally 1.7k words?? How am I doing this?? Why am I doing this?? I’m so sorry for everyone who has had to endure whatever *gestures to blog* this is.

I know tags are supposed to be short and sweet, but when you read this post you signed up for my rambling, okay?

I’m tagging anyone who is Chinese and/or celebrates Lunar New Year in any way!! Love y’all!

The prompts:

  1. New Year / a book with a phenomenal beginning
  2. Chinese New Year / a book by an asian author
  3. Lunar New Year / a book that takes place in space
  4. Year of the Pig / a book with an animal sidekick
  5. Lucky Color Red / a book with a red cover
  6. Firecrackers / a book with action
  7. Red Envelopes / a book you can’t wait to open
  8. Delicious Food / a book that made you hungry
  9. Gathering with Family / a book with an amazing fictional family

tell me your thoughts 2

Do you celebrate Chinese New Year (and what did you do)? Have you read any of these books, or do you want to read any of these? What’s a book that made you hungry? What’s a book you loved that took place in space? Etc, etc, etc, what are your answers to these prompts?



  1. i…….completely forgot about ace of shades??? i was so excited to read it and at some point just…forgot it existed. wow.

    also YES TO TATBILB!!! the song sisters = fictional family goals. also real-life family goals but i digress

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  2. I laughed aloud when I saw your Goodreads review for The Diabolic. Like, I’m still laughing because it’s amazingly funny and I love it. And you should definitely read The Poppy War soon, that book destroyed me!! Ripped my heart out!! Made me sad and wonder about human beings!!

    Also, side note, but isn’t the cover for The Poppy War gorgeous? Speaking of gorgeous covers, YES the cover for GoPaF was also so beautiful?? You’re right, how will the second cover ever measure up?

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    1. Okay, I replied earlier but it didn’t show up??? Anyways, here:

      hahaaa thank you for appreciating my weirdness?? I don’t even know what compelled me to write that review, lol.

      AAAH OKAY THE POPPY WAR LOOKS SO GOOD AND IM SCARED THAT IT RIPPED YOUR HEART OUT?? It’s on the top of my tbr when I have the time 💓💓 also YES the cover is so beautiful and aesthetically pleasing?? the smoke and the girl on the cover?? also I AM SCARED OF GOPAF 2

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      1. The Poppy War is devastating. I love how complex and realistic the arc of the main character is, but it’s also really hard to read about at times. And I actually wasn’t a fan of the cover at first, but it looked way better in real life than it did on Goodreads. 🙂 And GOPAF ENDED ON SUCH A HUGE CLIFFHANGER ULKWFLIWEFLN I NEED BOOK 2 NOW PLS SEND HELP


  3. I really enjoyed Diabolic as well, probably one of the only space novels I liked. I just have a hard time enjoying them most of the time. Artemis was good too though, now that I mention it.

    Ace of Shades was AMAZING. I read it after Strange the Dreamer and I STILL thought it was amazing and after reading such a great book like Strange the Dreamer normally nothing seems good, but Ace of Shades did.

    I have an eARC of Empire of Sand and have yet to pick it up. The Poppy War is on my “to buy” list of books. I’m sad that you haven’t read them yet, I was looking for an opinion. I have yet to see anyone that I know read Empire of Sand.. Also… who would ever REGRET going to Book Con? If I ever had one of those book festivals come to where I live I would be there.

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    1. oh yeaaa come to think of it, I haven’t enjoyed *that many* space novels?? but The Diabolic was definitely amazing to read, and the political intrigue was just amaazing <3. I might read Artemis then! I've heard a lot of people really liked that one.

      YESS Ace of Shades was so addicting??! It lowkey reminded me of why I freaking love the YA genre and I just loved Enne and Levi's relationship, as well as Enne's growth as a person aaah!!

      Haha, I've seen a lot of people say that Empire of Sand had an amaazing romance, and I'm definitely going to try and pick it up within the first half of this year?? I'll definitely let you know my opinion on TPW and Empire of Sand!! ❤ ❤ It means a lot to me that my opinion matters!! I HOPE YOU CAN GET TO A BOOK CONVENTION/FESTIVAL SOOOON!!

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      1. I have to read the sequel to The Diabolic! I actually went into that book totally blind, just picked it up based on the cover and the fact that I had seen my Goodreads friends like it. So it was cool reading it without knowing anything about it.

        The other space novel series I enjoyed was Across the Universe

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        1. omg YESSSS?? I actually started the sequel but… I stopped and it’s too awkward for me to continue from where I left off bc I forgot everything, lol! I need to restart that novel.

          Oooh I own a paperback of Across the Universe & it looks good?? Maybe I’ll try it! I was considering donating it lol

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  4. can’t believe you’re really out here doing god’s work by featuring a book by an Asian author for each prompt even though there was already one prompt about an Asian author praise jesus!!!!

    anyways I’m really excited for The Poppy War which I will hopefully read sometime soon and also please don’t hate me if I say I never plan on reading The Wrath and the Dawn (or Flame in the Mist)…… you

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    1. LMAOOO yeah I was just going to do all Asian authors & whatever Asian author was left over I did for prompt #2 about having an asian author


      also uhhhhh I’m totally fine with you not planning to read The Wrath and the Dawn 😃😃 (tbh I feel like you would NOT enjoy Flame in the Mist & it doesn’t even compare to her first book lolz)

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  5. Oh this tag is so awesome! I don’t celebrate Chinese new year but I was born on the day !! I can’t wait to read The Gilded Wolves and The Poppy War — they look amazing! And this post is great inspo for my YARC TBR so thanks!

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  6. It’s so nice seeing someone talk about Ignite the stars, I haven’t seen many people talk about it and I LOVED this book, it’s epic! 🙂 The Poppy War is one of my favourites of last year, and I can’t wait to see what you think of it (though I always recommend people check out the trigger warnings on the author’s website, it’s a heavy book)

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  7. Ahhhhh you’re making me want to re-read The Wrath and The Dawn thank you very much, I love this book and the duology way, way too much ❤ ❤ Fantastic answers for this tag! 😀

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  8. it’s so unfair (and i’m sorry to whine) THAT EVERYONE HAS/READ THE LOVE AND LIES OF RUSKHANA ALI BUT ME. there was this UK scholastic book event that lots of bloggers (ahem *white) UK bloggers got invited to (which i don’t mind, i will avoid book events at all costs) and i THINK they gave out free copies of the book! and then like everytime i see someone talk about it i’m like I NEED IT SO BAD!! and my library doesn’t have it but i went in Waterstones and read like 40 pages while in the shop and like i couldn’t stop thinking about JUST THE BEGINNING!! and dfhsjdnfg I WANT IT IN MY LIFE SO BAD IM SORRY THIS WAS A RANT. i’m truly am That Jealous Book Blogger!!! i hate myself.

    also i’m crying it means so much to me that you liked ace of shades (i know that sounds weird but like i need more people to like it and i value ur opinion sm so) (and i agree! a lot better than her debut) AND KING OF FOOLS IS UP ON US NETGALLEY SO I THINK U CAN REQUEST IT!! and can enne and Levi effing KISS this slow-burn is killing meeeee.

    also!! no!! you are NOT EXCITED ABOUT CITY OF BRASS. (but i feel like u actually might like/love it?? bc i only dnfed because it was slow but u got through the girl king so MAYBE?!?!)

    i really want to read the wrath and the dawn ever since i heard about it (like 2 years ago) but i still haven’t read it so rip

    also im reading your review of genie lo and i’m literally so happy that you found so much of like the tv shows and stuff in it?!? your review makes me want to cry bc you love it so passionately!??!?!?!

    also JUUUUUU i’m going to like make ignite the stars a priority to read (if i can get it from my library) sometime this year – i don’t like the cover but i appreciate the woc of the front is powerful and awesome!!

    also YES GPOAF i wonder what they’re going to do for book 2’s cover?? THIS IS A GENUINE CONCERN!!! how will it even compare??????!?!??

    also normally im so stuck on what to comment but i just wrote this all in one go thats how you know this post was really good!!! im so proud of you for blogging so much and this comment is A MESS, like the grammar and !? and punctuation is all over the place which is fine.

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    1. hi ilsa I Freaking LOVE YOU and your long comments they’re actually AMAZING

      NO NO NO YOU ARE TOTALLY TOTALLY VALID ON BEING UPSET THAT YOU HAVENT READ THE LOVE AND LIES OF RUKHSANA ALI YET esp since you’re ownvoices for the Muslim rep!!! Also omlll that really sucks :// honestly if you just read the entire thing in Waterstones I’ll freaking approve bc you Desrve it!!!

      IM HAPPY THAT YOU VALUE MY OPINION???! & Im glad we can both scream about Ace of Shades. ALSO I SAW THAT KING OF FOOLS WAS UP ON NG AND IM SO EXCITED and also sad that there probably won’t be physical arcs of it :///

      HONESTLY even if I don’t like City of Brass I’m going to make it a goal to read the ENTIRE THING bc I OWN it and I would just feel bad lol

      THE WRATH AND THE DAWN IS SO GOOD!! Holy crap I love it so much,,, please read it and live text me honestly.

      AHHHH wow I’m cringing my review for Genie Lo was NOT high quality and literally just me like. screaming but AHHHHH THANK YOU I am vv emotional about that book

      okay omg you might not… like it but I STILL RECOMMEND!! I’m super cautious to recommend that book bc I think I just liked it more bc it was diverse LOL

      I’m so scared and excited for GOPAF 2 and like how on earth will the artist MAKE IT AS GOOD????



  9. What a lovely tag!!! I hope you love The Poppy War. I read it at the end of January and really really liked it — can’t wait for the sequel! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is one of my all-time YA favorites. Lara Jean is so cute and sweet and adorable! Plus, the things she bakes??? They make me so hungry…

    I don’t celebrate the Chinese New Year, but this year I had a Chinese friend over and we ended up spending some time together playing video games and just talking. He’s studying in my country (in Europe) and has no family, so I’m happy that I spent the day with him. I hope you had a great New Year and an even lovelier rest of the year of the pig!

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    1. Thank youu, Rita! YESS the sequel of The Poppy War looks like it’s going to be so good and the cover?? is really nice?? I love the blue! YES To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before will always remain in my heart as something previous!! I wish I had Lara Jean’s baking skill, tbh!

      Awww I’m glad you had a nice time with your friend for Chinese New Year ❤ ❤ I hope that YOU have an amazing year for the rest of 2019!

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  10. omg im crying what is your diabolic review julianna

    if you keep talking about the gilded wolves like that im going to turn into a puddle of sadness and impatience bc MY COPY STILL HASNT COME 😭😭 GREAT ANSWERS

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  11. Aaah I love this tag and reading your answers for it!! ❤️ I’m sorry you didn’t like The Star Touched Queen very much ahah. I don’t quite remember it very much, but I really liked it! For what that’s worth 😂 I’m so happy you enjoyed Gilded Wolves more!!

    MURGIR JHOL IS VERY VERY GOOD ahahaha I was very hungry reading that too 😂 I look forward to reading your thoughts on the book! 💕

    AHH Girls of Paper and Fire is SO AMAZING I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK 😍😍

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    1. Thank you so much, Aline!! Hah, I really did enjoy the Star Touched Queen’s writing, but not so much the actual execution of the plot 😔


      How is Natasha Ngan going to write a feasible sequel to GoPaF? I DONT KNOW

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