Today, over a billion Chinese citizens all over the world are celebrating the Lunar New Year. Today officially commences the Year of the Metal Rat, according to the 12-year cycle Chinese zodiac. The rat is one of 12 animals in the zodiac based on Eastern astrology. To celebrate the start of the Year of the Metal Rat, it is but timely to do a lunar new year-themed book tag.

I’ve come across the Lunar New Year Book Tag through fellow book blogger, Madame Writer. She has quite an insightful and interesting book blog; do check it out. Lunar New Year Book Tag was created by Mostly YA Lit. Without further ado, here’s my version of the book tag.


Rooster (honest, ambitious, punctual): Your most anticipated 2020 book

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Part of my 2020 Books I Look Forward To List, this book piqued my interest because of its inclusion in numerous 2020 most anticipated lists. The premise intrigued me and it is very timely as well. I do look forward to this book.

Dog (independent, sincere, loyal): A comfort book you always go back to

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This one is a no-brainer. Hiiro Arikawa’s The Travelling Cat Chronicles was one of my favorite reads in 2019. At once heartwarming, fuzzy, and heartbreaking, this unusual story of a cat named Nana and his master captured the entire emotional spectrum. A distinct experience and a light read that I will never hesitate going back to.

 

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A queer choice, I know. Aristotle and Dante’s story just plucks the proverbial strings. Their story is filled with love and hope. Plus, it is light and easy to read.

Pig (a symbol of affluence and wealth): A book or book-related thing you spent too much on

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This omnibus of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories and novelettes of the ever popular Victorian detective, Sherlock Holmes, is definitely one of my most expensive book purchases to date.

Rat (delicate, witty, & flexible): A book or author that has flown under the radar

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When The Perks of Being A Wallflower was adapted into a movie, many a reader believed that its author Stephen Chbosky is ripe for the picking. The Perks, which I’ve read in 2019 was my most popular read in 2019, as per Goodreads. However, post The Perks, I don’t think Chbosky has any releases in between The Perks and his latest work that was published last October 2019.

Ox (diligent, persistent, honest): A character who has strong morals or ideals

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I’ll go with Uncle Tom in Uncle Tom’s Cabin because it is the latest book review I have published. Whilst “Uncle Tom” has some negative connotations as it is used to describe slaves who are dutiful and loyal to their white masters and mistresses, Uncle Tom the character exuded a moral compass that is incomparable. Under the pressures of violence, he never wavered and never let his beliefs be compromised.

Tiger (powerful, confident, brave): A book that boldly addresses an issue

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Mental health awareness is subject that I am taking seriously. I want the stigma surrounding it to be “beaten”. In her lone novel, Sylvia Plath powerfully addresses mental health in a period when it was frowned up. What perhaps made it even more powerful is that Plath drew from her own experiences to conjure a narrative that is eye-opening and relatable.

Rabbit (tender, graceful, sensitive): A book with a sweet romance

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I’ll go old school (rather high school) and have Nicholas’ Sparks’ A Walk to Remember. I totally enjoyed the movie and book even more so. I guess the movie influenced me a lot on this.

Dragon (authority, dignity, luck): A book with royalty in it

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Russian literary classics are just peppered with numerous royalties – from counts to princes – they are subjects of fascination of famed writers such as Leo Tolstoy. Anna Karenina, herself, is a countess, and she’s surrounded with numerous royal bloods as well. War and Peace, another Tolstoy masterpiece had several royalties as well. And since we’re into Russian royalties, I just want to include Danielle Steel’s Zoya, too as its vividness made me interest with Russian royalties.

Snake (wise, cunning, & sly): A book with a manipulative character

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It took sometime before I had an answer and then I realized that the answer was staring right at me. Scarlett O’Hara. Is there any need for me to elaborate on how manipulative of a character she is.

Horse (enthusiastic, independent, zealous): A standalone book

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As I am mostly a stand-alone book reader, I have many choices for this question. But I guess I’ll have a go with Iris Murdoch’s Man Booker Prize winning masterpiece, The Sea, The Sea.

Sheep (tender, sensitive to art & beauty): Your favorite book cover or design

 

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At first glance, I knew I wanted to purchase the illustrated version of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane. The cover and the glossy pages are so lit. I still haven’t bought it though. Too expense, haha.

Monkey (clever, lively, quick-witted): Your favorite comic relief character

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Funny character? I’ll go with the picaresque  Don Quixote de la Mancha. I guess he’s more of the delusional type rather than the funny type. But his delusions were really comic.


Before I end this tag, I want to tag every one who wants to do this one. Gong Xei Fa Cai!

Have a happy reading adventure everyone!