The Lunar New Year started last Tuesday. Apparently, 2019 is the year of the pig. I saw this great tag from Lauren at Narrative Paradise,(tag created by Kay at Hammock of Books) and now I’m taking part. So, here goes:
My Zodiac Animal: I don’t really do the whole zodiac thing, but according to google, I was also born in the year of the pig. Oink, oink.
1. New Year/ A book with a phenomenal beginning: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. The beginning of this book gives me chills. It’s so beautifully worded, it will suck you right in.
” The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.
The most obvious part was a hollow, echoing quiet, made by things that were lacking. If there had been a wind it would have sighed trough the trees, set the inn’s sign creaking on its hooks, and brushed the silence down the road like trailing autumn leaves. If there had been a crowd, even a handful of men inside the inn, they would have filled the silence with conversation and laughter, the clatter and clamor one expects from a drinking house during the dark hours of the night. If there had been music…but no, of curse there was no music. In fact there were none of these things, and so the silence remained.
Inside the Waystone a pair of men huddled at one corner of the bar. they drank with quiet determination, avoiding serious discussions of troubling news. In doing these they added a small, sullen silence to the larger, hollow one. it made an alloy of sorts, a counterpoint.
The third silence was not an easy thing to notice. If you listened for an hour, you might begin to feel it in the wooden floor underfoot and in the rough, splintering barrels behind the bar. It was in the weight of the black stone heart that held the heat of a long-dead fire. It was in the slow back and forth of a white linen cloth rubbing along the grain of the bar. and it was in the hands of the man who stood there, polishing a stretch of mahogany that already gleamed in the lamplight.
The man had true-red hair, red as flame. his eyes was dark and distant, and he moved with the subtle certainty that comes from knowing many things.
The Waystone was is, just as the third silence was his. This was appropriate, as it was the greatest silence of the three, wrapping the other inside itself. It was deep and wide as autumn’s ending. It was heavy as a great river-smooth stone. It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die.”
2. Chinese New Year/ A Book By an Asian Author: The Girl King by Mimi Yu. I have yet to read this one, but it looks intriguing.
3. Lunar New Year/ A Book Set in Space: Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I’ve raved about this book many times, and I will probably never stop. It is so well done!
4. Zodiac/Year of the Pig/ A Book With an Animal Sidekick: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Does a familiar count as a sidekick? Either way, the mountain cat Camden, is a fantastic addition to the book.
5. Lucky Color Red/ A Book With a Red Cover: The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers. It’s a biography that I’ve just started, so I don’t have an opinion about it yet, aside from thinking the cover is striking.
6. Firecrackers/ A Book Exploding With Action: The Black Company by Glen Cook. It’s high fantasy- meets a military novel in this book series.
7. Red Envelopes/ A Book You Can’t Wait to Open: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. Since falling in love with The Night Circus, I’ve been hoping the author would write another novel. It comes out November fifth, and I am so excited!
8. Delicious Food/ A Book that Made You Hungry : Redwall By Brain Jacques. I want to sit and eat with Constance the Badger! I don’t even know what half of the stuff described in their feasts are, but it all sounds delicious.
9. Gathering With Family/ An Amazing Fictional Family: I have to go with the Weasley family (minus Percy. He’s a booger). They’re all so warm and welcoming.
That’s it. Happy Chinese New Year! Feel free to join in the fun!