I chose the shortest book to start with my #NovelNovember goals. This is a YA history of China. It was published to go along with one of the Field Museum's exhibits. It covers China from prehistory to about 1912. I know very little about China and this helped to expand my knowledge. It also is my book for #SetInChina for #Booked2022 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @alisiakae @Andrew65
Listened to this a couple books ago, a recommendation from @Megabooks from awhile back that I just now got around to. I knew very little about Hong Kong prior to listening to this and now have a real feel for the city through the eyes of Karen Cheung, resident who got her start writing about Hong Kong for foreigners in English publications. Also using for #booked2022 #setinchina which kind of works and kind of doesn‘t lol
My #Booked2022 Quarter 3 recap. I have 5 more to go before it's complete.
❄ 3 These Violent Delights #SetInChina
? 9 A Grain of Wheat #AuthorBornInAfrica
? 10 Tailwinds Past Florence #MakeYourOwnPrompt "Written by someone with whom you've shared a meal"
? 16 Her Fearful Symmetry #AboutSisters
? 17 After We Were Stolen #NewIn2022
? 18 Last Summer at the Golden Hotel #SetInAnInnLodgeOrHotel
? 21 All Systems Red #AHopePunkNovel
4 3/4 ⭐
#pop22 #booktokrecommendation @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @KarenUK @Cortg @RaeLovesToRead @Megabooks @Laughterhp @squirrelbrain @Kalalalatja
#booked2022 #setinchina (well, Chinatown but I'm counting it) @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#52bookclubssummergenrechallenge #youngadult @BarbaraBB
#Gladstonerds @TrishB @Cathythoughts @julesG @scripturient @Leniverse @Oryx @CGainor3 @rockpools @Caroline2 @Susanita
Not sure I've tagged everyone! 😂
I had higher hopes for this book, as I was very interested in the interracial adoption storyline, but I felt the story really dragged. It took me ages to read. At least it fulfilled some prompts! The parts I did love was the exploration of adoption trauma, and an example of how inhumane our immigration system is (saying more would border in spoiler territory).
This epic fantasy is solidly based in real China / Japan relations during the 20th century. At the same time, the main character has meaningful development as she transforms from a rural orphan to a military neophyte. She‘s charming and smart, if also completely beyond her depth. The fantasy aspects are rooted in Chinese culture and myth. Overall a win!
Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022