Let’s talk: Reading books written in your first language

In case you don’t know yet, my first language is Chinese (cantonese). To be honest I wasn’t a big fan of Chinese books when I was small, especially those translated ones. I find it really difficult to read and remember translated names. Plus, a lot of the Chinese books are sort of lyrical and descriptive – I’m just not good enough to understand the writer’s emotion haha.

However, I did read some that I truly enjoyed – the Wuxia (martial arts and chivalry) genre. The most renowned Wuxia writer has got to be Jin Yong. He wrote The Legend of the Condor Heroes (which I love dearly), The Return of the Condor Heroes and many many more. These books are thick (4 volumes per story) and yet I was able to fly through them. I guess the main thing about going into reading is to find a genre that interests you. Otherwise, you’d be living under an illusion of ‘eww I don’t like books’, which was me two years ago.

Now that I’m done talking about modern Chinese literature, let’s talk about ancient ones. They were written in classical Chinese, a language that I struggle with. It’s Chinese, yes, but the use of words and meaning etc are different. They are condensed and much shorter. For all the Chinese tests I had, there were at least one passage written in classical Chinese, and you’d find me staring at it, re-reading it over and over again, attempting to solve the puzzle and understand what’s going on. Once it’s solved, the gateway to ancient wisdom will be opened *shimmery light everywhere*

Chinese literature is beautiful and full of wisdom, but sometimes it’s difficult to ‘grasp its essense’, especially for a literature idiot like me. Nevertheless, I do hope that they’d be treasured – how disheartening it is to ban books and cut both the culture and the history from its descendants.

So what is your favourite book written in your mother tongue? What do you like about it?

[Disclaimer: This is just me babbling about Chinese books. I’m by no means a Chinese literature expert, and it’ll be a pleasure if anyone can enlightened me on this issue.]

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

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1. Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3) by Tahereh Mafi

 

2.Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

 

3. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

 

4. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

 

5. Half Bad by Sally Green

 

6. We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

 

7. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

 

8.The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

 

9. Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

 

10.Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

So many books, so little time. I hope that I could finish them within 2015 😀 (But there’re loads of releases this year…)

Conclusion: you can never clear your tbr pile.

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Top 5 Favourite YA Dystopian novels

I’m starting a new series called ‘The Top 5’ where I’ll select the top five under a topic, which could be like ‘Top 5 To-be read’ or ‘Top 5 embarrassing unread books’.

To start off, I’m going to talk about my favourite genre – dystopia.

 

1. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

Almost everyone has read this trilogy already so I don’t really need to introduce it. I’m going straight into why this is on the top of my list.

Firstly, the world building is AMAZING. It made the series interesting and different from other dystopias such as The Hunger Games. People are sorted (oh yeah Harry Potter) into different factions according to their personalities, which brought out an important message of how do you define yourself.

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This book is life changing. It taught me that being different is a blessing, not a curse. The protagonist, Tris, taught me what are the ordinary acts of bravery – standing up for others as well as yourself.

Oh and there are a lot of inspirational quotes in the book and that’s always a plus.

 

2. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I’m not very fond of Katniss, but I really like how she is the Mockingjay, symbol of the revolution. I love how the citizens fight back and how Peeta refused to be changed by the games. The Hunger Games are brutal and violent. Even though the tributes would be honoured if they won the games, given money and fame, the characters refused to bow down and enjoy killing others. Power tends to corrupt, and the act of the characters fighting against it inspires me.

 

3. Legend trilogy by Marie Lu

Goodreads synopsis:

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

This book is action-packed. Fast-paced. WONDERFUL. I remember flying through the pages, eager to know what’d happen next. I won’t write much about my thoughts here as I don’t want to spoil anyone. So if you haven’t read this trilogy yet, GO READ IT NOW.

 

4. Shatter me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

Goodreads synopsis:

I have a curse

I have a gift

I am a monster

I’m more than human

My touch is lethal

My touch is power

I am their weapon

I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

This, again, is a story about a girl who is different. Like Divergent and The Hunger Games, it is about the incredible journey of someone who is a square peg in a round hole.

The writing style is very unique. As you can see from the synopsis, Juliette crossed out some of her thoughts:

I have a curse

I have a gift

As I read, I feel like reading her mind. Sometimes she deletes her thoughts, as if she is fighting against them. This made the book special and engages me. Again, I would not share too much. I really love this book and it’s praised by a lot of people, so please, add it into your tbr list.

 

5. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Goodreads synopsis:

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

I’ve yet to read the 2nd and the 3rd book in this trilogy. But so far, I enjoy it. The story is interesting and I’d recommend it to all dystopia lovers.

So that’s my top 5 favourite dystopian novels! Feel free to comment your top 5. I hope you enjoy it 😀