Lunar New Year Book Tag

Friday, February 17, 2017


Hello all! As some of you may know, Sat, Jan 28, 2017 is Lunar New Year. Happy Year of the Rooster!
Millions of people around the world celebrate Lunar New Year, mostly in Asian cultures.
To celebrate the Year of the Rooster this year, Tiffany (Mostly YA Lit) teamed up with Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts (the King of Book Tags) to bring you the Lunar New Year Book Tag! 

Here’s the deal: like in Western astrology, Chinese culture has it’s own zodiac, based on the year you were born and a corresponding animal. There are 12 animal signs and they each represent different personalities. We’ve created a book tag based on those.

Which Chinese zodiac animal you are?

  • Click over here for list of dates. Match up your birthday to the corresponding year, and that’s your animal.
  • Or if you’re good at math, try this handy trick from Divide your year of birth by 12 and read the remainder. If the number of the year can be divided with no remainder, take the remainder as zero. Each remainder corresponds to an animal sign. 

0: Monkey 1: Rooster 2: Dog 3: Pig
4: Rat 5: Ox 6: Tiger 7: Rabbit
8: Dragon 9: Snake 10: Horse 11: Sheep

Got it? You can read more about the different signs here, or below in each of the graphics!
Without further adieu, I present you…

The Lunar New Year Book Tag



Jessie: Without a doubt Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer. I have been anticipating this book for forever and it's nearly here! Nothing else comes close to the level of excitement I have for this book. I mean I have it preordered from two different places?


Jessie: I tend to reread books that make me feel intensely.... sometimes that means happy feelings (Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins), sometimes sad feelings (Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein), and sometimes a mix of both (Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta).

Dani: I think anyone who knows me can guess, but my comfort books are Harry Potter, specifically numbers 1-3


Dani: I'm not a huge book collector, but I did spend more than $100 on the 1970s Super Dictionary, better known to the internet as the book where Lex Luther steals forty cakes. That's as many as four tens. And that's terrible.

Jessie:  lol my wedding? Just kidding! I tend to be pretty frugal so my bookish buys are prints under $20 or collector's editions. So maybe.. the first edition hardcover I bought of Silksinger? I don't regret it, though.


Jessie: Hmmm... Taylor Jenkins Reid? Amalia Carosella? Both are good and both need to be read more widely. Also: BRIAN STAVELEY. He's not exactly an unknown but damnit more people need to read The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne.

Dani: I'm really surprised Jeremy Whitley's Princeless hasn't made more waves in the community. It's the book I wish I had a time machine to go back and give to our fourth grade selves.


Dani: The Baudelaire orphans from A Series of Unfortunate Events. I always loved how the three kept moving forward and seeing the good in people.

Jessie: Ella from Ella Enchanted! One of the many many reasons I loved her as a kid and continue to love her as an adult.


Jessie: Please go read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas as soon as you can. That book is powerful and honest and painful.

 Dani: Jess stole my answer so I'm going to say all of Jennifer Mathieu's books, but mostly just go buy THUG


Jessie: This is my sign! :) And, as always, my answer for this is Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

Dani: I'm also a rabbit. An older rabbit. A wiser rabbit? A romance-ier rabbit? I pick Steph Perkins' French Kiss series. All three are the epitome of sweet romances.


Jessie: How about my newest favorite nonfiction --- Rejected Princesses! It's not all royalty but there are some. Mostly it features badass women from history! With cartoons!

Dani: Going back to Princeless for this one. The story of a damsel in distress who saves herself from a tower and sets off to rescue her sisters, with side plots about the prince and queen and their gender defying talents.


Dani: Thinking YA, the first name that comes to mind is Cara from Alienated. It's not often we get to see a female prog be manipulative and ruthless in pursuit of her dreams and I think that's why this series sticks with me even as the author moves on.

Jessie: Gonna have to go with the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series -- is there a more manipulative fuck than Petyrphile-- I mean Petyr Baelish?


Jessie:  Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. A short slight book that makes so many points -- emotionally, logically -- and then just.. ends.

Dani: Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig. Though, what if not standalone, Caleb? What if NOT?



Jessie: I love the cover design for Sisters Red but I will never ever read it.


Jessie: HOID from the Cosmere! I mean he plays a deeper role than just comic relief but damn that man is a snarky bastard. See also: Wayne from the Mistborn second era books. Wayne is perfection.

Dani: Keeping the Sanderson theme, my answer is Syl and Rock from The Way of Kings/ Words of Radiance. 

Since this is a book tag,  and anyone else who wants to play. Instructions and downloads below. 
Thanks for checking out our Lunar New Year Book Tag! Are you guys celebrating Chinese or Lunar New Year? What are your traditions? What are your thoughts on my picks?



  1. Awww... I love this one! Another to add to the list. HP is definitely my go-to comfort book(s) as well. :)

    1. Sweet! I can't wait to see what you come up for for the questions :)


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