Currently Reading: Chinese Fantasy & Crime Thrillers

Good morning, friendlings! Saturday is going to be a fun and chill day for me. I plan on visiting my mum and having chai and breakfast with her and my dad. Then I’m going to come back home, do laundry, and play more Legend of Zelda on my Switch! Of course there shall be reading here and there, but honestly, there will be more potion making and running away from murderous flocks of chickens than anything else. It’s safe to say I’m addicted to this game, which isn’t a total surprise since I’m obsessed with the franchise. But we aren’t here to chat about my gaming theatrics, at least not quite yet.

Today, I wanted to share with you the three books that I plan on reading this weekend with the intention of finishing by the 15th so I can return them to the book rental palace. I had previously checked out two of my current reads, but then had to return them before I could finish them. There was a hold on each of them. However! I did place a hold on them again right after dropping them off, and luckily, I only had to wait a week before getting my hands on them again. My plan is to prioritise these books so that I won’t hoard them for a super long time. That’s not fair to other folks who’ve been eyeing them. Good thing I’m more than halfway through them both! The third book is one I picked up weeks ago because I enjoyed another title by the same author and wanted to expand my experience with her works.

Check them all out down below, and if you can, let me know if you have read or are interested in reading any of the books I’ve named. I would love to hear from you in the comments.

Bury What We Cannot Take by Kirstin Chen

Bury What We Cannot Take is an #OwnVoices Chinese narrative about a family that flees an islet off the Chinese coast when Mao takes over. However, due to a betrayal that’s horribly close to home, they are forced into making an impossible decision, one that shall follow and affect each of them in different yet agonising ways. This book is so powerful and emotionally evocative. I read it while gripping the edges of my desk, blanket, or pillow very tightly. There is so much tension and suspense in it as it shares some awful experiences that were a harsh reality for so many Chinese individuals during this specific time period. So far, I highly recommend it for fans of Asian literature and/or modern Chinese history.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire is a young adult fantasy title authored by a Chinese-Malaysian woman and it’s heavily influenced by various South Asian and South East Asian cultures, traditions, and practises. It follows a young girl who is ripped away from her family after the Emperor decides that he wants her as his personal concubine due to her unique beatific traits. I don’t want to give more information than that because the less you know, the more you get swept away by the narrative’s progression and characters. The outstanding world-building is probably my favourite aspect of this book. I was hesitant at picking it up initially because I don’t care for hyped reads, yet with the way the setting and atmosphere is crafted here, I can completely understand why it’s being raved about. I’m about fifty percent of the way through this, and I’m quite eager to review it and chat with you about it once I’m done.

Pretty Girls: A Novel by Karin Slaughter

Pretty Girls is a psychological crime thriller that I sought out after reading and loving Slaughter’s novel, The Good Daughter (spoiler-free review & analysis). This one is about two sisters and two fucked-up tragedies that are approximately twenty years apart. In this story, the disappearance of a teenager in present times ends up being a trigger for a past event the two underwent. As the case is further investigated, it’s discovered to be tied to an unsolved crime from decades ago. I love it when two events collide in the darkest and most unexpected means, so that was a large appeal for me with this title. I’ve had such a book boner for psychological thrillers lately, so I’m going to take advantage of it while it lasts!

Book boner is something I coined up randomly on Twitter when I replied to a fellow BookTuber’s tweet and I just loved it. It’s random and so very fitting for my personality. I use it to refer to a vast quantity of excitement or cravings when it comes to reading. Like I’ve been reading so much lately and just about enjoying all them ➡️ I’ve had a huge book boner lately that can’t be satiated. Or another example: I’ve been completely addicted to thrillers ➡️ I’ve had such a massive book boner for the thriller genre. Sometimes… being ludicrously silly and outrageous is the best way to laugh and make the most of a moment. Don’t you think? 😉

Come chat with me in the comments! Do y’all have book boners? What titles/genres have your interest?

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9 thoughts on “Currently Reading: Chinese Fantasy & Crime Thrillers

  1. Oooh, can’t wait to hear your thoughts about Girls of Paper and Fire! It was one of my favourite reads of last year 😀

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