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Cramathon Wrap Up

Do you think I should have a sticker for this readathon wrap ups which just says ‘did not stick to my TBR but read a lot anyway’? I seem to be saying that a lot, but it’s just so fun creating TBRs and taking part in readathons. This readathon ran from 26th December to the 2nd January, though I thought it ended with December.

I read 15 books for this readathon (I know) because I was trying to reach 365 books for the year so I was reading all the short books I owned.

This readathon was nicely timed and so I got a lot of reading done for it. Did anyone else take part in this readathon? What did you think?

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Top Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To

This is a weekly blog meme by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is the top ten books I didn’t get to in 2017. I did the same topic for Top 5 Wednesday, which will show up tomorrow so I’ll put different books on this list. I have so many books that I intended to read in 2017 that it wasn’t hard to fill both lists!

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

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China Girl and Other Stories

China Girl: And Other StoriesA modern woman adrift in modern China. Would-be lovers connected and separated by random chance. A drunken dissident and his less-then-happy minder. A researcher of war atrocities who must come to grips with her own family tragedies. A princess of a kingdom that no longer exists. Actors placed at the service of comedies and tragedies, depending on a filmmaker’s whim… These are the characters that populate Ho Lin’s short story collection China Girl.

In its nine tales, China Girl documents the collisions between East and West, the power of myth and the burden of history, and loves lost and almost found. The stories in this collection encompass everything from contemporary vignettes about urban life to fable-like musings on memories and the art of storytelling. Wide-ranging and playful, China Girl is a journey into today’s Asia as well as an Asia of the imagination.

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