What I Read In Quarantine: Tier-Ranking Edition! (ft. graphics, favourite reads + new formatting)

During the time I disappeared, I … did read some books?

But since this is a book blog, we’re going to talk about them, but with the twist of tier ranking them!

If you all have (somewhat) kept up with the book internet (mostly book twitter and BookTube), you know that tier ranking is a massive trend. And since I too love following the crowd ranking things, I’ve always wanted to make a tier ranking post at some point in the blog and to see how that would translate in blog form.

So after I saw Ellias’s video where he tier ranked all the books he recently read, I thought it would be a fun idea for me to do the same thing, especially since I’ve been finding the format of my previous wrap ups stifling, and need to try something new.

During quarantine (from March to May), I’ve read 14 books, and while I have read significantly less especially compared to previous years, I’ve been able to enjoy the books I do read more.

We’re going to go month by month, and then finish with the final graphic!

For everyone who wants the SparkNotes edition of this post.

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Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan // A stunning, solid, proudly Asian sequel that suffers from second book syndrome

“This is a language I understand. A language of pain and horror I, too, have learned.  That too many girls have had to learn.”

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  1. Girls of Paper and Fire ★★★★★

Releases 5th November, 2019 (today!)

Thank you to Julie from HBG and the publisher for letting me read an early advanced reader’s copy of this book! Forever grateful ❤

In November of 2018, I hit a milestone in my reading life – I found a book with a clear Malaysian Chinese influence, which as a Malaysian Chinese kid, I never found but was internally.

And I fell in love with it. From the court intrigue to the discussion of sexual assault and to its presentation of beautiful, fierce Asian girls, there was so much to love in it. After I had devoured it in one sitting on a school night (it was worth it), I eagerly searched up the next book and was MASSIVELY anticipating the publication of this book.

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My New Favourite Anthology – Ever? // Hungry Hearts Book Review

Wow, this was truly such an experience. This was an absolutely phenomenal anthology which spoke to my soul and heart, lived up to all my expectations. It is most definitely one of my favourites of the year and perhaps of all time, and even may be my favourite short story anthology ever.

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Oh My God, I Really Ramble On: Recent Reads #2 (ft. lots of rereads, Asian books + My Reading Rush Wrap Up!

Ya girl is back to ramble on about the books she has finished reading!

Ever since I wrote up the very first post in the series, I found that this both really works for me + it’s a great way for me to review the books I have read without committing to a full review!

During the second half of the month, I read eight books (seven novels and one flash fiction) from a wide variety of genres and did like them all.

I also participated in the Reading Rush (which made up five of these books) during my family vacation, and I’m super proud of myself, honestly.

On to the books!

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I’m Actually Reviewing the Books I Read aka My Recent Reads (The Start of a New Feature On The Blog!)

Two facts about me as a reader: I read a lot of books every month (I’d say I read an average of 10-12 books each month), and I am very bad at regularly writing reviews, let alone in a timely manner.

This is becoming even more apparent when I’m writing my monthly wrap ups, and I often don’t have much space to go into good detail about the books I read.

When I saw the Recently Read feature go around the blogosphere, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to go into further depth into the books I read while actually publishing some semblance of reviews (while also looking like a good book blogger).

I’ll try and publish two of these per month, the first one mid-way through the month (which serves as a mid-month wrap up) and one just before/after I publish my monthly wrap ups (to wrap up the second half of the month).

Since I read 7 books and I am physically incapable of not rambling, let’s just get into it, shall we?

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Blog Tour Review + Aesthetic: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (ft. an INTL giveaway!!)

If you know me at all, you know that I ADORE Asian books and I will take any chance to boost them, especially in 2019, with so many great Asian books coming out!

When Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea announced that she was hosting a blog tour for this book, I jumped at the chance. Getting to read, review and boost one of my most anticipated, proudly Asian releases of the year? An absolute yes to that.

I was beyond ecstatic to be accepted into this all-Asian tour, and I’m beyond grateful to have a spot in the tour!

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Stronger Than A Bronze Dragon: A Compelling Own Voices Chinese Historical Fantasy! (Blog Tour + Review)

Hi friends! I am incredibly excited about today’s post, as I am going to be able to fulfill my goal of participating in a blog tour, and what’s more, about a great YA Chinese historical fantasy novel! Being a huge history buff and being able to identify with the representation, I was incredibly excited for this book and was incredibly excited when I was chosen for the blog tour! Let’s just get into it, shall we?

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