It seems only logical that one of my first posts of 2018 is one that gives a shout-out to all of my favourite reads of 2017; when I first decided I was going to do this post I thought I would only include 10 books, but as it turns out there are 20 books that I just have to put on this list. Despite probably being able to comfortably say which books are my top 3 reads of the year, I’ve decided to list the books in order of author names just so I don’t get stressed out trying to decide where each would go on a chronological list of enjoyment.
In the village of Huanan, medieval China, the deity that rules is the Great Huli Jing. Though twelve-year-old Li Jing’s name is a different character entirely from the Huli Jing, the sound is close enough to provide constant teasing-but maybe is also a source of greater destiny & power. Jing’s life isn’t easy. Her father is a poor tea farmer, & her family has come to the conclusion that in order for everyone to survive, Jing must be sacrificed for the common good. She is sold as a bride to the Koh family, where she will be the wife & nursemaid to their three-year-old son, Ju’nan. It’s not fair, & Jing feels this bitterly, especially when she is treated poorly by the Koh’s, & sold yet again into a worse situation that leads Jing to believe her only option is to run away.
With the help of a spider who weaves Jing a means to escape, and a nightingale who helps her find her way, Jing embarks on a quest back to Huanan–and to herself.
I’ve been tagged by Watching Sparks Reviews to partake in The Sunshine Blogger Award again! This tag is great because ever single post is always super different because of the different questions people like to ask. The rules for this tag involve thanking the person who tagged you (thank you Helen!), answering 11 questions set by your tagger & then nominating 11 other bloggers to answer 11 questions that you have come up with yourself!