30-Day Book Challenge: Day 1

I’ve been wanting to do this kind of post for a long time, but I never had the time or I never found one I really wanted to do. La Petit Muse does these types of challenges once in a while, and I have so much fun reading hers I thought it would be fun to do one myself. So I scoured Pinterest (I may have an addiction) for one I liked and I found this. It looked fun, so I thought, let’s try it.

If it’s too much for me to do this month, I won’t try to do one of these again, but I do enjoy putting up a short post daily!

Day 1: Best Book You Read Last Year

I read so many great books last year! I delved into reading a lot of books on my TBR, and it’s hard to pick out one. Though, I was able to read a lot of classics I’ve wanted to for years (The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli and The Arabian Nights). However, the one that I loved and laughed and learned from the most was…

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The Monkey King’s Amazing Adventures: A Journey to the West in Search of Enlightenment. China’s Most Famous Traditional Novel by Wu Cheng’en

One of four great Chinese classics, it was my first step into reading Chinese classical literature, and I loved it! The Monkey King is a hilarious character and I was really impressed by this translation!

Alright. Day one is done! Twenty-nine more to go. Let me know want you think of these types of posts and if you read this book!

15 thoughts on “30-Day Book Challenge: Day 1

  1. Wow! It’s Great of you to read this Chinese classical novel! It’s so long for me that I’ve never finish it. As a Chinese, I’m quite embarrassed. There’re many Chinese TV series and movies adpated from this novel. One of the most classic version is made in 1986, starring Liu xiao ling tong who plays the role of Monkey king. We really enjoyed it in our Childhood. If you’re interested in it, check it out~

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    1. I haven’t seen the 1986 one, though I did watch the one from 2014. I’ll have to check it out. Thank you! I just wish I could read Chinese characters so I could read the Chinese classics in their original language! I love Chinese philosophy!

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      1. Chinese language is beautiful! It’s kind of poetic but confusing and ambiguous sometimes(I think English is more precise).

        I hear that Western philosophy focuses on binary opposition and it’s more logical while Chinese philosophy focuses on the connection and relationship. I don’t know much about philosophy. I think it’s kind of right. Last semester I chose a lesson about British classic literature and our professor introduced many western literary theories. They’re interesting and complex. I also kind of got the feeling of binary opposition and logical thinking. Each kind of Philosophy has its characteristics and nowadays they communicate with each other more and more.

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