With the epic sweep of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko or Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and the lyrical beauty of Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan, The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but her family apart.
Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope.
Wow. Wow. Wow.
This was a lovely, heartbreaking historical fiction book. Totally enjoyed! It was an emotional rollercoaster indeed. Such a beautiful read and beautiful story.
Watch my full review on this lovely book by clicking on the video below 👇🏽
I think I have the some of the weirdest reading habits known to humanity. *laughing at myself and crying happily in satisfaction*
I jumped on The Reading Habits Tag on Booktube and tagged myself in it since I was not tagged by anyone. I however made sure I tagged quite a number of my booktube friends so they could answer the questions.
I had a great time filming and answering questions on my reading habits. It’s a lovely way for other booktubers and book lovers to get to know you better. The questions I answered from the tag are:
Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
Do you eat or drink while reading?
Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
One book at a time or several at once?
Reading at home or everywhere?
Reading out lout or silently in your head?
Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
Do you write in your book?
When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time?
What is your best setting to read in?
What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book?
Do you have a unique habit when you read?
So if you have ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of all these books I read, then by all means, enjoy the video below:
SO I’m super excited because I got tagged in my first booktube tag!
I joined booktube about 3 months ago and its been so amazing belonging to a nice community of people that love books as much as I do! I’ve learned so much about books and new titles that I would most likely never have come across! I’ve also made quite a number of “booktube friends” and we have bonded over our love or hate for some books.
I recently got tagged in a booktube tag where I answer 10 questions and share, among others, what I love about books and why I decided to get into booktube in the first place!
Enjoy the video below and don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube Channel!