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6 Books to Read in Celebration of the Year of the Tiger

6 Books to Read in Celebration of the Year of the Tiger

Gong Xi Fa Cai! This year is known as the year of the Water Tiger and it is said to bring authoritative and confident energy to all. Just as tigers are ambitious, competitive, and strong, feng shui experts say that this year will encourage more people to take charge of their lives and grow into what they want to be.

As we celebrate the Lunar New Year–one of humanity’s oldest traditions–here are some books to explore to ignite the inner tiger in you.


The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

In this startling and provocative debut, Aradvind Adiga offers a story of coruscating wit, blistering suspense, and questionable morality, told by the most volatile, captivating, and utterly inimitable narrator that this millennium has yet seen. 

The White Tiger recalls The Death of Vishnu and Bangkok 8 in ambition, scope, and narrative genius, with a mischief and personality all its own. Amoral, irreverent, deeply endearing, and utterly contemporary, this novel is an international publishing sensation that has also been adapted into a Netflix film.


Bestiary by K-Ming Chang

Three generations of Taiwanese American women are haunted by the myths of their homeland in this spellbinding, visceral debut about one family's queer desires, violent impulses, and buried secrets.

With a poetic voice of crackling electricity, Bestiary is a novel of migration, queer lineages, and girlhood: an eclectic story tracing one family’s history from Taiwan to America, from Arkansas to California.


The Tiger Mom’s Tale by Lyn Liao Butler

When an American woman inherits the wealth of her Taiwanese family, she travels to confront them about their betrayals of the past in this stunning debut by Lyn Liao Butler. 

Armed with the advice of two half sisters, a mother who has rediscovered her sexuality, and a man whose kisses make her walk into walls, Lexa finally confronts the person who drove her away from Taiwan all those decades ago. As the truth of the last fateful summer in Taiwan slowly unfolds, Lexa must stand up for herself and open her heart to family and love, or allow the repercussions of her family's choices to forever dictate the path of her life.


Three TIgers, One Mountain by Michael Booth

In his latest entertaining and thought provoking narrative travelogue, Michael Booth sets out to discover how deep, really, is the enmity between the three “tiger” nations–China, Japan, Korea–and what prevents them from making peace.

An enlightening, entertaining and sometimes sobering journey through China, Japan, and Korea, Three Tigers, One Mountain is an intimate and in-depth look at some of the world’s most powerful and important countries. 


Little Tiger Picks Up by Michael Dahl

Little Tiger thinks playtime is over. But wait! Playtime ends with a simple job. Little Tiger must pick up his toys, games, and books. Part of the Hello Genius series, this simple board book helps toddlers learn important social skills.

Michael Dahl’s Little Tigers parades cute pictures with entertaining colors and simple texts that makes it a good read for infants and toddlers.


The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

Walking through the misty Florida woods one morning, twelve-year-old Rob Horton is stunned to encounter a tiger—a real-life, very large tiger—pacing back and forth in a cage. What's more, on the same extraordinary day, he meets Sistine Bailey, a girl who shows her feelings as readily as Rob hides his. As they learn to trust each other, and ultimately, to be friends, Rob and Sistine prove that some things—like memories, and heartaches, and tigers—can't be locked up forever.

The Tiger Rising is a children’s book that is centered on friendship, growth, and trust–another endearing read from award-winning author Kate DiCamillo.


There are more books included in the Year of the Tiger collection that readers of all ages will enjoy. Head over to Fully Booked online to discover your next great read.



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