Yesterday I crossed the 200 followers mark! Whereas it took me nearly a year to get my first 100, it’s been only three months to double my follower count. So a huge thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to read, comment or follow my blog! It means a lot to me to know that people enjoy what I’m writing. ❤
In celebration I figure it’s time to turn my attention once more to the 3 Days 3 Quotes Book Tag. Since I’ve previously done this one, this time will be Take 2. Thanks to Andrea @ Andrea’s Nirvana for tagging me
almost a month ago recently. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten this tag, although I may have gotten a bit sidetracked. 😊
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day).
- Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.
If you’ve been reading some of my recent blog posts you may have noted my immense obsession with R.F. Kuang’s The Poppy War. That’s where I’ve pulled today’s striking quote:
The Nikara believed in strictly defined social roles, a rigid hierarchy that all were locked into at birth. Everything had its own place under heaven. Princelings became Warlords, cadets became soldiers, and orphan shopgirls from Tikany should be content with remaining orphan shopgirls from Tikany. The Keju was a purportedly meritocratic institution, but only the wealthy class ever had the money to afford the tutors their children needed to actually pass.
Well, fuck the heavenly order of things.
On a semi-related note, the Keju/科舉 was a real civil service exam in China’s imperial bureaucracy. I don’t know enough to say for sure, but it was probably as brutal as it is in The Poppy War, which is deeply inspired by the worst parts of history.
I adore everything about The Poppy War (yes, I know I’ve said it a hundred times but I’ll say it again), and this quote is quite typical of the way the protagonist Rin thinks, sarcastic and ambitious at once. If you’ve read the book, are there any other quotes you think represent it well? If you haven’t, does the quote make you want to read it? Whatever thoughts you may have, I’d love to hear them in the comments.
As always, no pressure to do the tag–but on the other hand, if you haven’t been tagged but want to take on the challenge, go for it! Thanks for reading–I’ll see you tomorrow for Day 2 of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes tag.