Literature Lounge

Aside from simply picking this title as something memorable based upon alliteration, contemporary online Chinese romance novels are a sub-sub group of its own and have gain a rapid popularity with the surge of novel-adapted dramas; they can be considered a medium of literature regardless of the varying opinions on the “merit” aspect.

Take my ratings, short reviews, and any opinion-based assignments with a grain of salt.

I will try to update this list as frequently as possible.

I included two sections: novels which I have read and novels which I am currently reading. The later will be updated into the former section once I finished a novel.

If you want more recommendations or more novels to read, check out onesecondspring (decembi’s) recommendations and reviews or Hamster428’s book club. My taste is a mix of those two people + my own preferences.

Feel free to discuss a novel in the comment section or recommend something for me. Always open for those 😀



Novels I have Read:

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Name: Heavy Frost of Sweetness《香蜜沉沉烬如霜》(HE) || Author: 电线 Dian Xian

Genre:  Xianxia/Xianhuan, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.6/5

Short Review: Decembi’s translation and notes elevate the reading experience on the bumbling Jin Mi and the alluring Phoenix Fire Deity.

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Name: Chang An’s Moon《长安月》(HE) || Author:  靡宝 Mi Bao

Genre: Xianxia/Xianhuan, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: No/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : No

Rating: 3.5/5

Short Review: Quite a lovely read, but wanted one or two more chapter(s).

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Name: Faithful to Buddha, Faithful to You《不负如来不负卿》 (HE) || Author:  小春 Xiao Chun

Genre: Ancient, Romance, Time-Travel || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 5+/5

Short Review: A beautiful enriching romance 🙂 By far my most favorite novel ~

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Name: Demon King/ Parting of Orchid and Cang《魔尊》/《苍兰诀》(HE) || Author: 九鹭非香 Jiu Lu Fei Xiang

Genre: Xianxia/Xianhuan, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: No/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.7/5

Short Review: Shares the same universe as Sansheng and Siming (the third book in the series).

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Name: Seven Unfortunate Lifetimes All Thanks to a Single Moment of Impulse《一时冲动,七世不祥》(HE) || Author: 九鹭非香 Jiu Lu Fei Xiang

Genre: Fantasy, Xianxia/Xianhuan, Romance, Reincarnation || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.5/5

Short Review: The first lifetime is my utmost favorite ❤

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Name: Sansheng, Death Exists Not at the River of Oblivion《三生,忘川无殇》 (HE) || Author: 九鹭非香 Jiu Lu Fei Xiang

Genre: Xianxia/Xianhuan, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.6/5

Short Review: Such a cute story that pacts an emotional punch with the span of three lifetimes.

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Name: Waiting for A Sunny Day《等一个晴天》(HE) || Author: 蝶之灵 Die Zhi Ling

Genre: Modern, Romance-Comedy || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes! /Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.85/5

Short Review: Humorous novel. The heroine reminds me of well, a bit of myself 😛

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Name: A Match Made in Heaven《佳偶天成》(HE) || Author: 十四郎 Shi Si Lang

Genre: Xianxia/Xianhuan, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes? (only up to chapter 2)/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.8/5

Short Review: Adorable

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Name: Step by Startling Step (Scarlet Heart)《步步惊心》(SE) || Author:  桐华 Tong Hua

Genre: Ancient, Romance, Time-Traveling || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 4/5

Short Review: One cannot turn back the lost times. The time we met, the time we love. All was a tragic past we yearn for.

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Name: Lost You Forever《长相思》 (OE) || Author:  桐华 Tong Hua

Genre: Xianxia/Xianhuan, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.8/5

Short Review: My ship sunk 😭  It sunk into the depths of the ocean.

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Name: Siming《司命》(HE) || Author: 九鹭非香 Jiu Lu Fei Xiang

Genre: Xianxia/Xianhuan, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: No/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : No

Rating: 2.8/5

Short Review: A novel that I skipped majority of the middle portion. I don’t recall the last portion except for the last chapter 😛 It was so slow.

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Name: The Prince is Here《本王在此》(HE) || Author: 九鹭非香 Jiu Lu Fei Xiang

Genre: Xianxia/Xianhuan, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.4/5

Short Review: The beginning was brilliant.

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Name: Shan Shan, Come Eat《杉杉来吃》(HE) || Author: 顾漫 Gu Man

Genre: Modern, Romance-Comedy || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.5/5

Short Review: The novel was cute and the drama was simply adorable.

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Name: Silent Separation《何以笙箫默》(HE) || Author: 顾漫 Gu Man

Genre: Modern, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.4/5

Short Review: A heartwarming love story.

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Name: Just One Smile is Alluring《微微一笑很倾城》(HE) || Author:顾漫 Gu Man

Genre: Gaming, Modern, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.5/5

Short Review: The story itself is a pretty standard college romance after the gaming bits. The drama is closer in adaption than the movie.

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Name: Chaos of Beauty《红颜乱》(OE) || Author: 朵朵舞 Duo Duo Wu

Genre: Fantasy, Xianxia/Xianhuan, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3/5

Short Review: Lack of utilizing the “cleverness” claimed in the female and I thought the palace “showdown” was rather anticlimactic.

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Name: To Be A Virtuous Wife《何为贤妻》(HE) || Author: 月下蝶影 Yue Xia Die Ying

Genre: Ancient,Palace Intrigue, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.35/5

Short Review: The translator is great! A seemingly smart and poised female paired with a male character who has a personality of a paper.

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Name: The Demoness is not Evil《妖女不妖》(HE) || Author: 裘梦 Xi Meng

Genre: Wuxia, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3/5

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Name: One Life, One Incarnation Beautiful Bones《一生一世美人骨》(HE) || Author: 墨宝非宝 Mo Bao Fei Bao

Genre: Modern/Ancient, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.5/5

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Name: Gentleman Free-Floating Cloud《闲云公子》(HE) || Author: 于晴 Yu Qing

Genre: Wuxia, Romance, Short Story || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.2/5

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Name: You Are Still Here《原来你还在这里》(HE) || Author: 辛夷坞 Xin Yi Wu

Genre: Modern, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.2/5

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Name: I Don’t Like This World, I Only Like You《我不喜欢这世界,我只喜欢你》(HE) || Author: 乔一 Qiao Yi

Genre: Modern, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.4/5

Short Review: A sweet story depicting a married couple and how they got together.

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Name: Our Second Master《我们家二爷》(HE) || Author: Twentine

Genre: Ancient, Romance, Short Story || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.5/5

Short Review: This story warms my heart~

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Name: A three-step guide to destroy a triad boss《一个黑道大哥的毁灭三部曲》(HE) || Author: 无袖拢香 Wu Xiu Long Xiang

Genre: Modern, Romance, Short Story || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.2/5

Short Review: Cute ~

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Name: Jade Figure《图璧》(HE/OE) || Author: 十四阙 Shi Si Que

Genre: Ancient, Romance, Short Story || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: No/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : No

Rating: 3.4/5

Short Review: A well done short story.

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Name: 不悟 Unrepentant (SE) || Author: 则慕 Ze Mu

Genre: Ancient, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : Yes

Rating: 3.3/5

Short Review: Dislikable male. He deserved his ending. I pity the female.

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Name: Radish, Do You Dare Respond When I Call?《萝卜,我叫你一声你敢答应吗》(HE) || Author:丁舟浅 Ding Zhou Qian

Genre: Ancient, Romance, Fantasy || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: No/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : No

Rating: 3/5

Read my review

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Name: Pervasiveness Of White Daytime Clothing《白日衣衫尽》 (OE) || Author: 锦竹 Jin Zhu

Genre: Ancient, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: No/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : No

Rating: 3.2/5

Read my review with grammatical mistakes lol

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Name: Just Blame Me for Being Blind in the Beginning 《只怪当初瞎了眼》 (HE) || Author: 板栗子 Ban Li Zi

Genre: Comedy, Modern, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: Yes/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : No

Rating: 3.4/5

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Name: My Next-Door Neighbor is a Wolf《邻家有狼》 (HE) || Author: 迦叶曼 Jia Ye Man

Genre: Modern, Comedy, Romance || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: No/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : No

Rating: 3.1/5

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[Updated as of October 6, 2017]

Name: Time Traveling is like a Blade of Grass《穿越的孩子像根草》(HE) || Author: 酒小七 Jiu Xiao Qi

Genre: Ancient, Comedy, Romance, Wuxia || English Translation/ Vietnamese Translation: No/Yes || On ShuShengBar? : No

Rating: 3.35/5

Short Review:

Short Review: A time-traveling story with a wuxia setting that centers around romance. I find the actual plot cliche, but the novel itself mostly banks on the comedic banter between the characters ^.^ The heroine is a bit unfortunate with her situation, but she tries her best to stay alive and of course voice out her opinions. A very typical Jiu Xiao Qi humor novel with a cute couple ~ A bit angst near end but that’s pretty brief.



Novels I am currently reading(or haven’t finished):

Odin’s Blessing 奥汀的祝福 -on pause-

(taking forever to read this ) 兰因·璧月 Lan Yin Bi Yue (Orchid Jade Moon) – 倾泠月 -on pause-

Jin Yi Shu Nian – on pause-

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English Translations I am following:

Mei Gongqing (hamster428) – paused-

Memory Lost ( Lil’s Bliss) – paused-

Living Up to You (Raini) -paused-

Bone Painting Coroner translated by Grenn at volaretranslations -paused-

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8 thoughts on “Literature Lounge

  1. *rubs hands* It’s so great to talk with fellow book junkies, lol! I like novel review/recommendation threads the most.
    And speaking of recs… You prefer xianxia, right? But how do you feel about the revenge/rebirth genre? I don’t think I’d enjoy when the revenge is really extremely bloody (though I’m kinda curious about “Princess Wei Yang”), but when the heroine dishes back just want the villains have done to her in a previous life–or makes them fall in the traps that they set up for her in this life–like in “Rebirth of a Malicious Empress of Military Lineage,” it can be very very satisfying.

    Also, I see that you’re following “Mei Gongqing” (I have my eyes on this novel, too). Do you have any other recs in the clan intrigue/slice-of-life genres? I’m following “Concubine’s Daughter, Minglan” these days and enjoying it very much.

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    1. Princess Wei Young definitely has cruel methods. Her approach is more of “the more suffering my enemies get the better” as opposed to other revenge/rebirth ancient novels where the female lead just want to get rid of them. Heard good things about “Concubine’s Daughter Minglan”. Probably waiting until it finishes since it’s a 200+ novel that I don’t see myself reading at the moment. 《婢女生死契 》by 明星 <— this one was introduced to me about a girl and her doctor where she cannot speak (but can sing… clearly science is not factored into this lol). At first she thought he was a caring doctor and that he will treat her condition but it turned out to be false. She got heartbroken and decided to seduce some prince (who was considered the enemy). Doctor ML did not realize that the so called "object" he took home turns out to be his happiness. He was able to find her, but only her corpse remained. -cue the rebirth-

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    2. Forgot to add that 《婢女生死契 》The Life and Death Contract/Agreement of a Slave Girl (servant) by 明星 Ming Xing … the guy is not actually cruel but he’s pretty harsh with his words and can’t express himself. The female lead understands him but she doesn’t bother telling him his issue. I just remembered being pissed off at the male in the prologue/intro,but it ease down eventually lol. I forgot to say something about Mei Gongqing. One of the better rebirth type of novel because she doesn’t go back to her old ways and she learned to tackle on various annoying problems. I’m fine with any genre but I have the tendencies to read xianxia novels. Gone through some average xianxia ones so I guess my interest has waned on xianxia a bit.

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