Recommendations & Reviews

Recommended Completed Works:

Happy Ending = HE

Mixed Ending = ME*
*The girl ends up with a guy but it's mixed if you ship the wrong guy.
Sad Ending = SE*
*One of the main pairing dies.

Genres: Click here for explanation.

Time-travelling - TT
仙侠 (xian xia/gods) - XX
武侠 (wu xia/ martial arts) - WX
宫 (gong/palace) - G 


1) Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossom by Tang Qi Gong Zi
三生三世,十里桃花 - 唐七公子 (4.5 stars) (HE) (XX)
Summaries: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 (completed)


2) Three Lives Three Worlds, The Pillow Book
三生三世, 枕上书 - 唐七公子 (5 stars) (HE) (XX) 

Translations: Book 2 Chapter 18 - Part 1 Part 2 Part 3(completed)

3) Two Ex-Husbands on a Stage by Dian Xian

两只前夫一台戏 - 电线 (4 stars) (HE) (WX + G) 

4) Three Thousand Crows Killing by Shi Si Lang

三千鸦杀 - 十四郎 (4.5 stars) (HE) (XX) 

5) Match Made by Heaven by Shi Si Lang
佳偶天成 - 十四郎 (4.5 stars) (HE) (XX + WX)
*Accompanying text with 4.

The Ancient Doting Wife Series:

6) Three Marriages by Ming Yue Ting Feng
三嫁 - 明月听风 (5 stars) (HE) (WX + G)
7) Thawing Master Yan by Ming Yue Ting Feng

融岩 - 明月听风 (4.5 stars) (HE) (WX)
8) The Dragon Flies, The Phoenix Dances by Ming Yue Ting Feng

龙飞凤舞 - 明月听风 (HE) (4.5 stars) (WX)
Series Introduction, Summaries + Mini Reviews

9) When Springs Ends, I'll Meet You Again by Shu Ke
落花时节又逢君 - 蜀客 (4 stars) (HE) (XX) Review

10) With One Smile, The Sword Tramples the Mushroom by Nan Jian Qiu Tuan

仗剑一笑踩蘑菇 - 囡囝囚团 (4 stars) (HE) (XX) 
Review + Prologue & Scene Translations

11) The King is Here by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang
本王在此 - 九鹭非香 (5 stars) (HE) (XX) 

12) The Adventures of a Cooking Lady by SuSu

厨娘囧事 - 苏素(4 stars) (HE) (*short) (G + TT)  

13) The Crazy Adventures of the Wu Gate by Ying Zhao

午门囧事 - 影照(4 stars) (ME) (XX + WX + G + TT) 
Review + Translation of Author's Postscript

14) Lost You Forever by Tong Hua
长相思 -桐华
(5 stars) (ME) (XX)
Character Study

Cloud Family Series:

15) Gentleman Free-Flowing Cloud by Yu Qing
闲云先生 -于晴
(5 stars) (HE) (WX)
Review + Scene Translation

16) To Rule The World With One Cry by Yu Qing
一鸣天下 - 于晴
(4 stars) (HE) (WX)

17) My Girl, Shun Hua by Yu Qing
(4 stars) (HE) (WX + G + TT) 

18) Little Phoenix is Not an Immortal by Shu Ke 
小凤不是仙 - 蜀客
(4 stars) (HE) (XX) 
Review + Scene Translation 

19) Sansheng, Death Exists Not at the River of Oblivion by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang
三生,忘川无殇 - 九鹭非香 (5 stars) (HE) (XX) 
1) My Wife, Come Follow Me Home by Jiu Xiao Qi
老婆,跟我回家吧!-酒小七 (4.5 stars) (HE)

2) Hey, Don't Mess With Me! by Ming Yue Ting Feng
(aka Hey, Don't be Unruly!)
喂,别乱来! - 明月听风 (4 stars) (HE)

3) Can't Tear Yourself Away From Me by Ming Yue Ting Feng
(aka Ambiguous Relationship)
跟你扯不清 - 明月听风 (4 stars) (HE)

4) Corrupted Girl GAGA by The Mew From a Cat After a Lazy Nap
腐女GaGa - 睡懒觉的喵 (4 stars) (HE)

5) Black Belly Boss, Don't Run Away! by The Mew From a Cat After a Lazy Nap
腹黑BOSS,你别逃!- 睡懒觉的喵 (4 stars) (HE)
Review + Ending Translation

6) Wipe Clean After Eating by Lady Fei
吃干扶净-妃姑娘 (4 stars) (HE)
***Any novel by Gu Man (顾漫) (4.5 to 5 stars) (HE)

7) He Has Come, Please Close Your Eyes by Ding Mo 
他来了,请闭眼 - 丁墨(4.5 stars) (HE)
Review + Chapter Translation

3.5 stars novels:
1) Both are Foxes by Thousand Night Forest Web
都是狐狸 - 千夜魅罗 (Ancient + HE) (WX+G+TT)
Review + Scene Translation

2) Life is a Twice Blooming Flower by Tang Qi Gong Zi/Tang7
岁月是朵两生花 -唐七公子 (Modern + HE) 

Revised Ending Translation

3) Reckless Marriage/ Don't Make Love A Thing (昏嫁/别拿爱情说事儿) by Bu Jing Yu (不经语) (Modern + HE) 

3 stars novels:

1) Love Can Do Miracles by Fei Wo Si Cun 
景年知几时- 匪我思存 (Modern + HE) 
Review + Scene Translation 

2) God of Destiny by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang
司命 - 九鹭非香 (Ancient + HE) (XX) 


  1. Hey! Just wanted to let you know that I love your blog! I came across this recommendations page a while back when I was looking for more C-novels to read. I was relatively new to reading Chinese books so I didn't really know where to start. Up till now I've read through about half of the books you've recommended and I've loved every one of them (especially the ones by 明月听风 and 九鹭非香). I hope you do more recommendation posts when you have a chance!
    ❤ Liliz

    1. Hello Liliz, aww thank you for your note. It brightened up my day <3. Those are my favourite authors too! I haven't had the chance to read a c-novel for months (imagine that!). Hopefully, I will get the chance soon. I love that feeling of delving into a whole new world.

  2. Thanks for the detailed reviews. I just started reading Chinese novels, and wasn't sure where to start. I grew up overseas, so while I can read Chinese, I don't exactly frequent 百度 et al. Thanks for all the detailed reviews!

    1. Hello Ange, awww you are welcome. I'm really happy to share my love for c-novels! Do share your thoughts on any of the books after you have read them. I hope you will enjoy them <3

  3. Hi decembi, I finished 三千鸦杀。I generally like it, but I'm unable to love Diji. She felt too impulsive for my liking, the way she blinded her ex without bothering to find anything out. I actually feel really sorry for her cousin, the lesser princess. I think this story has Jiuyun to thank. If not for him, I would've dropped it. To stalk her for ten lifetimes takes a lot of love ��

    I also took ur advice and started reading Siming from ch 50 again. You're right, it's so much better at this point. Siming and Changyuan kick butts when they're together. Haha Siming is my hero(ine?) for giving the Celestial Emperor a middle finger by referring to herself and CY as "husband and wife" in front of everyone after she agreed to marry Tiandi.

    1. Hey Hamster♡,

      Really happy to hear that you liked Three Thousand Crows Killing! I don't know if my 4.5 star rating could be due to the fact that it was one of my first few c-novels. But I really liked the story structure and ABSOLUTELY loved the male lead!

      Hahaha! Totally agree with you! I love Siming as a character more and less when she's her mortal self. Good start, v draggy middle and pleasing end!

  4. Hi Decembi,

    I've been hanging around here for a while and I wasn't sure where to comment, so I opted for here.

    I was looking through ShushengBar and was wondering which book to pick next. I tried looking through the list but none of them give a summary or rating. I was looking for something along the lines of ancient or wu xia with a Happy ending. I loved the Prodigal Son and Gentleman Floating Cloud. Do can you recommend which book (English translated completed/ in progress)?

    Sorry about putting it here.

    1. Dear Escapism Fanatic, no issues with leaving me comments anywhere ;)

      Based on what you stated, I would recommend Sansheng! Hamster has completed her translations here:

    2. Checking it out now. Thank you so much Decembi. You are the best!

    3. Welcome ♡ Hamster's a great translator!

  5. Hi decembi, where I can read Three Thousand Crows Killing & Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossom by Tang Qi Gong ZI English sub full chapter to download? Thx

  6. Hi. I just finished reading ypir summary on Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossom. Thankyou so much for writing such a great summary. It makes me curious and excited to watch the drama. I really hope u can do some summary too on a cnovel titled "the concubine's daughter is poisonous". I really love the story and the drama is so disappointing. Currently i couldn't find any blog that tell the story completely. I really hope u can help. Thank you