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Love in a Fallen City – Eileen Chang

I read this book back in 2008 in Hong Kong – it was recommended by my Chinese teacher in secondary school…

Sightseeing – Rattawut Lapcharoensap

Years after reading Rattawut Lapcharoensap’s short fiction collection, Sightseeing, the memory of its stories still makes me smile…

Wild Swans – Jung Chang

I had always wanted to learn about the vast history of China, and reading Wild Swans is the perfect way to do this without feeling like you’re reading a textbook…

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

I have never come close to being persuaded by any church, but this book made me think religion should be wonderful…

Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather – Gao Xingjian

A beautiful and compelling portrait of alienation in contemporary China…

Shogun – James Clavell

As a gaijin (foreigner) preparing for my own adventure in Japan, Shogun was the perfect book for me last summer…

20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth – Xiaolu Guo

Reading this while sheltering from a storm in our Barcelona Airbnb is one of my fondest memories…

The Good Earth – Pearl S Buck

Both a study of life in early 20th century China, and a study of human nature as it interacts with its environment and fortunes…

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram is the book to top all books…

Volcano – Shūsaku Endō

An elegant novel from the most famous of Japan’s “Third Generation”.

Ali and Nino – Kurban Said

This book is the most touching love story I have ever read…

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

The most beautiful book I have read in a long time…

Joss and Gold – Shirley Geok-lin Lim

I cried reading this book…

Siddharta – Hermann Hesse

My guardian gave me this book when I was 13, but I was far too young to read it! So I made a special band for it and carried it around in my pocket…

The Vegetarian – Han Kang

I wanted Yeong-hye to live as peacefully as a tree, but I also wanted her to simply live…

Beauty is a Wound – Eka Kurniawan

More than anywhere else, I read Beauty is a Wound on South London trains…

In the Miso Soup – Ryu Murakami

I read this book before spending three months in Tokyo, wanting to know more about any and all aspects of the city and its people…

Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh

Bromance, fun and fighting. The Sea of Poppies does all these same things, but with people who have literally been written out of history…

1Q84 – Haruki Murakami

If you loved Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliette, you will fall for this love story…