Reading List

I took on a personal reading challenge in an attempt to read 100 books this year. And I'm very happy to say that I made it!

Attached is a list of the best books that I've read this year. Not all of them are recent. Most of them have been out for years, some for centuries, but this is something I feel is worth sharing.

  1. Above all Things, Tanis Rideout
  2. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richter
  3. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  4. Eastward to Tartary by Robert D Kaplan
  5. Jan Wong’s China by Jan Wong
  6. Red China Blues by Jan Wong
  7. This Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
  8. When we were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
  9. The Plague by Albert Camus
  10. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  11. The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
  12. Burmese Lessons by Karen Connelly
  13. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
  14. The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
  15. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  16. Years of Sorrow, Years of Shame: The Story of Japanese Canadians in World War II by Barry Broadfoot
  17. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  18. Beyond Belief by V.S. Naipaul
  19. The Great Railway by Pierre Berton
  20. Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon
  21. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  22. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
  23. Banana Boys by Terry Woo
  24. Alliterasian: 20 Years of Ricepaper Magazine
  25. L’Amour by Marguerite Duras
  26. The Old Garden by Hwang Sok-Yong
  27. Child of All Nations by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
  28. Footsteps by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
  29. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
  30. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
  31. Unruly Places by Alastair Bonnett
  32. The Symposium by Plato
  33. The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
  34. Fixi Novo’s The Little Basket, Heat, Flesh, Trash trilogy
  35. Alias Chin Peng, by Chin Peng
  36. Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi
  37. The Enormous Room by EE Cummings
  38. The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh
  39. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  40. The Year of Living Dangerously by CJ Koch
  41. What Your Teacher Didn’t Teach You by Farish Noor
  42. The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-Shek by Hannah Pakula
  43. Rojak by Amir Muhammad
  44. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  45. The Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation’s Odyssey by Fouad Ajami
  46. On Writing Well by William Zinsser
  47. The Places In Between by Rory Stewart
  48. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  49. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  50. The Big Thaw by Ed Struzik
  51. The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S Thompson
  52. Obasan by Joy Kogawa
  53. Ru by Kim Thuy
  54. Memory of Fire: Genesis by Eduardo Galleano
  55. On the Proper Use of Stars by Dominique Fortier
  56. There is a World Elsewhere by F Gonzalez-Crussi
  57. An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks
  58. A Negro Explorer at the North Pole by Matthew Henson
  59. Simple Recipes by Madeleine Thien
  60. Meet me in Venice by Suzanne Ma
  61. All the Names by Jose Saramago
  62. Saltwater City by Paul Yee
  63. Fresh Girls and Other Stories by Evelyn Lau
  64. The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
  65. The Frontiers of Love by Diana Chang
  66. The Disappeared by Kim Echlin
  67. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
  68. Origins of the Chinese Revolution, 1915-1949 by Lucien Bianco
  69. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  70. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  71. The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee
  72. Two-Gun and Sun by June Hutton
  73. The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy
  74. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley
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