2016 Literary Pursuits

Books read, as of 1/1/2016

  1. Letter from Peking by Pearl S. Buck
  2. Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage by Kay Bratt
  3. Etiquette (18th Edition, 2011)  by Emily Post, updated by the Emily Post Institute
  4. Instructions for Chinese Women and Girls by Zhao Ban, forward by Susan Blumberg-Kason
  5. Factory Girls: From Village to City in Changing China by Leslie T. Chang
  6. China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  7. My Name is Mahtob by Mahtob Mahmoody
  8.  Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington
  9. Clear Your Clutter by Karen Kingston
  10. Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus by John Gray
  11. Year of the Goose by Carly J. Hallman
  12. On Gold Mountain by Lisa See
  13. The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day
  14. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  15. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  16. The World is Bigger Now by Euna Lee
  17. I’ll Be Right There by Kyung-Sook Shin
  18. Bound Feet and Western Dress by Pang-Mei Natasha Chang
  19. China Witness by Xinran
  20. Dear Life by Alice Munro
  21. Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer by Kate Grosmaire
  22. United States of Jihad by Peter Bergen
  23. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  24. Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
  25. Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women by Penny Young Nance
  26. Understanding China: A Guide to China’s Economy, History, and Political History by John Bryan Starr
  27. Vegangelical by Sarah Withrow King
  28. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
  29. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  30. The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
  31. Debt-Free Living: How a Spending Fast Helped Me Get From Broke to Badass in Record Time by Anna Newell Jones
  32. Life of the Party: How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, and Tupperware Party Empire by Bob Kealing
  33. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  34. A Call to Mercy by Mother Teresa
  35. A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories by Yiyun Li
  36. Gold Boy, Emerald Girl: Stories by Yiyun Li
  37. Girl in the Woods: A Memoir by Aspen Matis
  38. From the Dragon’s Mouth: 10 True Stories that Unveil the Real China by Ava Funtes
  39. People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo – and The Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry
  40. The Interpreter by Suki Kim
  41. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  42. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  43. Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang
  44. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
  45. Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul by John Eldredge
  46. The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman
  47. Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami
  48. Theology of the Body for Beginners by Christopher West
  49. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  50. Pearl Buck in China: Journey to the Good Earth by Hilary Spurling
  51. The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic: How Engaging 1% of Catholics Could Change the World by Matthew Kelly

7 thoughts on “2016 Literary Pursuits

  1. Mira says:

    When you say “as of 1/1/2016” what starting point for the interval are you talking about? Nice list, by the way. You gave me some ideas for further reading 🙂


  2. Mira says:

    A book I have really, really enjoyed lately is Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides. Across the pond, I also like David Nicholls’s books. His last one is Us. It manages to be both poignant and fun. Then there’s Martin Amis, Zadie Smith. I like other styles too, but I chose the above based on your list 🙂


  3. Mira says:

    I had to search for the title of the next one, because I couldn’t remember it right off the bat: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. It’s a slender novel, rather beautiful. By Dai Sijie.


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