In 2019 I’ve enjoyed the below books.
I’ve completed the fifth and final book of Dream of the Red Chamber (紅樓夢) and can lay this Chinese classic to rest, although BaoYu and DaiYu will stay with me for quite some time.
My favorite book of the year is A Gentleman in Moscow: a truly great read!
I can also recommend Marguerite Duras’s L’Amant to improve ones French.
The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Modern Classics)1
Kafka on the Shore1
The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber, Vol. 5: The Dreamer Wakes1
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Hufflepuff Edition1
The Regency Years1
A Gentlemen in Moscow1
The Far Right Today1
The Handmaid's Tale1
In 2018 I’ve enjoyed the below books.
After reading ‘Journey to the West’ and ‘Water Margin’ in previous years, I started on another of the great Chinese classics: The Story of the Stone, or Dream of the Red Chamber (紅樓夢), as it is better known. I rate it much higher then the other two, a true masterpiece. It does not feel outdated or repetitive like the others sometimes do. However, I still have one volume to go, the final twenty chapters.
I’ve also read some interesting non-fiction about the past, present and future of solar energy and about the history of the legendary ship ‘Endeavour’.
Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet (The MIT Press)1
The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber, Vol. 1: The Golden Days1
The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives1
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Slytherin Edition1
The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber, Vol. 2: The Crab-Flower Club1
The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber, Vol. 3: The Warning Voice1
Endeavour: The Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World1
The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber, Vol. 4: The Debt of Tears1