Who’s Reading What: December 2009

18 December, 2009

Well, last month I managed to debut my first Who’s Reading What post. I like knowing what people are reading and am forever peering into my friends’ bags and checking out their bookshelves whenever I visit.

This month, my sis and two dear friends on the other side of the globe are reading:

Watching the Tree by Adeline Yen Mah
A Happy Marriage by Rafael Yglesias
Out by Natsuo Kirino
Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday

Of these I’ve only read Out.

What about you?

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8 Responses to “Who’s Reading What: December 2009”

  1. Michelle Says:

    I’ve not read any of the titles, though I’ve read Wild Swans by Jung Chang, and quite enjoyed reading that.

    I’m reading The Bonesetter’s Daughter and I Am A Cat at the moment, planning to read When We Were Orphans next.

    You?

    • chasing bawa Says:

      I really liked When We Were Orphans because of the setting – it is such a romantic period, simultaneously unsettling and nostalgic, on the cusp of modernity (however, my favourite Ishiguro is still Remains of the Day!) I’ve heard many good things about Wild Swans, but haven’t gotten around to trying it yet (mainly because of its size – I know, I shouldn’t be daunted, but I feel I need to put aside a chunk of my time to do it justice.) I’m thinking of giving I am a Cat a go for next year’s Japanese Literary Challenge plus a couple of Shusaku Endo’s books. How are you enjoying it?

      Currently I’m reading The Devil in Amber by Mark Gatiss (of the dark comedy The League of Gentlemen’s fame) which I’m enjoying, Unseen Academicals which I haven’t properly started yet and think I’ll save for Christmas and trying to finish We Danced All Night: A Social History of Britain between the Wars.

      • Michelle Says:

        I Am A Cat is quite enjoyable. I rather think you’ll be able to appreciate it when you do pick it up.

        Your choice of books are always so different from the ones I normally see, but are interesting all the same. I’m coming by to make sure I don’t miss out on interesting titles.. =)

  2. mee Says:

    I’ve read Out and the memoir of Adeline Yen Mah (Falling Leaves). Both were great! 🙂

  3. Mari Says:

    ‘Out’ was great, in a disturbing way….. Grim yet quite realistic in the way the author describes characters and situations – the whole plot could be happening somewhere in Japan right now! Looking forward to reading ‘Grotesque’.

  4. Lanks Says:

    I loved Adeline Yen Mah’s Watching the tree… it was very informative too…and infact all her books..waiting for her to release a new one.


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