In a slight variation of the “books I read this year” type post, here are 2 lists: the last five books I read in 2015, and the first five books I intend to read in 2016.
The Last Five (starting from most recent)
This one was written by my good friend and former teammate in China. Three years ago we were sitting in a Starbucks in Beijing talking about books that were bouncing around in our head, and I commented that I’d have to kill myself is she published hers before I published mine. Don’t worry; that’s not a promise I intend to keep. If you have, are, or will be making a transition, then this book is for you!
I love all things Middle East and Central Asia and Church History, and here they all are in one book!
I read this on my flight to Reykjavik earlier this month, which means I chuckled all the way. If you’re headed to Iceland for any reason, this is a fun little primer.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford
What can I say? It’s a bittersweet novel set in Seattle as the Japanese were being rounded up and sent to internment camps.
This was written by my colleague at ChinaSource. If you want to have your perceived notions of the church in China challenged, read this!
The Next Five
This one just sounds so interesting!
This one is in keeping with my interest in all things middle east and Central Asia! It also comes highly recommended by my brother-in-law and niece.
With a subtitle like that, how can it be anything but a great book? Also, as a general rule, anything written by Simon Winchester is worth reading.
In 1880, a cyclist set out to ride around the world and disappeared somewhere in Turkey. Sounds like a fantastic story!
I lived in Manchuria (northeast China) for 8 years, so there’s no way I cannot read this book. Besides, the author is a fellow Minnesotan!
What are you reading these days?