Reading List

Here’s a list of all the China- and language-related books/novels/short stories/etc. that I’ve read, want to read, or want to re-read (both fiction and non-fiction), partially for my own reference, but also in case anyone who finds this page wants to read them too. In alphabetical order!

Want to Read:

  • Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners by Michael Erard [Own, haven’t read]
  • Chairman Mao Would not be Amused: Fiction from Today’s China edited by Howard Goldblatt [Own, haven’t finished]
  • China: A History by John Keay [Don’t own]
  • China in Ten Words by Yu Hua and Allan H. Barr [Don’t own]
  • China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power by Rob Gifford [Don’t own]
  • China’s Ascent: Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics by Robert S. Ross and Zhu Feng [Don’t own]
  • China Wakes by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn [Own, haven’t read]
  • Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China by John Pomfret [Don’t own]
  • Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip by Peter Hessler [Don’t own]
  • Dragon Rising: An Inside Look at China Today by Jasper Becker [Don’t own]
  • Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie Chang [Don’t own]
  • The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker and Arthur Morey [Don’t own]
  • The Life of Language by Sol Steinmetz and Barbara Ann Kipfer [Own, haven’t read]
  • Lost on Planet China by J. Maarten Troost [Don’t own]
  • Oracle Bones: A Journey through Time in China by Peter Hessler [Own, haven’t read]
  • Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China by James Fallows [Don’t own]
  • River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler [Own, haven’t read]
  • Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages by Guy Deutscher [Don’t own]
  • Understanding China by John Bryan Starr [Own, haven’t read]
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang [Own, haven’t read]

Want to Re-read:

  • Dreaming in Chinese by Deborah Fallows
  • Found in Translation by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche

Already Read:

  • The Butcher’s Wife by Li Ang
  • The Field of Life and Death by Xiao Hong
  • The Golden Cangue by Eileen Zhang
  • Miss Sophie’s Diary by Ding Ling
  • The Rouge of the North by Eileen Zhang
  • Tales of Hulan River by Xiao Hong
  • When I was in Xia Village by Ding Ling

1 thought on “Reading List”

  1. Wild Swans is magnificent, and Dreaming in Chinese, which I’ve been eyeing for months now, sounds like a must-read for the beginner Sinophile!

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