Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Book Blog

Welcome to my brand new book blog! "A Kindle in Hong Kong" will feature short and sweet reviews of whatever I happen to be reading. I'm an English major living in Hong Kong, so I read a lot of classics and travel memoirs. I also read contemporary novels, interesting non-fiction, and anything else that jumps out at me. I always have a list of books in my head that I've been meaning to read, and this year I'm doing my best to read as many of them as possible.

So here's my plan: I'll try to post at least two reviews per week, and I'll only post about books I've finished very recently. I'll also include bits and pieces about Hong Kong. I think it's always better to talk with people about the books you read, so I would appreciate comments, too!

Here's my review format:

The Gist: What is it about? The quick and dirty details that identify the book.

The Verdict: What do I think? My opinion of the book, with comments on the author's style.

The Link: Who is the author? I love reading authors' websites, so wherever possible I'll include links to their blogs and websites.

The Cost: What did I pay for the book? English books in Hong Kong are very expensive (and so is space), which is what makes my e-reader so wonderful. I'll try to give you an idea of which books I can read for free, which ones I have to buy, and which ones I can still only find in good old paper book format.

The Question: What do you think? As a former Humane Letters teacher, I'll have to include a discussion question or two for each book.

Let me know if there are any books you want me to review!


  1. Excited to read your book reviews. One book I'd love reviewed is Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother. It's creating quite the stir and can't wait to read it. I'm sure it would be an especially interesting read in Hong Kong. :)

  2. That's a good idea! I've been reading a lot about it too and I've heard the book is slightly more reasonable than that article made it sound. I'll probably start it as soon as I'm done with Middlemarch.


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