I am an American author living in Hong Kong. I like to read, write in coffee shops, and spy on other people's books on the train.

My books include:

A modern love story set in Hong Kong called Ferry Tale. It's about finding romance in an age when we tend to Google the mystery right out of love.

A travel memoir about the year I followed my long distance boyfriend to Hong Kong, only for him to be sent to London a month later. Year of Fire Dragons: An American Woman's Story of Coming of Age in Hong Kong is now available in e-book and paperback. You can read a sample chapter on my publisher's website: Blacksmith Books

Kindle Single called Pay Off: How One Millennial Eliminated Nearly $80,000 in Student Debt in Less Than Five Years (May 2014) about my journey into and out of student debt. Pay Off is now available as an audiobook narrated by Sandy Rustin.

An anthology of creative non-fiction entitled How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit? True Stories of Expat Women in Asia (Signal 8 Press, June 2014) of which I am the editor.

A mini travel memoir, available only in e-book form, called The Olympics Beat: A Spectator’s Memoir of Beijing

A novella I self-published in front of a live audience at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in November 2013. The Art of Escalator Jumping is a love story set on and around the Midlevels Escalator in Hong Kong.

To find out more about my writing and to sign up for my email list, visit ShannonYoungWriter.com.


A Kindle in Hong Kong features short and sweet reviews, walking tours full of pictures of Hong Kong, and my bookspotting adventures around the city. I always have a list of books in my head that I've been meaning to read, and my Kindle and commute are helping me get to them. 


I'm not currently accepting books for review. Thank you for understanding.

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 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 have to include a discussion question or two for each book. 

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