Laundry list of books to read

Books are popping up on my radar and even if I had time, I couldn’t quite keep up. This is quite the good-looking and big crop this year!

(For once, I’m on top of new releases, even quite a bit ahead of some. But will I be reading them hot off the presses? No…! No time!)

Timber Hawkeye’s Buddhist Boot Camp
(February 11, 2013)
I saw this at an airport bookstore and it intrigues me. The notion of applying a bootcamp training mentality to learning and practicing a religion or system of belief strikes me as a bit gimmicky but will it be the right vehicle to guide me? I have this on hold from the library. It is a little bit of a priority of mine to find the time to at least do this kind of reading.

Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement
(November 5, 2013)
An image-only post from Asian American Lit Fans was all I needed to see. Amy Tan is coming out with her first novel in I don’t know how many years. On the major sites (fine, the Amazons) I checked and even on the author website, there is no information. I will keep checking the library to place a hold on it when it does come up.

Amy Tan’s Rules for Virgins
(December 6, 2011)
While looking for more information on The Valley of Amazement, I came across Amy Tan’s most recent work, a short story. At 43 pages, I should be able to get through this!!

Christine Reiko Yano’s Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific
(April 29, 2013)
I purchased and started reading Airborne Dreams: Nisei Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways. The writing is good and accessible but I just never finished it (yet, and Good Reads keeps reminding me of it). From stewardesses to Hello Kitty, Yano is giving Japanese culture its due recognition and treatment and I love her themes, i.e., it seems like fun research!

Kevin Kwans’ Crazy Rich Asians
(June 11, 2013)
I heard of this novel through Lynn Chen who is providing the voices for the audio book. The novel does sound a bit like fluff – perfect for summer its summer release! I’ve got it on hold at the library, hoping to get it on Audible.com on some kind of (read: free) promo.

Kim Wong Keltner’s Tiger Babies Strike Back: How I Was Raised by a Tiger Mom but Could Not Be Turned to the Dark Side
(April 30, 2013)
I think I heard about this book in a Huffington Post post or something and nary did I expect the author to be Kim Wong Keltner. Since I have read her three fiction works, I’m curious how she will treat a topic near and dear to my hear and non-fiction. In other news, are we still talking about Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?

erin Khue Ninh’s Ingratitude: The Debt-Bound Daughter in Asian-American Literature
(March 28, 2011)
Kim Wong Keltner’s latest book reminds me (and so does my “Want to Read” list on Good Reads) of this book I’ve been curious about for several years. It’s not available at libraries but a check on Amazon shows that the Kindle edition is just $10 … I may purchase it then in the near future… not a new one, been on my list, not available in libraries but it’s a $10 Kindle – academic treatment of one of my favourite topics (see the subtitle)

Koonchung Chan’s The Fat Years
(January 10, 2012)
A dystopia set in China? Yes! I signed this out from the library but had too many other books on the go and it kind of started slow and I didn’t get very far before I had to return it and could not renew it. I’ll get back to this one yet.

Paul Yee’s Saltwater City
(April 27, 2006)
I read Chinatown: An illustrated history of the Chinese Communities of Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax and it was good. Now, but it’s no rush, it’s time to learn more about the city that will be my home for indefinite number of years.

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