Reading Wrap-up: August, 2019

I'm currently a couple weeks into college, and super busy. During the first few weeks of August, I tried to read as much as possible to prepare for starting college, and I ended up finishing 19 books and 2 short stories. This is great, even more than my average of about fourteen books a month. … Continue reading Reading Wrap-up: August, 2019

Book Review: The Good Earth by Pearl. S. Buck

So, my first week back in college has been a bit hectic, especially since it rained most of Monday and Tuesday (so lots of running in the rain between classes), but in between the freaking out over syllabi and all I'll have to do this semester, I read this book. This classic is one I've … Continue reading Book Review: The Good Earth by Pearl. S. Buck

Reading Wrap-up: July, 2019

It is so hot here in Ohio! It's the main reason summer is my least favorite season, because I'm like a flower: I wilt in heat. Anyway, this month I read twenty-two books, and two short stories. I'm proud of this, because I have been busy with college orientation and figuring out class schedule and … Continue reading Reading Wrap-up: July, 2019

Book Reviews: A Hero Born (Legends of the Condor Heroes #1) by Jin Yong

I have mentioned this frequently on my blog before, but I am a massive fan of Chinese dramas, especially Wuxia dramas. Wuxia pretty much combins martial arts with heroes (wu 武 meaning military and xia 俠 meaning hero or chivalrous person). Probably the most famous Wuxia author is China was Louis Cha, who wrote under … Continue reading Book Reviews: A Hero Born (Legends of the Condor Heroes #1) by Jin Yong

Book Review: The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

This book is possibly the most traumatizing book I have ever read. I almost couldn't get through it all, considering just how graphic and detailed it is. It is rare for me to do this but trigger warning if you plan to read this book. I will not be including any of the graphic details … Continue reading Book Review: The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

Reading Wrap-up: January, 2019

I read a total of 17 books this month, and two short stories. This is over twice the books I've been reading in the last few months. But I suppose being stuck inside the house with temperatures the same as the Antarctic outside might be the reason. Yes, it's really cold here...the morning that I'm … Continue reading Reading Wrap-up: January, 2019

Chinese Movie Reviews: Detective Dee

Since finishing the book Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, translated by Robert Van Gulik, I was anxious to watch movies based on his character. If you're curious to read my book review and haven't, here's a link. As it turns out, there are quite a few adaptations centering around this famous magistrate during the Tang … Continue reading Chinese Movie Reviews: Detective Dee

Book Review: The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, translated by Robert Van Gulik

Before I actually review this book, I feel it warrants some explanation of three different times which attributed to this book. During the Tang Dynasty in China, a man named Dee Gong An (630-700 AD) was a renowned magistrate (whose job encompassed detective, police, jury, and judge) and later state politician in China. During the … Continue reading Book Review: The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, translated by Robert Van Gulik

Book Review: Midnight in Peking by Paul French

I have been reading a whole lot of articles and books about China in the 1930s, research for the book I’m writing this month for Camp NaNoWriMo. While I was going through different books set in China during that time, I came across this one. A true crime, a shocking murder that had rattled the … Continue reading Book Review: Midnight in Peking by Paul French