Greetings from the island of Taiwan, which in the last few months, has gone from balmy in temperature to downright tropical! What is there to do, then, when the days get exceedingly hot and more humid, but to go inside, crank up the A/C, and read a good book? (Note: going to our local outdoor pool and taking a nice long swim also helps.)
As classes and events at Zheng Da have ended for the year, and my research has evolved– turning south to Silai (Siluo/Xiluo/西螺) and to interviewing important historians and figures in the history I’m writing about–my daily routine has changed drastically. Sometimes I spend the days interviewing people, traveling, reading research that I’ve gathered, or just writing. I’ve also spent more and more time reading– both for research, and for pleasure. And I’ve found some books that really resonate with the “expat experience,” and with my expat experience.
So here is the guide to Kim’s Expat Reading List from the last 10 months, with books grouped by category, or perhaps more accurately, “mood” to read in. Continue reading