The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan: The perfect book for China. A mother – daughter story told from the views of four Chinese born mothers and their American born daughters. There were a lot of cultural differences between these mothers and daughters; and just because a mother wanted something for her daughter, didn’t mean the daughter was in agreeing with it. Very fitting since I am still traveling in China but it also reminded me of my relationship with my mother and we don’t have any cultural differences.

Accidentally On Purpose by L.D. Davis: DNF! The first book in a very long time that I didn’t finish. But it was just too much of a time waster. The two protagonists are cheating on their respective partners to keep up a relationship that makes no sense to anyone except the author. Forgettable nonsense. (Am actually wondering where I got it. Maybe free on Amazon?)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote: I have seen the film years ago and can’t remember much more from it except Audrey Hepburn wearing huge sunglasses. The book now is a different matter especially since Holly is a blonde. Written from the perspective of her neighbor, the poor and so far unsuccessful writer ‘Fred’. Hugely entertaining and enjoyable, Holly is like a whirlwind for everyone involved with her. Love it when a classic turns out to be a great book.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz: A family story from the Dominican Republic over three generations during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Shame on me that I didn’t even know that the DR had a dictator especially after I just finished the trilogy about the other half of this island. Unbelievable things happened during Trujillo’s time but what a way to put it into a story. Oscar might not be a relatable character but sooner or later you start to root for him.