Potions and Paper Cranes, Lan Fang, 2013
- Indonesia, #21
- Kindle edition, $10
- Read August 2017
- Rating: 2/5
- Recommended for: an additional perspective on race and gender in World War II-era Indonesia (but only if you’ve already read everything else)
I have, as usual, been falling behind on my book reviews. I’ve been reading, though, as much as I can while also being a full-time parent to a toddler and attempting to get in as much paid editing work as possible during nap times. I read 58 books last year, which is a fairly significant fall-off from 2017’s 89, for which I blame the fact that I weaned my daughter and thus no longer had several hours a day of being forced to sit still in a chair with nothing to do but read. Of the books I read, a little more than a third were for this project, all of them from the Philippines. I just managed to finish my last Filipino book on December 31, and have now moved on to Brunei, which is a blessedly short list. I also read a fair few books as background for the novel I’m writing: as many books as I could by Black British women, and a few memoirs set in prisons in the UK (and no, I am not writing the book that that sentence makes it seem I am writing). Anyway, only
a day a few days a week late, here’s a list of books I read last year, with some brief annotations.