Have You Discovered These Literary Gems Yet?

Have You Discovered These Literary Gems Yet?

Hey book lovers! Amanda here from Starry Ferry Books, and I'm excited to share some recent reads that have truly touched my heart and brought me immense contentment. Despite some titles delving into themes that are devastating and heartbreaking, there's an undeniable thread of human kindness and resilience woven throughout these pages that leaves me feeling uplifted and fulfilled.

Exploring books from various genres and languages brings me a deep sense of satisfaction. I appreciate both English and Chinese literature, and having a mix of both adds richness to my reading journey.

Reading in different languages gives my brain a good workout. It challenges me to think differently and understand various cultures more deeply. Plus, it enhances my language skills, which I find rewarding.

Overall, delving into diverse languages and cultures through literature is incredibly fulfilling for me. It's like nourishing both my mind and my spirit, leaving me feeling truly content.

So, if you're up for a literary adventure, come join me! Let's explore these amazing stories together. I guarantee you'll feel happier and wiser by the end.

First, let's delve into "Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence" by Rebecca K. Kuang, or as it's known in its traditional Chinese translation, 巴別塔學院. This novel seamlessly blends history with fantasy, exploring themes of power, resistance, and identity. As I followed Robin Swift's journey, I couldn't help but contemplate the sacrifices often associated with change. Kuang's storytelling is captivating and thought-provoking, leaving me pondering the complexities of life long after I turned the final page. Currently, I'm engrossed in the original English version, fascinated by Kuang's expertise in translation. It's incredible to witness the depth of research she's undertaken for this book, and I'm continually expanding my vocabulary with each page. Trust me, once you start, you won't be able to put it down! RF Kuang has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and I'm eagerly awaiting her upcoming book "Katabasis" set to release in the fall.


Selma, Starry Ferry Books 星渡書店

Next, let's talk about "Selma."
In the pages of "Selma," I uncovered an extraordinary tale of resilience and fortitude that truly resonated with me. Selma's journey, navigating the atrocities of Hitler's regime, and ultimately meeting her end during the tumultuous era of Mao's rule, serves as a poignant reminder of the human spirit's remarkable capacity to persevere in the face of unimaginable adversity. What struck me most was Selma's choice to stay, despite the opportunity to escape, and her unwavering determination to persevere. Through Carolijn Visser's vivid storytelling, I felt as though I was right there with Selma, experiencing her struggles and triumphs firsthand. This book is a powerful reminder of the strength we all possess and the importance of resilience in the face of adversity. If you're looking for a compelling read that will leave you inspired, "Selma" is definitely worth picking up.


Markus Zusak's "The Book Thief." This one stole my heart with its portrayal of wartime Germany through the eyes of Liesel Meminger. It reminded me of the incredible ability of stories to bring hope even in the darkest of times. Zusak's writing is so moving and poignant, leaving me with a renewed appreciation for the written word. What I like the most is the story is narrated by death itself! Get this book if you haven't read it.


"43 Letters from Prison" by Chan Kin Man offers readers a unique perspective, providing insight into the world of incarceration and resistance. Chan, a former Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, was sentenced to 16 months in prison in 2014 for his involvement in the "Occupy Central" movement. He was released on March 14, 2020, and during his time in prison, he penned 43 letters which were compiled into this book. Chan's courage and resilience in the face of oppression serve as a powerful reminder of the importance of standing up for one's beliefs, regardless of the consequences.

Next, we have "The Ringing Bell: Memoirs of Reverend Yiu-Ming Chu" by Reverend Yiu-Ming Chu. Reverend Chu, a pastor at the Chai Wan Baptist Church in Hong Kong, has long been dedicated to improving social welfare and advocating for democracy and justice. He gained prominence for his involvement in the "Occupy Central" movement, where he, along with Chan Kin Man and Benny Tai, co-authored the "Occupy Central with Love and Peace" manifesto. Reverend Chu was later convicted of "conspiracy to commit public nuisance" and sentenced to 16 months in prison in 2019, though he was granted a two-year suspended sentence. In late 2020, he relocated to Taiwan. His memoir serves as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the ongoing pursuit of justice in the face of adversity.

And finally, there's "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This mesmerizing tale set in post-war Barcelona drew me in from the very first page. Daniel's quest to uncover the mysteries surrounding Julián Carax kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. The characters felt so real, and the story left me completely captivated. Fermín's presence, marked by bravery and unwavering loyalty, enhances the narrative's richness and leaves a lasting impression on readers. Love this story. 

Overall, these books have reminded me of the incredible power of storytelling to inspire, provoke thought, and transport us to different worlds. They've left a lasting impression on me, and I can't wait to share them with all of you!

If you've had the opportunity to engage with any of the literary works discussed in this article, I eagerly anticipate your insights and reflections. Your feedback is instrumental not only in shedding light on the themes and narratives that resonate within our community but also in shaping our ongoing efforts to curate a diverse selection of stories that captivate, challenge, and enlighten.

Moreover, if you have any recommendations of your own—books that have deeply moved you or sparked your imagination—I encourage you to share them with us and your fellow readers. Let us continue to cultivate dialogue, exploration, and discovery as we navigate the expansive and enriching realm of literature together.


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