Thursday, January 7, 2010

Booking Through Thursday

Thursday's topic of discuss is:

What books did you get for Christmas (or whichever holiday you may have celebrated last month)? Do you usually ask for books on gift-giving occasions or do you prefer to buy them yourself?

I normally buy my own books but keep an active wishlist on Amazon and Paperback Swap for friends to use. (Memo to check after writing this post to make sure it's up to date). Reading interests are so personal I don't think I would ever buy a book for someone unless I knew it was truly wanted.

This year I received one book under my tree from a friend and fellow "book addict" in Pennsylvania. We "met" several years ago in the tea swap game on Paperback Swap. Each month members exchange tea and fellowship.

Charlie and I have a tradition to choose a book off of each others list for Christmas. This year he sent me, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food, by Jennifer 8 Lee. If you follow the link it will take you to the book's blog site.

The author writes to, "understand Chinese food and the people who make it." My partner Jeff is a chef and I know he'll enjoy reading this book too.

What book was under your tree or menorah? I look forward to hearing from you.


  1. I read this book and quite liked it. It definitely got my brain thinking and my mouth watering!

    I didn't get any books under the tree this year, but I usually give my husband a list to choose from. There's no way he'd be able to go in and choose something on his own.

    And that reminds me - I need to check and make sure my own Amazon wishlist is up to date!

  2. Hei! I just found your blog. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles sounds interesting.I usually buy my books myself, too, or then Santa asks me which book I would like to get for Christmas. :) This year I whished for & got The Wolf Hall.


  3. Tina, thanks for stopping by. I'll take a lot at Wolf Hall.

    Lesley, after hearing your take on "Fortune Cookie," I think I'll place it on my priority shelf. Actually, I don't have one so maybe this is a good time to start.

    Aloha from Rob

  4. I read The Fortune Cookie Chronicles last year and I passed it on to my boyfriend, who loves Asian food. It's a very quick and fun read, filled with details of different versions of Chinese food throughout America. I was a bit stunned to learn that parts of the country regard Chinese food as fastfood, limiting to at most several common items on the menu that aren;t strictly authentic to me. Read it, and I hope you enjo it.


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