Hello everyone! Our time in Taiwan is going by quickly. We will be leaving our little island for a smaller island in the Pacific. In three weeks Rachel and I will start a new adventure in Saipan. I will be a Guidance Counselor for the island's Junior High School and Rachel will be going back to school for Nursing. We are both really excited about our new location but at the same time we are noticing all the little things we will miss in Taiwan. I saw this video the other day and thought it was a great take on Taiwan. Enjoy!
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: Amazing- one of the very best books I've ever read in my life. I cried for like an hour after finishing it :)
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: Good- inspires you to travel and eat really good food!
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: Wonderful and so romantic. I wanted to start reading through some of the classics, and I started with this one. The classics definitely take longer to get through because of the (to me) difficult language, but they are well worth it.
Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisburger: Good, for a girly beach-reading book :)
Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisburger: The same- a good girly-girl book
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: So good- a WWII story told from the perspective of a little girl living in Germany. Tells about her life growing up, the Nazi party in her city, and how her family secretly hides a Jewish man. And it's written from "Death's" perspective- so it's narrated by "Death."
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin: My second "classic"- I love this book so much
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards: so- so
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger: Pretty good- kinda weird
Gone With the Wind by Margaret MItchell: I read this book because it's one of my Gram's favorite books, and I absolutely loved it. My Gram has excellent taste in lots of things :)
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink: Very good- I loved the movie and the book as well.
Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith by Gina B. Nahai: This book is amazing and strange and really cool. It's about a family's life in Iran, but it's written kind of like a fairy-tale.
Right now I'm reading The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst: Just started it. About a man ( a linguist professor) who tries to teach his dog to speak after she is the only witness to his wife's death.
I've really loved having all of this extra time in Taiwan to read. It's one of my very favorite things to do, but during college there was never any time to read novels. I wanted to read a book every month in Taiwan, and it's been really nice!
We have about a month left in Taiwan. In August, we will be moving to Saipan, where Brian will be a counselor for a Junior High School, and I will be taking prerequisites to enter a nursing program back in the States. We are really looking forward to our move, but will miss Taipei so much. We're spending the weekends trying to do everything we want to do and see in Taiwan before we leave!