Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.

This week’s book:

My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee

Blurb from Goodreads

From the award-winning author of Native Speaker and On Such a Full Sea, an exuberant, provocative story about a young American life transformed by an unusual Asian adventure – and about the human capacities for pleasure, pain, and connection.

“Who is a greater novelist than Chang-rae Lee today?” — Los Angeles Times

“One of our most silken storytellers.” —The Boston Globe

Tiller is an average American college student with a good heart but minimal aspirations. Pong Lou is a larger-than-life, wildly creative Chinese American entrepreneur who sees something intriguing in Tiller beyond his bored exterior and takes him under his wing. When Pong brings him along on a boisterous trip across Asia, Tiller is catapulted from ordinary young man to talented protégé, and pulled into a series of ever more extreme and eye-opening experiences that transform his view of the world, of Pong, and of himself.

In the breathtaking, “precise, elliptical prose” that Chang-rae Lee is known for (The New York Times), the narrative alternates between Tiller’s outlandish, mind-boggling year with Pong and the strange, riveting, emotionally complex domestic life that follows it, as Tiller processes what happened to him abroad and what it means for his future. Rich with commentary on Western attitudes, Eastern stereotypes, capitalism, global trade, mental health, parenthood, mentorship, and more, My Year Abroad is also an exploration of the surprising effects of cultural immersion–on a young American in Asia, on a Chinese man in America, and on an unlikely couple hiding out in the suburbs. Tinged at once with humor and darkness, electric with its accumulating surprises and suspense, My Year Abroad is a novel that only Chang-rae Lee could have written, and one that will be read and discussed for years to come.

Why I Want To Read It

First off, I want to greet everyone a happy new year. 2021 is real. I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday. I also hope that everyone will have a great year ahead. Life is picking up after the holiday season; by body still feels sore though (LOL). And yes, I am again on a mad dash for year end closing activities. Basically, the realities of an accountant. Anyway, I don’t want to dampen the week by ranting this early one. I nearly forgot, this is also this year’s first Goodreads Monday post!

For this Goodreads Monday update, I am featuring Chang-Rae Lee’s My Year Abroad. It is his latest work that is going to be published sometime in February. It has also been sometime since I immersed in Lee’s works. I did enjoy Native Speaker and A Gesture Life, both of which I have read like four to five years ago. When I learned, while researching for books to include in my 2021 Top 10 Books I Look Forward to List last week, that he Lee was going to release a new work, I was in for it.

The first thing that actually caught my attention was the book’s title and then its fancy book cover; I rarely go for the synopsis at the first instance. My interest was further piqued when I learned that (obviously) it was about adventure and travel. Incorporated into this pulsating mix are elements of Bildungsroman. I sure hope that it is not going to be that challenging obtaining a copy of the book.

How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead!