Asia Book Lists

Into the Wild by Jon KrakauerA Walk in the Woods by Bill BrysonEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertWild by Cheryl StrayedInto Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Ultimate Backpacking Novels
323 books — 807 voters

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa SeeThe Good Earth by Pearl S. BuckThe Joy Luck Club by Amy TanShanghai Girls by Lisa SeeThe Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
Best Novels That Take Place in China
241 books — 686 voters
The God of Small Things by Arundhati RoyThe White Tiger by Aravind AdigaA Fine Balance by Rohinton MistryMidnight's Children by Salman RushdieShantaram by Gregory David Roberts
386 books — 492 voters

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur GoldenThe Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniShōgun by James ClavellThe Good Earth by Pearl S. BuckEveryone Burns by John Dolan
Best books on Asia
554 books — 377 voters
Born Confused by Tanuja Desai HidierInterpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa LahiriUntruly Yours by Smita ShettyThe Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee DivakaruniDone With Men by Shuchi Singh Kalra
Desi Chick Lit
142 books — 196 voters

The God of Small Things by Arundhati RoyA Passage to India by E.M. ForsterA Fine Balance by Rohinton MistryThe Far Pavilions by M.M. KayeThe Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
Books Set in India
237 books — 171 voters

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki MurakamiKafka on the Shore by Haruki MurakamiNorwegian Wood by Haruki MurakamiNever Let Me Go by Kazuo IshiguroKitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Japanese authors
101 books — 103 voters
The Quiet American by Graham GreeneThe Things They Carried by Tim O'BrienAbsolutely Nothing by Mark A. CooperMatterhorn by Karl MarlantesA Rumor Of War by Philip Caputo
Cambodia and Vietnam
122 books — 103 voters

پیرِ کامل by Umera Ahmedپطرس کے مضامین [Patras Ke Mazameen] by Patras BukhariA Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed HanifPakistan by Anatol LievenSikander by M. Salahuddin Khan
Best Pakistani Books
60 books — 80 voters
The Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled HosseiniThree Cups of Tea by Greg MortensonKim by Rudyard KiplingSikander by M. Salahuddin Khan
Books Set in the -stan Countries
118 books — 79 voters

West with the Night by Beryl MarkhamMy Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-NéelThe Valleys of the Assassins by Freya StarkStraight on Till Morning by Mary S. LovellPassionate Nomad by Jane Fletcher Geniesse
Trailblazing Women Adventurers
204 books — 75 voters
Tao Te Ching by Lao TzuThe Art of War by Sun TzuWild Swans by Jung ChangBalzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai SijieMonkey by Arthur Waley
Chinese Literature
168 books — 68 voters

A Capitalist in North Korea by Felix AbtChina by Tom  CarterUnsavory Elements by Tom  Carter走得越远,离自己越近 by 洪梅Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
Adventure Travel & Exploration In Asia
187 books — 68 voters
River Town by Peter HesslerChina by Tom  CarterUnsavory Elements by Tom  CarterThe Good Earth by Pearl S. BuckThe Cost of Hope by Amanda   Bennett
Best CHINA Expat Books
89 books — 61 voters

A Fine Balance by Rohinton MistryBombay Bhel by Ken  DoyleFamily Matters by Rohinton MistrySwimming Lessons and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag by Rohinton MistryMaximum City by Suketu Mehta
Best Mumbai/Bombay Stories
36 books — 57 voters
The Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniUnsavory Elements by Tom  CarterWhite Shanghai by Elvira BaryakinaA Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled HosseiniSnow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Cultural reads
53 books — 53 voters

Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu XiaolongDragon Bones by Lisa SeeRed Mandarin Dress by Qiu XiaolongThe Skull Mantra by Eliot PattisonRock Paper Tiger by Lisa Brackmann
China mystery
132 books — 31 voters
The Great Game by Peter HopkirkThree Cups of Tea by Greg MortensonThe Places in Between by Rory StewartMoron to Moron by Tom  DoigThe Empire of the Steppes by René Grousset
Central Asia
142 books — 26 voters

I Can't Think Straight by Shamim SarifPoseidon’s Children by Michael  WestAsh by Malinda LoHades' Disciples by Michael  WestZeus' Warriors by Michael  West
Asian Lesbian and Queer Women Fiction
31 books — 19 voters
Daddy's Hobby by Owen  JonesBangkok 8 by John BurdettEveryone Burns by John DolanBangkok Haunts by John BurdettBangkok Noir by Christopher G. Moore
Terrific Thailand
41 books — 17 voters

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