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Summer’s Perfect Poolside Reading Recommendations

By  Selina

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The sun shines, and summer is in full swing! For those who can’t resist the overwhelming temptation to flee the city with a rucksack of paperbacks, why not indulge your reading tastes with a few of our best-sellers?

  1. Chinese Classic Literature:
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 A Dream of Red Mansions (4 volumes)

Set against the decline of several related big families and drawing much from personal experience, the author Cao Xueqin focused on the tragic love between Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu. The story paints a picture of the varied lives of people in a degenerating Empire in the middle of the eighteenth century.

 Journey to the West (4 volumes)

A mythological novel based on many centuries of popular tradition, this lively fantasy relates the amazing adventures of the priest Xuanzang as he travels west in search of the Buddhist sutras with his three disciples: the irreverent and capable Monkey, the greedy Pig, and the Friar Sand.

Outlaws of the Marsh (4 volumes)

Written in the fourteenth century, this is a fictional novel that tells a story of over a hundred men and women forced by the harsh feudal officialdom to take to the hills. They band together and defeat every attempt of the government troops to crush them.

The Romance of the Western Chamber

Since the appearance of this play The Romance of the Western Chamber in the thirteenth century, it has enjoyed unparalleled popularity. The play has given rise to innumerable sequels, parodies, and rewritings; it has influenced countless later plays, short stories, and novels and has played a crucial role in the development of drama criticism.


  1. Modern Literature:

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Little Aunt Crane

Spanning several tumultuous decades of Mao’s rule, Little Aunt Crane is a novel about love, bravery and survival, and how humanity endures in the most unlikely circumstances.

The Boat to Redemption

This novel is the masterpiece that brought Su Tong the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize. The scene is set during the cultural revolution. The story depicts the rootless lives, love and desire, the mental struggle between reality and man’s ego, and the seemingly ludicrousness of the nation’s then social and political values.


  1. Science Fiction

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The Three-Body Problem

With the scope of Dune and the commercial action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author.


  1. Chinese Graded Readers for Children

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 The Rainbow Bridge Graded Chinese Reader Series

The  Rainbow Bridge Graded Chinese Reader Series is geared to students who learn Chinese as a foreign language, with an aim to improve their reading abilities. With the thoughtful matching of text with illustrations, each volume of this series is graded with a specific HSK/CEFR proficiency level and its own range of vocabulary. This series is suitable for learners from the beginning level up to level 6 of the HSK and CEFR level.

The Chinese Library Series

This series is composed of Chinese historical stories, folktales and non-fiction,  with an aim to develop the language skills of non-Chinese students.

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