Topics touched on in the book included female Neo-Confucianist scholars, widows, slaves, the ideal virtuous woman of the time and what was expected of her, information on educational texts to teach Confucianist ideals to women and also a fascinating essay on how the Imjin War (a devastating invasion of Joseon Korea in 1592, which lasted years) and the subsequent Manchu invasions (of which I know much less!) really changed the way society engaged with Confucianism in the latter half of the Joseon dynasty. … More BOOK REVIEW: Women and Confucianism in Choson Korea: New Perspectives
This was such an interesting read for me. I don’t know that I loved it from a reading experience and story point of view, but I can also see the power behind this piece of fiction, and how important the themes and ideas are. For those reasons, I am so glad I read it, because it really succeeds in delivering the powerful message it aims for. … More BOOK THOUGHTS: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo
To celebrate the release day of PROMISE DREAM, I have provided a sneak peak of the first chapter. I worked really hard on this book and I really hope people enjoy reading this story. I am very excited to share it 🙂 … More Book Publication Day: PROMISE DREAM
Here is a little random collection of thoughts, books, research from the past week or so! 🙂 I hope you enjoy reading it! … More WRITING DIARY: what I’ve been reading, researching (Joseon Korean history!) and thinking about this week!
Here is a collection of my thoughts, reading, writing and random ideas from this week! 🙂 I have been learning about slavery in Joseon Korea and remembering some of the places I visited when travelling! … More Lee Evie Diary Feb 26 21: Korean history research, writing and thoughts
This is such an incredible, creepy, scary read, that really blew me away. I loved the book, but do wish I didn’t have the movie tie-in book cover version, haha. I enjoyed the movie a lot (enough to want to pick up the book!) but I do feel like I loved the book even more. … More BOOK THOUGHTS: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Here is a random collection of thoughts from this week (22 Feb 2021). I have been doing lots of Korean history research and reading, lots of dreaming about going overseas on a trip, and of course, lots of writing! … More Lee Evie Diary: What I’ve been reading, researching and thinking about this week!
For a limited time (between 01 FEB and 15 FEB 2021) I am giving away FREE ebook copies of a special illustrated edition of my novel PROMISE SEASON, a dark and romantic mystery story set in old Korea during the Joseon dynasty. … More Limited time FREE EBOOK giveaway: a special illustrated edition of PROMISE SEASON
This book is a wonderful, interesting and fun ride into seedy 1929 Berlin, telling a fast-paced detective noir tale that ties into the dark underbelly of the city and the fascinatingly complex political landscape of the time. I really enjoyed reading this, it is a brick of a book but I tore through it very quickly. … More BOOK THOUGHTS: Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutscher
I was a little nervous going into this book, as I’d heard a few others say they didn’t connect with it, but in the end, I actually read the whole thing in basically one sitting (or at least a series of plane flights and waiting rooms!) and just thoroughly enjoyed it. … More BOOK THOUGHTS: The Plotters by Un-su Kim