Author R. F. Kuang’s Favorite Books

An author who has made a name for herself over the past five years is Rebecca F. Kuang. Better known as R. F. Kuang, she has become a must-read author with brilliant novels that have been in many discussions. Keep reading to find out what R.F. Kuang’s favorite books are!

You may know Kuang from her novels The Poppy War trilogy or my favorite novel by her Babel. The latter won the Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.Her latest novel Yellowface was released in May 2023 and it doesn’t hold back.

Yellowface by R.F Kuang novel 2023
Yellowface by R.F Kuang

R. F. Kuang’s Favorite Books

The Graveyard Book

“I loved Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book so much I actually copied out whole pages from the book and stapled them to my wall so I could read them over and over,” said Kuang. “It’s utterly transportive. When I was reading it I could really feel the chill of the graveyard and the whispers of the ghosts. It was one of the first books that made me really feel the sheer power of good storytelling. It takes your body and soul to a completely different world. I read it again earlier this year and it really holds up – it was just as magical to read as an adult.”

Fight Like Hell

“Kim Kelly’s Fight Like Hell which is a history of labor movements in the US. We’re in an interesting period where pro-union sentiment is at a high and I’d like to see this momentum grow, especially among younger people.”

Picador Exhalation by Ted Chiang

“I loved Ted Chiang’s short story collections, Exhalation and Stories Of Your Life. My fiancé and I read these together during the pandemic. We would read a story a day, then we’d go on long walks and talk about it. It was like solving a puzzle together. Chiang’s style is very clean and simple and the prose doesn’t get in the way of the incredibly cool ideas he’s playing around with.”


That concludes R. F. Kuang’s favorite books. You can read more of her comments and thoughts here. How many of these books have you read? How many of Kuang’s books have you read? Let us know in the comments below!

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