I can’t believe it is the last day of 2013 already. It is a good time to reflect on this past year and think about what I plan to accomplish in 2014.
I read 41 books in 2013. The top ones are listed below, for which I might write separate mini reviews later. Let me know if you are interested in seeing the full list. 🙂
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
- The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman
- The Honest Truth about Dishonesty by Dan Ariely
- Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity by David J. Kent
- Inferno by Dan Brown
- The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany by Martin Goldsmith
- Great Souls: Six Who Changed the Century by David Aikman
- Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
Compared to 2012, I didn’t travel as much this year – only visited one new country Jamaica. But I did check off two National Parks from my list – Great Smoky Mountains and Mammoth Cave. I also made a trip back to China in July for reunions with both middle school friends and college friends, some of whom I haven’t met for nearly 20 years. It was good fun. Counting in a few business trips to New York and London, all in all I spent 58 nights away from home this year.
In 2014, I plan to do what my blog tagline shows:
- Read – likely 40-50 books, hopefully more good ones
- Travel – to the southern hemisphere, visit a few more new countries
- Play – more exercises (maybe lose 5 lbs), less time spent on games
- Feel – God’s love, natural beauty, other people’s needs
- Learn – professional expertise, Bible, Chinese brush painting
Happy New Year, everyone! Looking forward to a wonderful 2014!