Happy New Year! 2017 is now history and I am glad to report that I did reach my goal of reading 50 books, finishing the last one with 40 minutes to spare :). I didn’t quite make the 20-books-from-home-shelves goal though – I read 16, not bad actually with only 4 books short.
Anyway, here are the 14 books I finished in the fourth quarter:
- The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
- The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
- Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
- Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie
- The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
- People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
- Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman
- The Three of Us (我们仨) by Yang Jiang (杨绛)
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
- Rabbit, Run by John Updike
- Wait: The Art and Science of Delay by Frank Partnoy
- Phantom by Jo Nesbø
- Christian Caregiving: A Way of Life by Kenneth Haugk
Five of these are from shelves at home. I enjoyed most books on this list, especially #1, #6, #10, and #13. The classic #9 is powerful, and I regret that I wasn’t able to see her house while in Amsterdam last year. Maybe next time.
Again I set a goal of finishing 50 books in the coming year. I also decided that at least 5 of them should be in Chinese. In addition, half of them are to be really read using my eyes (i.e., not audio books). These specific goals will help me get a better feel of both languages and become a better writer.
I look forward to another good year of reading!