Books read in 2015 Q1

I can’t believe the first quarter of 2015 is already behind us! Time flies, true, but it doesn’t feel like April at all since the heater is still on in the house, and the cherry blossoms haven’t peaked yet. Anyway, it is time to post another book report.

My goal this year is to read 45 books. I finished 11 in Q1, right on track. Here they are:

  1. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  2. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  3. The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism by Ross King
  4. Paganinis Fluch by Werner Fuld
  5. Think Like a Freak by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
  6. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  7. Headhunters by Jo Nesbo
  8. Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders by Rajeev Peshawaria
  9. Break Out!: 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life by Joel Osteen
  10. The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver
  11. The Alchemist by  Paulo Coelho

Additionally, in an effort to make space in the house, part of my goal is that at least 12 of the 45 books this year should be from the shelves. This is on track too – 4 books in this list are, even though I decided to keep 3… 🙂

In my opinion, the top three books from this quarter are 1, 3, and 6.

Keep reading… Wish I had more time!Books 2015Q1

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God spoke to His exhausted child

I wrote this in 2009. It still touches me today as I read it at a fresh start of a new day…

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It was a long and stressful day at work – two big messy projects are due this Wednesday and Thursday. I left office around 9 pm. Sitting in Metro I was totally exhausted, my mind was spinning with all the data pieces, models, issues, methods, clients and my head ached so badly. After getting off Metro I was on a bus that would depart in 10 minutes. I decided to read a few pages of the book I was carrying in my purse. Here is what met my eye:

Dear Child, God does not say today, “Be strong;”
He knows your strength is spent; He knows how long
The road has been, how weary you have grown,
For He who walked the earthly roads alone,
Each bogging lowland, and each rugged hill,
Can understand, and so He says, “Be still,
And know that I am God.” The hour is late,
And you must rest awhile, and you must wait
Until life’s empty reservoirs fill up
As slow rain fills an empty upturned cup.
Hold up your cup, dear child, for God to fill.
He only asks today that you be still.

Tears rolled down my face as I read these words. What a loving God He is, that He chose to speak to me and give me comfort when I needed it the most. I decided to stop worrying and rest in His presence, tonight and the days ahead.

In case you are wondering, the book I happened to carry today was ‘Springs in the Valley’ by Mrs Charles Cowman, a companion daily devotional book to ‘Streams in the Desert’. The last time I touched it was probably two months ago. For some reason I brought it with me this morning and ended up reading this piece which is designated to be read on October 31st. 🙂