Books read in 2017 Q1

It is time to post the first book report of 2017, now that three months are already behind us. My goal this year is to read 50 books, 20 of which from shelves at home. I only finished 11 in Q1 , a little behind schedule. I am quite optimistic about reaching the goal though, considering how many ‘currently-reading’ ones I have at the moment.

Here are the books I finished in the first quarter:

  1. Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie
  2. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel & Blake Masters
  3. The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel
  4. The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun by Paul Hattaway & Brother Yun
  5. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
  6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  7. The Leopard by Jo Nesbø
  8. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  9. Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership by John Maxwell
  10. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
  11. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Four of these books are from shelves at home (behind the goal of 20 as well). As usual, the books on this list are quite diverse in terms of genre, time frame, and author’s nationality. My two favorites are #6 and #8 – truly outstanding and highly recommend. I don’t like #1 and #10, while all the others are good in one way or another.

Keep reading… till the next report. 🙂

Books 2017Q1

Books read in 2015 Q4

The year 2015 is coming to an end. I finished 11 books in the 4th quarter therefore exceeded my goal of reading 45 books this year with a total count of 50. Actually I was holding back from finishing more books this past week. I don’t want to read more than 50 books in a year so I am pushing them to the next year, which means I will likely finish many books in the first quarter of 2016. 🙂

I am one of the 20,600 or so people (as of now) who completed their 2015 reading challenge on Goodreads. Hopefully more people will read more books in 2016.

Here are the eleven 2015 Q4 books:

  1. The Internet of Things: How Smart TVs, Smart Cars, Smart Homes, and Smart Cities Are Changing the World by Michael Miller
  2. Three Fates by Nora Roberts
  3. The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
  4. The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
  5. How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
  6. The Wisdom of Oz: Using Personal Accountability to Succeed in Everything You Do by Roger Connors & Tom Smith
  7. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  8. Night by Elie Wiesel
  9. Coma by Robin Cook
  10. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson
  11. Abraham Lincoln and Nikola Tesla: Connected by Fate by David J. Kent

The books in this list are so eclectic that it is difficult to come up with top suggestions. Almost all of them are good – seems I am getting better at picking books. The only one I don’t like as much is #6 which didn’t teach me anything new.

The 50 books I read in 2015 are from 50 different authors. I will stop following this one-book-per-author rule in 2016. Looking forward to another good reading year ahead! Book reports will be posted quarterly as usual. Please let me know if you would like to connect on Goodreads. Here are the earlier book lists for this year: Q1 Q2 Q3

2015 Q4 books

Books read in 2015 Q3

The third quarter of 2015 arrived without my even noticing it, until it suddenly got cold and felt like winter. I finished 15 books during these past 3 months, which boosts the year-total to 39, well on my way to reach 50. That said, two international trips are coming up that could slow down the progress. Will see.

Here is the list for 2015 Q3:

  1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  2. Dark Paradise by Tami Hoag
  3. Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln’s Corpse by James Swanson
  4. Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now by Gordon Livingston
  5. The Black Box by Michael Connelly
  6. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
  7. Invisible Prey by John Sandford
  8. An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage
  9. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  10. After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman
  11. The Collectors by David Baldacci
  12. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  13. Born To Run by James Grippando
  14. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  15. Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo

Six of these books are from the shelves at home, and I decided to get rid of three (2, 4, and 13). I have a Chinese copy of 14 and decided to keep it even though I don’t really like the book.

This list spans quite wide on the bad-to-great spectrum. My top three are 1, 9, and 12; and bottom three are 6, 13, and 14. Most of the books on this list are enjoyable.

I will only need to finish 11 more books in the next three months to reach 50 for the year. It shouldn’t be too difficult, I hope!

2015 Q3 books