Books read in 2017 Q3

It is time for another book report, right before I depart for a long trip. My goal this year is to read 50 books, 20 of which from shelves at home. I finished 12 in Q3. According to Goodreads, I am one book behind schedule. Not too bad – still three months left to catch up. 🙂

Here are the books I finished in the third quarter:

  1. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
  2. A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis by Devin Brown
  3. Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife by Barbara Bradley Hagerty
  4. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  5. The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
  6. Havana Storm by Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
  7. The Cross of Christ by John R.W. Stott
  8. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
  9. The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel
  10. 100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time by The Editors of Time Magazine
  11. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  12. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

Three of these are from shelves at home (behind the goal again). I enjoyed most books on this list. Fictions #1 and #4 are very good; Non-fictions #8, #9, #10, and #12 are really informative, I learned quite a lot from each one.

I need to finish 14 books in the next quarter to reach my goal of 50… Not sure I can accomplish the 20-books-from-shelves goal though, as that requires an impossible 9 in Q4.🙂 Keep reading… till the next report.

Books 2017Q3

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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 2014 Q4

The year 2014 is coming to an end. Since it is highly unlikely that I will finish another book this year, it is okay to post the Q4 book report now even though the time is not up yet.

I finished 9 books in the 4th quarter, therefore reached my goal of reading 40 books this year. I am one of the 12,700 or so people (as of today) who completed their 2014 reading challenge on Goodreads. My plan is to set the goal at 45 for 2015.

  1. Christine by Stephen King
  2. To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others by Daniel Pink
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  4. Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran
  5. Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang
  6. An Introduction to R by William Venables and David Smith
  7. Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
  8. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  9. A Room with a View by E.M.Forester

Quite a few of these books are amazing. It was interesting to read 3, 4, 5 in a row – each book helped me learn history of a different country in a different time period via memorable stories. I now have a better understanding of Nazi Germany during World War II, the French Revolution, and the Qing Dynasty under Cixi’s rule. The last one was particularly fascinating as it felt quite the opposite to the history I learned growing up in China.

“Kafka on the Shore” is the first book I read from the Japanese author Haruki Murakami. The story is weird but I like it a lot. I will read more of his books in 2015.

“Christine” is the 27th book I read from Stephen King, who ranks the 2nd on my ‘most-read’ author list. The top is Agatha Christie from whom I have read 31 books.

I am 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

Books 2014Q4