Books read in 2015 Q2

I was pretty busy this past quarter, but somehow I managed to finish 13 books! Now with 24 books under my belt, I might even try to shoot for 50 this year, considering how many on-going ones I have at the moment. 🙂

Here is the list for 2015 Q2:

  1. The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight by Winston Groom
  2. I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America after Twenty Years Away by Bill Bryson
  3. The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
  4. The Brethren by John Grisham
  5. The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
  6. The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester
  7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  8. Rabbit Redux by John Updike
  9. Big Data and Hadoop by WAGmob
  10. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  11. A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
  12. The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
  13. Crusader’s Cross by James Lee Burke

Additionally, in an effort to make space in the house, part of my goal is to read books from the shelves. This is on track – 5 books in this list are, although I decided to keep 4… 🙂 But I did get rid of one other book without reading it…

It is a bit difficult to come up with “top 3” from this list. The only ones I don’t like are 8 and 13. Keep reading…

Books 2015Q2

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