Books read in 2014 Q3

Another quarter… I finished only 9 books in the past three months, partly because I was busy at work, plus I was away on three trips. But I already had 31 books so far, so I am well on my way to reach my goal of 40 this year.

  1. The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting by Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer
  2. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  3. Nikola Tesla: Renewable Energy Ahead of Its Time by David J. Kent
  4. Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman
  5. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
  6. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  7. Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin
  8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. The Question that Never Goes Away by Philip Yancey

Six non-fictions and three fictions, better than last quarter. I enjoyed most of these nine books – they are quite informative, entertaining, or touching, as the case maybe. The only exception is “Focus” – which seems to be very unfocused. I did like Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence books though.

Will definitely keep reading in the last quarter of the year. I probably should finish all the books that I have started, and that might be it! I will report back after the New Year. So many books, so little time…

Books 2014Q3


mini book review – “Tesla: the Wizard of Electricity”

I love this beautiful book on Nikola Tesla by David J. Kent. Mr. Tesla is one of the greatest inventors in history, yet many people have never heard of him. This book does a wonderful job of introducing this eccentric genius to the general public – his upbringing and talents, his ideas and inventions, his unique and weird personality, his life from start to finish. It also includes two fascinating chapters on conspiracies after his death and his lasting legacies.

The author opens a door and introduces Mr. Tesla to the general public. The well written fluid text combined with various photos and illustrations are very effective in bringing Tesla the person to life. I hardly knew anything about him when I started, and felt I really knew this intriguing person when I finished. The whole reading experience was highly enjoyable.

This book would be a perfect gift to anyone (especially the young generation) who is interested in science and scientists, inventions and modern technology. I can say without hesitation that Nikola Tesla, brought alive by this book, will inspire followers from all over the world for many years to come.

Here is the author’s website