My book-reading started slow this year largely due to my mother’s recent visit. At one point I was five books behind schedule in reaching this year’s 50-book goal. I am not complaining though – the quality time we spent together was priceless! I have been catching up this week and managed to finish 10 books in the first quarter. Not bad at all with only two books behind now.
Here are the books I finished so far:
- Rising Strong by Brené Brown
- Police by Jo Nesbø
- Grand Pursuit: A History of Economic Genius by Sylvia Nasar
- The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today by Joel Osteen
- Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle
- Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks
- Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
- The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
- The Present: The Secret to Enjoying Your Work and Life, Now! by Spencer Johnson
- The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
A good list of books – I was captured by the characters and stories in the fictions, and learned quite a lot from the non-fictions. Seven out of the ten books were written by authors that I was familiar with and they all met my expectations. And I was glad that I picked up the three books (#5, #6, #7) by new authors.
Looking forward to reading more!
In my last book report I mentioned that I would need to finish 16 books in the fourth quarter to accomplish my 50-book annual goal. Well, I ended up reading 14, therefore I am two books short of meeting my reading goal for 2018. 😦 Given that Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ has 1400+ pages, which is more than enough for three average-length books, I can persuade myself that I did a decent job. 🙂
Here are the books I finished this past quarter:
- The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
- The Stand by Stephen King
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō
- Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
- 纵有万般心碎，也要笑得甜美 by 谢姣姣
- Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
- The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly
- The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
- The Sea Wolf by Jack London
- When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
- The Outsider by Stephen King
- Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
- Don’t Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff
I enjoyed most books on this list, except #4 and #14. Here is a mini book review I wrote on #4; and I didn’t include the meaningless long subtitle of #14 in the list.
I learned a lot from #7, highly recommend. #8 exceeded my expectations. Books from Stephen King, Erik Larson, Haruki Murakami, and Michael Lewis were as good as ever. Looking back, I indeed accomplished a lot in Q4 in terms of reading! 🙂
Just set a goal of 50 again for 2019. Keep reading…
I just came back from cruising around the Baltic Sea, and the second book report of 2018 is over due. My goal this year is to read 50 books, 25 of which in non-audio format and 5 in Chinese. I finished 14 books in Q2; only two of which I actually read as opposed to listening, and there was one Chinese book. Now I begin to think the non-audio part of the goal is quite challenging.
Here are the books I finished in the second quarter:
- The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
- Perturbed Chinese 忐忑的中国人 by 梁晓声
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
- Obsession by Jonathan Kellerman
- Operation Hail Storm by Brett Arquette
- Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
- Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
- In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
- New York Post Fiendish Sudoku: The Official Utterly Addictive Number-Placing Puzzle by Wayne Gould
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
- Prayer by Ole Hallesby
- Adultery by Paulo Coelho
As usual, the books on this list are eclectic in many ways and I liked most of them. I read quite a few books from the author of #2 twenty years ago, and this one is as good as expected. I really enjoyed #7 and #9. I finished all 200 puzzles in #10. There are many interesting and though-provoking topics in #8 and #12. I don’t like #14 at all.
Keep reading… till the next report. 🙂
Happy New Year! 2017 is now history and I am glad to report that I did reach my goal of reading 50 books, finishing the last one with 40 minutes to spare :). I didn’t quite make the 20-books-from-home-shelves goal though – I read 16, not bad actually with only 4 books short.
Anyway, here are the 14 books I finished in the fourth quarter:
- The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
- The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
- Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
- Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie
- The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
- People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
- Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman
- The Three of Us (我们仨) by Yang Jiang (杨绛)
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
- Rabbit, Run by John Updike
- Wait: The Art and Science of Delay by Frank Partnoy
- Phantom by Jo Nesbø
- Christian Caregiving: A Way of Life by Kenneth Haugk
Five of these are from shelves at home. I enjoyed most books on this list, especially #1, #6, #10, and #13. The classic #9 is powerful, and I regret that I wasn’t able to see her house while in Amsterdam last year. Maybe next time.
Again I set a goal of finishing 50 books in the coming year. I also decided that at least 5 of them should be in Chinese. In addition, half of them are to be really read using my eyes (i.e., not audio books). These specific goals will help me get a better feel of both languages and become a better writer.
I look forward to another good year of reading!
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:
- The Internet of Things: How Smart TVs, Smart Cars, Smart Homes, and Smart Cities Are Changing the World by Michael Miller
- Three Fates by Nora Roberts
- 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
- The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
- How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
- The Wisdom of Oz: Using Personal Accountability to Succeed in Everything You Do by Roger Connors & Tom Smith
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- Coma by Robin Cook
- How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson
- 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