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.
- Christine by Stephen King
- To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others by Daniel Pink
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran
- Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang
- An Introduction to R by William Venables and David Smith
- Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
- Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
- 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