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26th July 2018 (55)

The Art of Living–Epictetus

Another stoic class. I was not aware this is a very small book, but it certainly has a lot of wisdom.

25th July 2018 (54)

Ego is the Enemy–Ryan Holiday

Boyfriend bought this book a while back and it has been on our book shelf. After becoming a follower of stoicism, I started digging through other references, and this book was in the recommended list. Very interesting, quite insightful. But, just like any popular genres, I enjoyed it whilst reading it, yet I don’t think I will return to it again. I recommend this book to those who believe they can do no wrong. Let this book put you in your place.

22nd July 2018 (53)

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius–Marcus Aurelius

I read this book whilst was doing my jury service. At the time, I only had Robinson Crusoe and this book on my kindle. As I spent the first two days of the jury service just sitting and waiting, it was to my surprise that I finished Robinson Crusoe. So Meditations was the only book left. Well, I might as well read it, right? To my astonishment, after reading one chapter, I realised my past mistakes of putting off this book. For me, this book is a treasure! I lamented that I only began reading this book so late! Oh, well, better late than never. The self-reflections of the Roman emperor resonated so much with me, I was convinced about stoicism. So I decided to explore this topic even more. Many of us walk upon this earth without religion, without faith and without belief; many of us are lost and confused. For from this book, I might have just found myself.

Honestly, this book is so good, I have purchased a hard copy, so I can read it again and annotate.

20th July 2018 (52)

Who Moved My Cheese–Spencer Johnson

18th July 2018 (51)

Robinson Crusoe–Daniel Defoe

The first English novel? Interesting, but I don’t think I want to read it again. This book took me a year to finish. In fact, after reading this book, I decided not to read any more novels for a year.

17th July 2018 (50)

The Taming of the Shrew–William Shakespeare

Let’s face it, you can’t read Shakespeare just by flipping through pages. It needs time and effort.

15th July 2018 (49)

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin–Benjamin Franklin

Definitely recommend, will read this again myself.

11th July 2018 (48)

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living–Dale Carnegie

Decided to read this after reading How to Win Friends. The other book is a bit better.

3rd July 2018 (47)

The Colour Purple–Alice Walker 

27th June 2018 (46)

A Short History of Nearly Everything–Bill Bryson

21st June 2018 (45)

Rabbit Jumping: How to teach your rabbit to jump–Lundquist Emma

I tried to teach Cotton and Bud, but failed quite badly.

17th June 2018 (44)

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others–Daniel Pink

13th June 2018 (43)

The Mystery of Consciousness–John Searle

After a long period, I have finally finished this book. Some parts are very interesting, and really made me think about consciousness from both scientific and philosophical perspectives. I cannot say I fully understand what the book is trying to say, this is probably also because there has been so many breaks whilst reading this book. I will probably come back to this book again, once I have read some others.

17th August 2017 (42)

Introduction to Zen Buddhism–D. T. Suzuki 

14th July 2017 (41)

The Tao of Pooh–Benjamin Hoff

19th June 2017 (40)

Wild Swans–Jung Chang

17th May 2017 (39)

The Three Musketeers–Alexandre Dumas

14th Apr 2017 (38)

Far from the Madding Crowd–Thomas Hardy

15th Mar 2017 (37)

  • Outliers: The Story of Success–Malcolm Gladwell

Interesting book, stories from football teams to rice paddies. Perhaps, success is a mixture of hard work and being at the right place at the right time.

26th Feb 2017 (36)

  • Never Too Late To Be Great: The Power of Thinking Long–Tom Butler-Bowdon

Great non-fiction book, very encouraging for young people who are too eager to achieve in life. The book argued that the secret ingredient of success is probably ‘time’.

Books I read before 2017 (35)

Books in bold are the books I enjoyed reading.

      • Persuasion–Jane Austen
      • Alice of Wonderland–Lewis Carol
      • Life of Pi–Yan Martel
      • The Road Home–Rose Tremain
      • Think and Grow Rich–Napoleon Hill
      • The Social Animal–Elliot Aronson
      • The Communist Manifesto–Karl Max (I don’t think I quite understood it, need to read it again.)
      • Only the Paranoid Survive–Andrew Grove
      • I Know why the Caged Bird Sings–Maya Angelou

      • Excellent Sheep–William Deresiewicz
      • The Book of Five Rings–Miyamoto Musashi
      • The Remains of the Day–Kazuo Ishiguro

      • The Making of Memory–Steven Rose
      • Northanger Abbey–Jane Austen
      • Jane Eyre–Charlotte Bronte

      • Wuthering Heights–Emily Bronte
      • The Count of Monte Cristo–Alexandre Dumas (one of my favorite books, full of passion and hatre, highly recommend)

      • The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling–Henry Fielding (a story of a man’s journey and growth)

      • Zorro–Isabel Allende
      • Magician’s Nephew–C. S. Lewis
      • Anna Karenina–Leo Tolstoy (such a powerful book, Tolstoy described human nature, the vulnerabilities. Loved it, but not a feel good book)

      • Sophie’s World–Jostein Gaarder (confusing…)
      • Eat, Pray, Love–Elizabeth Gilbert
      • Coco Chanel: the Legend and the Life–Justine Picardie

      • Trust Me I’m a Junior Doctor–Max Pemberton
      • Compassion and Self-Hate–Theodore Isaac Rubin ( when I was slightly confused with life, this book guided me)

      • Tenant of the Wildfell Hall–Anne Bronte
      • Of Mice and Men–John Steinback
      • Great Gatsby–Virginia Woolf
      • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat–Oliver Sacks

    • The Da Vinci Code–Dan Brown ( I wouldn’t recommend this book. If you are curious, just watch the film, better read the plot lines from the Wikipedia page)
    • Pride and Prejudice–Jane Austen
    • How to Win Friends and Influence People–Dale Carnegie
    • Black Hole and Baby Universes–Stephen Hawking
    • River Out of Eden–Richard Dawkins