Way back into love for … reading


“Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.”

Francis Bacon, The Essays

Here comes the list of books I have read/ bought since I started to find my way back into love for reading [link] and after writing down all the books I have bought, I realized that I have just finished one-fourth of the list and perhaps I have to improve much more on my reading habit. But I promise that the list will be updated on a frequent basis, by both the books read and the books bought. If you have read any in the list below and would love to share your review, please drop some comments. If you have any good book, please kindly suggest me as well.

  1. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) (Finished – 2014)
  2. The Help (Kathryn Stockett) (Finished – 2014)
  3. Life of Pi (Yann Martel) (Finished – 2014)
  4. The Innocent Abroad (Mark Twain) (Finished – 2015)
  5. Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen) (Finished – 2015)
  6. The Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell) (Finished – 2015)
  7. Sophie’s World (Jostein Gaarder) (Finished – 2015)
  8. Predictably Irrational (Dan Ariely) (Finished – 2015)
  9. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) (Finished – 2015)
  10. 等一个人咖啡 (九把刀 ) –  Café Waiting Love (Giddens Ko) (Finished – 2015)
  11. From Socrates to Sartre: The Philosophic Quest (T.Z. Lavine) (Finished – 2015)
  12. Around the world in eighty days, Five weeks in a Balloon (Jules Verne)(Finished – 2016)
  13. 后青春期的诗 (九把刀)– Poetry of the Day After (Giddens Ko)Finished – 2016
  14. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) (Finished Vietnamese version – 2016)
  15. Watching the English: the hidden rules of English behavior (Kate Fox) (Finished – 2016)
  16. The Collected Works of Nathanael West: Miss Lonelyhearts (Finished – 2016), A Cool Million (Finished – 2016), The Day of The Locust, The Dream Life of Balso Snell (Nathanael West)
  17. Anne of Green Gables (Finished – 2016) & Anne of Avonlea (Lucy Maud Montgomery)
  18. Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle (Dan Senor and Saul Singer)(Finished – 2016)
  19. The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson (Autobiography/ Including The Declaration of Independence, The Anas, Travel Journals, Essay on Anglo-Saxon, Biographical Sketches, Notes on Virginia, Public Papers, Letters) (Edited and with an Introduction by Adrienne Koch and William Peden)
  20. The Little Prince (English version and Chinese version) (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) (Finished – 2016)
  21. 向左走,向右走 (幾米)– Turn Left Turn Right (Jimmy Liao) (Finished – 2016)
  22. 傾聽 (龍應台)- Listen (Lung Ying-tai) (Finished 2017)
  23. The Social Contract (Jean – Jacques Rousseau) (Vietnamese version) (Finished 2017)
  24. Amsterdam (Ian McEwan) (Finished 2017)
  25. To Kill a Mocking Bird (Harper Lee) (Finished 2017)
  26. On Liberty (John Stuart Mill) (Finished 2017)
  27. Why We Can’t Wait (Martin Luther King, Jr.) (Finished 2017)
  28. The selected stories of O’ Henry (O’ Henry)
  29. Don Quixote (Cervantes)
  30. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
  31. The Essential Hemingway (Ernest Hemingway)
  32. Startling by Each Step (Tong Hua) – 步步惊心 (桐华)
  33. Collection of Essays of Lu Xun (Lu Xun) – 鲁迅杂文精选 (鲁迅)
  34. A Beautiful Mind (Sylvia Nasar)
  35. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
  36. New York (Edward Rutherfurd)
  37. Persuasion (Jane Austen)
  38. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
  39. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
  40. Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
  41. Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
  42. Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray)
  43. Guns, Germs & Steel (Jared Diamond)
  44. World Order (Henry Kissinger)
  45. All the Light we cannot see (Anthony Doerr)
  46. Inventions of Wings (Sue Monk Kidd)
  47. History of the Rain (Niall Williams)
  48. Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
  49. The Hunch-back of Notre-Dame (Victor Hugo)
  50. The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
  51. The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  52. The Best of Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
  53. Thinking Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman)
  54. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
  55. The Da’Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
  56. Twelve Years a Slave (Solomon Northup)
  57. Life on the Mississippi (Mark Twain)
  58. Fools of Fortune (William Trevor)
  59. Elizabeth Alone (William Trevor)
  60. The Children of Dynmouth (William Trevor)
  61. Other People’s World (William Trevor)
  62. 城南舊事 (林海音) – My Memories of Old Beijing (Lin Haiyin)
  63. 大學國文二種奏 (逢甲大學國語文教學中心主編)– Selected Readings of Modern Literature for University Students – Selected by Department of Literature, Feng Chia University (ISBN 978-957-11-8271-1 (836))
  64. 大學國文選 (林登順主編)– Selected Readings of Chinese Literature – (ISBN 978-986-295-133-0)
  65. The Prince and the Pauper (Mark Twain)
  66. 紅樓夢 (曹雪芹)– Dream of the Red Chamber (Cao Xueqin)
  67. 一本就通 文學史(韓高年)– A Brief History of Chinese Literature (Han Gaonian)
  68. The Signet Classic Book of Mark Twain’s Short stories
  69. A History of the American People (Paul Johnson)
  70. A New Illustrated History of Taiwan (Dr Wan-yao Chou) – Translated by Carole Plackitt and Tim Casey
  71. 現代文學精選(第一本)– Selection of short writings in modern literature (1) (ISBN9789577483194)
  72. 現代文學精選(第二本) – Selection of short writings in modern literature (2) (ISBN9789577483270)
  73. 現代文學精選(第三本) – Selection of short writings in modern literature (3)  (ISBN9789577483942)
  74. 一本就通中國史 (李泉)– A Brief History of China (Li Quan)
  75. Dictionary of International Relations
  76. 一次輕鬆讀懂四書五經故事 (方韜)– Selected Readings of “Four Books and Five Classics” with the Annotations (Fang Tao)
  77. The Federalist Papers (James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay)
  78. 我的青春,我的FORMOSA (林莉菁)– My Youth, My FORMOSA (Lin Li Jing)
  79. A Moveable Feast (Ernest Hemingway)
  80. Germany: Memories of a Nation (Neil Mac Gregor)
  81. Dubliners (James Joyce)
  82. The Origin of Species (Charles Darwin)
  83. 台灣:老屋散策 (張倫)– Taiwan: Random Collection of Old Houses (Zhang Lun) 
  84. 魯迅:小說精選 – Collection of Novels of Lu Xun
  85.  中國歷史懸案 – Great Mystery of China History
  86. 朱自清精選 – Collection of Writings by Zhu Ziqing
  87. 臺灣現代文選 – Collection of Writings of modern Taiwanese literature
  88. 生活的藝術 (林語堂)– The Importance of Living (Lin Yutang) 
  89. 傾城之戀 (張愛玲) – Love in the Fallen City (Eileen Chang)
  90. 張愛玲一百句 (劉鋒杰) – One Hundred Quotes of Eileen Chang (Liu Feng-jie)
  91. 圖解台灣史 (王御風)– Illustrated History of Taiwan (Wang Yu-feng)
  92. The Korean Mind (Boye Lafayette de Mente)
  93. From Third World to First (Lee Kuan Yew)
  94. La civilisation annamite (Nguyen Van Huyen) – Văn minh Việt Nam (Nguyễn Văn Huyên)
  95. Emilé, or On Education (Jean – Jacques Rousseau) (Vietnamese version)
  96. Democracy in America (Alexis de Tocqueville) (Vietnamese version)
  97. Law 101: Everything You Need to Know about American Law (Jay M. Feinman) (Vietnamese version)
  98. The Sympathiser (Viet Thanh Nguyen)

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