I thought starting a full-time job should have been a significant hurdle to my hobby: reading books. Little did I know, I actually managed to surpass my 2016 reading challenge by two books.
To add to that, I also read two non-fiction books, written in gripping fashion by the one and only, Ms. Agatha Christie. And Then There Were None was especially exceptional—the story was too captivating, and it was a non-stopper.
Here are the books that I’ve managed to read this year:
- Dale Carnegie, Public Speaking for Success
- Ed Mickolus and Joseph Brannan, Coaching Winning Model United Nations Teams
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Roger Dawson, Secrets of Power Negotiating
- Peter Navarro, Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World
- Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs—This was actually my second reading; I read the wonderful biography first in 2011, starting on the day it was published
- Michael D. Barr, The Ruling Elite of Singapore: Networks of Power and Influence
- Davis Shambaugh, China’s Future
- Avi Shlaim, The Iron Wall—Definitely one of my most favorite readings for 2016, the book was quite thick (almost 900 pages I think), and it opened a whole new horizon in understanding the Israel-Palestinian conflict
- Scott Berkun, Confessions of a Public Speaker
- Dale Carnegie Training, Stand Up and Deliver
- Raj Raghunathan, If You’re So Smaer, Why Aren’t You Happy?
- Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, Think Like a Freak
- Kurt M. Campbell, The Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia
- Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None—One of the best ever fiction works I’ve ever read in my lifetime
- Agatha Christie, The ABC Murders
- John McBeth, The Loner: President Yudhoyono’s Decade of Trial and Indecision—Also one of the best books I’ve read under the politics/biographies genre, and it was eye-opening
If you are reading this post, I do encourage you to read more. Reading books helps me to balance my sanity with the business of work. You may think reading non-fiction works burdening—sometimes it is. However, the new insights and understanding that you earn afterwards do make the activity worthwhile.
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