Thursday, June 26, 2014

Books read in the first half of the year 2014

June is coming to an end very soon. How has your first half of the year gone by? Has your mid-year goals in life accomplished? Was reading one of your must-do list instead?

Errr.... As far as I know, reading was not inside must-do list. I didn't put a goal like must read minimum how many books per month. No, I didn't.

However it has become part of my daily activity, especially while riding MRT to and from home. I just didn't want to waste half an hour on each journey or one hour per day just to play with my hand phone inside the MRT. Other than it can exceed my 4GB data plan per month, it is also not good for my eyes :)


My choices of books vary from Bhutanese short story books, local author books, inspirational book, novel, biography, Buddhist-teaching books, memoir, even literature book that I'm afraid most, based on friends' recommendation and whatever books found and available from the library.

Not bad! In some months I could read up to 6 books and there were minimum of 3 books read every month. There were lots of stories opened up my brain which were worth reading. 

My purposes of reading were mainly to feed my curiosity about what happened outside my usual world and how I could improve myself (spiritual growth) by reading those religious and self-improvement book as I believed that learning could also be done by reading. Sometimes it was as if the writer him or herself was talking directly to me :)

Below is the list of the books read so far:

January 2014

January 2014:
1. Dear Seday by Ugyen Gyeltshen
2. Love and Lust in Singapore by Goodwin, Tewari, and Hoye
3. Three Sisters of Sze by Tan Kok Seng
4. Love! Live Dangerously! And Have Fun! by Catherine Khoo

February 2014

February 2014:
1. The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
2. My Name Is Not Konnichiwa by Rodney Ee
3. The Hero by Rhonda Byrne
4. Hotel Tales by Hanley Chew
5. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
6. Other Cities, Other Lives by Chew Kok Chang

March 2014

March 2014:
1. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
3. The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom
4. Living Fully by Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche
5. The Night Hunters by Lingi Jamtsho
6. What Makes You Not A Buddhist by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

April 2014

April 2014:
1. Looking For Alaska by John Green
2. Siu Tai by Felix Cheong
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
4. Buttertea At Sunrise by Britta Das
5. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai w/ Christina Lamb

May 2014

May 2014:
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
3. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

June 2014

June 2014:
1. The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
2. Chicken Soup For The Preteen Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen, and Irene Dunlap
3. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

So, any other books recommended for me to read? Please advise :)

Hope you too keep your reading habits alive! Have a great day everyone! ^^

17 comments:

Ankita said...

reading is my hobby too! Whoa! s many books! I loved "the Kite Runner', how is 'i am malala'?

Rima Reyka said...

Yes, 'The Kite Runner' is splendid. I did the book review sometimes in March :)

'I am Malala' is good too. By reading it you will able to visualize the life in Pakistan, which is quite sad.

Any other book you would recommend for me? :)

Pelden Nima said...

Amazed at your list of reading....Keep going

Rima Reyka said...

Thank you la! Hope you reading too! :)

Rekha Monger said...

Wow 27 books in the first half of the year? Amazing, you are simply unbeatable.

I do definitely see a few common books we read. I'd like to know The Road Less Travelled is.

Keep up the spirit!

Sangay Cholden said...

Hats off~~

Rima Reyka said...

Eh, I didn't realize that much la as I never counted the total amount :)

Btw I want to thank you for recommending some great books to me, Rekha! ^^

The Road Less Traveled hm... How should I say. It's story written by a psychiatric. Some part was good but some not that good (in my own opinion). Therefore I don't dare to recommend you fully. So up to you to decide la! :)

Rima Reyka said...

Thank you la Sangay! :)

Ankita said...

Do read 'Moth Smoke' by Mohsin Hamid! it is amazing!

Rima Reyka said...

Thank you for your recommendation Ankita! Will check it out if it's available here :)

Tshewang Dorji said...

wow!.....for me reading is becoming just a dream now..:(

Flora said...

I am interested to read couple off title in your list, u got night hunter too, I longing to read that one for long time, still couldn't manage copy... U r cool!

Rima Reyka said...

Don't give up just yet Tshewang! When there is a will, there will be a way! You can do it! :)

Rima Reyka said...

When your daughter goes to your place, ask her to bring the Night Hunter for you ;) I made the review of the book as well in this blog.

Go and borrow if your friends have any book and you can spend your time reading while inside the bus or train ^^

Flora said...

Thanks charo la, I must do that... Will ask ngawang Phuntsho to send me some Bhutanese publications through my daughter if incase if she can come

Lingi Jamtsho said...

Wow you really read and keep records too! Even I do read a lot but sadly I am not good at keeping records. I am happy that my book also features in the list of your reads. Keep reading Rima.

Rima Reyka said...

Hehehe... Keep writing Au Lingi and hopefully I can read your next book next year! :)

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