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Happy Niu Year 新牛年快乐!

I’ll take a cue from my students and say that my new year’s resolution is 1600×1200.

Continuing tradition, here are the books I read this year. I wouldn’t recommend all of them, so don’t read anything just because it made the list!

  1. The Lexus and the Olive Tree (Thomas L. Friedman)
  2. Be Intolerant (Ryan Dobson)
  3. The Faith of George W. Bush (Stephen Mansfield)
  4. Gathering Blue (Lois Lowry)
  5. The Peacemaker (Ken Sande)
  6. Sarah (Kaylene Johnson)
  7. Why We’re Not Emergent (Kevin Deyoung, Ted Kluck)
  8. The Shack (William P. Young)
  9. Holes (Louis Sachar)
  10. Under The Overpass (Mike Yankoski)
  11. What Went Wrong? (Bernard Lewis)
  12. Faith of Our Fathers (Chan Kei Thong)
  13. Forever In Blue (Ann Brashares)
  14. Girls In Pants (Ann Brashares)
  15. The Partner (John Grisham)
  16. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (Kim Edwards)
  17. Get Off Your Knees And “Think” (Sheila Walsh)
  18. Lies Women Believe (Nancy Leigh DeMoss)
  19. The Blue Castle (L. M. Montgomery)
  20. Get Married (Candice Watters)
  21. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J. K. Rowling)
  22. Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets (J. K. Rowling)
  23. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J. K. Rowling)
  24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J. K. Rowling)
  25. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J. K. Rowling)
  26. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J. K. Rowling)
  27. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (J. K. Rowling)
  28. The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
  29. The Christmas Promise (Donna VanLiere)
  30. The Heavenly Man (Brother Yun)
  31. Atonement (Ian McEwan)
  32. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
  33. A Painted House (John Grisham)
  34. The Runaway Jury (John Grisham)
  35. The Summons (John Grisham)

Here are the first in order on my bookshelf for 2009:

  1. The Beach (Alex Garland)
  2. Prince Caspian (C. S. Lewis)
  3. The Brethren (John Grisham)
  4. Improving Your Serve (Charles Swindoll)
  5. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
  6. The Story of English (Robert McCrum)
  7. The Cost of Discipleship (Dietrich Bonoeffer)
  8. Modern Leadership Strategies From Ancient Chinese Wisdom (Robert Foster)
  9. Three Cups Of Tea (Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin)
  10. China’s Ascendancy: An Opportunity Or Threat? (Sheng-Wei Wang)
  11. The King Of Torts (John Grisham)
  12. God at The Dock (C. S. Lewis)

My goal is to read a book a week, at the minimum. What are your suggestions?

4 Responses

  1. wow to read a book a week is intense! Hope you can accomplish your goal. I don’t know how you were able to read so many books in a year!! But then again reading was always a huge task for me and I am proud of myself for reading what I did this year since I never read more than 2 books in a full year. I guess you really got into the Harry Potter books!! Those are huge aren’t they? good job.

  2. Harry Potter is hugely popular here among Chinese students. I even have some students named after characters. When I first got here I was dead-set against reading the books, but I eventually gave in at the end of the year! I actually ended up really enjoying them. Don’t know that I’d give them to a kid, but they were fun to read as an adult.

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