All About Books

Last Edited : 06-01-2016 – 01:52

This page contains all the books I’ve read and my to-read-list.
I thought I would keep the lists here because I lost my handwritten list.
The list will be updated frequently as soon as I finished a book,
or if there’s a book that I really want to put on my to-read-list,
or if there’s a book I’ve read that haven’t listed yet.

I’m still too lazy to split the books into categories. Perhaps later on the next editing session.
And I will add number of pages I’ve read. Just for fun.

If you asked me, “How can you read so many?”
Well, I don’t really know.
I started reading the novels back in 2006.
The peak was around 2012 and 2013, where I hungrily read books like there’s no tomorrow.
I remember she even surprised by how fast I read the book that she gave me.

“Are you skipping pages? You must be!”

That’s what she said.
Oh, it made me smile ear to ear.
Silly girl.
That’s just why I Love her so.

The comments for the books are purely my opinion. And I don’t mean to offend anyone.
If you don’t really want to read my list, feel free to scroll down until you find a title that catch your attention.
If there’s not a single title that caught your attention, perhaps you might want to start reading a book or watch a movie.

That was a joke.

Just remember that all books are beautiful !

Total Books Read : 112 Books
Total Books In To-read-list : 61 Books

 


2016 To-read-list :

 

  1. The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde, 76 Pages)
  2. Animal Farm (George Owell, 102 Pages) [Current Read]
  3. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  4. The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  5. The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman)
  6. The Maze Runner (James Dashner)
  7. The Scorch Trials (James Dashner)
  8. The Death Cure (James Dashner)
  9. The Kill Order (James Dashner)
  10. Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk)
  11. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick)
  12. Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee)
  13. The Martian (Andy Weir)
  14. The Grand Design (Stephen Hawking)
  15. Selected Poems (Emily Dickinson)
  16. 100 Love Sonnets (Pablo Neruda)
  17. Love is a Dog From Hell (Charles Bukowski)
  18. The Origin of Species (Charles Darwin)
  19. Metamorphoses (Ovid)
  20. Complete Poems, 1904-1962 (E. E. Cummings)
  21. The Odyssey (Homer)
  22. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
  23. D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Battle for the Normandy Beaches (Stephen E. Ambrose)
  24. All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque)
  25. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Edward Gibbon)
  26. The Art of War (Sun Tzu)
  27. Hiroshima (John Jersey)
  28. The Guns of August (Barbara W. Tuchman)
  29. David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)
  30. Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)
  31. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
  32. Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
  33. The Complete Stories and Poems (Edgar Allan Poe)
  34. The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Edgar Allan Poe)
  35. Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
  36. Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer)
  37. The Man in the Brown Suit (Agatha Christie)
  38. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
  39. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
  40. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
  41. Dune (Frank Herbert)
  42. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kesey)
  43. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
  44. The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)
  45. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
  46. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
  47. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
  48. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
  49. The Lord of The Flies (William Golding)
  50. The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
  51. Siddharta (Herman Hesse)
  52. Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
  53. The Old Man and The Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
  54. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
  55. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
  56. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
  57. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  58. The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein)
  59. The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
  60. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
  61. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)

 


Books I’ve Read :

 

004) Inheritance Cycle (Christopher Paolini; 4 books; 503 + 668 + 763 + 849 = 2783 Pages) – This is the first English novel I read. It was good, fantasy-based story with dragons and magics. The movie about the first book, Eragon, sucks, tho.

011) Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling; 7 books; 310 + 341 + 435 + 734 + 870 + 652 + 759 = 4104 Pages) – Pretty much self-explanatory. I believe almost everyone knows this series. To sum it in two words : Amazing Magics.

015) Twilight (Stephanie Meyer; 4 books; 498 + 563 + 629 + 756 = 2446 Pages) – I know some people hate this book, because it’s slightly overrated. Some hardboiled fans rated it as the best fantasy fiction romance novel ever. Well I’d say its good for young readers, but not the best ever.

020) Percy Jackson & The Olympians (Rick Riordan; 5 Books; 377 + 279 + 320 + 361 + 381 = 1718 Pages) – For a Greek mythology fan like me, this book is super fun. I love the way the author described the Gods. Again, the movie sucks.

025) The Heroes of Olympus (Rick Riordan; 5 Books; 557 + 521 + 586 + 597 + 516 = 2777 Pages) – Another works from Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson’s author. Same comment, only this one’s without movie.

031) Dan Brown’s Novels (Dan Brown; 6 Books; 556 + 510 + 713 + 481 + 509 + 461 = 3230 Pages) – The 2 standalone novels, Digital Fortress and Deception Point, are great. As for Robert Langdon series, well, they are good, only it’s kind of repetitive in his last book, Inferno. Same plot all over again. The movie is okay, a shame they cut off the dialogs that some people might find offensive.

034) The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien; 3 Books) – I know why this is one of the world’s most famous books. The story is fascinating. The movie was.. okay-ish. Perhaps I should read The Hobbit after this.

036) Mark Twain’s Books (Mark Twain; 2 Books) – I think I need to read other Mark Twain’s works. Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer were awesome.

041) A Song of Fire and Ice (George R.R. Martin; 5 Books) – Popularly known as The Game of Thrones. If any of you haven’t watched the tv series, let me tell you why people love the tv series: because the story is unpredictable. Many main characters died. The book is way better than the tv series. If you haven’t read or watched the tv series, then you probably should now.

044) The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins; 3 Books) – The books are much much better than the movies, just like always. The movies missed the important parts and depths of the book. I enjoyed the thrilling plot the most.

052) Goosebumps (R. L. Stine; 8 Books(?)) – This is my childhood book. I’m not sure how many I’ve read, perhaps it was around 8-10 books. My sister loved to read them. The stories are sure scary. I don’t know why right now I hate horror stories and movies. Back then when I was little I do love horror stories. Oh the books were good although I can barely remember the stories. Read them before you go to sleep.

053) Moby Dick (Herman Melville) – This is not a book you will finish read in a week or so. The writing is so complex, full with subtlety and depths. But if you got the chance to read it, please read it. It might take you 100 years to finish it but when you’re done, you’ll be glad you read the book.

054) To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) – This is definitely not a book about hunting some birds. The book was awesome. I thought I would never love this kind of story. This one is a must-read.

055) Les Miserables (Victor Hugo) – I bought this book before the day I met her the last time. Just like the cover said, the book is full of miserable people. This is a life-changing book for me. You will want to be a better person after finished reading this book.

056) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky) – This book is good. I love how honest Charlie was. And I believe some of you must have heard of this quote : “We accept the love we think we deserve.” This quote, is super deep for me. There are a lot of representation of what does it really means. But for me, it means that (short version), If we don’t think we deserve the people we love, we will not show any patience or understanding to them. Of course it has to do with our self-esteem and how we see ourselves. That’s why it’s kind of deep to think about, people usually have their own opinion about the quote. And the quote actually reminds me of her.

057) A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgees) – Haven’t seen the movie. But I’d say the book is a dark and interesting read. I enjoyed it.

058) The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde) – It’s by Oscar Wilde. I shouldn’t disrespect his works by say anything stupid about this marvelous work other than I enjoyed his rich writing so bloody much.

059) The Fault in Our Stars (John Green) – It’s written beautifully. And actually, this book made me both smile and sad. Full of life lessons.

060) The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (William Shakespeare) – I don’t know if this is actually one book. It contains many plays and thousands of pages. But I’ll take it as one book. One hell of a big book. From the sad tragedy of Romeo and Juliet to Macbeth which I would say is one of Shakespeare’s darkest works. I just looked at the book, it contains 38 Plays and 154 Sonnets. How the hell did I read all of them? I don’t even know the correct answer. Perhaps I was hungry for words.

061) The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri) – The most famous part of this epic poem is Inferno. It describes hell with the most terrifying images people could imagine at that age. Read the divine comedy for chills at Inferno and amazement at Purgatorio and Paradiso. I could say that Divine Comedy is one of my most favourite books of all time.

062) The Aeneid (Virgil) – Such poetry from Virgil. All I could say that it was wonderful. This book was a collection of epic poem that recounted Trojan War and Aenea’s role in founding of Rome. It was definitely a slow read for me, but I finished it nonetheless.

063) Selected Works (Marcus Tullius Cicero) – This collection has it boring moments, that I won’t deny. But the essay was actually quite interesting. Cicero’s writing is brilliant. I’ll always remember the most famous sentence from Cicero : “Dum Spiro, Spero – While I breathe, I hope.”

064) Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov) – It is surprisingly easy to read, although I kind of hate the texts in French inside the book. Some people might find it erotic and misinterpret the novel. But I’d say this is a brilliant and disturbing novel at the same time.

065) Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) – So many great lessons in this book. I actually felt pity towards the monster. So many mixed feelings. It was actually better than I thought it would be. Read this when you have the chance.

066) Great Expectations (Charles Dickens) – I know why this is considered as Charles Dickens’ best novel. A well-written classic. And it has actually exceeded my expectation. Really is a Great Expectations.

067) Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes) – The book was fun. That’s it. It was not boring. But I wouldn’t say that I love it. The parts of the book are like set of stories with different emotions. Funny, sad, calm, etc.

068) Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) – All I can say is, read this book with your mind open. It might be kind of silly and stupid, but it was a good read for me. It was.. Unusual.

069) The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald) – Haven’t watched the movie. The book is actually surprising, and mysterious in some way. But. I won’t deny that it is kind of uninteresting. Fitzgerald has a way with words, I won’t deny that. But I don’t know why sometimes it feels like a nap time when I read this book.

070) Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) – I’m not gonna lie, I had a rough time finishing this book. It began to be kind of uninteresting after 160 pages or so. It was funny, sad, crazy, and ridiculous. In short, just try to read it and find out yourself. Just an advice if you want to read this book : Stop looking for a plot.

071) 1984 (George Orwell) – War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is Strength. So why people love this book? It’s just because “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” Don’t understand? Read the book.

072) The Catcher in the Rye (J. D. Salinger) – Don’t read this book when you are happy. I don’t know why, but personally I could understand the main character better when I was sad and broken. Read it anyway. It was good.

073) Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) – Okay. I have to say this book is SUPER WEIRD. But, I enjoyed it, please don’t burn my books. This book actually taught me to become the book that I read. So read it ! Just read, read, read.

074) Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) – I don’t really know what to say about this book other than I enjoyed it very much. The thing that I really remember about this book was how fast I finished it. All of a sudden, ta-daah, it’s done. I was actually fascinated by the Author’s understanding of human nature. Just. Read. It.

075) Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) – What I dislike from this book was, it does not completely jumped into Japanese culture. Well, just because I kind of like Japanese history and culture. But, it was a beautifully easy read. Aaaand, I haven’t watched the movie.

076) Musashi (Eiji Yoshikawa) – A fiction history novel with a touch of romance. This is the first book I read related to Japanese history. It was a super interesting read about the life of Musashi Miyamoto. With superb ending of his most famous battle versus Sasaki Kojiro.

077) Taiko (Eiji Yoshikawa) – This is a great book. It tells the story of the great unifiers of Japan. Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu which focused on the Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s life story. I got it as a present from her. When I was walking around the bookstore with her, she saw that I wanted this book so much. Long story short, she gave me this beautiful book. It is now sits on my bookshelf as my most treasured book.

078) The Book of Five Rings (Miyamoto Musashi) – This is a book about Miyamoto Musashi’s ideology about the way of the sword. It is full of the teaching discipline of his way of the sword.

079) Hagakure (Yamamoto Tsunetomo) – I love this book. It teaches deeply about Japanese samurai culture. If you read it casually you will only see this book as “It teaches people how death is very important.” Believe me, it is not that shallow.

080) The Heike Story (Eiji Yoshikawa) – Just like the title said, it tells the story of Heike clans in Heian era of Japan. Although it tells the story of Heike in three generations, the center of attention was Taira no Kiyomori.

083) A History of Japan (George Sansom; 3 Books) – These are straightforward narrative books about Japanese history. Well, I didn’t expect more. The books were rich in details. They tells the story about the rise of Ashikaga Shogunate to power, Hideyoshi’s invasion to Korea, and the Tokugawa governments.

086) A History of The Crusades (Steven Runciman; 3 books) – Thee books are a straightforward narrative about The Crusades. The first, the second, and the late crusades. The years can be quite confusing because I was actually trying to memorize some of them. But for history enthusiast like me, this book is gold.

087) The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (Amin Maalouf) – This one was kind of objective and filled with narratives from the author. It filled me with questions. But it was brief and well-written and perfectly readable.

088) Mein Kampf (Adolf Hitler) – Well, this is a very controversial book indeed. Some people are even biased after reading this book. Alright okay, I know Hitler was bad. But his opinions are worth understanding. Don’t worry. I very much disagree with what Hitler thought.

089) Tigers In The Mud (Otto Carius) – It’s kind of dry, the book gave just some selective views on the battlefield. But the book was filled with memoirs. All I could say, it was a good read for military history.

090) Stalingrad (Antony Beevor) – I love this book. It showed a painful horrific result of the war on the both sides. Battle of Stalingrad was actually one of the turning points of WW2 againts Nazi Germany. This book is a good account of the Battle of Stalingrad.

091) The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (William L. Shirer) – All I could say is, this book was filled with darkness. 1400 pages, and the first few hundred pages were quite slow to read, but then it flows. What was good about this book was it filled with narrative information about the Third Reich. No wonder it was 1400 pages thick. The Third Reich was a huge story indeed.

092) The Holocaust (Martin Gilbert) – Be careful, this book will get into you. It was definitely overwhelming. The title was pretty much self-explanatory about what the book is about.

093) Eagle Against the Sun (Ronald H. Spector) – It covers almost everything. It’s almost a must read for people who wants to understand what happened in the pacific theater during WW2.

094) The Wages of Destruction (Adam Tooze) – This too is almost a must for anyone who love WW2 history and wants to understand why Hitler did what he did. And when he did it.

095) With the Old Breed (Eugene Sledge) – This is one of the books that I really love about WW2. It tells the brutal reality of war as the way it was. People said “War is Hell”. This book will tell you why.

096) The Last Cruise of Emden (Edwin P. Hoyt) – This book is a story about naval warfare in WW1. Emden is the name of a German cruiser. This book was an addicting and interesting read.

097) The Price of Glory (Alistair Horne) – This book is an old book, yet it’s super informative. Good book. It shows how France won its Pyrrhic victory at Verdun in WW1.

098) To Win a War (John Terraine) – This book covers the entire 1918 situations and battles. Very informative. A good read !

099) The First World War (John Keegan) – This book is fairly easy to read and it’s a good start for anyone who wants to start learning about WW1. It goes over most areas of the war very, very well.

100) Sophie’s World (Jostein Gaarder) – I read this book because one of her friends said that I should read this one book. It was a SLOW read and could be boring at times. Yes, I took time to munch all the contents of the book. But I finished it anyway. The book actually present ideas in form of two people exchanging them, Sophie and her teacher. Just read the book, especially if you want to know about the world we live in.

104) Friedrich Nietzsche’s Works (Friedrich Nietzsche; 4 Books) – I read Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, The Gay Science (398 pages), and On the Genealogy of Morality. So why did I read these books? Just because I wanted to read philosophy. And I thought I’d start with Nietzsche. I can’t say much about these books other than.. Intriguing. Some people even said that It’s even cooler than Bible or Quran. Well, perhaps they were right? After you read the book you will be thinking about what is written in the book for a long long time. Read these interesting ideas.

108) Three Kingdoms (Luo Guanzhong; 4 Books) – I must be crazy if I say I didn’t like the books. The books are superb. Combined from historical view and mythical view, all the characters, and the scenes are just awesome. It’s just worth to read every single page. My favourite scene? Plenty. But perhaps it was when Xiaohou Dun ate his own eye that stuck in an arrow. Just read it if you’re curious about it.

112) Arthur Conan Doyle’s Works (Arthur Conan Doyle; 4 Books) – A Study In Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I shouldn’t disrespect the Author by saying something stupid about these books. These books are milestones of the crime fiction novels. Awesome, just awesome.