Book of Books

This is my attempt to record every book I have read from cover to cover. As Nilanjana Roy suggested, I take it as a display of true bravery because I’m listing with complete honesty everything that once appealed to me – my truest love, my instinctive urges, as well as more thoughtful and curated appetites. As this list only starts in 2017, the record of my earlier reading life is bound to be incomplete. Nevertheless, this continuously lengthening list will approach my book of books read over a lifetime. It will be the most authentic way of revealing myself – as Jorge Luis Borges said, the world is a book in which all of us are being written. I welcome you to contribute to it.

Fiction

  1. The Odyssey, Homer, 8th century BC.
  2. Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三國演義), Luo Guanzhong, 14th century.
  3. The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare, 16th century.
  4. Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio (聊齋誌異), Pu Songling, 1740.
  5. The Scholars (儒林外史), Wu Jingzi, 1750.
  6. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, 1818.
  7. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens, 1859.
  8. Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1864.
  9. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy, 1869.
  10. Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne, 1873.
  11. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1880.
  12. The Travels of Lao Can (老殘遊記), Liu E, 1907.
  13. Sanshirō (三四郎), Natsume Sōseki, 1909.
  14. The Machine Stops, E. M. Forster, 1909.
  15. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka, 1915.
  16. A Call to Arms (吶喊), Lu Xun, 1923.
  17. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925.
  18. The Trial, Franz Kafka, 1925.
  19. Wandering (彷徨), Lu Xun, 1925.
  20. The Castle, Franz Kafka, 1926.
  21. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, 1931.
  22. The Border Town (邊城), Shen Congwen, 1934.
  23. The Stranger, Albert Camus, 1942.
  24. Animal Farm, George Orwell, 1945.
  25. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell, 1949.
  26. Thousand Cranes (千羽鶴), Yasunari Kawabata, 1952.
  27. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, 1953.
  28. The Master of Go (名人), Yasunari Kawabata, 1954.
  29. The Book and the Sword (書劍恩仇錄), Louis Cha, 1956.
  30. The Return of the Condor Heroes (神鵰俠侶), Louis Cha, 1961.
  31. Labyrinths, Jorge Luis Borges, 1962.
  32. The Smiling, Proud Wanderer (笑傲江湖), Louis Cha, 1969.
  33. The Deer and the Cauldron (鹿鼎記), Louis Cha, 1972.
  34. Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder, 1991.
  35. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon, 2003.
  36. The Fat Years (盛世), Chan Koonchung, 2009.

Non-Fiction

  1. The Art of War (孫子兵法), Sun Tzu, 5th century BC.
  2. Common Sense, Thomas Paine, 1776.
  3. On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin, 1859.
  4. Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche, 1886.
  5. Twilight of the Idols, Friedrich Nietzsche, 1889.
  6. The Theory of the Leisure Class, Thorstein Veblen, 1899.
  7. Remarks on Song Lyrics and the Human Condition (人間詞話), Wang Guowei, 1908.
  8. Civilization and Its Discontent, Sigmund Freud, 1930.
  9. Out of Africa, Karen Blixen, 1937.
  10. Red Star Over China, Edgar Snow, 1937.
  11. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, Ruth Benedict, 1946.
  12. Tides from the West (西潮), Chiang Monlin, 1947.
  13. The Hedgehog and the Fox, Isaiah Berlin, 1953.
  14. Japanese Destroyer Captain (帝國海軍の最後 – 矢矧艦長の実戦記録), Tameichi Hara, 1955.
  15. The Poverty of Historicism, Karl Popper, 1957.
  16. The Fleet That Had to Die, Richard Hough, 1958.
  17. The Rise of the Meritocracy, Michael Young, 1961.
  18. What is History?, E. H. Carr, 1961.
  19. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas S. Kuhn, 1962.
  20. The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins, 1976.
  21. Orientalism, Edward W. Said, 1978.
  22. 1587, a Year of No Significance (萬曆十五年), Ray Huang, 1981.
  23. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, Paul Kennedy, 1987.
  24. Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond, 1997.
  25. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby, 1997.
  26. On Bullshit, Harry Frankfurt, 2005.
  27. War and State Formation in Ancient China and Early Modern Europe, Victoria Tin-bor Hui, 2005.
  28. The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, 2007.
  29. Prisoner of the State (改革歷程), Zhao Zhiyang, 2009.
  30. The Return of History and the End of Dreams, Robert D. Kaplan, 2009.
  31. Culture, John Brockman, 2011.
  32. Theories of International Politics and Zombies, Daniel W. Drezner, 2011.
  33. The Revenge of Geography, Robert D. Kaplan, 2012.
  34. The Signal and the Noise, Nate Silver, 2012.
  35. Big Data, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier, 2013.
  36. From the Ruins of Empire, Pankaj Mishra, 2013.
  37. How Asia Works, Joe Studwell, 2013.
  38. Japan 1941, Eri Hotta, 2013.
  39. Regulating Code, Ian Brown and Christopher T. Marsden, 2013.
  40. The New Digital Age, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, 2013.
  41. Who Owns the Future?, Jaron Lanier, 2013.
  42. Antifragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, 2014.
  43. Asia’s Cauldron, Rober D. Kaplan, 2014.
  44. The Half-Life of Facts, Samuel Arbesman, 2014.
  45. Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy, Melanie Swan, 2015.
  46. Connectography, Parag Khanna, 2016.
  47. Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Douglas Rushkoff, 2016.
  48. Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra, 2017.
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