At the end of my last book report, I expressed a hope to keep the momentum of reading 10 books in a two-month period. Well, guess I kept only half of it in September and October! With 5 books added to my list, I have finished 31 for the year. From how things look, reading 50 books in 2012 probably is not that realistic a goal. Will see how it goes...
1. 1984 by George Orwell
In this modern classic of 'Negative Utopia' published in 1949, Orwell created an imaginary world that is completely convincing, a world where the 'Party' has total control of not only men's words and actions, but also their thoughts and feelings. It is a time when truth, freedom, and individuality no longer exists. The book is poignant and depressing but everyone should read it. I am just glad that the world hasn't turned out to be that nightmarish place yet.
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I didn't think that I would like a book about two dozens of teenagers trying to kill each other in a 'hunger game', but decided to give it a try given all the hype. Well, I couldn't put it down once started. The more I read it, the more intriguing it became. The story is so engaging and the characters are very well developed. It is a book about love and survival, and it has me hooked alright - reading book 2 now.
3. House by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker
A strange accident left a couple stranded with no car or cell phone coverage on a deserted back road. As darkness approaches, the exhausted couple walked up to an Inn with a note welcoming weary travelers. Inside they found another couple who ended up there after a similar accident. Pretty soon they realized that they were part of a killer's deadly game, in which the only way out is in. And the game ends at dawn.
4. The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
According to Wikipedia, this book was originally published in 1923 and it is Gibran's best known work. It has been translated into over forty different languages and has never been out of print. With over 100 million copies sold, it is one of the best selling books of all time. I totally enjoyed the reading experience. Such wisdom, written so beautifully... Definitely a classic!
5. Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams
The book has some wonderful insights and impressive examples, but it is too repetitive and at least 100 pages longer than it should be. The authors also extrapolated too broadly the success of a few companies and jumped to conclusions too eagerly, especially given that their stellar example of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner project didn't turn out to be so great after the book was published in 2006. I believe there are better resources than this 500+ page dated book if you are interested in exploring the 'mass collaboration' topic.
This brings the end of the report. Right now I have quite a few half-finished really interesting books. There are a couple of long flights and a cruise coming up so 'having no time' is not an excuse! Hopefully I can finish them all and a few others to give 2012 a strong year-end!