What I'm Reading

What I'm Reading

 

Reading is probably one of—if not the most—important thing in my life. I'v made lots of friends through a shared passion for the same book. A lot of people have asked me for book recommendations, and I figured it's finally time to make a reading list. 

I attached my favorite quote for each of the book I read.

I also left a brief comment on how I feel about the book.

I will be updating the list as I read on. 

Hope you find treasure.

 
 
 

 
 

Those that made a mark

Books that helped shape who I am.

 

Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu

“Success is as dangerous as failure.
Hope is as hollow as fear.”

Some of the verses are highly controversial, but these controversies are reflective of some of the fundamental conflicts in this fast changing world. What really matters to me is a constant reminder to lead my life with integrity.

 

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Milan Kundera

“Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.” 

I first read this book when I was 16; I read it as a Romance. I read this book again when I was 20; I read it as a War, as Loss, as the Beautiful and the Ugly of humanity.

 

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Greg McKeown

“There should be no shame in admitting to a mistake; after all, we really are only admitting that we are now wiser than we once were.” 

I'v always had a hard time saying "no", to other and to myself. I always want to over deliver, and to outperform my own expectation. As more and more things get promised, less get fulfilled. Ironically, my principle in life has always been "less is more". The book has helped conflicting individual like me tremendously to overcome such struggle.

 

 

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Steven Pressfield

“To the amateur, the game is his vocation. To the pro, it's his vocation.” 

I usually read this book religiously for ten to twenty minutes before I bury my head in any creative effort. The book reminds me what real professionalism entails. I have, however, a quite different outlook on the pursuit of your calling. Resistance is real, and overcoming it can be quite painful, but the process of overcoming it does not have to be a war—it can be overcome by faith and peace. 

 

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Haruki Murakami

“One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility. "

This book is just so imperfectly prefect for young adults who, for the first time, experience a kind of inexplicable loneliness. It was like embarking on a journey with my sizzling desire to possess something that I cannot grasp. 

 

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

David M. Kelley & Tom Kelley

“Great groups believe they are on a mission from God. Beyond mere financial success, they genuinely believe they will make the world a better place.” 

Insecurity has held all creatives back at some point. The book has given me a fresh perspective on collaboration, criticism, and of course, creativity. 

 

Frog

Mo Yan

“Reproduction is so solemn yet so commonplace, so serious yet so absurd.”

An extremely heavy read that describes a dystopian era of contemporary China. Born in China, I have an emotional and deep connection with the "stretch mark" that this country leaves by growing so rapidly.

 

The Trial

Franz Kafka

"Before the Law stands a doorkeeper on guard. "

"Before the Law" is my all time favorite political parable. This read is a surrealistic ride in a dark labyrinth that feels almost like reality. 

 

Making Ideas Happen

Scott Belsky

“Everything in life should be approached as a project. Every project can be broken down into just three things: Action Steps, Backburner Items, and References.”

Recommended by one of my mentors, this book is a simple yet surprisingly powerful read that actually made a huge impact on me. Gradually it shaped the way I approach almost everything in life. 

 

 
 

 

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