Books to Read 2018 (part 1)

Why part 1? Because I hope that there will be part 2, part 3… etc. :)

So last year, I have completed Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017 of 24 books. Since I have calculated that it would only take me 2 books a month, I thought that it shouldn’t be a problem. But, the reality was, finishing 24 books in a year (for me) is a challenge indeed. The 24th book that I read was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy by the late Douglas Adams which I finished in mid-December. I felt so exhausted, after reading that, I gave myself a big reading break until… well, now.

Struggling to finish 24 books in a year is kind of a downer for me, because in 2016 I finished 32 books out of targeted 30. I feel like my reading skill has degraded somehow. But, still, I wouldn’t aim for higher than 24 books in 2018, probably just 18. Because, I think I will need some settling up to do this year. Beside, I also want to revisit the joy of reading. (The last one might sounds like an excuse, but I really do mean it.)

So, this is the list of books that I want to read in the early quarter. The list is short, but there should be other books coming along the way. Recently, my geeky side is triggered, so the books are very geeky indeed. Anyway, here they are:

1. Physics of the Impossible

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Physics of The Impossible by Michio Kaku

Since I first read Michio Kaku’s book Physics of The Future, I have become a fan. It is an easy read for a non-physiscist like me. Many of his books discuss issues of science fiction and how would it apply to everyday life. Like What If? book by Randall Munroe, but more comprehensive. Michio Kaku’s books are great for curious people without a very sound scientific background like me.

2. The Brief History of Time

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A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

It’s actually a bold move for me. I mean, Stephen Hawking is one the greatest physicist in the world and I try to have a little peek into a universe inside his brain. Best guess is that I’d be lost. But I want to celebrate the beauty of cosmology. Beside, my friend said that she enjoyed the book. I might be able to as well. It’s a best-seller for a reason, right?

3. In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat

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In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat by John Gibbin

This is an even bolder move for me. Once, I read about quantum computers and stumbled upon quantum theory which I seriously couldn’t get a grasp on (so, the cat is dead or not?). But then, the internet led me to this book. I have acquired this book since 3 years ago, a second-hand one from a sale in Amazon (if I’m not mistaken). But I haven’t really read it since, the book just sat nicely in my bookcase. I didn’t really have the guts to even open the pages (and I realize I have demonstrated a bad example for fear of science. Don’t do it like I did, science is great!). Now, I am determined to read it and I want to unveil the weirdness of quantum mechanics. I can already imagine that it’s going to be a very long read. Lol.

Sooner or later, Quantum Physic will be the future of us, isn’t it? Moreover, Isaac Asimov praised the book. So…

4. The Martian

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The Martian by Andy Weir

And finally, The Martian, a science fiction novel by Andy Weir. This is the least bold move for me. The easy read compared to the three above. I have watched the movie and really really liked it (yes, sometimes I am that person who watched the movie before reading the book). Maybe scientists and engineers out there might think that the technical issues in this movie/book is a bit cringy. Like ‘do you know that it is highly improbable, etc etc.’ But, I think that is the point of storytelling, isn’t it? Where we imagine ourselves defying any boundaries, right?

Anyway, the plot was great, the characters were great and the conversations were great. I really really love good conversations. Moreover, I love nerd-talk, even though most of the time I don’t understand them. Reading this book should bring me deeper into the narration. Who knows, my children/grandchildren might board a ship to Mars one day.

 

Those are my list for the first quarter of 2018. Just like what the internet always says: …Read More.

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