Literature Books (Classic but short! so don’t be scared…)

I was never a fan of classics. They are thick, and often filled with words from ancient times that are beyond my vocabulary. And as a result, they are boring. However, after beating around the bush with philosophical theories and modern novels for a while, I was pleasantly surprised that I had developed a liking … Continue reading Literature Books (Classic but short! so don’t be scared…)

Candide and Other Stories by Voltaire

My first encounter with "conte philosophique", or philosophical tale. The stories are so exaggerated and funny! For those not well-versed in philosophy and religion, it will feel like 90% story telling and 10% philosophy, so very readable! Highly recommended.

Knowledge gainer books

On Democracy by Robert Dahl http://www.amazon.com/Democracy-Professor-Robert-Dahl/dp/0300076274 A cute little book that explains democracy in a nutshell. Great for people who can't even spell democracy. "Dahl has written a fine little book on his favorite subject, aimed as much at the general reader as at the student of politics... On democracy is a great success." -- The … Continue reading Knowledge gainer books

Hardcore soul searching books

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mere_Christianity Don't be fooled by the name, this book is not just for Christians. In fact, I think it's even more for non-Christians. The author takes baby steps to reason out why the whole idea of religion, in a very easy-to-understand manner. No jargon, just layman's words. It is one of … Continue reading Hardcore soul searching books

Relaxing time-killer books

嫌疑人X的献身 by东野圭吾 http://book.douban.com/subject/3211779/ Considered the best detective novel in Japan, a great pass time during a flight or train journey. Took me 4 hours to finish. Been made into a film called 神探伽利略. 不毛地带 by山崎豐子 http://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hant/%E4%B8%8D%E6%AF%9B%E5%9C%B0%E5%B8%B6 One of the best and most addictive novels I’ve read in years! Great for reading while relaxing on the … Continue reading Relaxing time-killer books

Gentle soul searching books

The Alchemist byPaulo Coelho http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Alchemist_(novel) Few people in search of the meaning of life have not read this international best selling phenomenon. The book won the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author. A short story with long lasting impacts. Sophie’s World byJostein Gaarder http://www.amazon.com/Sophies-World-Novel-History-Philosophy/dp/0425152251 A brief but thorough history of … Continue reading Gentle soul searching books