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A few years ago I made a New Year's resolution to read more instead of wasting time online. Keeping track helps me stay on track. Please share recommendations here!

the souls of china - ian johnson

tell them of battles, kings, and elephants - mathias enard

the idiot - elif batuman

barabbas - pär lagerkvist

the poisonwood bible - barbara kingsolver

broke millennial - erin lowry

human acts - han kang

till we have faces - c.s. lewis

the shack - william p. young

how far can a piano fly? and other tales from column one in the los angeles times - the LAT

to heal a fractured world: the ethics of responsibility - jonathan sacks

age of ambition: chasing fortune, truth, and faith in the new china - evan osnos

the power - naomi alderman

waiting - ha jin

a new kind of christianity: ten questions that are transforming the faith - brian mclaren

the spiral staircase - karen armstrong

pakistan: a hard country - anatol lieven

sour heart - jenny zhang

the wandering falcon - jamil ahmad

mountains beyond mountains - tracy kidder

the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house - audre lorde

the sun and her flowers - rupi kaur

am I there yet? - mari andrew

frankenstein in baghdad - ahmed saadawi

pachinko - min jin lee

show them no mercy: four views on God and canaanite genocide - c.s. cowles, eugene merrill, daniel gard, tremper longman III

the body keeps the score: brain, mind, and body in the transformation of trauma - bessel van der kolk

designing your life: how to build a well-lived, joyful life - bill burnett and dave evans

the artist's way - julia cameron

daring greatly - brené brown

schematics: a love story - julian hibbard

the forever war - dexter filkins

the vegetarian - han kang

persepolis - marjane satrapi

waiting - noura ghazi safadi

cost of freedom: a collective inquiry - creative commons

belonging - brother leonard of taizé

the boat rocker - ha jin

judas - amos oz

the idealist's survival kit: 75 simple ways to prevent burnout - alessandra pigni

the sellout - paul beatty

three daughters of eve - elif shafak

the soul of shame: retelling the stories we believe about ourselves - curt thompson

silence - shusako endo

the vagina monologues - eve ensler

white shroud - allen ginsberg

sex object: a memoir - jessica valenti

a sport and a pastime: open road - james salter

after dark - haruki murakami

when breath becomes air - paul kalanithi

city of lies: love, sex, death, and the search for truth in tehran - ramita navai

teaching my mother how to give birth - warsan shire

the sleeper and the spindle - neil gaiman

the sympathizer - viet thanh nguyen

selected poems - rumi (penguin, coleman barks translation)

all the shah's men: an american coup and the roots of middle eastern terror - stephen kinzer

fields of blood: religion and the history of violence - karen armstrong

milk and honey - rupi kaur

a hologram for the king - dave eggers

thieves of state: why corruption threatens global security - sarah chayes

if on a winter's night a traveler - italo calvino

this is how you lose her - junot diaz

interpreter of maladies - jhumpa lahiri

the sacred routes of uyghur history - rian thum

reformation of the heart - dallas willard

the man who was thursday - g.k. chesterton

practicing the presence of God - brother lawrence

house of stone: a memoir of home, family and a lost middle east - anthony shadid

essays in love - alain de botton

through the looking glass - lewis carroll

alice in wonderland - lewis carroll

the new kings of crude: china and india’s global struggle for oil in sudan - luke patey

how much land does a man need? - leo tolstoy

jesus rediscovered - malcom muggeridge

world order - henry kissinger

the name of the rose - umberto eco

shooting an elephant and other essays - george orwell

cat’s cradle - kurt vonnegut

reaching out - henri nouwen

the museum of innocence - orhan pamuk

《兄弟》- 余华

《酒国》- 莫言

《长恨歌》- 王安忆

the dynamics of foreign policy decision-making in china - lu ning

mao’s china and after: a history of the people’s republic - maurice meisner

china’s economic transformation - gregory chow

an introduction to chinese philosophy: from ancient philosophy to chinese buddhism - jeeloo liu

a short history of chinese philosophy - fung yu-lan

by all means necessary: how china’s resource quest is changing the world - elizabeth economy and michael levi

china’s forgotten people: xinjiang, terror and the chinese state - nick holdstock

following the leader: ruling china, from deng xiaoping to xi jinping - david lampton

the human condition: contemplation and transformation - thomas keating

imperfect paradise - shen congwen


geopolitics and democracy in the middle east - kristina krausch

when china rules the world - martin jacques

ethnic policy in china: is reform inevitable? - james leibold



the templars: history and myth - michael haag

the politics of jesus - john howard yoder

the sabbath - abraham joshua heschel

go set a watchman - harper lee

faith in the face of empire: the bible through palestinian eyes - mitri raheb

in the country of men - hisham matar

rilke on love and other difficulties - rainer maria rilke, tr. john j.l. mood

civilwarland in bad decline - george saunders

teaching plato in palestine - carlos fraenkel

book of hours: love poems to God - rainer maria rilke, tr. barrows and macy

the song of the bird - anthony de mello s.j.

the reluctant fundamentalist - mohsin hamid

allah: a christian response - miroslav volf

light force - brother andrew & al janssen

preparation for the next life - atticus lish

dirty wars: the world is a battlefield - jeremy scahill

the color purple - alice walker

speaking of jesus: the art of not-evangelism - carl medearis

on such a full sea - chang-rae lee

the dawning of indestructible joy - john piper

arabic thought in the liberal age: 1798-1939 - albert hourani

blood brothers: the dramatic story of a palestinian christian working for peace in israel - elias chacour

the abolition of man- c.s. lewis

cross and crescent - colin chapman

man: the dwelling place of God - a.w. tozer

what is the what - dave eggers

tattoos on the heart: the power of boundless compassion - gregory boyle

the god of small things - arundhati roy

i saw ramallah - mourid barghouti

the weight of glory - c.s. lewis

humility - andrew murray

compassion, justice and the christian life: rethinking ministry to the poor - robert d. lupton

no god but god: the origins, evolution and future of islam - reza aslan

the wounded healer - henri nouwen

jesus the son of man - khalil gibran

zeitoun - dave eggers

the great gatsby - f. scott fitzgerald

slaughterhouse-five - kurt vonnegut

jerusalem - guy delisle

let the great world spin - colum mccann

mockingjay - suzanna collins

catching fire - suzanne collins

fahrenheit 451 - ray bradbury

mornings in jenin - susan abulhawa

gaza in crisis: reflections on israel's war against the palestinians - noam chomsky & ilan pappé

the yacoubian building - alaa al aswany

the pursuit of God - a.w. tozer

just courage: God's great expedition for the restless Christian - gary haugen

pilgrims of christ on the muslim road: exploring a new path between the two faiths - paul gordon chandler

snow - orhan pamuk

hearing God - dallas willard

radical islam in the west: ideology and challenge - brian farmer

islam dot com: contemporary islamic discourses in cyberspace - mohammed el-nawawy and sahar khamis

iMuslims: rewiring the house of islam - gary bunt

islam encountering globalization - ed. ali mohammadi

the east moves west: india, china, and asia's growing presence in the middle east - geoffrey kemp

generous justice - tim keller

awakening islam: the politics of religious dissent in contemporary saudi arabia - stéphane lacroix

an enchanted modern: gender and public piety in shi'i lebanon - lara deeb

surprised by oxford - carolyn weber

princeton readings in islamist thought - roxanne euben and muhammad qasim zaman

charm offensive: how china's soft power is transforming the world - joshua kurtlantzick

god's rule: government and islam (six centuries of medieval islamic political thought) - patricia crone

a million miles in a thousand years: how i learned to live a better story - donald miller

shake hands with the devil - romeo dallaire

the sense of an ending - julian barnes

country driving - peter hessler

the call: finding and fulfilling the central purpose of your life - os guinness

creation regained: biblical basics for a reformational worldview - albert m. wolters

half the sky: turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide - nick kristof and sheryl wudunn

the hunger games - suzanne collins

worse than a monolith: alliance politics and problems of coercive diplomacy in asia - thomas christensen

useful adversaries: grand strategy, domestic mobilization, and sino-american conflict, 1947-1958 - thomas christensen

about face: a history of america's curious relationship with china, from nixon to clinton - james mann

a fragile relationship: the united states and china since 1972 - harry harding

the search for modern china - jonathan spence

china and the major powers in east asia - a. doak barnett

perspectives on our father abraham - william eerdmans

the epistle to the galatians - ronald fung

paul and his world: interpreting the new testament in its context - helmut koester

from roman to early christian thessalonike: studies in religion and archaeology - laura nasrallah

the new testament: a historical introduction to the early christian writings - bart ehrman

reinventing paul - john gager

the afghanistan crisis: issues and perspectives - keith warikoo

kabul's long shadows - michael barry

taliban - ahmed rashid

the great game - peter hopkirk

revolution in the arab world: tunisia, egypt, and the unmaking of an era - marc lynch, et. al., eds.

the new arab revolt: what happened, what it means, and what comes next - CFR

the arab awakening: america and the transformation of the middle east - kenneth m. pollack, et. al., eds.

afghanistan: a cultural and political history - thomas barfield

river town - peter hessler

let your life speak - parker j. palmer

this side of paradise - f. scott fitzgerald

one day - david nicholls

the four loves - c.s. lewis

divine commands and morality - paul helm

euthyphro - plato

philosophy of religion: an historical introduction - linda zagzebski

philosophers and religious truth - ninian smart

God, freedom and evil - alvin plantinga

egypt after mubarak: liberalism, islam, and democracy in the arab world - bruce rutherford

egypt on the brink: from the rise of nasser to the fall of mubarak - tarek osman

middle east monarchies: the challenge of modernity - joseph kostiner

all in the family: absolutism, revolution, and democracy in the middle eastern monarchies - michael herb

beyond the veil: male-female dynamics in a modern muslim society - fatima mernissi

women in the middle east: past and present - nikki keddie

women, the state and political liberalisation: middle east and north african experiences - laurie brand

women and gender in islam: historical roots of a modern debate - leila ahmed

remaking women: feminism and modernity in the middle east - lila abu-lughod

democracy without democrats? the renewal of politics in the muslim world - ghassane salame

political liberalization & democratization in the arab world - bahgat korany, rex brynen & paul noble

state, power and politics in the making of the middle east - roger owen

muslim politics - dale eickelman & james piscatori

political islam: religion and politics in the arab world - nazih ayubi

battle hymn of the tiger mother - amy chua

knowing God - j.i. packer

a political economy of the middle east - alan richards & john waterbury

ruling but not governing: the military and political development in egypt, algeria, and turkey - steven cook

over-stating the arab state: politics and society in the middle east - nazih ayubi

the arab state - giacomo luciani

the idea of the holy - rudolf otto

faith and rationality: reason and belief in God - alvin plantinga and nicholas wolterstorff

the evidential force of religious experience - caroline franks davis

philosophy of religion: selected readings - william l. rowe and william j. wainwright

home and homeland: the dialogics of tribal and national identity in jordan - linda layne

nationalism, minorities and diasporas: identities and rights in the middle east - nikolaos van dam

middle eastern minorities and diasporas - moshe maoz and gabriel sheffer

tribes and state formation in the middle east - philip khoury and joseph kostiner

kurdish ethnonationalism - nader entessar

citizenship and the state in the middle east: approaches and applications - nils butenschon, uri davis and manuel massassian

minorities and the state in the arab world - bengio ofra and gabriel ben-dor

hume on religion - david o'connor

the existence of God - r. swinburne

the miracle of theism - j.l. mackie

dialogues concerning natural religion - david hume

the near east since the first world war: a history to 1995 - m.e. yapp

orientalism - edward said

western imperialism in the middle east - david fieldhouse

a history of the modern middle east - william cleveland

the arabs: a history - eugene rogan

the rise and fall of the political press in britain, vol. 2: the twentieth century - stephen koss

the government and politics of the european union - neill nugent

politicians, the press, and propaganda: lord northcliffe and the great war, 1914-1919 - j. lee thompson

britain since 1789: a concise history - martin pugh

life together - dietrich bonhoeffer

on beauty - zadie smith

norwegian wood - haruki murakami

food rules - michael pollan

east of eden - john steinbeck

on the road - jack kerouac

the essential nawal el saadawi: a reader (ed. adele newson-horst) - nawal el-saadawi

chinese lessons - john pomfret 

political institutions under dictatorship - jennifer gandhi

non-democratic regimes - paul brooker

miramar - naguib mahfouz

the china fantasy - james mann

justice as fairness: a restatement - john rawls

just and unjust wars - michael walzer

ghost wars - steve coll

assassin's gate: america in iraq - george packer

consider the lobster - david foster wallace

anarchy, state, and utopia - robert nozick

the ragamuffin gospel - brennan manning

associated press guide to news writing - rené cappon

mini shopaholic - sophie kinsella

great cases in constitutional law - ed. robert george

democracy and distrust: a theory of judicial review - john hart ely

palestine's children: returning to haifa and other stories - ghassan kanafani

beyond good and evil - friedrich nietzsche

thus spoke zarathustra: a book for none and all - friedrich nietzsche

khirbet khizeh - s. yizhar

the birth of tragedy and the case of wagner - friedrich nietzsche

the screwtape letters - c.s. lewis

portrait of a turkish family - irfan orga

the joke - milan kundera

remember me? - sophie kinsella

this boy's life: a memoir - tobias wolff

the importance of being earnest - oscar wilde

the great divorce - c.s. lewis

the pearl and the red pony - john steinbeck

three cups of tea: one man's mission to promote peace, one school at a time - greg mortenson

mrs. dalloway - virginia woolf

the american war in contemporary vietnam: transnational remembrance and representation - christina schwenkel

the sorrow of war - bao ninh

the last american valentine - jack hirschman

dumb luck: a novel by vu trong phung - margaret k. pai

even the women must fight: memories of war from north vietnam - karen gottschang turner

ho chi minh: a life - william j. duiker

to the lighthouse - virginia woolf

against the law: labor protests in china's rustbelt and sunbelt - ching kwan lee

out of mao's shadow: the struggle for the soul of a new china - philip p. pan

private life under socialism: love, intimacy, and family change in a chinese village, 1949-1999 - yunxiang yan

china candid: the people on the people's republic - ye sang

on the genealogy of morals and ecce homo - friedrich nietzsche

les fleurs du mal - charles baudelaire

capital: volume 1: a critique of political economy - karl marx

the communist manifesto - karl marx and friedrich engels

kant: groundwork of the metaphysics of morals - immanuel kant

lyrical ballads - william wordsworth

goethe's faust - johann wolfgang von goethe

an enquiry considering human understanding - david hume

an essay concerning human understanding - john locke

paradise lost - john milton

the misanthrope and tartuffe - moliere

antony and cleopatra - william shakespeare

leviathan - thomas hobbes

discourse on method and meditations on first philosophy - rene descartes

don quixote - miguel de cervntes

michel de montaigne - the complete essays - montaigne

gargantua and pantagruel - francois rabelais

utopia - sir thomas more

praise of folly - desiderius erasmus

the prince - niccolo machiavelli

on painting - leon battista alberti

the divine comedy - dante alighieri

perceval: the story of the grail - chrétien de troyes

beowulf - seamus heaney

the consolation of philosophy - ancius boethius

confessions - saint augustine

metamorphoses - ovid

on the nature of the universe - lucretius

the stoics reader: selected writings and testimonia

on beauty and being just - elaine scarry

the gallic war - julius caesar

the rise of the roman empire - polybius

the aeneid - virgil

republic - plato

a presocratics reader

antigone - sophocles

the bacchae - euripides

oresteia: agamemnon, the libation bearers, the eumenides - aeschylus

the histories - herodotus

the history of the peloponnesian war - thucydides

the history of love - nicole krauss

girls in pants: the third summer of the sisterhood - ann brashares

atlas shrugged - ayn rand

the picture of dorian gray - oscar wilde

life is elsewhere - milan kundera

the problem of pain - c.s. lewis

the white tiger - aravind adiga

uncle tom's cabin - harriet beecher stowe

confessions of an economic hit man - john perkins

this is water: some thoughts delivered on a significant occasion, about living a compassionate life - david foster

oedipus rex - sophocles

the odyssey - homer

girl with curious hair - david foster wallace

teaching a stone to talk: expeditions and encounters - annie dillard

rosencrantz and guildenstern are dead - tom stoppard, roger sales

the shadow of the wind - carlos ruiz zafon

walden - henry david thoreau

the tenth circle - jodi picoult

before we kill and eat you: tales of faith in the face of certain death - h.b. garlock

jane eyre - charlotte bronte

hamlet - william shakespeare

twilight - stephenie meyer

crime and punishment - fyodor dostoevsky

narcissus and goldmund -hermann hesse

the stranger - albert camus

brief interviews with hideous men - david foster wallace

death of a salesman - arthur miller

the iliad - homer

symposium - plato

骆驼祥子 - 老舍

a hunger artist - franz kafka

turn my mourning into dancing - henri nouwen

the unbearable lightness of being - milan kundera

lolita - vladimir nabokov

heart of darkness - joseph conrad

水浒传 - 施耐庵

all quiet on the western front - erich maria remarque

mr. china: a memoir - tim clissold

the curious incident of the dog in the night-time - mark haddon

life of pi - yann martel

my antonia - willa cather

candide - voltaire

madame bovary - gustave flaubert

wuthering heights - emily bronte

tess of the d'urbervilles - thomas hardy

1984 - george orwell

the remains of the day - kazuo ishiguro

gone with the wind - margaret mitchell

perpetua: a bride, a passion, a martyr - amy rachel peterson

invisible man - ralph ellison

brave new world - aldous huxley

blue like jazz: nonreligious thoughts on christian spirituality - donald miller