What Kinds of Books I Like

Once upon a time, I wanted to be a writer. However, now I almost forgot about the fact that I had dreamt about being one. Then one day a friend lent me a book The Cardinal of the Kremlin by Tom Clancy right after I joined Ajou University in 1993. I started to read it in the commuting bus and I couldn't put it down. And I dreamed about writing that kind of story, full of rich information based on lots of research, and complicated but consistent plot without any unnecessary involvement of luck. When I realized I probably couldn't, I, instead, tried to read as much as possible. 

I like to read books which are not only entertaining but also informative. (Being a good citizen without having any opportunities to visit police or court of law, I learned about the legal system in the U.S. much more from John Grisham's books than from any other sources.) That is probably why I like the authors with some previous or different lines of works as their backgrounds.

I also like to own as many books as possible, especially the ones I enjoyed. While I was in Austin, TX for my sabbatical, I and my whole family frequented local second-hand bookshops where we could find so many great books. It was one of the funs we had in Austin. We went to the store with the list of books we already had. It was like a treasure hunt. One day, we came out with a bag full of paperbacks (more than 20) for $15! (I found paperbacks are not only cheaper, but also easier to carry around.) Belatedly, in Milwaukee, I found out that Salvation Army stores sold used paperbacks for $0.39 or $0.69!!! Wow! I got lots of books. And it was still less than 5 bucks! 

At Ajou University, I encouraged the students in my classes to read English novels as a part of an effort to improve their English. Then they usually asked "But what can I read?" I told them to start with whatever they liked most but to try to find a book in which they encountered less than 15 unfamiliar vocabularies in a page. As a part of my effort to guide them, I sometimes told them about what I read. Here, I listed what I've read so far since 1993 with a short comment for each book. All those comments are strictly my own opinions. Yours can, and will be different. (Date means the date in which I finished the book.) I started to write down what I read, so that I would not borrow the same book twice from the library or friends.

Anyway, as a result, some of the books I've read, I have them. (They have *marks at the title.) You can ask me if you want to borrow any of them. (But you should return it later, of course.) 

When I listed all books I've read together in a single table, it took very long to load. To solve this problem, I divided the lists according to the year I read them. And here they are:

What I read in 2014

What I read in 2013

What I read in 2012

What I read in 2011

What I read in 2010

What I read in 2009

What I read in 2008

What I read in 2007

What I read in 2006

What I read in 2005

What I read in 2004

What I read in 2003

What I read in 2002

What I read in 2001

What I read in 2000

What I read in 1999

What I read in 1998

What I read in 1997

What I read in 1996

What I read in 1995

What I read in 1994 & 1993

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