Book Recommendation 2016

The Woman I Wanted to Be 

Author: DVF

The Woman I Wanted to Be

Quote: “That is why it is so important to waste no time.  ”

My take: the book tells DVF’s early life until her success. A sexy lady and the legend of fashion, DVF touched me with her personal take and has inspired me to do similar things: party in Paris, go free as a woman, and always has a style. Her book also converted me to DVF the brand and the feminine jersey dress. The brand, like Coco Chanel, has been through thick-and-thin. As Jonathan Saunders took over DVF as the creative director, the brand added modern touch.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising

Author: Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up

Quote: “…letting go is even more important than adding.”

My take: I learned to boil my life to absolute minimalism, which makes my life much leaner and more efficient from the book.

The Joy of Life

Author: Mary Beth Smith


Quote: “…on self-improvement are the type of people who have a mystical experience”

My take: TR, one of the giants in human history, has a lion heart. He modernised the US politics and world diplomacy in many counts and his life saga has inspired many to pursue a passionate life. The book is filled with relevant letters and speeches of TR himself. Pages are filled with the sense of fulfillment, passion, and the ultimate mission of being a citizen in a society.


Last year was my Economics and Finance year as I was finishing my Economics degree. My search into the success of being in business, performing the business arts, and becoming a giant with influence led my hunt into below non-fictions. My 2016 books are practical and materialistic, but they gave me a steady base and prepared me to the adult realities:

  1. The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life, Alice Schroeder
  2. Soros on Soros: Staying Ahead of the Curve, George Soros
  3. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now, Meg Jay
  4. Rich Dad and Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not, Robert T. Kiyosaki
  5. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg
  6. Zero to One: Notes on Start-ups, Or How to Build the Future, Peter Thiel
  7. Lynchpin: How You Indispensable, Seth Godin
  8. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, Jay Papasan
  9. One Up on Wall Street: How to Use What You Already Know to Make Money in The Market, Peter Lynch
  10. The McKinsey Edge: Success Principles from the World’s Most Powerful Consulting Firm, Shu Hattori
  11. Liar’s Poker, Michael Lewis
  12. Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell
  13. The Confidence Code: the Science and Art of Self-Assurance — What Women Should Know, Katty Kay & Claire Shipman
  14. #GirlsBOSS, Sophia Arumoso
  15. Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself from Inside Out, Kimberly Snyder & Deepak Chopra
  16. One Day, David Nicolls (The only novel of this list, a romantic popular novel I read in 2014)

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