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หนังสือที่”อ่านจบ”ในปี 2019

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain
ปีนี้อ่านหนังสือจบไป 50 เล่ม เป็นหนังสือจริงจังบ้าง เรื่อยเปื่อยบ้าง สวยงามบ้าง ไม่สวยงามบ้าง อ่านยำๆกันไป
I finished reading 50 books this year.
My Top 15 Favourite Books of 2019
1.Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …”

2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

“There is a moment, a cusp, when the sum of gathered experience is worn down by the details of living. We are never so wise as when we live in this moment.”
3. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
“How to stop time: kiss.
How to travel in time: read.
How to escape time: music.
How to feel time: write.
How to release time: breathe.”
4. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
“Like books, sports give people a sense of having lived other lives, of taking part in other people’s victories. And defeats. When sports are at their best, the spirit of the fan merges with the spirit of the athlete.”
5. Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
“But I smell the roses not just to remind myself of how lucky I am, but also to wonder how on earth it all happened. I smell the roses to try and figure out how I came to be in the garden at all.”
6. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Christopher Voss and Tahl Raz
“He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of negotiation.”
7. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
“In the end, people don’t view their life as merely the average of all its moments—which, after all, is mostly nothing much plus some sleep. For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story. A story has a sense of a whole, and its arc is determined by the significant moments, the ones where something happens. Measurements of people’s minute-by-minute levels of pleasure and pain miss this fundamental aspect of human existence. A seemingly happy life maybe empty. A seemingly difficult life may be devoted to a great cause. We have purposes larger than ourselves.”
8. Normal People by Sally Rooney
“If he silently decides not to say something when they’re talking, Marianne will ask ‘what?’ within one or two seconds. This ‘what?’ question seems to him to contain so much: not just the forensic attentiveness to his silences that allows her to ask in the first place, but a desire for total communication, a sense that anything unsaid is an unwelcome interruption between them.”
9. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
“Silence, I discover, is something you can actually hear.”
“Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.”
10. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe”
11. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
“We live in time – it holds us and molds us – but I never felt I understood it very well. And I’m not referring to theories about how it bends and doubles back, or may exist elsewhere in parallel versions. No, I mean ordinary, everyday time, which clocks and watches assure us passes regularly: tick-tock, click-clock. Is there anything more plausible than a second hand? And yet it takes only the smallest pleasure or pain to teach us time’s malleability. Some emotions speed it up, others slow it down; occasionally, it seems to go missing – until the eventual point when it really does go missing, never to return.”
12. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
“Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be. If at my individual convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?”
13. Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler
“Don’t skip to the end,” he said, gently. “Don’t skip to the end.”
14. The White Book by Han Kang
“Now and then she finds herself wondering, and not out of self-pity, but with a detached, almost idle curiosity: If you could add up all the pills she’d ever taken, what would the total be? How many hours of pain has she lived through? As though life itself wished to impede her progress, she was brought up short again and again. As though the force that prevents her moving forward to the light stands always at the ready inside her own body. All those hours when she had lost her way, in hesitation and in doubt. How many would there be? How many small white pills?”
15. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
“Movie characters might chase each other through the fog or race down the stairs of burning buildings, but that’s for beginners. Real love amounts to withholding the truth, even when you’re offered the perfect opportunity to hurt someone’s feelings. I wanted to say something to this effect, but my hand puppets were back home in their drawer. Instead, I pulled my chair a few inches closer, and we sat silently at our little table on the square, looking for all the world like two people in love.”
The rest;
16. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
17. Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl
18. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
19. The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt
20. The Manual: A Philosopher’s Guide to Life by Epictetus and Sam Torode
21. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
22. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
23. The Binding by Bridget Collins
24. Morningstar: Growing Up With Books by Ann Hood
25. The Music Shop by Racheal Joyce
26. Slam by Nick Hornby
27. Daddy Long Leg by Jean Webster
28. Land’s Edge: A Coastal Memoir by Tim Winton
29. Tao Te Ching by Laozi
30. Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda
31. The Little Book of Ikigai: The Secret Japanese Way to Live a Happy and Long Life by Ken Mogi
32. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
33. State of the Union by Nick Hornby
34. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
35. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
The rest of the rest ( m/m novels) *warning* these books might not be suitable for most readers lol
36. Roommates by Aiden Summers
37. Rule Breaker by Lily Morton
38. Deal Maker by Lily Morton
39. Spencer Cohen Series, Book One by N.R. Walker
40. Elements of Retrofit: Thomas Elkin Series, Book 1 by N.R. Walker
41. The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles
42. For Real by Alexis Hall
43. Glitterland: Spires, Book 1 by Alexis Hall
44. In the Middle of Somewhere: Middle of Somewhere, Book 1 by Roan Parrish
45. Out of Nowhere: Middle of Somewhere, Book 2 by Roan Parrish
46. Where We Left Off: Middle of Somewhere, Book 3 by Roan Parrish
47. Top Secret by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
48. Stranger on the Shore by Josh Lanyon
49. Axel’s Pup by Kim Dare
50. Seven Summer Nights by Harper Fox
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
― Oscar Wilde

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