Book List 2018

Thanks to the people who mentored and invested significant time on me, I learned 14 years ago that I should read books even when I’m not required to. But life has a way of making us prioritize the urgent more than the important. Long story short, this reading habit came to a standstill starting when I decided to take a part-time MBA together with a full-time job. Ok, I did read a few books in the past couple of years but, other than reading the Bible, it was a struggle for a good 5+ years…

But praise God for Amazon Kindle! The ability to read on-the-go allowed me to bring back this habit, a real personal breakthrough! Its “Time left in chapter” feature also motivated me to keep going, allowing me to read a few chapters of a book every couple of days.

For those who are reading this, my hope is that this will inspire you to read. It is possible to read and learn so much despite our overly-busy society. So here goes, these are the books that I have read this year:

Personal Development

  1. The Bible (ESV)
  2. Accelerated Learning 2.0 by Maxwell Nelson
  3. Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
  4. Discouragement & Depression: What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
  5. 5 Things a Man Should Build by Dennis Sy
  6. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves
  7. How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit by A.W. Tozer
  8. Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality by Dr. Henry Cloud (MUST READ)
  9. Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want by Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy
  10. Mental Math: Tricks to Become a Human Calculator by Abishek V R (MUST READ)
  11. Perfect English Grammar: The Indispensable Guide to Excellent Writing and Speaking by Grant Barrett (my grammar isn’t perfect, but it should’ve improved a lot — also why I’ve edited this post many times.)
  12. Pleasure of His Company by Dutch Sheets
  13. Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  14. The Holy Spirit: An Introduction by John Bevere (MUST READ)
  15. The Power of a Positive No: How to Say No and Still Get to Yes by William Ury
  16. The Power of Hope by Dutch Sheets
  17. The Power of Other by Dr. Henry Cloud
  18. 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue by Deborah Smith Pegues
  19. Visioneering by Andy Stanley
  20. What Every BODY is Saying by Joe Navarro

Professional Development

  1. Activate Your Agile Career: How Responding to Change will Inspire Your Life’s Work by Marti Konstant
  2. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport (MUST READ)
  3. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves
  4. Enterprise Cloud Strategy by Barry Briggs & Eduardo Kassner
  5. Explore the Cloud Like I’m 10 by Todd Hoff
  6. Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
  7. Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella
  8. Linux for Beginners by Jason Cannon
  9. ProActive Selling: Control the Process—Win the Sale by William Miller (MUST READ)
  10. Selling 101: What Every Successful Sales Professional Needs to Know by Zig Ziglar
  11. Strengths-Based Leadership by Tom Rath & Barry Conchie (MUST READ)
  12. The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Et Al.
  13. The First 90 Days by Michael D. Watkins
  14. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni (MUST READ)
  15. The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni (MUST READ)
  16. The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth & Change by Camille Fournier
  17. The One-Life Solution: Reclaim Your Personal Life While Achieving Greater Professional Success by Dr. Henry Cloud
  18. The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Et Al. (MUST READ)
  19. Thriving in Babylon by Larry Osborne
  20. Transformation: Change the Marketplace and You Change the World by Ed Silvoso
  21. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
  22. Ziglar on Selling by Zig Ziglar


  1. Build Your Future Today: A No-Nonsense Guide to Investing by Randell Tiongson, RFP
  2. No Nonsense Personal Finance: A Step by Step Guide by Randell Tiongson, RFP
  3. Secrets of the Rich and Successful by Chinkee Tan
  4. The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach


  1. Make Your Kid a Money Genius by Beth Kobliner (MUST READ)
  2. My First, Second & Third Attempts at Parenting: Discovering the Heart of Parenting by Steve Murrel (MUST READ)
  3. Raising Men: From Fathers to Sons — Life Lessons from Navy SEAL Training by Eric Davis


  1. Chess: Become a Chess Master by Henry Abbot
  2. How to Play Go for Beginners by Tom Sparks
  3. Lots of novels from WebNovel (please sign up so I can get spirit stones :))
  4. Lots of novels from WuxiaWorld

Whew! That was a lot! I didn’t realize just how many until I listed everything in this! I thank God for His provision and for my wife who had no complaints with all my online transactions.

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