Books I Read in 2018

Posted On: May 5, 2018

I had set the goal of reading 150 books in 2013; 200 in 2014, 2015 and 2016; 100 in 2017.

I ended up reading 152 books in 2013, 202 in 2014, 168 in 2015, 110 in 2016 and 80 in 2017. Though I fell short of reading 100 books in 2017, I intend to read at least 100 books this year!

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In the meantime, check out the list of books I read in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 here.

As per previous years, I’m sorting them into five categories:

  • Fun (completely random books I picked up or the sort of thing I read to pass time);
  • Spirituality (what I am into it but actually also fun for me);
  • Work (not necessarily related to my field but along the lines of business e.g. marketing, customer service, productivity etc);
  • Sexuality (I have added this label so you know this book is primarily about sexuality);
  • Relationship (self explanatory)

For those interested, this is a complete list of the books I have read in 2018 so far:

  1. Jan 1 –The Conquer Kit: A Creative Business Planner for Women Entrepreneurs (The Conquer Series) (Work) *
  2. Jan 2: Why I Fight: The Belt Is Just an Accessory (Fun)
  3. Jan 2: Tales from the Secret Footballer (Fun)
  4. Jan 3: Moderation: See with Clarity, Hear with an Open Mind and Speak with Kind Words
  5. Jan 4: The Art of Relevance
  6. Jan 5: Buddhism for Beginners: The Life of the Buddha
  7. Jan 7: Mapping Experiences: A Complete Guide to Creating Value through Journeys, Blueprints, and Diagrams
  8. Jan 9: Selling All-in-One For Dummies
  9. Jan 9: Business Storytelling For Dummies
  10. Jan 10: How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip
  11. Jan 11: The A to Z of Lipstick (Fun)
  12. Jan 12: Organizing Outside the Box: Conquer Clutter Using Your Natural Learning Style (Work)
  13. Jan 13: It’s Not About the Coach: Getting the Most From Coaching in Business, Sport and Life (Work)
  14. Jan 14: Workin’ It!: RuPaul’s Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style (Sexuality)
  15. Jan 15: The Goddess Experience: Custom-made for You (Fun)
  16. Jan 17: From Leonard to Leona: A Singapore Transexual’s Journey to Womanhood (Sexuality)
  17. Jan 18: Bend not Break: Learning from Loss (Fun)
  18. Jan 20: My Singapore Lover: A Novel of Passion, Beauty and The Secrets of Singapore (Fun)
  19. Jan 23:  How to Choose a Partner (Fun)
  20. Jan 25: Vaginal Birth After Caesarean: The VBAC Handbook (Work). Book review here.
  21. Jan 26: Loving Mum Forever : Women Empowered for Work and Mothering (Fun)
  22. Jan 28: Keep Calm and Mother On : 21 Stories from Mothers with Children Aged 1 to 21 (Fun)
  23. Jan 30: Woman On Top : The Art of Smashing Stereotypes & Breaking All the Rules (Fun)
  24. Feb 3: Hope & Healing: A Doctor’s Reflections on Cancer (Work)
  25. Feb 7: Shaped For A Purpose (Fun)
  26. Feb 9: Our Lives to Live: Putting a Woman’s Face to Change in Singapore (Work) *
  27. Mar 3: Body Sense: The Science and Practice of Embodied Self-Awareness (Work)
  28. Mar 15: Rice without Rain (Fun)
  29. Mar 19: Body Boundaries: The EtiquetteSG Anthologies Volume 1 (Work)
  30. Mar 20: A Leap of Love  (Fun)
  31. Mar 27: The Man Who Wore His Wife’s Sarong: Stories of the Unsung, Unsaid and Uncelebrated in Singapore (Fun)
  32. April 10: Deadline for Love and Other Stories (Fun)
  33. April 20: The Myth of Love (Fun) Book review here.
  34. April 21: From Fear to Love: Your guide to a fearless magical birth (Sexuality)
  35. April 22: Heart in Gear: An Engineer’s Erotic Journey to Freedom  (Fun) Book review here.
  36. April 23: Three Minus One: Stories of Parents’ Love and Loss (Work). Book review here.
  37. April 24: Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History (Sexuality). Book review here.
  38. April 28: Retire Young Retire Rich: How to Get Rich Quickly and Stay Rich Forever! (Work)
  39. May 3: Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying, and Pleasurable Birth Experience (Work) * Book review here.
  40. May 4: Husband-Coached Childbirth (Fifth Edition): The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth (Sexuality) * Book review here.
  41.    May 5: Not Without My Sister: The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed by Those They Trusted (Spirituality)
  42. May 6: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (Sexuality) *
  43. May 7: Woman on Board Making a Real Difference (Work)
  44. May 7: Singapore School Principals: Leadership Stories (Work)
  45. May 8: Win: Proven Strategies for Success in Sport, Life and Mental Health (Work)
  46. May 8: A Kept Woman (Fun)
  47. May 9: Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (Work)
  48. May 10: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Completely Revised and Updated 8th Edition (Sexuality)
  49. May 13: The Birth Partner, 4th Edition, Completely Revised and Updated: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and Other Labor Companions (Sexuality)
  50. May 14: Why I ditched my Chanel : An Ajumma’s Journey To Conscious Living and Money Mastery (Work)
  51. May 20: Bringing Up Money Smart Kids (Work)
  52. May 21: The F Word: A Personal Exploration of Modern Female Friendship (Relationship)
  53. May 22: Marina Bay Sins (Fun)
  54. May 23: Framework for Creating a Great Financial Plan: Now You Can Create a Great Financial Plan for Yourself  (Work)
  55. May 24: Smart Financial Planning For Your Retirement (Work)
  56. May 25: Grow Rich Singapore Style (Work)
  57. May 26: Your Money, Your Investments: Preserving and Growing Your Wealth in Good and Tough Times (Work)
  58. May 27: This Isn’t What I Expected – Overcoming Postpartum Depression (Sexuality). * Book review here.
  59. May 30: Undercover Tai Tai (Fun)
  60. June 10: Misdirection Book One of The Savant Trilogy (Fun)
  61. June 11: Magicienne: A Novel (Fun)
  62. June 12: Mrs MisMarriage (Asian Chic) (Fun)
  63. June 13: The Goddess in the Living Room (Fun)
  64. June 13: Glass Cathedral (Fun)
  65. June 14: Marketing 4.0: Moving from Traditional to Digital (Work)
  66. June 18: Financial Times Guide to How the Stock Market Really Works (5th Edition) (Financial Times Guides) (Work)
  67. June 19: When Love and Money Are Gone (Work)
  68. June 20: All Natural Beauty: Organic & Homemade Beauty Products (Fun)
  69. June 21: The Basics of Process Improvement (Work)
  70. June 22: Cut the Clutter: A Simple Organizational Plan for a Clean and Tidy Home (Work)
  71. June 23: The 28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge (Work)
  72. June 24: Mood: The Key to Understanding Ourselves and Others
  73. June 27: Financial Quotient (Work)
  74. July 1: Ho See Beng – The Washerwoman’s Son (Fun)
  75. July 3: Changing Lanes, Changing Lives: How Leaders Made a Meaningful Career Switch from Corporates to Non-profits (Fun)
  76. July 6: Stranger To Myself: Diary Of A Bangladeshi In Singapore (Fun)
  77. July 6: Living On Wealthfare: 52 weeks of reflection to fast track your journey to financial freedom (Work)
  78. July 7: Respecting Babies: A New Look at Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach (Work)  *
  79. July 8: Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting (Work)
  80. July 10: The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve Your Child’s Sleep (Work) *
  81. July 12: No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame (Work)
  82. July 14: Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices (Work)
  83. July 16: Come into my world: 31 stories of Autism in Singapore (Work)
  84. July 18: Understanding and Counselling Older Persons: A Handbook  (Work)
  85. July 19: More Talk Money  (Work)
  86. July 21: Mental Health of a Nation (Psychiatry) (Work)
  87. July 23: Forgotten Girl: A Powerful True Story of Amnesia, Secrets and Second Chances (Fun)
  88. July 25: Traditional Chinese Qigong for Health : A Life-Long Self Care (Fun)
  89. July 27: Benjamin Sheares (Fun)
  90. Aug 1: The Birthday Book: What is Singapore’s Next Big Thing? (Fun)
  91. Aug 2: 50 Things To Love about Singapore (Fun)
  92. Aug 4: Where Are All the Birds?: The Extraordinary Mind of Dr Goh Keng Swee (Fun)
  93. Aug 6: Harry Grows Up (The Early Years of Lee Kuan Yew) (Fun)
  94. Sept 1: Running on Empty: The Story Behind 0.01s (Fun)
  95. Oct 2: 10 Things Girls Need Most: To grow up strong and free (Work)
  96. Nov 3: Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) (Work)
  97. Nov 4: Silent Voices of the Soul: How to Recognize the Spiritual Message in Everyday Life
  98. Nov 10: Psychology in Minutes (Work)
  99. Nov 11: Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster: ACT for the emotionally sensitive (Work)
  100. Nov 15: Platform Closing: The Underground Playbook To Dominate Every Presentation, Win Over Your Audience And Have Them Beg You To Take Their Money (Work)
  101. Dec 2: The Deep Yes: The Lost Art of True Receiving  (Work)
  102. Dec 5: Sex on Earth : A Celebration of Animal Reproduction (Fun)
  103. Dec 11: In the Shadow of the Merlion : Western Women Write in Singapore (Fun)
  104. Dec 12: The Gold Nugget: A Collection of Short Stories (Fun)
  105. Dec 13: Travails of a Trailing Spouse (Fun)
  106. Dec 15:  Simple Flower Arranging (Fun)
  107. Dec 17: Remember Me? (Fun)

These are the five books I recommend from my 2018 in order of preference:

  1.  Our Lives to Live: Putting a Woman’s Face to Change in Singapore
  2. This Isn’t What I Expected – Overcoming Postpartum Depression
  3. The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve Your Child’s Sleep
  4. Husband-Coached Childbirth (Fifth Edition): The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth
  5. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth 

If you like to recommend that I read a book, or review yours, please drop me an email at (I do reserve the final decision though. Wink.) 

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