Books I read in year 2017

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2017 is not an easy year for me, therefore I read so many books to comfort myself. The books show above are just the top-10 books I rated.

I can’t remember how many times I have read “The old man and the sea”. This time, I read it for my daughter because she wants to hear some “fantastic and powerful” stories. After I told her the whole story (of course, I changed some parts of the story for a child), she is a little puzzle. Hmm, it’s hard to understand for a girl, even the story is truly “powerful” 🙂

At the beginning of 2017 (about February), my old colleague Jian Mei asked my help for building a Bird-Classification-Application. I accept his requirement and start to learn knowledge of Deep Learning from the beginning. Actually, this task makes me “alive” again: I begin to learn new frameworks (MXNET and Tensorflow), read papers (I haven’t read papers for many years) and thick books (such as “Deep Learning“). Finally, we have completed the application for classifying Chinese birds, and I begin my new career in Deep Learning area. Thanks to my old colleague again.

When I was a child, I read a small comic book about a family living on an isolated island. In January, I found an English book in a bookshop, which named “The Swiss Family Robinson”. Suddenly I realized this must be the original version of that old comic book. So I bought it. It only cost me 20 RMB (about 3 dollars, books are desperately cheap in China). In the following weeks, I read this book chapter by chapter and tell them to my daughter. This time, she can understand the book and become interesting about this old story.

In 2015, I traveled to Boston to give my presentation on Linux Vault Conference with my colleague Coly Li. In MIT bookshop, I bought many books, including a history book named “Ancient Rome” (I have read a lot of books about ancient Rome, but none is the English version). But year 2015 and 2016 are very busy, and I only have enough time to read the book over in 2017. This book contains many pictures, which is good for children too. Maybe in the future, I could read it for my children.

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