List of Books Read Over the Years

16 Jan 2024 // books

[*] greatly enjoyed but YMMV
[x] deeply annoying in some way


  1. Linda Nochlin, Why there have been no female painters
  2. [*] Hanzi Freinacht, the Nordic Ideology
  3. [*] Gabrielle Zevin, Tommorrow and tommorrow and tommorrow
  4. [*] Walter J. Ong, Orality and Literacy
  5. Ken Mcleod, Reflections of Silver River
  6. Thaddeus Golas, Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment
  7. Peter Drucker, Effective Management
  8. R. F. Kuang, Babel
  9. [*] Andrew Greer, Less
  10. Kate Crawford, Atlas of AI
  11. Tanya Reilly, the Staff Engineer‘s Path
  12. [*] Daniel Lewis- Williams, In the Mind of the Cave
  13. Thomas N Mitchell, Athens A History of the World’s First Democracy
  14. Jessica Au, Cold Enough for Snow
  15. [*] Sarah J Maas, House of Earth and Blood
  16. Simon Winchester, Precision
  17. Paul Strathern, Florentines
  18. Hadot, What is Ancient Philosophy
  19. [*] Finley Hooper, Greek Realities
  20. Irving Yalom, Love's Executioner
  21. [*] Elizabeth Kohlbert, The Sixth Extinction
  22. Tessie McMillan-Cotton, Thick
  23. Robin Hobb, Fool's Quest
  24. [*] John Ousterhout, Philosophy of Software Design
  25. Reginald Ray, The Awakening Body
  26. [*] Pedram Shojai, The Urban Monk
  27. [*] Robin Hobb, Assasin's Fate


  1. Steve Keen, Economics: A New Manifesto
  2. [*] David Graeber and David Wengrow, The Dawn of Everything
  3. [*] Adam Gopnik, the Table comes First
  4. Robin Hobb, Shaman’s Crossing
  5. Matthew Evans, Soil
  6. [*] Hanzi Freinacht, The Listening Society
  7. [*] Jack Panksepp, The Archeology of Mind
  8. Homer, the Iliad
  9. Robert Kanigel, Apprentice to Genius
  10. Rebecca Kuang, The Burning God
  11. [*] Stephanie Kelton, The Deficit Myth
  12. John Tarrant, Bring me the rhinoceros
  13. Adam Nicholson, Why Homer Matters
  14. Robin Hobb, Renegade’s Magic
  15. Hugo Mercier & Dan Sperber, The Enigma of Reason
  16. Sarah Drasner, Engineering Management for the rest of us


  1. Ayad Akhtar, Homeland Elegies
  2. Esther Perel, Mating in Captivity
  3. [*] ]Robin Hobb, Ships of Magic
  4. Anna Weiner, Uncanny Valley
  5. Peter Wohleben, The Hidden Lives of Trees
  6. Joan Halifax, the Fruitful Darkness
  7. Ben Horovitz, Hard Things About the Hard Things
  8. Cathy McGowan, Cathy goes to Canberra
  9. Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air
  10. [*] Robin Hobb, The Mad Ship
  11. [*] Robin Hobb, Ships of Destiny
  12. R F Kuang, The Poppy War
  13. Robin Hobb, Fool's Errand
  14. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  15. Jin Yong, A Heart Divided
  16. Sally Rooney, Beautiful World, Where are you?


  1. [*] Acemoglu and Robinson, Why Nations Fail
  2. Geri Larkin, Stumbling toward Enlightenment
  3. [*] Anna Wiener, Uncanny Valley
  4. [*] Marcel Proust, Du Côté de Swann
  5. [*] Matthew Evans, On Eating Animals
  6. [*] Andrew Grove, High Output Management
  7. Robert Caro, The Powerbroker
  8. Melissa Broder, The Pisces
  9. Leila Slimani, Chanson Douce
  10. [*] Kate Rowarth, Doughnut Economics
  11. 37 Signals, Remote
  12. Alex Landragin, Crossings
  13. Hilary Mantel, Mirror and the Light
  14. Will Storr, The Science of Storytelling
  15. [*] Charles Hardy, Gods of Management
  16. [*] Hope Jahren, The Story of More
  17. [*] N. K. Jemisen, Fifth Season
  18. N. K. Jemisen, Obelisk Gate
  19. N. K. Jemisen, The Stone Sky
  20. [*] Mary Beard, SPQR
  21. [*] Jin Yong, A Hero Born
  22. Jin Yong, A Bond Undone
  23. Jin Yong, A Snake Lies Waiting
  24. Paul Jarvis, Company of One
  25. [*] Robert Bly, Iron John
  26. [*] Martin Kleppmann, Designing Data-Intensive Applications
  27. [*] Taffy Brodesser-Ackner, Fleischman is in Trouble
  28. [*] Margo Neale & Lynne Kelly, First Knowledges: Songlines
  29. Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin, Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal
  30. [*] Robin Hobb, Assasin's Apprentice
  31. [*] Robin Hobb, Royal Assasin
  32. Robin Hobb, Assasin's Quest
  33. [*] Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life


  1. [*] George Megalonis, The Longest Decade
  2. Reginald Ray, The Awakening Body
  3. [*] Ann Leckie, Ancillary Justice
  4. Yan Lianke, Lenin’s Kisses
  5. [*] Adam Nicolson, The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters
  6. [*] Johann Hari, Lost Connections
  7. Richard Sennett, Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City
  8. Nina Argekov, Double Nationalité
  9. Harville Hendrix, Getting the Love You Want
  10. [*] James C Scott, Against the Grain
  11. [*] Bruce Pascoe, Dark Emu
  12. James Collins, How the Might Fall
  13. Kenneth Folk, Contemplative Fitness
  14. Molly Bloom, Molly’s Game
  15. [*] Bill Hamilton, Saints and Psychopaths
  16. [*] Sally Rooney, Normal People
  17. Liane Moriarty, Nine Perfect Strangers
  18. Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion
  19. James Collins, Turning the Flywheel
  20. Kathyrn Lomas, The Rise of Rome
  21. Numa Denis Fustel de Coulanges, The Ancient City
  22. Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren, How to Read a Book
  23. Betrand Meyer, Agile! The Good, the Hype and the Ugly
  24. Alex Landragin, Crossings
  25. Jenny Zhang, Sour Heart
  26. [*] Richard Vague, A Brief History of Doom: Two Hundred Years of Financial Crises
  27. David Kushner, Masters of Doom
  28. Irving Yalom, Becoming Myself
  29. Robert Harris, The Second Sleep
  30. [*] Paul Jarvis, Company of One
  31. Larry Yang, Awakening Together
  32. [*] John Carreyrou, Bad Blood
  33. Elana Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend
  34. Maitreyabandu, The Journey and the Guide
  35. [*] Sally Rooney, Conversations with Friends
  36. [*] Andrew Grove, High Output Management
  37. Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall


  1. [*] Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathiser
  2. [*] Ted Chiang, The Story of Your Life and other stories
  3. [*] Christine Toomey, Saffron Road
  4. Dung Kai-cheung, Cantonese Love Stories
  5. Antonio Garcia Martinez, Chaos Monkeys
  6. [*] John McPhee, Draft No. 4
  7. Andrew Pettegree, Brand Luther
  8. [*] Peter Turchin, Ultrasociety
  9. [*] Peter Turchin, Age of Discord
  10. [*] Kate Grenville, Sarah Thornhill
  11. [*] Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal
  12. Raphael Kuhn, IVF Success
  13. Cixin Liu, Three Body Problem
  14. [*] Dovey Adams Jones, Urban Choreography
  15. [*] Homer, translated by Emily Wilson,the Odyssey
  16. Thomas Hoover, The Zen Experience
  17. [*] Arjuna Ardagh, Radical Brilliance
  18. [*] Beth Ann Fennelly, Heating and Cooling
  19. Roger Crowley, Conquerors: How Portugal forged the first Global Empire
  20. [*] Mantak Chia, Multi-orgasmic Man
  21. Huston Smith, the World’s Religion
  22. [*] David Graeber, Bullshit jobs
  23. [*] Kein Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians
  24. [*] Peter Watson, The Great Divide
  25. Agnès Martin-Lugand, J’ai toujours cette musique dans la tête
  26. Kim Scott, Radical Candor
  27. Lynne Kelly, The Memory Code
  28. [*] Kevin Kwan, China Rich Girlfriend
  29. Matthew Kneale, Seven Sackings of Rome
  30. [*] David Nichols, One Day
  31. Hugh McKay, Beyond Belief
  32. Naomi Alderman, The Power
  33. [*] Delphine de Vigan, D’Après d’une histoire vraie
  34. Chris Hedges, America the farewell tour
  35. [*] Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings
  36. Alain de Botton, Architecture of Happiness
  37. [*] Peter FitzSimmons, Monash’s Masterpiece
  38. [*] James Ishmael Ford, Introduction to Zen Koans
  39. Ursula Le Guin, Tehanu
  40. [*] Andy Weir, The Martian


  1. Han Kang, The Vegetarian
  2. Banana Yoshimoto, Kitchen
  3. Junot Diaz, Drown
  4. [*] Thomas Frank, Listen Liberal
  5. [*] Junpo Denis Kelly, The Heart of Zen
  6. Michael Matthews, Bigger Leaner Stronger
  7. [*] Shenzen Young, The Science of Enlightenment
  8. Mitsuo Fuchida, Midway, The Battle that Doomed Japan
  9. [*] Karla McLaren, The Language of Emotions
  10. [*] Peter Turchin, Ages of Discord
  11. Homesickness, Murray Ball
  12. Hiromi Kawakami, Strange Weather in Tokyo
  13. [*] Marjorie Liu, Monstress
  14. [*] Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
  15. [*] Steve Keen, Can we avoid another financial crisis?
  16. Marcel Proust, Albertine Disparue
  17. Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
  18. [*] Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance
  19. Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness, the revolutionary art of happiness
  20. Jan Morris, Hong Kong
  21. [*] Michael Lewis, The Undoing Project
  22. [*] Robert Sapolsky, Behavior
  23. [*] Reginald Ray, The Awakeneing Body
  24. Christopher Walker, Mastering Your T
  25. Isaac Asimov, Robots and Empire
  26. Ursula Le Guin, Tombs of Atuan
  27. Subhuti, Mind in Harmony
  28. [*] Vajragupta, Sailing the Worldly Winds
  29. Gordon Matthews, Ghetto at the End of the World
  30. [*] Steve McConnell, Code Complete 2
  31. [*] Harpo Marx, Harpo Speaks
  32. Kathleen Rooney, Lilian Boxfush takes a walk
  33. Cornac MacCarthy, The Road
  34. Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God Volume 4


  1. [*] Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance
  2. [*] Culadasa, A Mind Illuminated
  3. Nick Robins, The Corporation that Changed the World
  4. Joan Breton Connelly, Parthenon Enigma
  5. Marcus Westbury, Creating Cities
  6. [*] Michael W. Taft, Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept
  7. Ben Lerner, 10:04
  8. [*] Richard Boyle, Realizing Awakened Consciousness
  9. Justin DiPerna, Streams of Wisdom
  10. Frank Miller, Dark Night Returns
  11. [*] Carl Zimmer, At the Water's Edge
  12. [*] Stan Tatkin, Wired for Love
  13. Chaim Potok, I am Asher Lev
  14. [*] Susan Rhodes, Integral Enneagram
  15. [*] Tejaniya, When Awareness becomes natural
  16. [*] Johann Hari, Chasing the Scream
  17. [*] Virginia Morrell, Animal Wise
  18. Shiba Ryotaro, Clouds above the Hills Part 1
  19. Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable
  20. [*] Shinzen Young, The Science of Enlightenment
  21. Thom Hartmann, The Crash of 2016
  22. [*] John Gottman, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
  23. [*] Alistair Reynolds, The Prefect
  24. [*] Peter Turchun, Ultrasocieties
  25. [*] reread Ursula Le Guin, The Wizrd of Earthsea
  26. [*] Kentato Toyama, Geek Heresy
  27. [*] reread Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind


  1. [*] Harari, History of the Human Species
  2. William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
  3. Nicholson Baker, Mezzanine
  4. James H. Austin, Meditating Selflessly
  5. Marcel Proust, Le Côté de Guermantes
  6. John Stewart, Evolution's Arrow
  7. Nevil Shute, On the Beach
  8. Shuichi Yoshida, Villain
  9. [*] David Graeber, The Utopia of Rules
  10. John Wyndam, Day of the Triffids
  11. Ian Morris, Foragers, Farmers and Fossil Fuels
  12. Khoi Vinh, How They Got There
  13. Robert Matheson, I am Legend
  14. Chaminanda Adichie, Half of the Yellow Sun
  15. H. G. Wells, The Time Machine
  16. [*] Jay Michaelson, Evolving Dharma
  17. [*] Larry Sidentop, Inventing the Individual
  18. Cédric Villani, Birth of a Theorem
  19. Jack Kornfield, Bringing Home the Dharma
  20. [*] Junpo Denis Kelly and Keith Martin-Smith, The Heart of Zen
  21. [*] Abigail Ulman, Hot Little Hands
  22. Karen Armstrong, Fields of Blood
  23. [*] Numa Denis Fustel De Coulanges, The Ancient City
  24. Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook
  25. Tynan, Superhuman Social Skills
  26. [*] Christos Tsiolkas, The Slap
  27. [*] Max Barry, Lexicon
  28. [*] Daniel Ingram, Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha
  29. Robert Masters, Spiritual Bypassing
  30. Robert Harris, Dictator
  31. David Schnarch, Intimacy and Desire


  1. Ian Tattersall, "Masters of the Planet"
  2. Thom Hartmann, "Crash of 2016"
  3. Bill Porter, "Zen Baggage"
  4. [*] Lauren M. Sompayrac, "How the Immune System works"
  5. [x] Eliot Perlman, "Seven Types of Ambiguity"
  6. [*] Robert Masters, "Emotional Intimacy"
  7. [*] Ben Horowitz, "The Hard Thing about the Hard Things"
  8. Danah Boyd, "It's complicated."
  9. Marcel Proust, "A L'ombre de Jeune Filles en Fleurs"
  10. [*] Ben Hauck, "Long Form Improv"
  11. [x] Sophie Chateau, "La Passion Lippi"
  12. [x] Jeff Speck, "Walkable City"
  13. Yu Hua, "China in Ten Words"
  14. Arjuna Ardagh, "Translucent Revolution"
  15. Benny Lewis, "Fluent in 3 Months"
  16. Daniel Liebermann, "The Story of the Human Body"
  17. Ken Wilber, "The Fourth Turning"
  18. [*] Frederic Laloux, "Reinventing Organizations"
  19. Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl"
  20. [*] Thomas Piketty, "Capital"
  21. [*] Molly Antopol, "The Unamericans"
  22. Geri Larkin, "The Choclate Cake Sutra"
  23. Geri Larkin, "Close to the Ground"
  24. [*] Gabriel Wyner, "Fluent Forever"
  25. Aravind Adiga, "Last Man in Tower"
  26. Hilary Mantel, "Bring Up the Bodies"
  27. Andy Feeguson, "Tracking Boddhidharma"
  28. Fiona McFarlane, "The Night Guest"
  29. [*] Robert Boice, "The New Faculty Member"
  30. Addonizio, "Lucifer at the Starlite"
  31. Jon Gertner, "The Idea Factory"
  32. Jay Michaelson, "Evolving Dharma"
  33. Linda Jaivin, "Beijing"
  34. [*] John Williams, "Stoner"
  35. Steven Pinker, "The Sense of Style"
  36. Phipp Carter, "Evolutionaries"
  37. Andrew Charlton, "Dragon's Tail"
  38. Empty Cloud, "Autobiography"


  1. [*] Junot Diaz, "Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao"
  2. Carter Phipps, "Evolutionaries"
  3. [*] Steve McIntosh, "Integral Consciousness"
  4. Amy Webb, "Data: A Love Story"
  5. Sillwell, "Naive Lie Algebra"
  6. [*] Fraleigh, "First Course in Abstract Algebra"
  7. [*] Steve Martin, "Born Standing Up"
  8. Elif Batuman, "The Possessed"
  9. [*] Charles Allen, "Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emporer"
  10. Marguerite Duras, "L'Amant de la Chine du Nord"
  11. Livy, "Histories of Rome"
  12. [*] Peter Turchin, "War and Peace and War"
  13. Gustav Flaubert, "Madame Bovary"
  14. Kamalashila, "Buddhist Medditation"
  15. [*] E.H. Gombrich, "The Story of Art"
  16. Thomas Hoover, "The Zen Experience"
  17. Lorrie Moore, "Birds of America"
  18. [*] Irvin Yalom, "Love's Executioner"
  19. [*] Nicholas Ostler, "Empire's of the Word"
  20. Matthew Syed, "Bounce"
  21. [*] Roland Perry, "Monash: the Outsider who won the War"
  22. [*] Marguerite Yourcenar, "Memoires d'Hadriean"
  23. Peter Turchin, "Secular Cycles"
  24. [*] Nicolas Wade, "Before the Dawn"
  25. [*] Hilary Mantel, "Wolf Hall"
  26. [*] Nam Le, "The Boat"
  27. [*] Shaun Tan, "The Arrival"
  28. Neale Donald Walsh, "The Storm Before the Calm"
  29. Neale Donald Walsh, "The Only Thing That Matters"
  30. George Monbiot, "Feral"
  31. Tim Winton, "Cloud street"
  32. Logan, King and Fischer-Wright, "Tribal Leadership"
  33. Peter Kelly, "Buddha in the Bookshop"
  34. Anthony Bourdain, "A Cook's Tour"
  35. Balzac, "La Peau de Chagrin"
  36. Herodotus, "The Histories"
  37. [*] Peter Atkins, "What is Chemistry"
  38. [*] Marcel Proust, "Le Temps Retrouvé"
  39. [*] Neil Gaiman, "Sandman Vol I"
  40. Neil Gaiman, "Sandman Vol II"
  41. Neil Gaiman, "Sandman Vol III"


  1. Judith Lasater, Ike Lasater, "What We Say Matters"
  2. Cal Newport, "How to Become a Straight A Student"
  3. [*] Kate Grenville, "A Secret River"
  4. [*] Suzanne Collins, "The Hunger Games"
  5. Roger Lowenstein, "Buffet"
  6. Suzanne Collins, "Catching Fire"
  7. Suzanne Collins, "Mockingjay"
  8. Helen Garner, "Monkey Grip"
  9. Raven, "Biology"
  10. Haruki Murakami,"What I Talk About When I Talk About Running"
  11. Don Riso & Russ Hudson, "Wisdom of the Enneagram"
  12. [*] John Jeremiah Sullivan, "Pulphead"
  13. [*] Gilbert Strang, "Linear Algebra"
  14. [*] James Le Fanu, "The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine"
  15. [*] George Megalogenis, "The Australian Moment"
  16. James Joyce, "Dubliners"
  17. Ken Wilber, "Integral Spirituality"
  18. Karen Salzberg, "Lovingkindness"
  19. Stephen Batchelor, "Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist"
  20. Fiona Maddocks, "Hildegard of Bingen"
  21. Ken Wilber, "Integral Life Practice"
  22. John Stillwell, "Naive Lie Algebra"
  23. [*] Jonathan Haidt, "Righteous Minds"
  24. Rumi, "Quatrains"
  25. Hui Neng, "Platform Sutra"
  26. Stephen Batchelor, "Buddhism without Beliefs"
  27. [*] Hilary Mantel, "Bring up the bodies"
  28. Alice Pung, "Growing up asian in Australia"
  29. Robin Waterfield, "Diving the Spoils"
  30. David Smith, "Dharma mind, worldly mind"
  31. Montaigne, "Essais I"
  32. Jeremy Duns, "Song of Treason"
  33. [*] Koun Yamada, "Mumon's Gateless Gate"
  34. Duns, "The Moscow Option"
  35. [*] David McKay, "Information Theory and Bayesian Analysis
  36. Alberts et al., "Essential Biology of the cell"
  37. Edward O. Wilson, "The Social Conquest of Earth"
  38. [*] Desalle and Tattersall, "The Brain"
  39. Gibbon, "History of Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol I ".
  40. Helen Garner, "The Spare Room"
  41. Letters of Abelard and Heloise
  42. Thomas Cleary, "Dogen's Shobogenzo"
  43. Dogen, Shobogenzo 13 essays
  44. [*] Bob Myers, "First Dogen Book"
  45. Muriel Barbery, "L'Elegance du Hérisson"
  46. Jarret Walker, "Human Transit"
  47. Cal Newport, "So Good They Can't Ignore You"
  48. [*] P.D. Smith, "A Guide for the Urban Age"
  49. [*] Justine Levy, "Mauvaise Fille"
  50. [*] Peter Watson, "The German Genius"
  51. John Medina, "Brain Rules"
  52. [*] Junot Diaz, "This is how you lose her"
  53. Tim Ferris, "4-hour chef"


  1. Stendhal, The Red and the Black
  2. Steig Larson, The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest
  3. [*] Neil Howe and William Strauss, The Fourth Turning
  4. [*] Edith Wharton, "Age of Innocence".
  5. [*] Gary Taubes, "Why we get Fat"
  6. Nathan Haren & Mike Cliffe Jones, "Beyond Blogging"
  7. Jules Verne, "Voyage au Centre du Monde"
  8. [*] Rino Breerbaart, "Song Logic"
  9. Mario Vargas Llosa, "Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter"
  10. Henry James, "Portrait of a Lady"
  11. [x] "Persian Fire", Tim Holland
  12. "La Chartreuse de Parme", Stendhal
  13. Clay Shirky, "Cognitive Surplus"
  14. [*] Collette, "Cheri"
  15. [x] Tea Obreht, "The Tiger's Wife"
  16. [*] Simon Schama, "The Power of Art"
  17. [*] Aristotle, "Poetics"
  18. [*] Simon Schama, "Rembrandt's Eyes"
  19. David Foster Wallace, "Consider the Lobster"
  20. Micheal Lewis, "The Big Short"
  21. Edward L. Glaeser, "Triumph of the City"
  22. [x] E.L. Doctorow, "Ragtime"
  23. [*] Barry Strauss, "The Trojan War"
  24. [*] Patrick White, "Tree of Man"
  25. William Bengston, "The Energy Cure"
  26. [*] John Man, "Alpha Beta: How 26 Letters Shaped the Western World"
  27. Vanessa Veselka, "Zazen"
  28. [*] Alex Ross, "Listen to This"
  29. [*] Andrei Alexandrescu, "The D Programming Language"
  30. Hugh Mckay, "What Makes Us Tick"
  31. Clifford Pickover, "Archimedes to Hawking: Laws of Science"
  32. G.R.R. Martin, "The Game of Thrones"
  33. Barry Strauss, "The Battle at Salamis"
  34. [*] Alberto Miguel, "A History of Reading"
  35. [*] David Sloan Wilson "Darwin's Cathedral"
  36. Colin Wright,"Networking Awesomely"
  37. [*] Joey Comeau, "The Girl who couldn't Come"
  38. [*] Tina Fey, "Bossypants"
  39. John Kenneth Galbraith, "The Great Crash 1929"
  40. [x] Fiona McGregor, "Indelible Ink"
  41. Ethan Marcotte, "Responsive Web Design"
  42. Richard Ellis, "Aquagenesis"
  43. William Calvin, "A Brief History of the Mind"
  44. [*] Miles Franklin, "My Brilliant Career"
  45. Michael Lewis, "Boomerang"
  46. Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen, "Great by Choice"
  47. [*] Karen Armstrong, "The Great Transformation"
  48. Marshall Rosenberg, "Non-Violent Communication"
  49. [*] Norman Wade. "The Faith Instinct"
  50. [*] Charles Pinter, "The Theory of Abstract Algebra"
  51. [*] Piela, "Ideas in Quantum Chemistry"
  52. Keith McFarland, "The Breakthrough Company"
  53. Mark Sisson, "The Primal Blueprint"
  54. [*] Lisa See, "Shanghai Girls"
  55. [*] M. G. Bulmer, "Principles of Statistics"


Over the last few years, I've averaged about a book a week. It feels like a lot yet I see blogs by people like Aaron Swartz who claim to have read 100 books in a year. That's like double what I normally read. Is this possible?

Well, last year Aaron put up a list of helpful advice to increase your reading. I decided to take up the offer and try for 100 books this year. This was a good year to try it since I was unemployed for some and was travelling quite a bit. It really does help to use a public library. I read a lot on my iPhone, which makes reading convenient anywhere, even outside on a windy day in the dark. I reread some favorites and indulged in some thrillers.

I started the year with the interminable "Comte de Monte Cristo" and just cracked the target with the newly minted American classic, "Freedom". These were my 100 of 2010:

  1. Alexandre Dumas, "Comte de Monte Cristo"
  2. Emily Bronte, "Wuthering Heights"
  3. Colum McCann, "Let the Great World Spin"
  4. Peter R. Cook, "Principles of Nuclear Structure and Function"
  5. David Harvey, "Limits of Capital"
  6. Matthew Zapruder, "American Linden"
  7. Stanislas Dehaene "Reading in the Brain"
  8. Marguerite Yourcenar "Memoires d'Hadrien"
  9. Susan Sontag, "On Photography"
  10. Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes"
  11. Mungo MacCallum, "Australian story: Kevin rudd and the Lucky Country"
  12. James Jones, "The Thin Red Line"
  13. Daniel Tammet, "Embracing the Wide Sky"
  14. Andre Agassi, "Open"
  15. John Updike, "Rabbit Run"
  16. Bryan Ward-Perkins, "The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization"
  17. Atul Gawande, "The Checklist Manifesto"
  18. Tom Vanderbilt, "Traffic"
  19. Christopher Macdougall, "Born to Run"
  20. Allison Hoover Bartlett, "The Man Who Loves Books Too Much"
  21. Ben Mirov, "I is to Vorticism"
  22. Amélie Nothomb, "Ni d'Eve ni d'Adam"
  23. Neale Donald Walsch "Happier than God"
  24. Neale Donald Walsch "Tomorrow's God"
  25. David Owen, "Green Metropolis"
  26. Dasgupta, Papadimitriou, Vazirani, "Algorithms"
  27. Nicolas Wade, "The Faith Instinct"
  28. William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, Jill Butler, "Universal Principles of Design"
  29. Virgil, "Aneid"
  30. Ian Fleming, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"
  31. Stephan Zweig, "Chess"
  32. Isaac Asimov, "Foundation"
  33. Robert Harris, "Imperium"
  34. Isaac Asimov, "Foundation and Empire"
  35. Isaac Asimov, "Second Foundation"
  36. Neil Shubin, "Your Inner Fish"
  37. Y. A. Rozanov, "Probability Theory: a concise course"
  38. Isaac Singer, "Shadows on the Hudson".
  39. Michael Lewis, "The Big Short".
  40. Arthur Spotnik, "Spunk and Bite"
  41. Ian Mcneely and Lisa Wolverton, "Reinventing Knowledge"
  42. Robert Harris, "Conspirata"
  43. Robert Neuwirth, "Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, a New Urban World"
  44. Anya Kamenetz, "DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education"
  45. Beth Lisick, "Everybody into the Pool: True Tales"
  46. Merrill Goozner, "The $800 Million Pill: The Truth behind the Cost of New Drugs"
  47. Rebecca Skloot, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
  48. Stieg Larsson, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
  49. Jean-Pierre Changeux, "L'homme neuronal"
  50. Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister, "Peopleware"
  51. Alice Munro, "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories"
  52. Rodd Wagner & James Harter, "12: The Elements of Great Management"
  53. Aristotle, "Poetics"
  54. Alain Mabanckou, "Black Bazar"
  55. Henry Miller, "Tropic of Cancer"
  56. Henry James, "Turn of the Screw"
  57. Allen Ginsberg, "Kadish and other Poems"
  58. Vincent Eaton, "Self-portrait of Someone Else"
  59. Marcel Proust, "Sodome et Gomorrhe. Vol. I"
  60. Marcel Proust, "Sodom et Gomorrhe Vol. II"
  61. Gustav Flaubert, "Un coeur simple"
  62. Alan Hacker, "Higher Education"
  63. Leo Babauta, "The Zen Habits Handbook for Life"
  64. Hilary Mantel, "Wolf Hall"
  65. Neale donald walsch, "the New Revelations"
  66. Oscar Wilde, "Lord Saville's Crime"
  67. Joseph Morse, "The Evolution Diet: What and How We Were Designed to Eat"
  68. TImothy Ferris, "The Four Hour Work Week"
  69. Josh Bazell, "Beat the Reaper"
  70. Steig Larson, "The Girl who played with fire"
  71. David Liss, "the Coffee Trader"
  72. Neale Donald Walsch, "Happier than god"
  73. Umbero Eco, "The Name of the Rose"
  74. Simon Ings, "A Natural History of Seeing"
  75. Flore Vasseur, "La fille dans la ville"
  76. David Hockney, "Secret Knowledge"
  77. Sarah Thornton, "Seven Days in the Art World"
  78. Jennifer Rohn, "Experimental Heart"
  79. Geoff Colvin, "Talent is Overrated"
  80. Leo Babauta, "Focus"
  81. Thomas Levenson, "Newton and the Counterfeiter"
  82. Louise Gilder, "The Age of Entanglement"
  83. Everett Bogue, "minimalist workday"
  84. Adam Smith, "the Wealth of Nations"
  85. Kathryn Stockett, "The Help"
  86. Eric Solbin, "Bach Cello Suites"
  87. Erwin Schrödinger, "What is life?"
  88. Emily Gould, "And the heart says whatever"
  89. Bill Porter, "Zen Baggage"
  90. Atul Gawande, "Complications"
  91. Everett Bogue, "Minimalist Freedom Success"
  92. Naomi Dunford, "SEO School"
  93. Paolo Bacigalupi, "the Windup Girl"
  94. Colin Wright, "Networking Awesomely"
  95. Hui-neng translated by Red Pine, "The Platform Sutra"
  96. Yiyun Li, "The Vagrants"
  97. Tim Ferriss, "the Four Hour Body"
  98. Jonathan & Lea Woodward, "The Do-It-Yourself Design & Branding Toolkit"
  99. Jonathan Franzen, "Freedom"


  1. Marcel Proust, "Albertine Disparu".
  2. David Linden, "The Accidental Brain".
  3. James Joyce, "The Dead".
  4. Michael Lewis, "Panic: the story of modern financial insanity"
  5. Sun Tzu, "The Art of War".
  6. John O'Hara, "Appointment in Samarra"
  7. Micheal L. Scott, "Programming Language Pragmatics"
  8. Voltaire, "Candide".
  9. Adam Gopnik, "Angels and Ages".
  10. Julie Salamon, "Hospital".
  11. Dennis Merzel, "Big Mind, Big Heart"
  12. Marcel Proust, "Le Temp retrouvé".
  13. Norman Doidge, "The Brain that changes itself".
  14. Eric Berne, "Games People Play".
  15. Ben Mirov & Chris Demento, editor, "Pax Americana #1"
  16. Bucky Sinister, "All Blacked Out & Nowhere to Go"
  17. Jhumpa Lahiri, "Unaccustomed Earth"
  18. Blaise Pascal, "Pensees"
  19. Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman, "First, Break all the rules: what the world's greatest manageers do differently"
  20. Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton, "Now, discover Your Strengths".
  21. Paolo Virno, "Multitude: Beween Innovation and Negation"
  22. Gustave Flaubert "Madame Bovary".
  23. Gerard T'Hooft "In Search of the Ultimate Building Blocks".
  24. Jonathan Haidt, "The Happiness Hypothesis"
  25. Various, "Modern French Short Stories".
  26. Madame de La Fayette, "La Princesse de Cleves".
  27. S. G. Browne, "Breathers"
  28. Alexandre Dumas, "Les Trois Mousquetaires".
  29. William Gibson, "Count Zero".
  30. Isaac Asimov, "Foundation"
  31. Jeremy Duns, "Free Agent".
  32. David Deida, "The Way of the Superior Man".
  33. Dan Baum, "Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans"
  34. Amy Chua, "World On Fire".
  35. Roberto Bolano, "2666"
  36. Lois Battle, "Storyville"
  37. Frédéric Beigbeder, "Au Secours pardon"
  38. Sudhir Venkatesth, "Gang Leader for a day"
  39. Arjuna Ardagh, "The Translucent Revolution"
  40. Po Bronson and Ashley Merriment, "NurtureShock"
  41. Elizabeth Eisenstein, "The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe"
  42. Jill Bolte Taylor, "My Stroke of Insight"
  43. Joseph Conrad, "Heart of Darkness"
  44. Max Weber, "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism"
  45. William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
  46. Eric Siebel, "Coders at Work".
  47. Eric Davis, "Techgnosis"
  48. William Zinsser, "On Writing Well"
  49. Arielle Ford, "The Soulmate Secret"
  50. Mark Thompson, "Success Built to Last: Creating a Life That Matters"
  51. David S. Goodsell, "The Machinery of Life"
  52. Ken Wilber, "No Boundary"
  53. Rodd Wagner & James K. Harter, "12: The Elements of Great Management"
  54. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson & Susan McCarthy, "When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals"
  55. Roland Barthes, "Leçon".
  56. Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita".
  57. John Maeda, "The Laws of Simplicity"
  58. K. C. MacDonald, "Noise and Fluctuations"
  59. Philippe Grimbert, "Un secret"
  60. Stewart Brand, "Whole Earth Discipline"
  61. Richard M. Reis, "Tommorrow's Professor"
  62. William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury"
  63. Robin Wright, "Evolution of god"


I reached my goal of a book a week: 60 [pats self on back]:

  1. Micheal Lewis, "Moneyball"
  2. Miranda July, "No one belongs here more than you"
  3. Stacy Schiff, "A Great Improvisation"
  4. Charles Darwin, "The Origin of Species"
  5. Clotaire Rapaille, "The Culture Code"
  6. Micheal Lewis, "Blind Side"
  7. Barbara Ehrenreich, "Dancing in the Streets, A History of Collective Joy"
  8. Amélie Nothomb, "Cosmétique de l'ennemi"
  9. Christine Kenneally, "The First Word"
  10. Anais Nin, "Little Birds"
  11. Neale Donald Walsh, "Happier Than God"
  12. Meister Eckhart, "The Sermons of Meister Eckhart"
  13. J. K. Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"
  14. Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee,"The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better"
  15. Marcel Proust, "Sodom and Gomorrhe"
  16. Aristotle,"Rhetoric"
  17. Barbara Tuchman, "The Distant Mirror"
  18. Marcus Aurelius, "The Emperor's Handbook"
  19. Kim Addonizio, "Little Beauties"
  20. Joseph Ellis, "His Excellency"
  21. Ursula Le Guin, "The Wizard of Earthsea"
  22. Stephanie Coontz, "Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage"
  23. Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"
  24. Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren, "How to Read a Book"
  25. Morley Winograd & Michael D. Hais, "Millenial Makeover"
  26. Chris Anderson, "The Long Tail"
  27. Jean Twenge, "Generation me"
  28. Stendhal, "De L'Amour"
  29. Justine Levy, "Rien de Grave"
  30. David Smith, "Dharma Mind Worldly Mind"
  31. Marcel Prouse, "Du Coté de Chez Swann"
  32. Barack Obama, "Dreams of My Father"
  33. Maureen Corrigan, "Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books"
  34. Jack Weatherford, "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World"
  35. Helen Tworkov, "Zen in America: Five Teachers and the Search for American Buddhism"
  36. Dashiell Hammett, "The Maltese Falcon"
  37. Lisa Chamberlin, "Slackanomics"
  38. Richard Lewotin, "Biology as ideology"
  39. Lattman & Loll, "Protein Crystallography: A Concise Guide"
  40. Heather O'Neil, "Lullabies for little Criminals"
  41. Nicole Mones, "The Last Chinese Chef"
  42. Joyce Carol Oates, "Faithless"
  43. Tao Lin, "you are a little bit happier than I am"
  44. Neil Shubin, "Your Inner Fish"
  45. Stan Finkelstein & Peter Temin, "Reasonable Rx: Solving the Drug Price Crisis"
  46. Ian F. McNeely & Lisa Wolverton, "Reinventing Knowledge"
  47. James Wood, "How Fiction works"
  48. Tao Lin, "Cognitive Behaviorial Therapy"
  49. Rumi, translated by Franklin D. Lewis, "Swallowing the Sun"
  50. George E. Vaillant, "Spiritual Evolution"
  51. Office of Metropolitan Architecture, "Seattle Public Library"
  52. Kim Addonizio & Dorianne Laux, "The Poet's Companion"
  53. Robert Aitken, "The Morning Star"
  54. Abelson and Sussman, "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Prgorams 4.3"
  55. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, "Coming to life"
  56. Catherine Cusset, "Jouir"
  57. Malcolm Gladwell, "Outliers"
  58. Marcel Proust, "La Prisoniere"
  59. Marjane Satrapi, "Persepolis"
  60. Danya Ruttenberg, "Surprised by God"


  1. Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita".
  2. Pablo Neruda, "Twenty Poems of Love".
  3. Thomas Pynchon, "The Crying of Lot 49".
  4. Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month".
  5. Thomas Parsons, "Introduction to Compiler Construction".
  6. Martin Fowler, "Refactoring".
  7. Kwame Anthony Appiah, "Cosmopolitanism".
  8. Paul Ekman, "Emotions Revealed"
  9. Mihaly Csikszentmihaly, "Flow"
  10. Jean-Pierre Changeux, "L'homme Neuronal"
  11. Anthony Bourdain, "The Nasty Bits".
  12. Timothy Mo, "Sour Sweet"
  13. Miguel Cervantes, "Don Quixote"
  14. David Lodge, "Trading Places"
  15. Cicero, "Selected Writings".
  16. William Clark, "Academic Charisma and the Origins of the Research University"
  17. Samuel Beckett, "Molloy"
  18. Paul Hawken, "Blessed Unrest"
  19. Orhan Pamuk, "Istanbul"
  20. Iegor Gran, "ONG"
  21. Anita Desai, "Journey to Ithaca"
  22. George Monbiot, "Heat"
  23. Marguerite Duras, "Moderato Cantabile"
  24. Marguerite Yourcenar, "L'Oeurve de Nuit"
  25. Amélie Nothom, "Acide Sulfurique"
  26. William Gibson, "Neuromancer"
  27. Toni Morrison, "The Bluest Eye"
  28. Ray Redfield Jamison, "An Unquiet Mind"
  29. Susanna Moore, "In the Cut"
  30. William Strauss and Neil Howe, "The Fourth Turning"
  31. Drew Westen, "The Political Brain".
  32. Anthony Lane, "Nobody's Perfect".
  33. Marcel Proust, "Le Côté de Guermantes" Long.
  34. Jean Twenge, "Generation Me"
  35. Henriette Jelinek, "Le Destin de Iouri Voronine"
  36. William Strauss and Neil Howe, "Millenial Rising"
  37. Eliette Abécassis, "Clandestin"
  38. Peter Carey, "My Life as a Fake"
  39. Adonis, "Mémoire du vent"
  40. "Best American Poetry 2006", edited by Billy Collins
  41. Ernest Hemingway, "The Sun also Rises"
  42. Apollinaire, "Alcohol"
  43. George Orwell, "Down and out in Paris and London"
  44. Maurice Merleau-Ponty, "Le Primat de Perception"
  45. Christopher Alexander and friends, "A Pattern Language"
  46. Ancelet-Hustache, "Master Eckhart and the Rhineland mystics"
  47. Hergé, "L'étoile mysterieuse"
  48. Hamilton, Jay, Madison, "The Federalist Papers"
  49. "The Constitution of the United States of America"
  50. William Straus and Neil Howe, "Generations"
  51. Michael Demkovich, "Introducing Meister Eckhart"
  52. Edith Wharton, "Twilight Sleep"


I read 49 books, 3 short of a book a week, which in my books, is close enough. This year, I got to read some contemporary poetry. I also revisited some old friends. I also spent an ungodly amount of time wiping Proust and Pynchon off my classics reading-list.

  1. [*] Montaigne "Essais I".
  2. Günter Grass "My Century".
  3. Orhan Pamuk "My Name is Red".
  4. John Perkins "Confessions of an Economic Hitman".
  5. Henry James "Turn of the Screw". Billed as the scariest story ever written, I was mildy disturbed.
  6. [*] Margeurite Yourcenar "Memoires d'Hadrien".
  7. [*] Kim Addonizio "What is This Thing Called Love".
  8. Robert Hughes "The Fatal Shore".
  9. [*] Kelly Link "Magic For Beginners".
  10. Michael Frayn "Copenhagen".
  11. Albert Camus "La peste"
  12. Margeurite Duras "La plui d'été"
  13. [*] Allegra Goodman "Intuition"
  14. Charles Mann "1491"
  15. Kim Addonizio "Tell Me"
  16. [*] Li-Yong Lee "The City in Which I Love You"
  17. E. D. Hirsch Jr. "The Knowledge Deficit"
  18. Jonathan Lethem "The Dissappointment Artist".
  19. [*] F. Scott Fitzgerald "The Great Gatsby"
  20. [*] Martha Stout "The Sociopath Next Door"
  21. Bruno Latour "Nous n'avons pas été moderne"
  22. Susan Sontag "On Photograph"
  23. Dom Delilio "White Noise"
  24. Jeffrey Paine "Reenchantment"
  25. Saul Bellows "Ravelstein"
  26. Li-Young Lee "Book of My Nights"
  27. David Duncan "Masterminds of DNA"
  28. [*] Patricia McMillan "Ruin of Robert Oppenheimer"
  29. Shan Sa "La Jouese de Go"
  30. [*] J. Armstrong & Markos Zuniga "Crashing the Gate"
  31. Daniel Gilert "Stumbling on Happiness"
  32. John Beebe "Integrity in Depth"
  33. Thomas Pynchon "Gravity's Rainbow"
  34. Gustav Flaubert "Trois Comtes"
  35. [*] Marcel Proust "À la recherce du temp perdu"
  36. Octavia Butler "Parable of the Talents"
  37. Victor Mchleny "Watson & DNA"
  38. Nelly Arcan "Putain"
  39. Sylvia Plath "The Bell Jar"
  40. [*] Michael Bérubé "What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts"
  41. [*] Adam Gopnik "Through the Children's Gate"
  42. [*] Ken Wilber "Integral Spirituality"
  43. Mikaly Csikszentmihaly "Flow: Psychology of Optimal Experience"
  44. Marcel Proust "À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleur"
  45. Iegor Gran "Ipso Facto"
  46. Lee Smolin "The Trouble with Physics"
  47. [*] Michael Bérubé "Rhetorical Occasions"
  48. [*] Philip K. Dick "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep"
  49. [*] Shan Sa "Impératrice"