I don't have much time to read so I try to read books I know are excellent. I have also found myself re-reading several books which I really enjoyed in the past.
Books I plan to read in 2017
Books I am currently reading
- Albert Speer - Inside the Third Reich
- Daniel C. Dennett - Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking #paper #stalled
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - Terre des Hommes #ebook #stalled
Books I have read
Dates are completion dates.
- 2016-10-24: John Toland - Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography #ebook
- started 2015-06
- 2016-09-18: Umberto Eco - Baudolino #paper #french
- bought probably more than 10 years ago
- started reading during my summer vacation
- 2016-07-03: Iain M. Banks - Use of Weapons #ebook
- 2016-05-07: Iain M. Banks - The Player of Games (A Culture Novel Book 2) #ebook
- I devoured this book, especially the last part!
- I am probably not the only one to be introduced to this book by SpaceX's use of Just Read the Instructions and Of Course I Still Love You.
- 2016-03-30: Umberto Eco - Le nom de la rose (1980) #reread #ebook #french
- One of my favorite books, period!
- 2016-02-16: Arthur C. Clarke - Rendezvous with Rama (1973) #reread #ebook
- One of the best science fiction stories ever written.
- 2016-01-09: Emily Brontë - Wuthering Heights #reread #ebook #french
- I read this in French under the title "Les Hauts de Hurlevent". I could have read the original English but just felt like I wanted to read something in French!
- I think I read this first in the summer of 1992, in French as well.
- I liked it a lot for its atmosphere and the characters are unforgettable. As the book progresses you just want to know what will happen to Heathcliff in the end. It is all about individual feelings and passions, so definitely a Romantic work.
- I also started reading the graphic novel, which seems extremely well done, but would benefit from publication in a larger format.
- 2015-11-29: Dan Simmons - The Fall of Hyperion #reread #ebook
- 2015-06-14: Terry Pratchett - Equal Rites
- 2015-05-13: Terry Pratchett - The Light Fantastic
- 2015-04: Terry Pratchett - The Color of Magic
- 2015-03-10: Jules Verne - Cinq semaines en ballon #ebook #gutenberg
- Not as good as "Vingt mille lieues sous les mers", but it's a fairly quick read.
- This book is mostly about the idea of using a balloon to cross Africa from East to West. The technical aspects are interesting, and handled realistically, except maybe for the source of electricity: while the balloon's hydrogen does leak, the fact that the battery might lose charge is never mentioned AFAICT.
- 2015-03-09: T. Jack Foster Jr. - The Development of Foster City #ebook
- This is a short book.
- Contains some interesting bits, although more depths would have been good.
- 2015-02-19: Jules Verne - Vingt mille lieues sous les mers (1869-1870) #ebook #gutenberg
- 2015-01-28: Bright from the Start #ebook
- Not that much content in this book. I skimmed very quickly through the second half.
- I had bought this in August 2010 and probably started reading soon afterwards, but let it rest for a long time.
- 2015-01-28: Arthur C. Clarke - 3001: Final Odyssey #reread #ebook
- Started reading probably in January 2014, then let it rest.
- This is the weakest of the Odyssey series. The most interesting part is the appendix, where Clarke comments about some historical bits, where some ideas came from, and even how some of the ideas in the book were already obsolete.
- 2014-12-23: George Orwell - Nineteen Eighty-Four #reread #audiobook
- 2014-03-28: David Eddings - Pawn of Prophecy (part of The Belgariad)
- 2013-10 to 2014-01: Jean Perrot - The Organ from its invention in the Hellenistic period to the end of the Thirteenth Century
- 2013-08: Arthur C. Clarke - 2061: Odyssey Three #reread #ebook
- 2013-09-04: Stefan Zweig - La peur (Schachnovelle) #reread #audiobook
- 2013-08-29: Stefan Zweig - Le joueur d'échecs (Schachnovelle) #reread #audiobook
- I first read this short book in high school in 1991 for German class (I probably read it in French!). I really liked it and developed interest in Zweig. In the years that followed I read several more of his books.
- This time I listened to it as an audiobook during commute. It is simply a masterpiece of storytelling.
- 2013-08-27: Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything #audiobook
- 2013-07-16: Bertrand Russell - The Problems of Philosophy #ebook
- 2013-07: Arthur C. Clarke - 2010: Odyssey Two #reread #ebook
- 2013-06: Arthur C. Clarke - 2001: A Space Odyssey #reread #ebook
- 2013-06-19: Guy de Maupassant - Nouvelles Cruelles #audiobook
- 2013-0x: Doris Kearns Goodwin - Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln #audiobook
- I thoroughly enjoyed this portrait of Lincoln and I recommend it.
- 2013-01-2x: Ray Kurzweil - How to Create a Mind #ebook
- 2012-11: H.P. Lovecraft - The Shadow Over Innsmouth
- 2012-10-24: Suzanne Collins - Mockingjay #ebook
- 2012-10: Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire #ebook
- 2012-10-07: Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games #ebook
- 2012-07: Richard Feynmann - "What Do You Care What Other People Think?": Further Adventures of a Curious Character #reread #ebook
- 2012-07: Richard Feynmann - Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynmann #reread #ebook
- 2012-06-20: Stendhal - Le Rouge et le Noir #reread #ebook
- 2011-12: Neal Stephenson - Anathem #ebook
- 2011-09-14: Isaac Asimov - The Caves of Steel #reread #ebook
- 2011-08-26: Isaac Asimov - Foundation and Earth #reread #ebook
- 2011: Isaac Asimov - Foundation's Edge #reread #ebook
- 2011-05-17: Jules Verne - Michel Strogoff #reread #ebook
- 2011-04: Voltaire - Candide #reread #french #ebook
- 2011: Isaac Asimov - Second Foundation #reread #ebook
- 2011: Isaac Asimov - Foundation and Empire #reread #ebook
- 2010-11: Jean Guitton - Le travail intellectuel #reread
- 2010-07?: Dan Simmons - Hyperion #reread
- 2010-04?: Jack Vance - Tales of the Dying Earth
- 2010: Isaac Asimov - Foundation #reread #ebook
- Greg Mortenson - Three Cups of Tea
- John Christopher - The Pool of Fire (The Tripods, #3)
- John Christopher - The City of Gold and Lead (The Tripods, #2)
- John Christopher - The White Mountains (The Tripods, #1)
Books I started which I would like finish
- Mozart biography (interrupted in 2010)
- Benjamin Franklin biography (started years ago)
- Firstborn (Clarke/Baxter)
- Mindfulness in plain English
- Marco Polo (almost finished)
Books and topics to consider for further reading
- Adam Smith - The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759)
- Adam Smith - The Wealth of Nations (1776)
- Charles Darwin - On the Origin of Species (1859)
- Thomas Paine - Common Sense (or http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3755)
- Winston Churchill
- USSR and its dissolution
- The Holocaust
- Vietnam war
- Mao [maybe The Great Chinese Revolution is enough]
- WWI in general (The First World War (John Keegan))
- 2015-08-31: Just finished listening to @hardcorehistory's 6-part "Blueprint for Armageddon". Just great! #history #wwi #podcast
- WWII in general
- Pizarro and the conquest of the Incas
Books recommended by Bertrand Russell
From "The Problems of Philosophy":
- Plato: Republic, especially Books VI and VII.
- Descartes: Meditations.
- Spinoza: Ethics.
- Leibniz: The Monadology.
- Berkeley: Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous.
- Hume: Enquiry concerning Human Understanding.
- Kant: Prolegomena to any Future Metaphysic.
Books recommended by Dan Simmons
From this interview:
- Humboldt's Gift
- Gravity's Rainbow
Other books that might be interesting
- Beethoven, by Maynard Solomon
- Stephen King's "On Writing"
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s novella “Traps”
- John Stuart Mills autobiography
- something by Henri Bergson
- something by Piaget
Books I had planned to read in 2014 but didn't read
See also the blog post.
- History: The Great Chinese Revolution
- NOTE: I read about 200 out of 368 pages a few years back
- Science: The Selfish Gene
- Philosophy: Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking
- Biography: Steve Jobs
- NOTE: Started in 2011.
- Fantasy: The Belgariad, Vol. 1
Other suggestions for 2014:
- Technology: Functional Programming in Scala
- Parenting: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
- Economics: ???