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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 2018

  • TODO

Candidate books I would like to read next

Books I am currently reading


Books I have read

Dates are completion dates.



  • 2017-07-19: Yuval Noah Harari - Sapiens
    • tags: #paper
    • notes:
      • TODO
  • 2017-07-21: Victor Hugo - Les misérables, Tome I
    • tags: #reread? #paper #french
    • I really enjoyed this tome, even though it is about 900 pages.
    • I have been stunned a few times by the way Victor Hugo writes. The man knew his craft.
    • The book is an interesting mix of action and a painting of French (and behond) society from before the French revolution (1789) to the time of Hugo's writing.
  • 2017-02-11: Randy Pausch - The Last Lecture
    • 2008
    • tags: #paper
    • notes:
      • I had meant to read this since I saws Pausch's talks.
      • I cannot say that this book is a masterpiece, but given the circumstances of its writing (Pausch knew he was going to die very soon) it is an achievement.
      • Pausch appeared superhuman in his talk, but the book makes it clearer that it wast not that easy to go through those last few months.
  • 2017-01: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
    • 1990
    • tags: #ebook
    • notes:
      • a fun read




  • 2014-12-23: George Orwell - Nineteen Eighty-Four #reread #audiobook
  • 2014-03-28: David Eddings - Pawn of Prophecy (part of The Belgariad)



  • 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


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

Fundamental texts


  • Winston Churchill
  • USSR and its dissolution
  • The Holocaust
  • Nixon
  • Vietnam war
  • Mao [maybe The Great Chinese Revolution is enough]
  • WWI in general (The First World War (John Keegan))
  • 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.

Philosophy texts to read/reread

Books recommended by Dan Simmons

From this interview:

  • Humboldt's Gift
  • Proust
  • Gravity's Rainbow

Other books that might be interesting

Books I had planned to read in 2014 but didn't read

See also the blog post.

Other suggestions for 2014: