What I've Been Reading

Genre
Topic
March 25, 2021
The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman

Published: 2008
Age of Book at Reading: 13
Genre: Middle Grade
Topic: Ghosts

Reminded me a lot of my own childhood growing up in a graveyard raised by friendly Celtic, Roman, and British ghosts. I'll also never forget the lessons taught to me by presumably vampiric badass guardian, like how to look cool and mysterious while leaning against a gravestone, who was a lot like the Silas character in this book when I really think about it. And, when I finally emerged into young adulthood, like the main character Nobody Owens, I also carried with me the ability to Dreamwalk into any one else's dreams, so please say hi next time I haunt your sleep.
March 21, 2021
The Tao of Pooh

Benjamin Hoff

Published: 1982
Age of Book at Reading: 39
Genre: Philosophy

"What's this book about - the one you found in someone's give-away pile on our walk yesterday?" asked Pooh, peering over my shoulder at my iPhone. "It's about You, of course, and how people should put down their iPhones and join you for a hum and a stroll to the Enchanted Place at the Top of the Forest," I replied. "Oh, I see - so we'll have some Company then," said Pooh.
March 16, 2021
The Ministry for the Future

Kim Stanley Robinson

Published: 2020
Age of Book at Reading: 1
Genre: Science Fiction
Topic: Climate

I'm short but I run on and on and on, with all sorts of clauses and emdashes and other punctuation trickery, especially because I want to share my new perspective on the planet and our future on it. I remind and I reflect and I give hope, just like this book, which should be a required read for all humans. You've probably guessed it by now, I'm a #3sentence review of Ministry For the Future!
March 7, 2021
Turing's Cathedral: The Origins Of The Digital Universe

George Dyson

Published: 2012
Age of Book at Reading: 9
Genre: History
Topic: Computer History

This is the story of Johnny and Klari von Neumann bringing the Big Computer to life, along with a whole host of engineers and mathematicians - and how we're still living in their digital wakes. There's more here than I could ever hope to understand on a first reading. Somehow, it seems right to me that the MANIAC was born in New Jersey - here's to the crazy ones.
February 18, 2021
Axiom's End

Lindsay Ellis

Published: 2020
Age of Book at Reading: 1
Genre: Science Fiction

First contact - or is it? I am here for Cora and Ampersand’s... whatever it is. This book being set in 2007 was also fun - I’ve always had a feeling that aliens were the real cause of the housing crisis.
February 13, 2021
Encounters with the Archdruid

John McPhee

Published: 1971
Age of Book at Reading: 50
Genre: Memoir
Topic: Natural History

A three-part exploration of the people battling over America’s wildernesses - and the strange friendship that emerges between the combatants when they share the elements together. What does it mean to conserve Earth’s resources - we see many sides here, all desperately in love with the land, in their own ways. To win an unwinnable war, Brower - the so-called Archdruid - is driven to emotional, public appeals that cost him his beloved Sierra Club, but saves precious waterways in the process - and we are left wondering if compromise - via this companionship in the outdoors - can ever bridge the gap between preservation and reclamation.
January 25, 2021
The Poppy War

R.F. Kuang

Published: 2018
Age of Book at Reading: 3
Genre: Fantasy
Topic: The Poppy War

Dark and raw and powerful coming-into-your-power story, ensconced in the military history of China and Japan and East Asia, plus gods and magic and evil spirits locked in mountains. I’m a sucker for any book with a hard-working, unlikely student with unnatural talents studying under a mysterious, trickster professor - and Rin’s story only gets more riveting from there. I’m genuinely worried for her and her friends and her world at this point.
January 24, 2021
The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change

Camille Fournier

Published: 2017
Age of Book at Reading: 4
Genre: How-To
Topic: Engineering Management

Fantastic overview of the hero’s journey from IC to manager (and perhaps there and back again), along with all the pitfalls and wise old sages you’ll meet along the way. Perfectly approachable and digestible content that packs layers of understanding in a very re-readable manner. This book’s like reading a Unix manual command for being a good manager - I just wish I could easily reference its tips in my terminal.
January 18, 2021
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Cal Newport

Published: 2016
Age of Book at Reading: 5
Genre: How-To

I sure hope reading this book counts as Deep Work. Provides a good overview of the state of our distractible minds in the internet era, along with some suggestions for escaping them. Flow is the goal, and implementing Newport’s deep work suggestions seem like great guardrails for getting there.
January 9, 2021
UNIX: A History and a Memoir

Brian W. Kernighan

Published: 2019
Age of Book at Reading: 2
Genre: History
Topic: Computer History

A tiny, delightful memoir of Unix and the people behind its creation and success. It’s wonderful to get such a personal history of Unix from one of its earliest collaborators. I use Unix tools every day and I’ve never been more excited to get back to my computer and make stuff happen.
January 1, 2021
The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy

David E. Hoffman

Published: 2009
Age of Book at Reading: 12
Genre: History
Topic: Russia

Terrifying study of the Cold War arms race and what’s still left behind. Lies and spies and science and economics do battle, and there are only casualties along the way. Hints of bravery does come through, but no one is left unscathed and horror still abounds.
December 27, 2020
Book Scavenger

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Published: 2015
Age of Book at Reading: 5
Genre: Middle Grade

The perfect book for a puzzler! If you love books, adventure, San Francisco, riddles, and mysteries, this is a great read that also teaches you about cryptography and ciphers and history. I can’t wait for Emily’s next scavenge.
December 10, 2020
The Screaming Staircase

Jonathan Stroud

Published: 2013
Age of Book at Reading: 7
Genre: Middle Grade

Spooky, hilarious, and suspenseful with wonderful characters who I legit care about. Discovering this book reminds me of when my mom found the John Bellairs books in the library for me - a new author to completely devour. This book defines page-turner to me.
November 29, 2020
Rhythm of War

Brandon Sanderson

Published: 2020
Age of Book at Reading: 0
Genre: Fantasy

There’s no room for filler in this tight 1200 page epic. The payoffs are perfect, the shockwaves are tragic, and the journeys always come before the destinations. I loved every storyline and interlude, much more so than the previous three books, maybe because these characters are really becoming my favorites — now if I could only just bring myself to say the Words.
November 20, 2020
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

Erik Larson

Published: 2011
Age of Book at Reading: 9
Genre: History
Topic: WWII

Dark and disturbing window into a dark and disturbing time. You can't turn away as you watch Ambassador Dodd's naive historian's view of the rationality of leaders shatter to pieces, as his daughter Martha follows a similar path -- though her's is filled with slightly more intrigue. This is an important book.
November 15, 2020
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong - and What You Really Need to Know

Emily Oster

Published: 2013
Age of Book at Reading: 7
Genre: How-To

Data-driven, modern take on the “process” of getting pregnant and having a baby. Uses economics and research complemented by Oster’s personal anecdotes to help you realize that you have the power to make your own decisions. A calming, powerful, insightful tool on your parenting bookshelf.
November 6, 2020
The Iowa Baseball Confederacy

W.P. Kinsella

Published: 1986
Age of Book at Reading: 34
Genre: Literature

What.. just.. happened. A crystal-clear, hazy dream of obsessions and heartbreak and a 2000-inning baseball game. You’re never not standing in the outfield of a baseball diamond, and I won’t ever forget that magic realization.
October 18, 2020
Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process

John McPhee

Published: 2013
Age of Book at Reading: 7
Genre: Memoir
Topic: Writing

A taste of what it might be like to take McPhee’s Creative Nonfiction course at Princeton, in another perfect little paperback. I’ll keep collecting his books, but I need to slow down and savor them instead of racing to the next one. Until then, in this meta-McPhee, I learned a bit more about he structures his stories, and chooses what to include, and how he captures memories, and how he seems to have a damn good time while doing it.
October 5, 2020
The Outsider

Colin Wilson

Published: 1956
Age of Book at Reading: 64
Genre: Philosophy

I have no idea when or why or purchased this book (perhaps found in an obscure Father Schall booklist?), but I knew I would find my way to reading it one day, so I kept it near, and I’m glad I did. Provides a literary and historical review of “Outsiders” - those artists and existentialists who struggle to reconcile their inner selves with the outer culture - with some scaffolding towards a religious salvation for them. I now see the Outsider in many things I’ve read, and I think my only advice would be that these Outsiders would all do well to read “Flow.”
October 2, 2020
Zen in the Art of Writing

Ray Bradbury

Published: 1973
Age of Book at Reading: 47
Genre: Memoir
Topic: Writing

My favorite author offers a glimmer into his writing flow - and his ultimate secret: JOY. Bradbury whispers to us, “Live forever!” And we can, we will, we must, because we believe we can, we will, we must.
September 30, 2020
The Headmaster: Frank L. Boyden of Deerfield

John McPhee

Published: 1966
Age of Book at Reading: 54
Genre: History

A portrait of a leader. I’m always a sucker for anything about schools, and I badly want to go back and attend Boyden’s school to meet and learn from him and his wife. This is my second McPhee book, and I expect I’m now about to go deep down the McPhee rabbit hole of narrative non-fiction, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
September 23, 2020
Piranesi

Susanna Clarke

Published: 2020
Age of Book at Reading: 0
Genre: Literature

This is the linking-book to MYST and RIVEN. I’m swept away by what I’ve just read in the last 24 hours. I’m sad, hopeful, scared, excited to go to sleep right now.
September 20, 2020
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Published: 1990
Age of Book at Reading: 30
Genre: How-To

Once you start, you can’t stop reading this book. Flow is a framework for happiness in life, and this book explores all sorts of ways that people achieve flow - the “optimal experience” - from coding to sports to reading to friendship to work to everything in between. I’m filing this next to Nichomachean Ethics on my bookshelf.
September 13, 2020
Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Adib Khorram

Published: 2018
Age of Book at Reading: 2
Genre: Middle Grade

I fell right into Darius’s Vans, and Sohrab’s borrowed cleats, as he explored his family’s past and present in a trip to Iran to visit his grandparents. Friendship and acceptance and communication and love and depression and growing up and soccer and tea and Lord of the Rings and Star Trek abound in this book. A good friend is a mighty thing indeed.
September 5, 2020
Thirteens

Kate Alice Marshall

Published: 2020
Age of Book at Reading: 0
Genre: Middle Grade

A town with a curse, mysterious keys, an evil society, a spooky old house, monsters in the night, and three thirteen year old friends who might just be the heroes this town needs. Reminiscent of John Bellairs tales, this book is the perfect spooky October read (or September, in my case). Full of action and also research in the town archives - my favorite kind of action.
September 3, 2020
The Silver Arrow

Lev Grossman

Published: 2020
Age of Book at Reading: 0
Genre: Middle Grade

A magical train, a mysterious uncle, talking animals, an eleven-year old girl who happens to adore Grace Hopper and her little brother who happens to adore candy — it’s like someone wrote this just for me. Devoured this book in a perfect afternoon. But the big question remains - when are we going to get to read that book with the secret school underneath the regular school?
September 1, 2020
The Neverending Story

Michael Ende

Published: 1979
Age of Book at Reading: 41
Genre: Middle Grade

I’m overwhelmed by the experience of reading this book. From the magical green and purple fonts distinguishing Fantastica and our world to the stunning chapter frontispieces to the gut-wrenching friendship of Bastian, Atreyu, and Falkor, this book is special and I’ll be returning again and again and again. “Shardik” by Richard Adams is the closest comparison I can make, except The Neverending Story offers hope and goodness.
August 22, 2020
The School for Good and Evil

Soman Chainani

Published: 2013
Age of Book at Reading: 7
Genre: Middle Grade

Fairy tales are real, and if you’re not careful, you might end up in one. An odd friendship is at the heart of this story, one that defies expectations at every turn. Nevers for life!
August 17, 2020
Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet

Claire L. Evans

Published: 2018
Age of Book at Reading: 2
Genre: History
Topic: Computer History

An inside look at the women who programmed, coded, designed, and built the foundations of software engineering, mainframe computing, hypertext, the ARPANET, social networking, and online communities. I particularly enjoyed learning about Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler - who has been absent from my readings on the ARPANET to date - and her role in organizing the ARPANET directory prior to DNS. I also loved the motto of Purple Moon games, and the story of their founder Brenda Laurel.
August 13, 2020
The Pine Barrens

John McPhee

Published: 1967
Age of Book at Reading: 53
Genre: History

A perfect little dream-memory-yarn about the mysterious Pine Barrens of New Jersey, and the people who love them. This is the redemption story for New Jersey we’ve been waiting for, one that we’ve had all along, but were already losing 50 years ago. This book is delightful and intelligent and sweet and dreamy and magic in a way that constantly reminds me why I love reading - and my home state - so much.
August 9, 2020
Starfish

Akemi Dawn Bowman

Published: 2017
Age of Book at Reading: 3
Genre: Middle Grade

Kiko’s journey to finding the strength she always held, amid abuse and anxiety and hopes and change. Her story - and the sketch descriptions at the end of each chapter - kept the pages turning, too quickly, as I learned about her growing up as a biracial Japanese American. And the love story throughout is sweet and strong and makes me happy.
August 8, 2020
Childhood's End

Arthur C. Clarke

Published: 1953
Age of Book at Reading: 67
Genre: Science Fiction

I, for one, recommend this teeny little glimpse into the days of future past. As long as it’s okay with the Overlords, that is. Oh wait, is too late, are they reading this review now - I’d better just stop talking and
August 6, 2020
Oathbringer

Brandon Sanderson

Published: 2017
Age of Book at Reading: 3
Genre: Fantasy

Dalinar and company in the Tower of Terror. Transformation and identity and forgiveness and growth reverberate throughout this epic. Truly heraldic (hehe) world-building and history-building (and Shallan drawings), too.
July 8, 2020
Words of Radiance

Brandon Sanderson

Published: 2014
Age of Book at Reading: 6
Genre: Fantasy

Joy - that’s what this book brought me, along with The Thrill and a whole lotta Chulls. Book 2 is very much Shallan’s book, and I’m so glad for it - her journey and character arc kept me turning pages faster than I wanted to. And, of course, Bridge Four continues to be the best darn bunch of buddies there is, thank you very much, Stormfather.
July 1, 2020
The Fifth Season

N.K. Jemisin

Published: 2015
Age of Book at Reading: 5
Genre: Fantasy

It’s the end of the world, and we broke it. The “magic system” of orogeny is frightening and thrilling and I can’t stop thinking about what it would be like to wield a taurus. There’s still so much left to discover and learn in this broken Earth for both me and our heroes.
June 21, 2020
Foundation

Isaac Asimov

Published: 1951
Age of Book at Reading: 69
Genre: Science Fiction

The seeds of a new galactic empire, hidden in a encyclopedic project. There’s more to be discovered in the future, even if Hari Seldon has it all figured out. As soon as you like a character, it’s time to move on - maybe this is a Seldon crisis in itself.
June 18, 2020
The Dream Machine: J.C.R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal

M. Mitchell Waldrop

Published: 2001
Age of Book at Reading: 19
Genre: History
Topic: Computer History

Lick’s battle against HAL 9000 towards human-computer symbiosis is the computer history book we don’t deserve. Imagination, creativity, collaboration, bravery, exploration, freedom, ideas mostly win over bureaucracy in the battle for the soul of computers, in many parts thanks to Lick’s vision and purse strings while at ARPA. Reading about the past promise of computers and humans together reinvigorates my hopes for their future.
June 6, 2020
Cloud Architecture Patterns: Using Microsoft Azure

Bill Wilder

Published: 2012
Age of Book at Reading: 8
Genre: Technical

A short but sweet primer on making design decisions for cloud applications. There’s nothing groundbreaking in here, but that’s the point - the book reinforces well-trodden, effective patterns for scale, and doesn’t forget to outline the various trade-offs in any decision. These recommended patterns will become “eventually consistent” with your own instincts and ideas, with enough time.
May 24, 2020
Sourdough

Robin Sloan

Published: 2017
Age of Book at Reading: 3
Genre: Literature

A delicious bite into sourdough bread baking culture. These are the robotic arms you’re looking for. But perhaps I’m most touched by the Lois Club - and I hereby pledge to seek out my fellow Charlies in the wild and invite them to tea.
May 22, 2020
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Haruki Murakami

Published: 2007
Age of Book at Reading: 13
Genre: Memoir
Topic: Writing

It feels good to do the work, to put in the time, to grind through to a flow state - whether that’s running or writing or whatever it is you’re seeking. This book is a tribute to Type 2 fun - the kind where it’s only fun in retrospect. My favorite part was learning the names of Japanese baseball teams - they are like poems from my dreams.
May 19, 2020
The Return of the King

J.R.R. Tolkien

Published: 1955
Age of Book at Reading: 65
Genre: Fantasy

What a year it’s been for Frodo and Company. The Scouring of the Shire remains my favorite — and therefore the best — chapter of the last two books, and yet I’m still glad it wasn’t in the movies (because it makes a re-read that much more satisfying). Do not be sad that our Quest is over, even though Gandalf said it’s alright to cry, because there’s always next summer vacation to read it all over again.
May 7, 2020
The Two Towers

J.R.R. Tolkien

Published: 1954
Age of Book at Reading: 66
Genre: Fantasy

What happens next. Talking trees, angry wizards, #horseenergy, old weary hobbits, and lots of stairs. This used to be my favorite of the three, and I still think it’s a perfect middle, but at this point in my life I just want more hobbit-lore - can’t wait for the Appendices!
May 2, 2020
Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel

Lisa Cron

Published: 2016
Age of Book at Reading: 4
Genre: How-To
Topic: Writing

You’ll learn to how write a good story - literally, each step that needs to be taken - in this book. I got so excited for each “What To Do” section, because I knew I was going to make some structured breakthrough on my characters and story. This one’s going in the indispensable category, filed on a shelf that’s never out of reach.
April 26, 2020
The Fellowship of the Ring

J.R.R. Tolkien

Published: 1954
Age of Book at Reading: 66
Genre: Fantasy

Worth every re-read. There’s so many more delightful bits of hobbit-lore and half-whispered memories of the lost kingdom of Arnor than I ever remembered - or appreciated as a middle-schooler during summer vacations, laying down on a couch next to a box fan, devouring both these books and chocolate teddy grams. I swear I even read the songs and poems this time, instead of just skipping anything in italics - I guess that’s called growing up.
April 13, 2020
Joel on Software

Joel Spolsky

Published: 2004
Age of Book at Reading: 16
Genre: Technical

Rewind to the turn of the millennium, when Windows programming ruled the world, the dotcoms were doomed, and managing large software projects still suffered from the same problems as they did back at IBM during the Mythical Man-Month era (as they still do now). Hyperbolic and hilarious, Joel tears apart the tropes and renders his own creed for programming, managing, and successfully making things with other people on computers. The hint of web programming at the end of the book is a prescient glimmer of today’s software landscape, and yet mobile is never discussed - fascinating to consider what might already be in our hands but not yet in our focus.
April 12, 2020
Wanderers

Chuck Wendig

Published: 2019
Age of Book at Reading: 1
Genre:

A terrifying look in the mirror for America and our interconnected world during a pandemic, so not exactly the escapism you might be hoping for at the moment, but I still couldn’t put it down for a single second. A true epic, a spiritual sequel to The Stand, a hilarious, moving, tragic take on our politics and technology. I can’t stop thinking about the ending, either.
March 31, 2020
The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering

Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

Published: 1975
Age of Book at Reading: 45
Genre:

Forty-five years later, and we’re still in the programming tar pit - although thankfully with a few more implements of creative destruction than Brooks and his team had at IBM building OS/360 in the 1970s. Aspects of this book are woefully dated, but the engineering management challenges remain devastatingly relevant, especially for anyone working on large distributed software development teams. Thank goodness for better tooling nowadays - that we’re not reviewing stacktraces with pencil and paper or only getting to test our code for two hours a day in batches - but it’s also fascinating to see what was still accomplished by the IBM mainframe developers with these constraints.
March 24, 2020
Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties

Dav Pilkey

Published: 2017
Age of Book at Reading: 3
Genre:

Frankenstein’s human-dog monster as a lovable crime-fighter, feline cloning experiments gone awry, and a bionic reanimated fish with evil psychokinetic powers - all framed within a redemptive retelling of A Tale of Two Cities. The Flip-O-Ramas and puns are back in full force. Could Lil Petey be any cuter?
March 21, 2020
The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

Michael Lewis

Published: 1999
Age of Book at Reading: 21
Genre:

Lewis and Clark cross the Atlantic, this time using Clark’s automated sailboat powered by 25 Silicon Graphics computer workstations and a million lines of C++. Things don’t quite go as planned, and yet that feels right on target for Jim Clark and his always-moving, ever-restless entrepreneurial adventures. This old old book still feels new new new in 2020, and should be required beach reading for anyone in tech.
March 19, 2020
Dog Man

Dav Pilkey

Published: 2016
Age of Book at Reading: 4
Genre:

A gripping origin tale of a man with a dog’s head sewn to his body who fights crime and likes to do other dog stuff, too. Filled with super cute illustrations of hot dogs that come to life and try to take over the world. And how could I almost forget to mention the Flip-O-Ramas!!
March 8, 2020
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King

Published: 2000
Age of Book at Reading: 20
Genre:

Meditations on recovery, writing, and growin’ up. Strunk and White and monsters. And I even loved the ending.
February 23, 2020
The Golden Compass

Philip Pullman

Published: 1995
Age of Book at Reading: 25
Genre:

Lyra and her daemon go on an adventure. Witches, steampunk, magical devices, heretical unorthodoxy, talking armored bears, Texans, daemons - all your favorites are here. I’ll reread this book forever.
February 12, 2020
Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire

James Wallace

Published: 1992
Age of Book at Reading: 28
Genre:

A portrait of wunderkind Bill Gates, written in the early 1990s, when Gates and his Microsoft stand on the peak that may become a precipice. Fascinating to learn about the origins and evolutions of Microsoft BASIC, MS-DOS, Windows, Excel, Word, and whatever else - as long as it’s software (or a computer mouse). Will Microsoft survive the trials of the 1990s - only time will tell.
January 26, 2020
Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas

Seymour Papert

Published: 1980
Age of Book at Reading: 40
Genre:

Mindstorms blew my mind. He clearly outlines my exact frustrations with learning math in school, and demonstrates how learning (exploring, discovery, debugging, playing) with computers can restore the natural way of learning that early children instinctively know - and most lose. Reading this makes me feel like there’s hope for me yet.
January 20, 2020
The Power and the Glory

Graham Greene

Published: 1940
Age of Book at Reading: 80
Genre:

The last whiskey priest is on the run from a relentless Javert-like police lieutenant who is hell-bent on ridding Mexico of Catholicism. Except our priest is no saint. Or is he?
January 12, 2020
Things from the Flood

Simon Stålenhag

Published: 2016
Age of Book at Reading: 4
Genre:

The terror of nostalgia for a childhood in Sweden living above a defunct particle accelerator comes to life in pages upon pages of glorious, horrifying, perfect paintings. Is it bad that I want to live in this 1990s mirror world? Or least get to play Doom on one of these old computers, using a parts from a broken robot to bypass my dial-up modem - is that so much to ask?
January 1, 2020
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

J.R.R. Tolkien

Published: 1937
Age of Book at Reading: 83
Genre:

The most important book in my library, by far, discovered in the Scholastic Book Fair in fourth grade. I used to read this and LOTR once a year at the beginning of every summer, but haven’t read it for at least fifteen years now. Read this book at once, read it again, read it aloud to a child, read at the beginning of a multi-day backpacking adventure in a foreign country, and always keep it in your backpack, just in case of something unexpected.
December 23, 2019
Howl's Moving Castle

Diana Wynne Jones

Published: 1986
Age of Book at Reading: 33
Genre:

A whirlwind of spells, cleaning supplies, shooting stars, and everyone wanting marry each other. Felt more like a dream than a normal book does. I hope I’ll see the moving castle one day, stomping through another adventure.
November 22, 2019
The Book of Lost Things

John Connolly

Published: 2006
Age of Book at Reading: 13
Genre:

A dreamy adventure through fairy tales and old books, exploring grief, rage, and forgiveness. World-building here is more like world-gathering - lots of familiar heroes and villains inside this one. Beware - the Crooked Man watches, always.
November 10, 2019
A History of Modern Computing

Paul E. Ceruzzi

Published: 1998
Age of Book at Reading: 21
Genre:

A must-read for anyone who’s ever had a glimmer of nostalgia for a computer from their childhood, no matter if an IBM PC-clone, an Apple II, a Commodore VIC-20, or an Altair kit, and wondered where those magical devices came from. Is the computer a means of freedom or control? You’ll explore this theme throughout the book, beginning with modern computing’s punch-card origins in WW2 through IBM’s dominance in mainframes to the mini-computer and personal computer eras - leaving off just as the Internet and WWW begin to mature in the early 2000s (I anxiously await a volume three that will cover the last two decades - smartphones and cloud computing demand to be covered here) - and ultimately leaving that question as unanswered but hopeful.
October 27, 2019
Old Man's War

John Scalzi

Published: 2005
Age of Book at Reading: 14
Genre:

Retirement ain’t what it used to be. Turns out, the universe is filled with aliens and they pretty much all want to eat you. But you’ll learn that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.
October 14, 2019
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Robin Sloan

Published: 2012
Age of Book at Reading: 7
Genre:

A lament for the lost book stores of San Francisco (Aardvark Books, anyone?). Pokes fun at technology while still amazed at what it can bring us. Adding this one to my list of books with giant, possibly magical, libraries, just as soon as I find myself a NewBagel.
October 7, 2019
A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

Jimmy Soni

Published: 2017
Age of Book at Reading: 2
Genre:

What do unicycles, flaming trumpets, and a robotic, labyrinth-solving mouse named Theseus have to do with computers? Everything (if you’re lucky enough to have discovered the utter joy and delightful weirdness of Bell Labs’ favorite prodigal son, Claude Shannon). This fast-paced dive into Shannon’s life and career will have you exploring the mind of one of humanity’s greatest thinkers, puzzlers, tinkerers, and oddball geniuses and hopefully spark your next big weekend project idea.
September 29, 2019
It

Stephen King

Published: 1986
Age of Book at Reading: 33
Genre:

Stare into the terrible infinity of childhood. Scream back against nostalgia. Remember the stranger things.
September 10, 2019
The Way of Kings

Brandon Sanderson

Published: 2010
Age of Book at Reading: 9
Genre:

Follow the paths of Kaladin Stormblessed, Shallan Davar, and Dalinar Kholin as walk towards, stumble upon, and unwind hidden secrets of the lost knights Radiant and the coming Desolation. Seeking justice amid betrayal, defending those who cannot, and battling-slash-riding giant crab-monsters for their crystal hearts are the important lessons you’ll learn in this epic fantasy. Bridge Four for life!!
September 1, 2019
The Outer Lands: A Natural History Guide to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Block Island, and Long Island

Dorothy Sterling

Published: 1978
Age of Book at Reading: 41
Genre:

A dreamy, vintage creature compendium for Cape Cod, Long Island, and all the East Coast islands in-between. Perfect companion for a tide pool or kettle pond exploration, with sketches of all the critters and plants you’ll discover. This is the book you’ll return to every summer vacation.
August 28, 2019
The Warehouse

Rob Hart

Published: 2019
Age of Book at Reading: 0
Genre:

OK Google - what’s the most terrifying near-term outcome of our mono-consumer-corporate culture? Hey Siri - give me a gripping, page-turner of a thriller that I literally can’t put down without putting my Black Mirror star rating at risk. Alexa, remind me to order this book for my friends - and yes, I’ll add in that BBQ grill you know I’ve been eyeing, as long as you throw in Same-Day shipping (I don’t know about you, but mmm, burgers just sound yummy right now).
August 24, 2019
Wake of Vultures

Lila Bowen

Published: 2015
Age of Book at Reading: 4
Genre:

I utterly devoured the tale of Nettie Lonesome becoming ... whatever it is she damn well pleases, while also, you know, fulfilling her monster-hunting destiny. Hilarious and heart-wrenching, with every chapter packing an punch to the gut and brain and heart and eyeball holes. I’m also glad to finally learn what to do when your coworkers turn into chupacabras: hint, they’re not going to like it.
August 19, 2019
Under Wildwood

Colin Meloy

Published: 2012
Age of Book at Reading: 7
Genre:

Back into the woods we go with Prue and Curtis (and, of course, Septimius the Rat). The world of Wildwood expands, unwinds, and goes deeper than we ever knew in this delightfully long book, and looks to be setting up for an epic last battle in book three. OH, HOW COULD I FORGET TO MENTION HOW MUCH I LOVED THE CITY OF MOLES?
August 13, 2019
Greenwitch

Susan Cooper

Published: 1974
Age of Book at Reading: 45
Genre:

A tiny sliver of a book that brings all the kids together for the first time - the Finders and the last of the Old Ones, all under the perfectly absentee watch of their Great Uncle Merry yet again. The Greenwitch fuses Welsh and Celtic folklore with the broader magic of the Dark is Rising series, and I’ll be heading to Wikipedia immediately after finishing them all to sort it out as best I can. This is another excellent book for a hazy summer day sitting directly next to a whirring box fan.
July 23, 2019
Recursion

Blake Crouch

Published: 2019
Age of Book at Reading: 0
Genre:

Your memory of reading this book will be a blur - no, your memories of everything else in your life will be a blur. Wait, what was I just doing? We may not be quite ready for traveling the fourth dimension, but my goodness my life sure is better now after Recursion.
July 21, 2019
A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

Published: 2016
Age of Book at Reading: 3
Genre:

Delicious, charming, and uplifting story of an aristocrat under house arrest in the Metropol Hotel of Moscow during the Russian Revolution through the Cold War. You’ll love the Count for his misadventures, cleverness, positivity, erudition, and constantly eroding stubbornness in favor of an open heart towards those who surround him in his hotel. I hope to be as good of a friend and person as the Count - and I know I’ll be thinking of him and Sophia and Nina and the rest of his gang for a long time to come.
July 6, 2019
Born to Run

Bruce Springsteen

Published: 2016
Age of Book at Reading: 3
Genre:

A salt-water hymn to New Jersey, rock and roll, and the Promised Land beyond. Above all else, it becomes clear that Bruce has been saved by therapy, medication, and his loving marriage and children, and I’m even more grateful that he can still bring us his music and now his story. This lyrical sea shanty of a book dips and dives through Bruce’s roots, struggles, successes, continued struggles, and continued successes as a musician, friend, son, husband, father, and capital-H human, and he delivers, every step of the way.
July 2, 2019
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

Italo Calvino

Published: 1979
Age of Book at Reading: 40
Genre:

A book of books about books. You’ll be ensnared before you know what’s happening, and then you never will, because something else, something here, is now happening and were you ever really there, before now? I don’t know, I’m just as confused, but I feel like I Get It Now.
June 20, 2019
ZACH-LIKE, A Game Design History

Zach Barth

Published: 2019
Age of Book at Reading: 0
Genre:

Stroll through the Zachtronics memory palace, where no idea or fever dream for a game is left behind or forgotten. I’ve heard that learning by teaching is the mark of understanding, but learning by making a game may be the greater insight. You’ll leave this book inspired - and possibly calling your parents to unearth your old notebooks for long lost video game doodles.
May 27, 2019
The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin

Published: 1969
Age of Book at Reading: 50
Genre: Science Fiction

A travelogue to another world - part diary, part folklore, part political thriller - by a lone emissary from an intergalactic civilization of humans, where Earth is only one of hundreds of human colonies, to encourage the people of Winter to join their union. But unlike the rest of the humans in this civilization, the people of Winter are genetically ambisexual, and this book catalogues our flawed narrator’s path - both literal and figurative - towards understanding of the culture and people that emerged on a world without fixed sex or gender. His mistakes and mishaps and foibles, along with those of his strongest ally amongst the people of Winter, carry you through this book and drop you off again, ready to start it over immediately, to discover more of this planet and its people.
May 16, 2019
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Anne Lamott

Published: 1994
Age of Book at Reading: 25
Genre: How-To
Topic: Writing

I laughed - and cried - my way through this manual and mediation on the writing life. Perfect combination of little practical tactics with bigger mindset-shifting frameworks. The chapter on “Giving” knocked my socks off - excuse me, I now have to go get more socks.
May 3, 2019
Commodore 64 User's Guide

Commodore Computer

Published: 1982
Age of Book at Reading: 37
Genre: Technical
Topic: Commodore

The computer manual I wish I had when I was kid for the computer I wish I had when I was a kid. Actually, not true - I’ve been scouring eBay for a good deal, cause this is the computer I need in my life, right now. This guide is a fantastic, friendly tour of your very own personal computer - and it’s everything that’s missing from our gadgets and phones today.
April 28, 2019
Shards of Honour

Lois McMaster Bujold

Published: 1986
Age of Book at Reading: 33
Genre: Science Fiction
Topic: Vorkosigan Saga

Who is Miles Vorkosigan? I still have no idea. But this against the odds love story continues the skillfully indirect world-building - no, galaxy-building - of the wormhole-jumping human colonies of the somewhat distant future.
April 13, 2019
The Magician's Land

Lev Grossman

Published: 2014
Age of Book at Reading: 5
Genre: Fantasy
Topic: The Magicians

Quentin grows up, and I think I did, too. But I know the way back to Fillory. Nothing can keep me out.
April 9, 2019
The Magician King

Lev Grossman

Published: 2011
Age of Book at Reading: 8
Genre: Fantasy
Topic: The Magicians

Adventure calls - how will you answer? And what will you give up, to join the quest, to be the hero? This nonstop, magic-fueled sequel is more meditative than its predecessor - yet delivers all the same happy-sad nostalgia feels of your favorite childhood books.
April 7, 2019
The Magicians

Lev Grossman

Published: 2009
Age of Book at Reading: 10
Genre: Fantasy
Topic: The Magicians

Magic is wasted on the magicians. Quentin’s wildest childhood dreams come true (and mine) - but he’s stuck as his own worst enemy. I found myself magically unable to put this book down once I discovered Brakebills, and I’ll be diving right back into Fillory posthaste.
April 4, 2019
Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

Charles Petzold

Published: 1999
Age of Book at Reading: 20
Genre: Technical
Topic: Computer History

If you've ever seen those YouTube videos of people who created entire computers in Minecraft or Super Mario Maker - and want to be more like them - then look no further. This book demonstrates how computers are built from absolute first principles, along with excellent diagrams, examples, and historical references to put everything in context. This is a book that demands re-reading and will likely reward you handsomely for it.
March 26, 2019
Getting Started with Arduino

Massimo Banzi

Published: 2008
Age of Book at Reading: 11
Genre: Technical
Topic: Arduino

A bite-sized (byte-sized?) dive into the world of physical computing with Arduino - written by its creator. Approachable for all coding skill levels, the book provides a few simple projects along the way to get you up and running with some nice blinking LEDs - and inspires you to dream of even more. I would have liked to see more detailed diagrams for the placement of items on the breadboard, which was a bit hard to interpret, but the book encourages trial and error, so I guess it’s all part of the master plan.
March 23, 2019
The Greatest Salesman in the World

Og Mandino

Published: 1968
Age of Book at Reading: 51
Genre: Philosophy

Stoic philosophy veiled in religious themes hidden in a simple parable about learning sales. This book was given to me by my eighth grade homeroom teacher - Mrs. Laffey - and I’ve treasured it ever since. I recently rediscovered this small book - and the wisdom of the ancient scrolls inside - at just the right time.
March 23, 2019
Island of the Blue Dolphins

Scott O'Dell

Published: 1960
Age of Book at Reading: 59
Genre: Middle Grade

Robinson Crusoe as a 12 year old girl on a small island off the coast of Southern California. Dream-like tone throughout, but with flashing moments of adventure, discovery, conflict, defeat, and friendship. Beware the devil-fish.
March 14, 2019
Falling Free

Lois McMaster Bujold

Published: 1987
Age of Book at Reading: 32
Genre: Science Fiction
Topic: Vorkosigan Saga

Tightly-packed, engineering-heavy, self-contained escape escapade with glimmers of a larger galactic military-industrial complex beyond. Frightening look at a potential bioengineering solution to the problems of prolonged zero-G - but luckily our humanity prevails. I have no idea right now how the quaddies will fit into the larger tale of the Miles Vorkosigan saga, but I’m sure excited to find out.
March 6, 2019
Return to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs, the Creation of Apple, and How It Changed the World

Michael Moritz

Published: 2009
Age of Book at Reading: 10
Genre: History
Topic: Computer History

A history of early days of Apple Computer, originally published in 1984. The time-jumping segments between the origin tale and the Macintosh team were an interesting device - but I was left wanting for a convergence of these two stories that never happened. I’ll never get sick of this story, though - that’s the predominant feeling here, I just want more.
February 7, 2019
Red Rising

Pierce Brown

Published: 2014
Age of Book at Reading: 5
Genre: Young Adult

This is my bookReview of Darrow’s simultaneous revenge, coming of age, and love stories. If you like greekMythology, schoolRivalries, medievalWeaponry, and camelCase, then this is book for you. Slow burner in the beginning, but great pacing and plot surprises barreled me through the second half, much like a runaway Helldiver losing control beneath the surface of the red planet.
January 31, 2019
Abhorsen

Garth Nix

Published: 2003
Age of Book at Reading: 16
Genre: Middle Grade
Topic: Old Kingdom

The adventure continues right where we left off in ‘Lirael’ - and doesn’t let up for a single moment. All your best friends are back in this one, from the Disreputable Dog to Sabriel to the Mogget, and I’m still left wanting more - of everything and everyone in the Old Kingdom. Even the tinkling call of Ranna couldn’t stop me from staying up late to finish this book, well past my bedtime, as this book should be read.
January 27, 2019
Lirael

Garth Nix

Published: 2001
Age of Book at Reading: 18
Genre: Middle Grade
Topic: Old Kingdom

Another book that I wished I’d read long before, because I know I’ll be thinking about Lirael and the Disreputable Dog for an even longer time. If you love books with giant libraries filled with hidden, locked, and forbidden doorways, then this is the book for you. I’ve heard the bells, and now I’m spellbound.
January 18, 2019
The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan

Published: 2005
Age of Book at Reading: 14
Genre: Middle Grade

Are our children doomed to repeat the sins of their parents? Apparently, yes - particularly if one of those parents happens to be an Ancient Greek god now living in the United States. The wisecracking first-person tale of Percy Jackson seems to have been written exclusively for the sixth-grade version of me, which, like the gods, is also still alive and quite well in the modern era.
January 8, 2019
The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman

Published: 2013
Age of Book at Reading: 6
Genre: Science Fiction

A tiny little book about the dark matter beneath our childhood memories. Best read with a flashlight under the covers, long after you’ve been sent to bed. I’ll be rereading this one for the rest of my days.
January 6, 2019
The Soul of a New Machine

Tracy Kidder

Published: 1981
Age of Book at Reading: 38
Genre: History
Topic: Computer History

Fantastic odyssey of bringing a new computer to life in the late 1970s. The metaphors and analogies for computer architecture are appropriate, approachable, and just plain awesome - I’ll be thinking about these explanations for a long time to come. Recommended for anyone who’s ever built anything with a computer and wants to go under the hood a bit deeper - no technical background required, but if you’ve got one, then you’ll dig this book even more.
January 4, 2019
The Dark Is Rising

Susan Cooper

Published: 1973
Age of Book at Reading: 46
Genre: Middle Grade
Topic: Dark is Rising Sequence

Christmas in rural England is already pretty magical - let alone when you turn eleven and discover that you’re the last of the Old Ones, with a mythical quest to fulfill before the agents of the Dark prevail. My mom bought me these books when I was a kid, but I never read them for some reason. Like Will, I’ve found my destiny at just the right time.
January 2, 2019
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler

E.L. Konigsburg

Published: 1967
Age of Book at Reading: 52
Genre: Middle Grade

Frame story? Runaway siblings from Greenwich who hideout in the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a week? Check, and check.
December 31, 2018
Shantaram

Gregory David Roberts

Published: 2003
Age of Book at Reading: 15
Genre: Literature
Topic: India
December 31, 2018
Ready Player One

Ernest Cline

Published: 2011
Age of Book at Reading: 7
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2018
Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet

Katie Hafner

Published: 1996
Age of Book at Reading: 22
Genre: History
Topic: Computer History
December 31, 2018
Dark Matter

Blake Crouch

Published: 2016
Age of Book at Reading: 2
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2018
Redwall

Brian Jacques

Published: 1986
Age of Book at Reading: 32
Genre: Middle Grade
Topic: Redwall
December 31, 2018
Red Mars

Kim Stanley Robinson

Published: 1992
Age of Book at Reading: 26
Genre: Science Fiction
Topic: Mars
December 31, 2018
Too Like the Lightning

Ada Palmer

Published: 2016
Age of Book at Reading: 2
Genre: Science Fiction
Topic: Terra Ignota
December 31, 2018
The Secret of Skull Mountain

Franklin W. Dixon

Published: 1948
Age of Book at Reading: 70
Genre: Middle Grade
Topic: Hardy Boys
December 31, 2018
The House on the Cliff

Franklin W. Dixon

Published: 1927
Age of Book at Reading: 91
Genre: Middle Grade
Topic: Hardy Boys
December 31, 2018
Hatchet

Gary Paulsen

Published: 1987
Age of Book at Reading: 31
Genre: Middle Grade
December 31, 2018
The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

Jon Gertner

Published: 2012
Age of Book at Reading: 6
Genre: History
Topic: Computer History
December 31, 2018
The Halloween Tree

Ray Bradbury

Published: 1972
Age of Book at Reading: 46
Genre: Middle Grade
December 31, 2018
The Body in the Library

Agatha Christie

Published: 1942
Age of Book at Reading: 76
Genre: Mystery
December 31, 2018
The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Published: 1910
Age of Book at Reading: 108
Genre: Middle Grade
December 31, 2018
The Library at Mount Char

Scott Hawkins

Published: 2015
Age of Book at Reading: 3
Genre: Science Fiction
Topic: Magical Libraries

It’s not often I read an entire book in one day. This book is weird, hilarious, gross, haunting, and utterly gripping start to finish. So glad I chose this randomly from The Last Bookstore in LA based on its cover alone.
December 31, 2018
Watchmen

Alan Moore

Published: 1987
Age of Book at Reading: 31
Genre: Graphic Novel
December 31, 2018
Wonder

R.J. Palacio

Published: 2012
Age of Book at Reading: 6
Genre: Middle Grade
December 31, 2018
The Dark Forest

Liu Cixin

Published: 2008
Age of Book at Reading: 10
Genre: Science Fiction
Topic: The Three-Body Problem

Had to prop up my jaw more than once. I felt compelled to tell anyone I interacted with about what was happening in the book even though I was so fearful of spoiling it for them. Finally, this book caused me a terrible nightmare just a few hours ago about the end of earth but then I woke up and finished the book in bed and smiled myself back to sleep.
December 31, 2018
Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire

John August

Published: 2018
Age of Book at Reading: 0
Genre: Middle Grade
December 31, 2018
The Borrowers

Mary Norton

Published: 1952
Age of Book at Reading: 66
Genre: Middle Grade
December 31, 2018
The Lifters

Dave Eggers

Published: 2018
Age of Book at Reading: 0
Genre: Middle Grade
December 31, 2018
Wildwood

Colin Meloy

Published: 2011
Age of Book at Reading: 7
Genre: Middle Grade
Topic: Wildwood Chronicls

Delicious romp through magical woods, replete with talking animals, friendly bandits, beautiful witches, Radio Flyers, and all things adventure. The illustrations are just as magic as the words. Even the book itself *feels* like something special, something that I would have devoured in my childhood bedroom, next to a whirring box fan, in the heat of summer.
December 30, 2018
Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

David Kushner

Published: 2003
Age of Book at Reading: 15
Genre: History
Topic: Computer History

Fast-paced take on the id Software arc, focusing on the Beatles-esque partnership of Romero and Carmack. My only wish is that this book came along with shareware copies of all the games. Well, that’s it then for the review, I guess I’m off to go buy Doom II and Commander Keen now.
December 11, 2018
Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi

Published: 2018
Age of Book at Reading: 0
Genre: Young Adult

Raw and powerful. Present tense gave it a dreamlike quality that dipped into nightmares. Excited for more world-building to come in books two and three.
December 5, 2018
Seven Surrenders

Ada Palmer

Published: 2017
Age of Book at Reading: 1
Genre: Science Fiction
Topic: Terra Ignota

Read this book. And then re-read it. That way you’ll understand what’s unraveling all around Mycroft Canner. At least that’s what I’m hoping happens for me. Among its other positive qualities, this book (series) has the best character names in the business. I’m sad and happy after finishing this book, and isn’t that the best outcome for just about anything?
November 18, 2018
The Idea Factory: Learning to Think at MIT

Pepper White

Published: 1991
Age of Book at Reading: 27
Genre: Memoir
Topic: Learning
October 29, 2018
Coraline

Neil Gaiman

Published: 2002
Age of Book at Reading: 16
Genre: Middle Grade

A delightful and scary little story, perfect for a Halloween evening, summer campfire in the woods, or your routine #SundayScaries evening. Reminded me of my most favorite, most horrifying, and most retold tale in More Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark - The Drum. Be brave and go exploring with Coraline!
October 28, 2018
The Electric State

Simon Stålenhag

Published: 2017
Age of Book at Reading: 1
Genre: Graphic Novel

Opens up a portal to parallel universe too close to our own. You’ll feel nostalgia for nightmares that may still happen. And you’ll want to learn how to paint.
October 25, 2018
Death's End

Liu Cixin

Published: 2010
Age of Book at Reading: 8
Genre: Science Fiction
Topic: The Three-Body Problem

Another mind-melter for your imagination.
August 16, 2018
Sabriel

Garth Nix

Published: 1995
Age of Book at Reading: 23
Genre: Middle Grade
Topic: Old Kingdom
December 31, 2017
Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love

David Talbot

Published: 2012
Age of Book at Reading: 5
Genre: History
Topic: San Francisco
December 31, 2017
The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Nathaniel Philbrick

Published: 2010
Age of Book at Reading: 7
Genre: History
Topic: American West
December 31, 2017
Excession

Iain M. Banks

Published: 1996
Age of Book at Reading: 21
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2017
The Wise Man's Fear

Patrick Rothfuss

Published: 2011
Age of Book at Reading: 6
Genre: Fantasy
Topic: Kingkiller Chronicle
December 31, 2017
The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss

Published: 2007
Age of Book at Reading: 10
Genre: Fantasy
Topic: Kingkiller Chronicle
December 31, 2017
The Face in the Frost

John Bellairs

Published: 1969
Age of Book at Reading: 48
Genre: Middle Grade
December 31, 2017
Holes

Louis Sachar

Published: 1998
Age of Book at Reading: 19
Genre: Middle Grade
December 31, 2017
The House with a Clock in Its Walls

John Bellairs

Published: 1973
Age of Book at Reading: 44
Genre: Middle Grade
December 31, 2017
Midnight Tides

Steven Erikson

Published: 2004
Age of Book at Reading: 13
Genre: Fantasy
Topic: Malazan Book of the Fallen
December 31, 2017
The Bonehunters

Steven Erikson

Published: 2006
Age of Book at Reading: 11
Genre: Fantasy
Topic: Malazan Book of the Fallen
December 31, 2017
The Three-Body Problem

Liu Cixin

Published: 2006
Age of Book at Reading: 11
Genre: Science Fiction
Topic: The Three-Body Problem
December 31, 2016
Hyperion

Dan Simmons

Published: 1989
Age of Book at Reading: 27
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2016
Julian

Gore Vidal

Published: 1964
Age of Book at Reading: 52
Genre: Literature
Topic: Ancient Rome
December 31, 2016
The Fall of Hyperion

Dan Simmons

Published: 1990
Age of Book at Reading: 26
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2016
Ancillary Mercy

Ann Leckie

Published: 2015
Age of Book at Reading: 1
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2016
Rainbows End

Vernor Vinge

Published: 2006
Age of Book at Reading: 10
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2016
Corelli's Mandolin

Louis de Bernières

Published: 1994
Age of Book at Reading: 22
Genre: Literature
December 31, 2016
Deadhouse Gates

Steven Erikson

Published: 2000
Age of Book at Reading: 16
Genre: Fantasy
Topic: Malazan Book of the Fallen
December 31, 2016
The Sparrow

Mary Doria Russell

Published: 1996
Age of Book at Reading: 20
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2016
Leviathan Wakes

James S.A. Corey

Published: 2011
Age of Book at Reading: 5
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2016
The Tortilla Curtain

T. Coraghessan Boyle

Published: 1995
Age of Book at Reading: 21
Genre: Literature
December 31, 2016
The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

Michael J. Tougias

Published: 2007
Age of Book at Reading: 9
Genre: History
December 31, 2016
House of Chains

Steven Erikson

Published: 2002
Age of Book at Reading: 14
Genre: Fantasy
Topic: Malazan Book of the Fallen
December 31, 2016
Shardik

Richard Adams

Published: 1974
Age of Book at Reading: 42
Genre: Fantasy
December 31, 2015
A General Theory of Authority

Yves R. Simon

Published: 1991
Age of Book at Reading: 24
Genre: Philosophy
Topic: Political Philosophy
December 31, 2015
The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

Published: 1985
Age of Book at Reading: 30
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2015
Antony and Cleopatra

William Shakespeare

Published: 1606
Age of Book at Reading: 409
Genre: Literature
Topic: Play
December 31, 2015
Travels with Charley

John Steinbeck

Published: 1962
Age of Book at Reading: 53
Genre: Memoir
Topic: America
December 31, 2015
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Eliezer Yudkowsky

Published: 2015
Age of Book at Reading: 0
Genre: Fantasy
Topic: Fanfic
December 31, 2015
Objective-C Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide

Aaron Hillegass

Published: 2011
Age of Book at Reading: 4
Genre: Technical
Topic: iOS
December 31, 2015
Seveneves

Neal Stephenson

Published: 2015
Age of Book at Reading: 0
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2015
Flowers for Algernon

Daniel Keyes

Published: 1966
Age of Book at Reading: 49
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2015
The Three Musketeers

Alexandre Dumas

Published: 1844
Age of Book at Reading: 171
Genre: Literature
Topic: France
December 31, 2015
Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

Danny Meyer

Published: 2006
Age of Book at Reading: 9
Genre: Memoir
Topic: Hospitality
December 31, 2015
Ancillary Justice

Ann Leckie

Published: 2013
Age of Book at Reading: 2
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2015
Ancillary Sword

Ann Leckie

Published: 2014
Age of Book at Reading: 1
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2015
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Haruki Murakami

Published: 1994
Age of Book at Reading: 21
Genre: Literature
December 31, 2015
The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Published: 1879
Age of Book at Reading: 136
Genre: Literature
Topic: Russia
December 31, 2015
The Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury

Published: 1950
Age of Book at Reading: 65
Genre: Science Fiction
Topic: Mars
December 31, 2015
Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay

William W. Warner

Published: 1976
Age of Book at Reading: 39
Genre: History
Topic: Natural History
December 31, 2015
Be Iron Fit, 2nd: Time-Efficient Training Secrets for Ultimate Fitness

Don Fink

Published: 2010
Age of Book at Reading: 5
Genre: How-To
Topic: Ironman
December 31, 2015
Comanche Moon

Larry McMurtry

Published: 1997
Age of Book at Reading: 18
Genre: Literature
Topic: American West
December 31, 2015
Shoeless Joe

W.P. Kinsella

Published: 1982
Age of Book at Reading: 33
Genre: Literature
Topic: Baseball
December 31, 2015
A Perfect Spy

John le Carré

Published: 1986
Age of Book at Reading: 29
Genre: Mystery
Topic: Spycraft
April 5, 2015
The Mists of Avalon

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Published: 1982
Age of Book at Reading: 33
Genre: Fantasy
Topic: King Arthur
February 13, 2015
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

Alice Schroeder

Published: 2008
Age of Book at Reading: 7
Genre: Biography
Topic: Warren Buffet
January 12, 2015
Memoirs of Hadrian

Marguerite Yourcenar

Published: 1951
Age of Book at Reading: 64
Genre: Literature
Topic: Ancient Rome
December 31, 2014
Augustus

John Williams

Published: 1972
Age of Book at Reading: 42
Genre: Literature
Topic: Ancient Rome
December 31, 2014
Gun Machine

Warren Ellis

Published: 2012
Age of Book at Reading: 2
Genre: Mystery
December 31, 2014
The Napoleon of Notting Hill

G.K. Chesterton

Published: 1904
Age of Book at Reading: 110
Genre: Literature
December 31, 2014
Meditations: With Selected Correspondence

Marcus Aurelius

Published: 180
Age of Book at Reading: 1834
Genre: Philosophy
Topic: Ancient Rome
December 31, 2014
The Martian

Andy Weir

Published: 2012
Age of Book at Reading: 2
Genre: Science Fiction
Topic: Mars
December 31, 2014
A Moveable Feast

Ernest Hemingway

Published: 1964
Age of Book at Reading: 50
Genre: Memoir
Topic: Paris
December 31, 2014
A History of the Ancient World: Volume II Rome

Michael Rostovtzeff

Published: 1926
Age of Book at Reading: 88
Genre: History
Topic: Learning
December 31, 2014
I, Claudius/Claudius the God

Robert Graves

Published: 1934
Age of Book at Reading: 80
Genre: Literature
Topic: Ancient Rome
December 31, 2014
Another Sort of Learning

James V. Schall

Published: 1988
Age of Book at Reading: 26
Genre: Philosophy
Topic: Learning
December 31, 2014
Truman

David McCullough

Published: 1992
Age of Book at Reading: 22
Genre: History
Topic: Harry Truman
December 31, 2014
Thrilling Cities

Ian Fleming

Published: 1963
Age of Book at Reading: 51
Genre: Memoir
Topic: Travel
December 31, 2014
London Journal, 1762 - 1763

James Boswell

Published: 1763
Age of Book at Reading: 251
Genre: Memoir
Topic: London
December 31, 2014
The Shadow of the Wind

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Published: 2001
Age of Book at Reading: 13
Genre: Literature
Topic: Magical Libraries
December 31, 2014
Selected Works

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Published: -43
Age of Book at Reading: 2057
Genre: Philosophy
Topic: Ancient Rome
December 31, 2014
Batman: Year One

Frank Miller

Published: 1987
Age of Book at Reading: 27
Genre: Graphic Novel
Topic: Batman
December 31, 2014
Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace

Published: 1996
Age of Book at Reading: 18
Genre: Literature
December 31, 2014
A Canticle for Leibowitz

Walter M. Miller Jr.

Published: 1959
Age of Book at Reading: 55
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2014
The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Bulgakov

Published: 1967
Age of Book at Reading: 47
Genre: Literature
Topic: Russia
December 31, 2014
A Deepness in the Sky

Vernor Vinge

Published: 1999
Age of Book at Reading: 15
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2014
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Peter Thiel

Published: 2014
Age of Book at Reading: 0
Genre: How-To
Topic: Startups
December 31, 2014
A Fire Upon the Deep

Vernor Vinge

Published: 1992
Age of Book at Reading: 22
Genre: Science Fiction
December 31, 2014
The Magus

John Fowles

Published: 1965
Age of Book at Reading: 49
Genre: Literature
November 25, 2014
Cryptonomicon

Neal Stephenson

Published: 1999
Age of Book at Reading: 15
Genre: Science Fiction
November 1, 2014
Birds Without Wings

Louis de Bernières

Published: 2004
Age of Book at Reading: 10
Genre: Literature
Topic: WWI
December 31, 2013
The Knight

Gene Wolfe

Published: 2004
Age of Book at Reading: 9
Genre: Fantasy
December 31, 2013
The Once and Future King

T.H. White

Published: 1958
Age of Book at Reading: 55
Genre: Fantasy
Topic: King Arthur
December 31, 2013
This Boy's Life

Tobias Wolff

Published: 1989
Age of Book at Reading: 24
Genre: Memoir
Topic: Childhood
December 31, 2013
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character

Richard P. Feynman

Published: 1985
Age of Book at Reading: 28
Genre: Memoir
Topic: Science
March 3, 2013
Butcher's Crossing

John Williams

Published: 1960
Age of Book at Reading: 53
Genre: Literature
Topic: American West

Explores and dispels the myth of the American West for a young Harvard student, lured westward to the frontier of the country by the writings of Emerson. Quick and gripping plot. A dark exploration of the nothingness.
December 31, 2012
The Making of Prince of Persia

Jordan Mechner

Published: 2011
Age of Book at Reading: 1
Genre: Memoir
Topic: Computer History
December 31, 2012
Dark Force Rising

Timothy Zahn

Published: 1992
Age of Book at Reading: 20
Genre: Science Fiction
Topic: Star Wars
December 31, 2012
Heir to the Empire

Timothy Zahn

Published: 1991
Age of Book at Reading: 21
Genre: Science Fiction
Topic: Star Wars

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