Books to read. This is a rather large list with items from my old Goodreads account. Most likely I will not be reading all of these because this list grows faster than I read.

Sorting is based on date added (recent first) but might be off since I am trying to categorize things in sections.

1. Non Fiction

Some non fiction. Most of the books are still in uncategorized section.

1.1. Mathematics/Logic

Books with more mathematical and logical inclinations. Some theoretical computer science books might also go in here.

1.1.1. The Shape of Space

AUTHOR: Jeffrey R. Weeks
ADDED: [2019-12-13]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Shape-Space-Chapman-Applied-Mathematics/dp/0824707095#reader_0824707095

1.1.2. The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect

AUTHOR: Judea Pearl, Dana Mackenzie
ADDED: <2018-07-18>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Book-Why-Science-Cause-Effect/dp/046509760X

1.1.3. READ Book of Proof

CLOSED: [2018-06-08 Fri 15:09]

AUTHOR: Richard Hammack
ADDED: <2018-06-08 Fri>
URL: https://www.people.vcu.edu/~rhammack/BookOfProof/

There are some nice things in here, but, for the most part, this is pretty elementary. Probably a less elementary book covering similar topic is How to Prove It: A Structured Approach by Daniel J. Velleman.

1.1.4. The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity

AUTHOR: Steven H. Strogatz
ADDED: <2018-05-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13356649-the-joy-of-x

1.1.5. How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method

AUTHOR: George Pólya
ADDED: <2018-05-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/192221.How_to_Solve_It

1.1.6. Algebra: Chapter 0 (Graduate Studies in Mathematics)

AUTHOR: Paolo Aluffi
ADDED: <2018-05-06>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Algebra-Chapter-Graduate-Studies-Mathematics/dp/0821847813

1.1.7. Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality

AUTHOR: Edward Frenkel
ADDED: <2018-05-06>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Math-Heart-Hidden-Reality/dp/0465050743?language=en_GB

1.1.8. The Nature of Computation

AUTHOR: Cristopher Moore, Stephan Mertens
ADDED: <2018-02-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3043127-the-nature-of-computation

1.1.9. Logic for Computer Scientists (Modern Birkhäuser Classics)

AUTHOR: 
ADDED: <2017-08-31>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Computer-Scientists-Modern-Birkh%C3%A4user-Classics/dp/0817647627#reader_0817647627

1.1.10. Computation: Finite and Infinite Machines (Automatic Computation)

AUTHOR: Marvin Minsky
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/326791

1.1.11. The Princeton Companion to Mathematics

AUTHOR: Timothy Gowers, June Barrow-Green, Imre Leader
ADDED: <2018-01-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1471873.The_Princeton_Companion_to_Mathematics

1.1.12. Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science

AUTHOR: Ronald L. Graham, Donald Ervin Knuth, Oren Patashnik
ADDED: <2018-01-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/112243.Concrete_Mathematics?ac=1&from_search=true

1.1.13. The Mathematical Mechanic: Using Physical Reasoning to Solve Problems

AUTHOR: Mark Levi
ADDED: <2017-06-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6418615-the-mathematical-mechanic?ac=1&from_search=true

1.1.14. Solving Mathematical Problems: A Personal Perspective

AUTHOR: Terence Tao
ADDED: <2017-06-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/265415

1.1.15. Surreal Numbers

AUTHOR: Donald Ervin Knuth
ADDED: <2016-07-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/484458

1.1.16. The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation

AUTHOR: Hannah Fry
ADDED: <2015-11-04>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23258103

1.1.17. Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (Great Discoveries)

AUTHOR: Rebecca Goldstein
ADDED: <2015-03-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51287

1.2. Evolution/Emergence/Order

This is a slightly fuzzy section. What I have put here are books that try to or assist in understanding why and how are there certain order and pattern in nature. I am not sure which exact fields to look at for answers to questions about natural order and its emergence, therefore this section might stay a hodgepodge for a while.

1.2.1. The Major Transitions in Evolution

AUTHOR: John Maynard Smith
ADDED: [2021-02-19]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Major-Transitions-Evolution-Maynard-Smith-ebook/dp/B001KVZZYE

1.2.2. Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities

AUTHOR: Vaclav Smil
ADDED: [2019-09-22]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44512537-growth

1.2.3. Good Enough: The Tolerance for Mediocrity in Nature and Society

AUTHOR: Daniel S. Milo
ADDED: [2019-07-31]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Good-Enough-Tolerance-Mediocrity-Society/dp/0674504623

1.2.4. A Crude Look at the Whole: The Science of Complex Systems in Business, Life, and Society

AUTHOR: John H. Miller
ADDED: [2018-11-03]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25273751-a-crude-look-at-the-whole

1.2.5. The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life

AUTHOR: David Quammen
ADDED: [2018-10-06]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Tangled-Tree-Radical-History-Life/dp/1476776628

1.2.6. Evolutionary Game Theory (The MIT Press)

AUTHOR: Jorgen W. Weibull
ADDED: <2018-08-11>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Evolutionary-Game-Theory-MIT-Press/dp/0262731215#reader_0262731215

1.2.7. Evolution and the Theory of Games

AUTHOR: John Maynard Smith
ADDED: <2018-08-04>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41862.Evolution_and_the_Theory_of_Games

1.2.8. Essential Readings in Evolutionary Biology

AUTHOR: Francisco J. Ayala, John C. Avise
ADDED: <2018-07-18>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Essential-Readings-Evolutionary-Biology-Francisco/dp/1421413051

1.2.9. Robustness and Evolvability in Living Systems

AUTHOR: Andreas Wagner
ADDED: <2018-02-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/163233.Robustness_and_Evolvability_in_Living_Systems

1.2.10. Principles of Evolution: From the Planck Epoch to Complex Multicellular Life

AUTHOR: Hildegard Meyer-Ortmanns, Stefan Thurner
ADDED: <2018-02-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10802010-principles-of-evolution

1.2.11. Adaptation in Natural and Artificial Systems: An Introductory Analysis with Applications to Biology, Control, and Artificial Intelligence

AUTHOR: 
ADDED: <2017-12-16>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Adaptation-Natural-Artificial-Systems-Introductory/dp/0262581116

1.2.12. READ Probably Approximately Correct: Nature's Algorithms for Learning and Prospering in a Complex World

CLOSED: [2018-11-21 Wed 01:17]

AUTHOR: 
ADDED: <2017-10-18>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Probably-Approximately-Correct-Algorithms-Prospering/dp/0465060722/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

This is about viewing evolution as computing a PAC learnable solution (specifically a subset, the evolvable class of functions).

An important general point throughout the book is about the separation between theoryless and theoryful problems. In case of theoryless, the solver tries to cope under some specific data distribution using a computational and statistical efficient (in the regular polynomial complexity term) algorithm. This formalism shapes the focus of the book which is more about the practical tractability of nature's algorithms rather than the algorithms themselves.

1.2.13. The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - and Us

AUTHOR: 
ADDED: <2017-09-20>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Beauty-Darwins-Forgotten-Theory/dp/0385537212

1.2.14. Evolution and the Levels of Selection

AUTHOR: 
ADDED: <2017-08-23>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Levels-Selection-Samir-Okasha/dp/0199556717

1.2.15. The Evolution of Cooperation: Revised Edition

AUTHOR: Robert Axelrod
ADDED: <2017-07-28>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Cooperation-Revised-Robert-Axelrod/dp/0465005640

1.2.16. On Growth and Form

AUTHOR: D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, John Tyler Bonner
ADDED: <2017-03-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/460984

1.2.17. Emergence: From Chaos To Order

AUTHOR: John H. Holland
ADDED: <2017-03-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/896539

1.2.18. Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

AUTHOR: Steven Johnson
ADDED: <2017-03-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2296

1.2.19. Harnessing Complexity

AUTHOR: Robert Axelrod, Michael D. Cohen
ADDED: <2017-03-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/366820

1.2.20. Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity

AUTHOR: John H. Holland, Heather Mimnaugh
ADDED: <2017-03-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/183954

1.2.21. READ An Introduction to Genetic Algorithms

CLOSED: [2017-05-30 Tue]

AUTHOR: Melanie Mitchell
ADDED: <2017-03-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/105139

1.2.22. Complex Adaptive Systems: An Introduction to Computational Models of Social Life

AUTHOR: John H.  Miller, Scott E. Page
ADDED: <2017-03-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/245273

1.2.23. The Descent of Man

AUTHOR: Charles Darwin
ADDED: <2017-02-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/185407

1.2.24. Evolution: The Modern Synthesis: The Definitive Edition

AUTHOR: Julian Huxley, Massimo Pigliucci, Gerd B. Müller
ADDED: <2017-02-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7250157

1.2.25. Evolution—The Extended Synthesis

AUTHOR: Massimo Pigliucci, Gerd B. Müller
ADDED: <2017-02-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7618919

1.2.26. Evolution: Making Sense of Life

AUTHOR: Carl Zimmer, Douglas J. Emlen
ADDED: <2017-02-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25785066

1.2.27. The Origin of Species

AUTHOR: Charles Darwin
ADDED: <2017-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22463

1.2.28. Cellular Automata And Complexity: Collected Papers

AUTHOR: Stephen Wolfram
ADDED: <2017-01-03>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/459614

1.2.29. Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another

AUTHOR: Philip Ball
ADDED: <2016-11-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/472609

1.2.30. The Self Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature

AUTHOR: Philip Ball
ADDED: <2016-11-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39076

1.2.31. Shapes: Nature's Patterns: A Tapestry in Three Parts

AUTHOR: Philip Ball
ADDED: <2016-11-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3047954

1.2.32. Patterns in Nature: Why the Natural World Looks the Way It Does

AUTHOR: Philip Ball
ADDED: <2016-11-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26240445

1.2.33. READ The Wisdom of Crowds

CLOSED: [2017-07-28 Fri 17:35]

AUTHOR: James Surowiecki
ADDED: <2016-09-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/68143

This is a great book. It's of perfect length for the matter and the way it presents them.

At places, it felt like doing a little bit of exaggeration by criticizing the classical wisdom too much. Many of the times an approach which has less explanation and theory behind it is frowned upon. Many of the group-behavior based solutions fall in this category. They might work well, but their lack of popularity is not entirely surprising and irrational.

Also, the last chapter on democracy worries me a little. The point of the chapter is that democracy is better than other forms because it uses the crowd's wisdom. While presenting good arguments, this chapter tries to convince you of something vague. Not that the conclusion is wrong—that group wisdom can be used much more effectively in a democracy—but the examples leave places to fill in before you get completely satisfied.

Overall, I like how the book classifies the type of problems faced by a crowd and the conditions they need to make wise decisions there. These are some really good cues for analyzing and understanding a bunch of social scenarios.

1.2.34. The Algorithmic Beauty of Seaweeds, Sponges and Corals

AUTHOR: Jaap A. Kaandorp
ADDED: <2016-09-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1670860

1.2.35. The Algorithmic Beauty Of Sea Shells

AUTHOR: Hans Meinhardt
ADDED: <2016-09-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1703514

1.2.36. The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants

AUTHOR: Przemysław Prusinkiewicz
ADDED: <2016-09-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/944626

1.2.37. Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age

AUTHOR: Duncan J. Watts
ADDED: <2016-03-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/818170

1.2.38. Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks Between Order and Randomness

AUTHOR: Duncan J. Watts
ADDED: <2015-12-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/373169

1.2.39. READ Simply Complexity

CLOSED: [2016-02-27 Sat]

AUTHOR: Neil Johnson
ADDED: <2015-12-20>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18936836

1.2.40. Think Complexity: Complexity Science and Computational Modeling

AUTHOR: Allen B. Downey
ADDED: <2015-12-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13234078

1.2.41. Artificial Life: A Report from the Frontier Where Computers Meet Biology

AUTHOR: Steven Levy
ADDED: <2015-12-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/737831

1.2.42. READ Sync: How Order Emerges From Chaos In the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life

CLOSED: [2015-12-11 Fri]

AUTHOR: Steven H. Strogatz
ADDED: <2015-12-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16173023

1.2.43. Complexity: Life at the Edge of Chaos

AUTHOR: Roger Lewin
ADDED: <2015-11-20>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/384547

1.2.44. Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do

AUTHOR: Albert-László Barabási
ADDED: <2015-11-20>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7442792

1.2.45. Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos

AUTHOR: M. Mitchell Waldrop
ADDED: <2015-11-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/337123

1.2.46. The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution

AUTHOR: Stuart A. Kauffman
ADDED: <2015-11-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/783559

1.2.47. READ Complexity: A Guided Tour

CLOSED: [2015-11-06 Fri]

AUTHOR: Melanie Mitchell
ADDED: <2015-10-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8207901

1.2.48. Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle

AUTHOR: Andreas Wagner
ADDED: <2015-03-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20821275

1.2.49. The Fractal Geometry of Nature

AUTHOR: Benoît B. Mandelbrot
ADDED: <2015-02-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/558059

1.2.50. The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

AUTHOR: Richard Dawkins
ADDED: <2015-01-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6117055

1.2.51. The Epigenetics Revolution

AUTHOR: Nessa Carey
ADDED: <2015-01-22>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12414734

1.2.52. READ A New Kind of Science

CLOSED: [2015-12-27 Sun]

AUTHOR: Stephen Wolfram
ADDED: <2014-12-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/238558

1.2.53. Life Itself: A Comprehensive Inquiry Into the Nature, Origin, and Fabrication of Life

AUTHOR: Robert Rosen
ADDED: <2014-11-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/865617

1.2.54. READ The Selfish Gene

CLOSED: [2018-01-04 Thu 23:31]

AUTHOR: Richard Dawkins
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61535

This is a great book. I probably read it at the right time to understand and appreciate more of the issues it talks about. For an amateur interested in evolution, this marks an important point from where you start to think more deeply about why the world is the way it is.

1.2.55. READ The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design

AUTHOR: Richard Dawkins
ADDED: <2014-04-10>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/117047

1.2.56. READ Chaos: Making a New Science

CLOSED: [2014-03-23 Sun]

AUTHOR: James Gleick
ADDED: <2014-03-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/64582

1.2.57. The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life

AUTHOR: Nick Lane
ADDED: <2016-03-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23316494

1.3. Programming

Books about the craft itself. More theoretical computer science is going to go in the math section.

1.3.1. Designing Data-Intensive Applications: The Big Ideas Behind Reliable, Scalable, and Maintainable Systems

AUTHOR: Martin Kleppmann
ADDED: [2021-04-24]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Designing-Data-Intensive-Applications-Reliable-Maintainable/dp/1449373321

1.3.2. Clean Architecture: A Craftsman's Guide to Software Structure and Design

AUTHOR: Robert C. Martin
ADDED: [2018-12-27]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Clean-Architecture-Craftsmans-Software-Structure/dp/935286512X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1545849396&sr=1-1&keywords=clean+architecture

1.3.3. Exercises in Programming Style

AUTHOR: Cristina Videira Lopes
ADDED: [2018-11-07]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Exercises-Programming-Style-Cristina-Videira/dp/1482227371

1.3.4. Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

AUTHOR: Charles Petzold
ADDED: [2018-10-06]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Code-Language-Computer-Hardware-Software/dp/0735611319#reader_0735611319

1.3.5. The Little Typer

AUTHOR: Daniel P. Friedman, David Thrane Christiansen
ADDED: [2018-09-30]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0262536439/

1.3.6. READ The Little MLer

CLOSED: [2018-09-30 Sun 15:33]

AUTHOR: Matthias Felleisen, Daniel P. Friedman
ADDED: [2018-09-30]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Little-MLer-Matthias-Felleisen/dp/026256114X

1.3.7. Higher-Order Perl: Transforming Programs with Programs

AUTHOR: Mark Jason Dominus
ADDED: <2018-08-05>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Higher-Order-Perl-Transforming-Programs/dp/1558607013

1.3.8. Programming Pearls (ACM Press)

AUTHOR: Jon Bentley
ADDED: <2018-08-05>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Programming-Pearls-ACM-Press-Bentley/dp/0201657880

1.3.9. Purely Functional Data Structures

AUTHOR: Chris Okasaki
ADDED: <2018-08-05>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Purely-Functional-Structures-Chris-Okasaki/dp/0521663504/

1.3.10. Engineering: A Compiler

AUTHOR: Keith Cooper, Linda Torczon
ADDED: <2018-08-01>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/012088478X/

1.3.11. The Art of the Metaobject Protocol

AUTHOR: Gregor Kiczales, Jim Des Rivieres, Daniel G. Bobrow
ADDED: <2018-07-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/274495.The_Art_of_the_Metaobject_Protocol?from_search=true

1.3.12. READ The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering

CLOSED: [2019-09-15 Sun 22:37]

AUTHOR: Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
ADDED: <2018-07-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13629.The_Mythical_Man_Month

This is about team software engineering which makes it a book on management more than anything. A few essays (e.g. No Silver Bullet) and many ideas are pretty famous so might not give a POV shift.

I liked the piece on consistency which discussed why single designer systems make practical sense.

1.3.13. READ The Elements of Programming Style, 2nd Edition

CLOSED: [2018-12-23 Sun 22:41]

AUTHOR: Brian W. Kernighan, P. J. Plauger
ADDED: <2018-07-28>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Programming-Style-2nd/dp/0070342075

Languages used in the book (FORTRAN, PL/I) are outdated but the ideas discussed are pretty relevant, specially for professional programmers (since maintainability issues show up quickly when multiple people are involved).

The rules listed in the book, which you can read from the Wikipedia page, are commonplace these days (at least in theory) but since the book is short and the commentary elaborates a certain approach for application of these rules, it's a worthwhile read.

1.3.14. READ Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming

CLOSED: [2018-08-26 Sun 13:39]

AUTHOR: Peter Seibel
ADDED: <2018-07-23>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Coders-Work-Reflections-Craft-Programming/dp/1430219483

1.3.15. READ Seven Languages in Seven Weeks

CLOSED: [2018-01-24 Wed 22:59]

AUTHOR: 
ADDED: <2018-01-24>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7912517-seven-languages-in-seven-weeks

1.3.16. Realm of Racket: Learn to Program, One Game at a Time!

AUTHOR: Conrad Barski M.D., David Van Horn, Eight Students Northeastern University of
ADDED: <2017-10-14>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1593274912/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

1.3.17. Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software

AUTHOR: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
ADDED: <2017-06-28>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Design-Patterns-Elements-Reusable-Object-Oriented/dp/0201633612

1.3.18. Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

AUTHOR: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman, Julie Sussman
ADDED: <2017-06-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43713.Structure_and_Interpretation_of_Computer_Programs?ac=1&from_search=true

1.3.19. How to Design Programs: An Introduction to Programming and Computing

AUTHOR: Matthias Felleisen
ADDED: <2017-06-28>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/How-Design-Programs-Introduction-Programming/dp/0262062186

1.3.20. Practical Common Lisp

AUTHOR: Peter Seibel
ADDED: <2017-06-28>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Practical-Common-Lisp-Peter-Seibel/dp/1590592395

1.3.21. Beautiful Racket

AUTHOR: Matthew Butterick
ADDED: <2017-06-28>
URL: http://beautifulracket.com/

1.3.22. READ The Little Schemer

CLOSED: [2018-11-23 Fri 12:25]

AUTHOR: Daniel P. Friedman, Matthias Felleisen, Duane Bibby, Gerald J. Sussman
ADDED: <2017-04-30>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/548914

1.3.23. On Lisp: Advanced Techniques for Common Lisp

AUTHOR: Paul Graham
ADDED: <2017-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41803

1.3.24. READ The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master

CLOSED: [2017-06-29 Thu 14:36]

AUTHOR: Andrew Hunt, Dave Thomas
ADDED: <2016-09-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4099

A good book. More like a collection of things, but the authors state this upfront so it doesn't break the idea of a flowing read. Has a light take on the ideas it presents, which makes it a comfortable read without sounding overly preachy.

1.3.25. Literate Programming

AUTHOR: Donald Ervin Knuth
ADDED: <2016-09-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/112245

1.3.26. Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming: Case Studies in Common LISP

AUTHOR: Peter Norvig
ADDED: <2014-07-10>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/83884

1.4. Design/Art

This section is more general than what the title proclaims. Here I have tried to keep books which talk about a way of presenting information, interfaces and ideas.

1.4.1. READ Ways of Seeing

CLOSED: [2023-05-02 Tue 10:48]

AUTHOR: John Berger
ADDED: [2023-05-02]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Modern-Classics-Ways-Seeing-Penguin/dp/014103579X

1.4.2. READ Seeing with Fresh Eyes: Meaning, Space, Data, Truth

CLOSED: [2022-12-03 Sat 15:57]

AUTHOR: Edward R. Tufte
ADDED: [2022-12-03]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Seeing-Fresh-Eyes-Meaning-Space/dp/1930824009

Fifth the ET's series. This one felt a little incoherent and little less thematic. But once you set up the right mood to read then it's enjoyable. I found it to be a little less informative as compared to previous ones but that might be an artifact of me reading the previous four more or less together so I might not be the best judge of information per book.

I read this in a hardbound version and I came to know about the category of coffee table books. That made me read it also like a coffee table book, in a slower than usual pace with a little bit of jumping around through chapters.

1.4.3. READ Designing Voice User Interfaces: Principles of Conversational Experiences

CLOSED: [2018-07-21 Sat 00:42]

AUTHOR: Cathy Pearl
ADDED: <2018-07-21>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Designing-Voice-User-Interfaces-Conversational/dp/1491955414

1.4.4. Pantone's Guide to Communicating with Color

AUTHOR: Leatrice Eisemann
ADDED: <2018-04-10>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004J8HX5E

1.4.5. The Elements of Typographic Style

AUTHOR: Robert Bringhurst
ADDED: <2018-04-10>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0881792063/

1.4.6. Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition

AUTHOR: 
ADDED: <2017-08-09>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Make-Me-Think-Usability/dp/0321344758

1.4.7. Advanced Cartooning and Other Drawings

AUTHOR: B. Kliban
ADDED: <2017-06-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/550802

1.4.8. The Story of Art

AUTHOR: E.H. Gombrich
ADDED: <2017-08-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/222078.The_Story_of_Art

1.4.9. Visual Thinking

AUTHOR: Rudolf Arnheim
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/365660

1.4.10. Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation

AUTHOR: E.H. Gombrich
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61506

1.4.11. READ Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative

CLOSED: [2017-07-01 Sat 15:23]

AUTHOR: Edward R. Tufte
ADDED: <2017-01-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17746

Loved this book thoroughly. Takes me back to the explanatory books I used to read when younger. Makes you develop an eye for criticizing / respecting visual explanations, just what you expect from the title.

1.4.12. READ Envisioning Information

CLOSED: [2017-02-20 Mon]

AUTHOR: Edward R. Tufte
ADDED: <2017-01-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17745

1.4.13. READ The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

CLOSED: [2017-01-18 Wed]

AUTHOR: Edward R. Tufte
ADDED: <2016-12-22>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17744

Interesting read on some of the earlier theory and works in statistical visualizations.

1.4.14. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers

AUTHOR: Kate L. Turabian, Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, University of Chicago Press
ADDED: <2016-12-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/201004

1.4.15. The Chicago Manual of Style

AUTHOR: University of Chicago Press
ADDED: <2016-12-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/103362

1.4.16. Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace

AUTHOR: Joseph M. Williams
ADDED: <2016-12-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17789795

1.4.17. The Grammar of Graphics

AUTHOR: Leland Wilkinson
ADDED: <2016-10-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2549408

1.4.18. READ Beautiful Evidence

CLOSED: [2018-01-11 Thu 18:15]

AUTHOR: Edward R. Tufte
ADDED: <2016-09-24>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17743

1.4.19. READ Butterick's Practical Typography

CLOSED: [2016-06-26 Sun]

AUTHOR: Matthew Butterick, Erik Spiekermann
ADDED: <2015-11-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18244760

1.4.20. READ How to Write a Thesis

CLOSED: [2018-02-24 Sat 13:00]

AUTHOR: Umberto Eco, Caterina Mongiat Farina, Geoff Farina, Francesco Erspamer
ADDED: <2015-05-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23461426

As is already iterated in the translators' notes, this book is pretty outdated as far as the specifics are concerned. Nevertheless, this presents a good set of approaches on organizing and executing research. Many of these are already popular. In that case:

My book can then serve as a reminder, bringing to awareness what many of you have already absorbed without realizing it.

1.4.21. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

AUTHOR: Stephen King
ADDED: <2015-02-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10569

1.4.22. The Elements of Style

AUTHOR: William Strunk Jr., E.B. White
ADDED: <2015-02-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33514

1.4.23. READ Ernest Hemingway on Writing

CLOSED: [2019-10-18 Fri 23:19]

AUTHOR: Ernest Hemingway, Larry W. Phillips, Charles Scribner Jr.
ADDED: <2015-02-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42683

1.4.24. READ The Design of Everyday Things

CLOSED: [2016-06-27 Mon]

AUTHOR: Donald A. Norman
ADDED: <2014-12-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/840

1.4.25. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

AUTHOR: Anne Lamott
ADDED: <2015-02-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12543

1.5. Biographies/Memoirs

1.5.1. The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

AUTHOR: Tom Bissell
ADDED: <2017-09-18>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Disaster-Artist-Inside-Greatest-Movie/dp/1451661193

1.5.2. The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82

AUTHOR: Charles Darwin, Nora Barlow
ADDED: <2017-09-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/185404.The_Autobiography_of_Charles_Darwin_1809_82

1.5.3. Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology

AUTHOR: Leah Remini, Rebecca Paley
ADDED: <2016-11-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26827675

1.5.4. Mein Kampf

AUTHOR: Adolf Hitler
ADDED: <2016-11-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54270

1.5.5. READ Confessions of a Necromancer

CLOSED: [2016-09-27 Tue]

AUTHOR: Pieter Hintjens
ADDED: <2016-11-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32326166

1.5.6. Hitch-22: A Memoir

AUTHOR: Christopher Hitchens
ADDED: <2016-08-30>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7332753

1.5.7. READ Mortality

CLOSED: [2016-08-30 Tue]

AUTHOR: Christopher Hitchens
ADDED: <2016-08-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13529055

There is a different complexion in a dying person's writing. You don't have to like it or hate it. It's honest, brutal and beautiful.

1.5.8. READ Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

CLOSED: [2016-08-13 Sat]

AUTHOR: Allie Brosh
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17571564

1.5.9. A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1)

AUTHOR: Dave Pelzer
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60748

1.5.10. Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People

AUTHOR: Stephen Wolfram
ADDED: <2016-07-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30618260

1.5.11. Infidel

AUTHOR: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
ADDED: <2016-04-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/81227

1.5.12. The Year of Magical Thinking

AUTHOR: Joan Didion
ADDED: <2016-04-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7815

1.5.13. Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life

AUTHOR: Leonard Mlodinow
ADDED: <2016-03-04>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45776

1.5.14. The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

AUTHOR: Ernesto Che Guevara, Aleida Guevara March
ADDED: <2015-10-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/172732

1.5.15. Genius At Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway

AUTHOR: Siobhan Roberts
ADDED: <2015-10-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22529392

1.5.16. Under a Lucky Star

AUTHOR: Roy Chapman Andrews, Charles Gallenkamp, Ann Bausum
ADDED: <2015-07-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6355840

1.5.17. On the Move: A Life

AUTHOR: Oliver Sacks
ADDED: <2015-04-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24972194

1.5.18. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

AUTHOR: Jill Lepore
ADDED: <2015-04-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17262121

1.5.19. The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom

AUTHOR: Graham Farmelo
ADDED: <2015-02-17>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6629359

1.5.20. Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior

AUTHOR: Jonathan Weiner
ADDED: <2015-02-17>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/164064

1.5.21. Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA

AUTHOR: Brenda Maddox
ADDED: <2015-02-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/326851

1.5.22. Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey

AUTHOR: Jane Goodall, Phillip Berman
ADDED: <2015-01-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/135484

1.5.23. Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein's Letters to and from Children

AUTHOR: Albert Einstein, Alice Calaprice, Robert Schulmann, Evelyn Einstein
ADDED: <2015-01-17>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/665625

1.5.24. READ Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman

CLOSED: [2015-05-04 Mon]

AUTHOR: James Gleick
ADDED: <2015-01-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10380467

1.5.25. A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life

AUTHOR: J. Craig Venter
ADDED: <2015-01-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1865671

1.5.26. READ What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character

CLOSED: [2016-03-04 Fri]

AUTHOR: Richard Feynman
ADDED: <2014-12-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10916738

1.5.27. Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

AUTHOR: Steven Levy
ADDED: <2014-12-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56829

1.5.28. The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan

AUTHOR: Robert Kanigel
ADDED: <2014-12-17>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/106139

1.5.29. READ Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century

AUTHOR: Sean Patrick
ADDED: <2014-04-10>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17835351

1.5.30. READ Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character

CLOSED: [2018-02-05 Mon 01:16]

AUTHOR: Richard Feynman
ADDED: <2014-03-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5544

1.5.31. October Sky

AUTHOR: Homer Hickam
ADDED: <2015-08-17>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/124862

1.6. Religion

1.6.1. Religion and Science

AUTHOR: Bertrand Russell, Michael Ruse
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51790

1.6.2. A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

AUTHOR: Karen Armstrong
ADDED: <2017-08-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3873.A_History_of_God

1.6.3. The Book Your Church Doesn't Want You to Read

AUTHOR: Tim C. Leedom, Bill Jenkins
ADDED: <2017-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/498359

1.6.4. Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans

AUTHOR: David Niose
ADDED: <2017-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13167816

1.6.5. Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us about Contentment

AUTHOR: Phil Zuckerman
ADDED: <2017-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4286013

1.6.6. The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

AUTHOR: Christopher Hitchens, Titus Lucretius Carus, Omar Khayyám, Thomas Hobbes, Baruch Spinoza, David Hume, James Boswell, Percy Bysshe Shelley, George Eliot, Charles Darwin, Leslie Stephen, Anatole France, Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad, Thomas Hardy, Emma Goldman, H.P. Lovecraft, Carl Van Doren, H.L. Mencken, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, George Orwell, John Betjeman, Chapman Cohen, Bertrand Russell, Philip Larkin, Martin Gardner, Carl Sagan, John Updike, John Leslie Mackie, Michael Shermer, A.J. Ayer, Daniel C. Dennett, Charles Templeton, Richard Dawkins, Victor J. Stenger, Elizabeth S.  Anderson, Penn Jillette, Ian McEwan, Steven Weinberg, Salman Rushdie, Ibn Warraq, Sam Harris, A.C. Grayling, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx
ADDED: <2017-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1566053

1.6.7. The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason

AUTHOR: Sam Harris
ADDED: <2017-01-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29501

1.6.8. The Skeptic's Annotated Bible

AUTHOR: Steve Wells
ADDED: <2017-01-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16161010

1.6.9. God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

AUTHOR: Christopher Hitchens
ADDED: <2017-01-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43369

1.6.10. Letter to a Christian Nation

AUTHOR: Sam Harris
ADDED: <2017-01-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51299

1.6.12. What I Believe

AUTHOR: Bertrand Russell
ADDED: <2016-09-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/67354

1.6.13. The Varieties of Religious Experience

AUTHOR: William James
ADDED: <2016-06-17>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28820

1.6.14. Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World

AUTHOR: David    Silverman, Cara Santa Maria
ADDED: <2015-12-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23848169

1.6.15. The Evolution of God

AUTHOR: Robert Wright
ADDED: <2015-02-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6340873

1.6.16. Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion

AUTHOR: Alain de Botton
ADDED: <2015-02-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12576334

1.6.17. The God Delusion

AUTHOR: Richard Dawkins
ADDED: <2015-01-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14743

1.6.18. The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism

AUTHOR: Fritjof Capra
ADDED: <2014-04-10>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10238

1.7. Philosophy

1.7.1. READ A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

CLOSED: [2023-06-18 Sun 12:27]

AUTHOR: William B Irvine
ADDED: [2023-06-18]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Guide-Good-Life-Ancient-Stoic/dp/0195374614

A really solid introduction to stoicism. It reads very easily read and covers many practical, day to day, aspects. The most important take away for me here was not so much of finer details of how stoicism works, but the whole concept of building a philosophy of life that could drive things like your values, principles, prioritization criteria etc.

Stoicism itself feels very close to how I see my own philosophy of life evolve, though I am now extremely motivated to dissect all relevant philosophies and spend time building my own.

Thanks to Gopal for this book.

1.7.2. What Computers Still Can't Do: A Critique of Artificial Reason

AUTHOR: Hubert L. Dreyfus
ADDED: [2022-03-21]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/796506.What_Computers_Still_Can_t_Do

1.7.3. What Computers Can't Do: A Critique of Artificial Reason

AUTHOR: Hubert L. Dreyfus
ADDED: [2022-03-21]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1039575.What_Computers_Can_t_Do

1.7.4. On Deconstruction: Theory and Criticism after Structuralism

AUTHOR: Jonathan Culler
ADDED: [2021-05-22]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Deconstruction-Theory-Criticism-after-Structuralism/dp/0801474051

1.7.5. Thinking to some purpose: A manual of first-aid to clear thinking, showing how to detect illogicalities in other people's mental processes and avoid them in our own.

AUTHOR: L. Susan Stebbing
ADDED: [2021-02-15]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6924873-thinking-to-some-purpose

1.7.6. READ Causation: A Very Short Introduction

CLOSED: [2020-11-29 Sun 12:33]

AUTHOR: Stephen Mumford, Rani Lill Anjum
ADDED: [2020-11-29]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Causation-Very-Short-Introduction-Introductions/dp/019968443X

A very nice introduction. I really liked the way concepts were ordered. Whenever I started preempting a crisis, an appropriate next idea was within 2-3 pages.

1.7.7. Focusing

AUTHOR: Eugene T. Gendlin
ADDED: [2020-11-03]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Focusing-Eugene-T-Gendlin/dp/0553278339/

1.7.8. The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

AUTHOR: Albert Camus, Justin O'Brien
ADDED: [2020-03-30]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11987.The_Myth_of_Sisyphus_and_Other_Essays

1.7.9. The Philosophy of Language

AUTHOR: A. P. Martinich
ADDED: [2020-03-29]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0195188306/ref=nosim/?tag=mitopencourse-20

1.7.10. Philosophy of Language: A Contemporary Introduction, 2nd Edition

AUTHOR: William G Lycan, William G. Lycan
ADDED: [2020-03-29]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0415957524/ref=nosim/?tag=mitopencourse-20

1.7.11. Heidegger, Habermas and the Mobile Phone (Postmodern Encounters)

AUTHOR: George Myerson
ADDED: [2020-03-29]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Heidegger-Habermas-Mobile-Postmodern-Encounters/dp/1840462361

1.7.12. The Ethics Of Ambiguity

AUTHOR: Simone De Beauvoir
ADDED: [2020-02-01]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/080650160X/ref=x_gr_mw_bb_sout?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_in-21&linkCode=as2&camp=3626&creative=24790

1.7.13. On Bullshit

AUTHOR: Harry G. Frankfurt
ADDED: [2019-07-13]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/385.On_Bullshit

1.7.14. A Treatise of Human Nature

AUTHOR: David Hume
ADDED: [2019-01-04]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Treatise-Human-Nature-Philosophical-Classics/dp/0486432505

1.7.15. READ Moral Fables, followed by “Thoughts”

CLOSED: [2019-01-16 Wed 22:06]

AUTHOR: Giacomo Leopardi, J.G. Nichols
ADDED: [2018-12-26]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33509756-moral-fables-followed-by-thoughts?ac=1&from_search=true

1.7.16. Infinity and the Mind: The Science and Philosophy of the Infinite

AUTHOR: Rudy Rucker
ADDED: [2018-11-06]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/274050.Infinity_and_the_Mind

1.7.17. Science and the Modern World

AUTHOR: Alfred North Whitehead
ADDED: <2018-06-17>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/253801.Science_and_the_Modern_World

1.7.18. READ Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals

CLOSED: [2018-08-23 Thu 02:00]

AUTHOR: Robert M. Pirsig
ADDED: <2018-06-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31093.Lila

This is the ideological sequel to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and has a more formalized explanation of 'Quality'. Even though I might be writing a short post about my feelings for Quality, I feel I can do some nitpicking here.

In the closing sections, there is an exploration of root of the word arete where we go on to find connections with the Sanskrit word ऋत. Then we connect a few more dots and conclude a few things. What worries me is the process of getting there which felt like inducing a lot of bias. Maybe there is a connection, maybe there is none. But if this connection is important, then we should be going there in a more matter-of-fact fashion and a bit earlier too.

This nebulousness gets reinforced by a few other cases where the arguments don't feel very solid for something which maybe doesn't even need an objective argument to begin with. For example there is a discussion of nimbus which tries to convince you of dynamic quality in an empirical-ish way but then stays at a kind of safe distance.

The book is read worthy but if you come in with questions, you probably will not be a very comfortable person at the end. To clarify, a part of this is because the idea itself is not the theory of everything, but there are other pieces (like the examples above) which will leave you feeling like you can find inconsistencies somewhere. My next steps will mostly involve trying to do this finding and see what things pop up.

1.7.19. Critique of Pure Reason

AUTHOR: Immanuel Kant
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18288.Critique_of_Pure_Reason
ADDED: <2018-06-04>

1.7.20. READ I Am a Strange Loop

CLOSED: [2018-05-26 Sat 15:41]

AUTHOR: Douglas R. Hofstadter
ADDED: <2018-05-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/123471.I_Am_a_Strange_Loop

This reminds me a lot of a newer book 'Consciousness and the Social Brain' by Michael Graziano, where the author talks about an attention schema. In that, consciousness of a system is basically attention directed towards a model of itself.

And this is the idea behind the strange loops in this book. A system with enough representational power to represent itself is going to perceive, analyze and modify itself. This ability to loop around is what makes it conscious.

This book is good but unless you have dualist tendencies or have inclination towards other solutions, it might feel lengthy since Douglas presents a lot of examples and analogies.

1.7.21. The Denial of Death

AUTHOR: Ernest Becker, Sam Keen, Daniel Goleman
ADDED: <2017-09-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2761.The_Denial_of_Death

1.7.22. The Age of Reason

AUTHOR: Thomas Paine
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1031803

1.7.23. Common Sense

AUTHOR: Thomas Paine
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/161744

1.7.24. The Republic

AUTHOR: Plato, Desmond Lee
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30289

1.7.25. Myths to Live By

AUTHOR: Joseph Campbell, Johnson E. Fairchild
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/821380

1.7.26. Mind in Society: Development of Higher Psychological Processes

AUTHOR: Lev S. Vygotsky, Vera John-Steiner, Michael Cole, Sylvia Scribner, Ellen Souberman
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/146977

1.7.27. Freedom and Culture

AUTHOR: John Dewey, Robert M. Baird, Stuart E. Rosenbaum
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/220895

1.7.28. The Interpretation of Cultures

AUTHOR: Clifford Geertz
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/330006

1.7.29. Privacy and Freedom

AUTHOR: Alan Westin
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21535409

1.7.30. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

AUTHOR: Timothy Snyder
ADDED: <2017-06-04>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33917107

1.7.31. Utopia

AUTHOR: Thomas More, Paul Turner
ADDED: <2017-03-03>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18414

1.7.32. Development as Freedom

AUTHOR: Amartya Sen
ADDED: <2017-03-03>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/173961

1.7.33. Politics

AUTHOR: Aristotle
ADDED: <2017-03-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19083

1.7.34. The Wealth of Nations

AUTHOR: Adam Smith
ADDED: <2016-11-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25698

1.7.35. Two Treatises of Government

AUTHOR: John Locke, Peter Laslett, Raymond Geuss
ADDED: <2017-03-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/364550

1.7.36. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

AUTHOR: David Hume
ADDED: <2017-03-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/130119

1.7.37. The New Organon

AUTHOR: Francis Bacon, Lisa Jardine, Michael Silverthorne
ADDED: <2017-03-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/309002

1.7.38. READ Sceptical Essays

CLOSED: [2018-06-24 Sun 22:48]

AUTHOR: Bertrand Russell, John N. Gray
ADDED: <2017-02-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/144355

Probably not a lot new for contemporary readers, but there are places where you will feel a little amused realizing that the content here are from the 1920s.

1.7.39. Man and His Symbols

AUTHOR: C.G. Jung, Joseph L. Henderson, Aniela Jaffé, Jolande Jacobi, John Freeman, Marie-Louise von Franz
ADDED: <2017-02-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/123632

1.7.40. Candide

AUTHOR: Voltaire
ADDED: <2017-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19380

1.7.41. The Communist Manifesto

AUTHOR: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Gareth Stedman Jones
ADDED: <2016-11-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30474

1.7.42. The Anatomy of Fascism

AUTHOR: Robert O. Paxton
ADDED: <2016-11-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/188378

1.7.43. READ Five Moral Pieces

CLOSED: [2018-03-28 Wed 21:26]

AUTHOR: Umberto Eco, Alastair McEwen
ADDED: <2016-11-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10515

Really good pieces in here. Specially Ur-Fascism.

1.7.44. Leviathan

AUTHOR: Thomas Hobbes, C.B. Macpherson
ADDED: <2016-09-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/91953

1.7.45. The Anti-Christ

AUTHOR: Friedrich Nietzsche, H.L. Mencken
ADDED: <2016-09-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18304

1.7.46. Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda

AUTHOR: Noam Chomsky
ADDED: <2016-09-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12615

1.7.47. On Anarchism

AUTHOR: Noam Chomsky, Barry Pateman
ADDED: <2016-09-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12618

1.7.48. READ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

CLOSED: [2018-06-08 Fri 13:16]

AUTHOR: Robert M. Pirsig
ADDED: <2016-08-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/629

I am unsure if I really get the philosophy of quality. The basic idea is alright, Quality goes above the subject/object division and bridges them both. As a way of life, it has certain nice outcomes. What I am not sure of, is about the objective (note the contradiction, which I can't avoid with my current philosophical knowledge) truth of the thesis considering all the scientific knowledge we have right now.

Knowing that the second book goes on formalizing this concept a little bit more, I will hold my opinions for a while. Nevertheless, this is a nice read with a beautiful story embedded in it.

Thanks to Nick for the book!

1.7.49. The Anatomy of Melancholy

AUTHOR: Robert  Burton, William H. Gass
ADDED: <2016-06-17>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/557658

1.7.50. Thus Spoke Zarathustra

AUTHOR: Friedrich Nietzsche
ADDED: <2016-08-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24257

1.7.51. The Flight of the Garuda: The Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

AUTHOR: Padmasambhava, Godemchan, Guru Chowang, Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol, Keith Dowman
ADDED: <2016-04-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2508146

1.7.52. Humiliation: And Other Essays on Honor, Social Discomfort, and Violence

AUTHOR: William Ian Miller
ADDED: <2016-04-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/566817

1.7.53. The Last Word

AUTHOR: Thomas Nagel
ADDED: <2016-04-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/257864

1.7.54. Reasons and Persons

AUTHOR: Derek Parfit
ADDED: <2016-04-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/327051

1.7.55. A History of Western Philosophy

AUTHOR: Bertrand Russell
ADDED: <2016-04-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/243685

1.7.56. Orientalism

AUTHOR: Edward Said
ADDED: <2016-04-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/355190

1.7.57. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

AUTHOR: Samuel P. Huntington
ADDED: <2015-11-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/413179

1.7.58. Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen

AUTHOR: Philip Ball
ADDED: <2015-05-20>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19381681

1.7.59. The Interpretation of Dreams

AUTHOR: Sigmund Freud
ADDED: <2015-07-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/93981

1.7.60. Quadrivium: The Four Classical Liberal Arts of Number, Geometry, Music, & Cosmology

AUTHOR: John Martineau, Miranda Lundy, Daud Sutton, Anthony Ashton, Jason Martineau
ADDED: <2015-02-10>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7962457

1.7.61. The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

AUTHOR: Alan W. Watts
ADDED: <2015-02-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60551

1.7.62. Experimental Philosophy

AUTHOR: Joshua Knobe, Shaun Nichols
ADDED: <2015-02-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3215586

1.7.63. Farewell to Reality: How Modern Physics Has Betrayed the Search for Scientific Truth

AUTHOR: Jim Baggott
ADDED: <2015-02-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16255226

1.7.64. READ The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning

CLOSED: [2015-03-13 Fri]

AUTHOR: Marcelo Gleiser
ADDED: <2015-02-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22443383

1.7.65. A History of Western Philosophy, Volume 1: The Classical Mind

AUTHOR: W.T. Jones, Robert J. Fogelin
ADDED: <2015-02-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/116841

1.7.66. But We Were Born Free

AUTHOR: Elmer Holmes Davis
ADDED: <2015-02-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18930684

1.7.67. Who Speaks for Man

AUTHOR: Norman Cousins
ADDED: <2015-02-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17457133

1.7.68. Timaeus

AUTHOR: Plato, Donald J. Zeyl
ADDED: <2015-02-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1130209

1.7.69. The Ascent of Man

AUTHOR: Jacob Bronowski
ADDED: <2015-01-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/461104

1.7.70. READ Walden

CLOSED: [2019-04-03 Wed 10:58]

AUTHOR: Henry David Thoreau
ADDED: <2015-01-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17792189

Took a little more time than regular. Mostly because, after a while, I started picking small chunks and going through them deliberately. Less concerned with having the content stay longer in memory, more with the idea of putting myself as close as possible to the author. And it turned out to be a rewarding experience.

1.7.71. READ Man's Search for Meaning

CLOSED: [2020-12-20 Sun 22:31]

AUTHOR: Viktor E. Frankl
ADDED: <2015-01-14>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4069

I think I got more from the pieces on logotherapy and less from the main body itself which is the opposite of what I was looking for. I thought I will get some deeply emotional experience from the main memoir, but I stayed relatively numb while reading those sections. Maybe because I have read many works of fiction with torture in difficult situations as key elements. Will I recommend reading this? Yes. I would have hesitated if this book was too long but that's not the case.

1.7.72. READ What Is Life?: With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches

CLOSED: [2015-01-19 Mon]

AUTHOR: Erwin Schrödinger, Roger Penrose
ADDED: <2015-01-10>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18637768

1.7.73. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

AUTHOR: Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan
ADDED: <2014-12-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17349

1.7.74. Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality

AUTHOR: Max Tegmark
ADDED: <2014-12-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19395553

1.7.75. READ The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

CLOSED: [2019-02-24 Sun 19:49]

AUTHOR: Thomas S. Kuhn
ADDED: <2014-12-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17997242

I started this a few years ago but wasn't really in the zone to continue. This time though, it went pretty well. What you will find here is a certain presentation and analysis of history of science which is not possible to find in the course of what Kuhn calls normal science. Output from normal science drives a lot of the practical progress that we see in the world and this makes us feel that scientific advancement proceeds in a cumulative fashion. At the very fundamental level though, this is not a given. Scientific revolutions involve perceptual switches between two paradigms which are at odds concerning the meaning of fundamental ontological forms. Post revolution, the usual methods of scientific communication (either textbooks or pop-science) will not, by design, represent the crisis faithfully enough to have similar discussions as in the period of revolution.

You can clearly see why the ideas presented have controversies around them. A good set of criticisms and arguments against it can be found in the postscript itself. One that stands out to me is the idea that the whole thing promotes relativism in some form. Considering the ways in which a certain person assimilates a certain paradigm as true, this discussion is fundamentally about whether there is a neutral standpoint for viewing and understanding natural phenomenon. Most fundamental pieces of the book are based on absence of such neutral observation language. What happens if such is not the case is going to be interesting.

1.7.76. Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

AUTHOR: Richard Dawkins
ADDED: <2014-12-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31487

1.7.77. The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science

AUTHOR: Armand Marie Leroi
ADDED: <2014-12-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20821396

1.7.78. READ Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

CLOSED: [2018-02-05 Mon 01:18]

AUTHOR: Edwin A. Abbott, Banesh Hoffmann
ADDED: <2014-10-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/433567

1.7.79. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

AUTHOR: Douglas R. Hofstadter
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24113

1.8. Psychology

Creating a new section for psychology. I might have to move few books from philosophy section to here.

1.8.1. READ Loving Someone with ADD

CLOSED: [2024-03-11 Mon 19:44]

AUTHOR: Susan Tschundi
ADDED: [2024-03-11]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Loving-Someone-Understanding-Communication-Strengthening/dp/1608822281

1.8.2. READ Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder

CLOSED: [2023-09-11 Mon 11:54]

AUTHOR: Edward M. Hallowell M.D., John J. Ratey M.D.
ADDED: [2023-09-11]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Driven-Distraction-Revised-Recognizing-Attention/dp/0307743152

1.8.3. READ Emotional: How Feelings Shape Our Thinking

CLOSED: [2023-08-07 Mon 11:43]

AUTHOR: Leonard Mlodinow
ADDED: [2023-08-07]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Emotional-How-Feelings-Shape-Thinking/dp/1524747599

Not a full review but an observation which I found to be very beautiful.

So while I was finishing the book, there was a mention of Deepak Chopra as Leonard's friend. Suddenly I got overloaded with a few emotions. Some context: I have had a very scientific upbringing and I have spent effort to understand things that are usually put under pseudo-science. If you will try looking in what Deepak has done, you might see where I am getting to.

But, just closing a book on emotions, I was able to think about this thought and found it interesting how a certain set of apparently uncontrolled emotions drive so much of you from one to the other extreme in no time.

1.8.4. READ The Inner Game of Tennis

CLOSED: [2023-04-29 Sat 13:01]

AUTHOR: W. Timothy Gallwey
ADDED: [2023-04-29]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Inner-Game-Tennis-Classic-Performance/dp/0679778314

I got this before a vacation (thanks to Sourabh). It's a pretty short book (~130 pages). Main idea is to respect the natural learning abilities of the intuitive Self 2 as opposed to adding a layer of Self 1 that uses a lossy language to understand, communicate, and criticize what should be done.

Overall, I trust the idea that there exists a Self 2 that works naturally for learning without excessive instructions and just observations. This is based on few personal experiences, most recently involving learning a new keyboard layout. But I am not sure of how far to extend this. Tasks requiring only mental processes might materialize differently. For example the motor system—dominating the intuitive learning in physical activities like Tennis—is not so active in learning abstract constructs like Mathematics. The norm in learning such abstract concepts is to get a lot of instructions to first develop an intuition which, in turn, might build something like a Self 2 where observational, rather than instructional, approach could help to progress further.

1.8.5. The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety

AUTHOR: Alan W. Watts
ADDED: [2022-11-28]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/551520.The_Wisdom_of_Insecurity

1.8.6. Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

AUTHOR: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
ADDED: [2022-04-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Creativity-Psychology-Discovery-Invention-Perennial-ebook/dp/B000TG1X9C/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1DDSUTKX0IN56&keywords=creativity+flow&qid=1650129997&sprefix=creativity+flo%2Caps%2C202&sr=8-3

1.8.7. The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, Revised Edition

AUTHOR: Barry Schwartz
ADDED: [2022-04-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Paradox-Choice-More-Less-Revised/dp/0062449923/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3I2XVBLIFRHJM&keywords=The+Paradox+of+Choice&qid=1650131262&sprefix=%2Caps%2C263&sr=8-3

1.8.8. READ Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love

CLOSED: [2022-10-07 Fri 12:09]

AUTHOR: Amir Levine, Rachel Heller
ADDED: [2022-04-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Attached-Science-Adult-Attachment-YouFind/dp/1585429139/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

1.8.9. Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

AUTHOR: Gillian Butler
ADDED: [2021-06-06]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Psychology-Very-Short-Introduction-Introductions/dp/0199670420

1.8.10. READ Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

CLOSED: [2021-10-19 Tue 20:50]

AUTHOR: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
ADDED: [2021-05-30]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Flow-Psychology-Experience-Perennial-Classics/dp/0061339202

Long pending book. I think the ideas have been dissipated enough so not too many of those revelatory moments. Overall a good read, but you can probably get a denser summary somewhere else.

1.8.11. READ Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction

CLOSED: [2021-05-29 Sat 00:24]

AUTHOR: Ian Deary
ADDED: [2021-05-09]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Intelligence-Very-Short-Introduction-Introductions/dp/0192893211

1.8.12. The 48 Laws of Power

AUTHOR: Robert Greene, Joost Elffers
ADDED: [2020-12-26]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1303.The_48_Laws_of_Power

1.8.13. Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons: New Horizons in Theory and Practice

AUTHOR: Howard E. Gardner
ADDED: [2020-12-26]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Multiple-Intelligences-Horizons-Howard-Gardner/dp/0465047688

1.8.14. Introducing Psychology: Brain, Person, Group

AUTHOR: Stephen M. Kosslyn
ADDED: [2020-12-26]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Introducing-Psychology-Brain-Person-Group/dp/9332544905/

1.8.15. Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

AUTHOR: Robert M. Sapolsky
ADDED: [2020-12-26]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Behave-Biology-Humans-Best-Worst/dp/1594205078

1.8.16. The Principles of Psychology, Vol. 2

AUTHOR: William James
ADDED: [2020-12-25]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Principles-Psychology-Vol-002/dp/0486203824/

1.8.17. The Principles of Psychology, Vol. 1

AUTHOR: William James
ADDED: [2020-12-25]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/dp/0486203816

1.8.18. Describing inner Experience?

AUTHOR: Russell T Hurlburt
ADDED: [2020-12-25]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/dp/0262083663

1.8.19. Psychological Types

AUTHOR: C G Jung Dr, H G Baynes
ADDED: [2020-12-25]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/dp/1614279705

1.8.20. Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition; Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

AUTHOR: Daniel Goleman
ADDED: [2020-12-25]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/dp/055380491X

1.8.21. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

AUTHOR: Stephen R. Covey
ADDED: [2020-12-25]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/dp/0743269519

1.9. Uncategorized

1.9.1. READ Masala Lab

CLOSED: [2024-05-19 Sun 15:22]

AUTHOR: Krish Ashok
ADDED: [2024-05-19]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Masala-Lab-Science-Indian-Cooking/dp/0143451375/

1.9.2. READ Unflattening

CLOSED: [2024-05-09 Thu 23:07]

AUTHOR: Nick Sousanis
ADDED: [2024-05-09]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Unflattening-Nick-Sousanis/dp/0674744438

1.9.3. FINITE AND INFINITE GAMES

AUTHOR: James Carse
ADDED: [2023-10-03]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Finite-Infinite-Games-James-Carse/dp/1476731713

1.9.4. READ How to build a low-tech internet

CLOSED: [2023-09-11 Mon 11:53]

ADDED: [2023-09-11 Mon]
AUTHOR: Kris De Decker, Marie Otsuka
URL: https://www.lulu.com/shop/roel-roscam-abbing-and-marie-otsuka-and-kris-de-decker/how-to-build-a-low-tech-internet/paperback/product-9yq8v7.html?page=1&pageSize=4

1.9.5. READ Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less

CLOSED: [2023-07-02 Sun 22:22]

AUTHOR: Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
ADDED: [2023-07-02]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Rest-Alex-Soojung-Kim-Pang/dp/0465074871

This book was a little different that what I thought. It covers all of what should be done outside of structured work rather than just what could be classically put under the definition of 'rest'. Though I guess it works for the author since by using 'rest', he is trying to deconstruct all restorative actions that one could take to get energy for their main project.

It's a nice read but probably wasn't super impressive or persuasive. I could see a better version of this book possible.

1.9.6. READ Lifespan: Why We Age―and Why We Don't Have To

CLOSED: [2023-01-26 Thu 16:36]

AUTHOR: David A. Sinclair PhD, Matthew D. LaPlante
ADDED: [2023-01-26]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Lifespan-Why-Age_and-Dont-Have/dp/1501191977

This was one of the books in my 2023 reading list as I was interested to know about longevity research. I have been told that the statements in this book should be taken with a pinch of salt but I believe it still had enough power to push me hard to think about my health and longevity in general.

1.9.7. Bullshit Jobs: The Rise of Pointless Work and What we can do About it

AUTHOR: David Graeber
ADDED: [2022-09-24]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Bullshit-Jobs-David-Graeber/dp/0141983477/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2PQ77E7PMA8BV&keywords=bullshit+jobs&qid=1661945037&sprefix=bullshit+jobs%2Caps%2C213&sr=8-1

1.9.8. READ A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence

CLOSED: [2022-08-13 Sat 11:32]

AUTHOR: Jeff Hawkins
ADDED: [2022-08-13]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Thousand-Brains-New-Theory-Intelligence/dp/1541675819

1.9.9. Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages

AUTHOR: Guy Deutscher
ADDED: [2022-07-10]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/080508195X/radiolabbooks-20/

1.9.10. The Back of the Napkin (Expanded Edition): Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures

AUTHOR: Dan Roam
ADDED: [2022-07-10]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Back-Napkin-Expanded-Problems-Pictures/dp/1591842697/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1CR8LR21BTE3P&keywords=The+Back+of+the+Napkin&qid=1657449664&sprefix=the+back+of+the+napkin%2Caps%2C210&sr=8-2

1.9.11. Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers

AUTHOR: Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, James Macanufo
ADDED: [2022-07-10]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Gamestorming-Playbook-Innovators-Rulebreakers-Changemakers-ebook/dp/B003XDUCLS/ref=sr_1_1?crid=4PZCIFVT1AVJ&keywords=Gamestorming%3A&qid=1657449529&sprefix=%2Caps%2C193&sr=8-1

1.9.12. Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques

AUTHOR: Michael Michalko
ADDED: [2022-07-10]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Thinkertoys-Creative-Thinking-Techniques-Michael-Michalko/dp/1580087736/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=thinkertoys&qid=1657449500&sprefix=thinkerto%2Caps%2C219&sr=8-1

1.9.13. READ Think Better: An Innovator's Guide to Productive Thinking

CLOSED: [2022-12-30 Fri 13:03]

AUTHOR: Tim Hurson
ADDED: [2022-07-10]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Think-Better-Innovators-Productive-Thinking/dp/0071494936

This is like many other books on applying psychology concepts to business. They almost all end up focusing on the exactness of process,—though this tries to clarify the underlying principles—nomenclature, marketing, and other things.

Whenever people claim something is better, I wish there was more acknowledgement of scientific basis and rigor than what we usually get in such books. During the reading I also got to know about the 'lateral thinking' ecosystem along with it's criticism on how the ideas are just recycled concepts with packaging and extended claims that make good amount of money.

Keeping the above aspect aside, this book did help me think more about the idea of exploiting thinking as a tool. And it's good to reflect on user manual of a tool or just spend time sharpening it. A key change that I am doing after this is to make a proper personal brainstorming process that could help me get beyond surface level ideation. There are other things that you could get from this, so don't let me stop you from reading this.

1.9.14. Who: The A Method for Hiring

AUTHOR: Geoff Smart, Randy Street
ADDED: [2022-04-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Who-Method-Hiring-Geoff-Smart-ebook/dp/B001EL6RWY

1.9.15. READ An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management

CLOSED: [2023-10-03 Tue 16:58]

AUTHOR: Will Larson
ADDED: [2022-04-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Elegant-Puzzle-Systems-Engineering-Management/dp/1732265186

1.9.16. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Enhanced Edition: A Leadership Fable

AUTHOR: Patrick M. Lencioni
ADDED: [2022-04-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Five-Dysfunctions-Team-Leadership-Lencioni-ebook/dp/B006960LQW

1.9.17. READ The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

CLOSED: [2022-05-20 Fri 14:05]

AUTHOR: Peter F. Drucker
ADDED: [2022-04-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Effective-Executive-Definitive-Harperbusiness-Essentials/dp/0060833459

1.9.18. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

AUTHOR: Kim Scott
ADDED: [2022-04-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Radical-Candor-Kick-Ass-Without-Humanity/dp/1250103509

1.9.19. Accelerate: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations

AUTHOR: Nicole Forsgren PhD, Jez Humble, Gene Kim, Nicole Forsgren, IT Revolution Press, Nicole Forsgren PhD, Jez Humble, Gene Kim, Nicole Forsgren, IT Revolution Press, Nicole Forsgren PhD, Jez Humble, Gene Kim, Nicole Forsgren, IT Revolution Press
ADDED: [2022-04-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Accelerate-Building-Performing-Technology-Organizations/dp/B07BMCFBWY

1.9.20. The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change

AUTHOR: Camille Fournier
ADDED: [2022-04-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Managers-Path-Leaders-Navigating-Growth/dp/9352135474

1.9.21. High Output Management

AUTHOR: Andrew S. Grove
ADDED: [2022-04-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/High-Output-Management-Andrew-Grove/dp/0679762884

1.9.22. What You Do Is Who You Are : How to Create Your Business Culture

AUTHOR: Ben Horowitz
ADDED: [2022-04-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/What-You-Do-Who-Are/dp/0008356114

1.9.23. Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

AUTHOR: Christensen
ADDED: [2022-04-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Innovators-Dilemma-Technologies-Management-Innovation/dp/142219602X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=T28887K0KHI8&keywords=innovators+dilemma&qid=1650129954&sprefix=innovator%2Caps%2C209&sr=8-1

1.9.24. Escaping the Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates Real Value

AUTHOR: Melissa Perri
ADDED: [2022-04-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Escaping-Build-Trap-Melissa-Perri/dp/149197379X/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2FCBZV1AQC9KW&keywords=escaping+the+build+trap&qid=1650129976&sprefix=escaping+the+%2Caps%2C206&sr=8-2

1.9.25. This Is How Your Marriage Ends: A Hopeful Approach to Saving Relationships

AUTHOR: Matthew Fray
ADDED: [2022-04-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/This-Your-Marriage-Ends-Relationships-ebook/dp/B097RPC1SD

1.9.26. READ Thinking in Systems: A Primer

CLOSED: [2022-03-10 Thu 11:10]

AUTHOR: Donella H. Meadows, Diana Wright
ADDED: [2022-03-10]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3828902-thinking-in-systems

The length was perfect though I would have liked more example of systems analysis in the mathematical way, and not just high level sketches.

1.9.27. Wired for Speech – How Voice Activates and Advances the Human–Computer Relationship

AUTHOR: Clifford Nass, Scott Brave
ADDED: [2021-12-11]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/0262640651/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_5?smid=A34N6JGI0BMD4A&psc=1

1.9.28. A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

AUTHOR: Jennifer A. Doudna, Samuel H. Sternberg
ADDED: [2021-11-11]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30971755-a-crack-in-creation

1.9.29. The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

AUTHOR: Walter Isaacson
ADDED: [2021-11-11]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54968118-the-code-breaker

1.9.30. Conversational Style: Analyzing Talk among Friends

AUTHOR: Deborah Tannen
ADDED: [2021-08-28]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Conversational-Style-Analyzing-among-Friends-ebook/dp/B005254HJ8

1.9.31. The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter

AUTHOR: Michael Watkins
ADDED: [2021-08-27]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B6U63ZE/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

1.9.32. ReOrg: How to Get it Right

AUTHOR: Stephen Heidari-Robinson
ADDED: [2021-08-26]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/ReOrg-How-Right-Stephen-Heidari-Robinson/dp/163369223X

1.9.33. Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead

AUTHOR: Laszlo Bock
ADDED: [2021-07-24]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Work-Rules-Insights-Inside-Transform-ebook/dp/B00MEMMVB8

1.9.34. READ The Manager's Handbook

CLOSED: [2021-05-30 Sun 21:27]

AUTHOR: Alex MacCaw
ADDED: [2021-05-30]
URL: https://themanagershandbook.com/

1.9.35. Features of Naturalness in Conversation: 152 (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series)

AUTHOR: Martin Warren
ADDED: [2021-05-23]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Features-Naturalness-Conversation-Pragmatics-Beyond/dp/9027253951

1.9.36. The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership

AUTHOR: Bill Walsh, Steve Jamison
ADDED: [2021-04-24]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Score-Takes-Care-Itself-Philosophy/dp/1591843472

1.9.37. The Voice in the Machine: Building Computers That Understand Speech

AUTHOR: Roberto Pieraccini
ADDED: [2021-04-24]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Voice-Machine-Building-Computers-Understand/dp/0262533294

1.9.38. Death in the Afternoon

AUTHOR: Ernest Hemingway
ADDED: [2021-04-24]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4648.Death_in_the_Afternoon

1.9.39. It's Better to Be a Good Machine Than a Bad Person: Speech Recognition and Other Exotic User Interfaces in the Twilight of the Jetsonian Age

AUTHOR: Bruce Balentine, Leslie Degler
ADDED: [2021-03-11]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Better-Good-Machine-Than-Person/dp/1932558098

1.9.40. Cognitive Gadgets – The Cultural Evolution of Thinking

AUTHOR: Cecilia Heyes
ADDED: [2021-03-11]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Cognitive-Gadgets-Cultural-Evolution-Thinking/dp/0674980158

1.9.41. The Horizontal Organization: What the Organization of the Future Actually Looks Like and How It Delivers Value to Customers

AUTHOR: Frank Ostroff
ADDED: [2021-03-06]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Horizontal-Organization-Actually-Delivers-Customers-ebook/dp/B00WBN4NPC

1.9.42. Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading

AUTHOR: Heifetz
ADDED: [2021-03-06]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Leadership-Line-Staying-Through-Dangers/dp/1578514371

1.9.43. Structure in Fives: Designing Effective Organizations (Prentice Hall International Editions)

AUTHOR: Henry Mintzberg
ADDED: [2021-03-06]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Structure-Fives-Designing-Organizations-International/dp/013855479X

1.9.44. The Strategy-Focused Organization: How Balanced Scorecard Companies Thrive in the New Business Environment

AUTHOR: Kaplan
ADDED: [2021-03-06]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Strategy-Focused-Organization-Scorecard-Companies-Environment/dp/1578512506

1.9.45. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Good to Great Book 2)

AUTHOR: Jim Collins, Jerry I. Porras
ADDED: [2021-03-06]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Built-Last-Successful-Visionary-Essentials-ebook/dp/B0058DRSHW

1.9.46. READ How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers

CLOSED: [2023-05-20 Sat 20:36]

AUTHOR: Sönke Ahrens
ADDED: [2021-03-05]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34507927-how-to-take-smart-notes

This is a good book if you want to improve note-taking workflow. It definitely does advocacy for zettelkasten but talks about the larger idea of taking notes as a way of thinking and forming connections between thoughts that would lead to a sustainable source of higher quality thoughts.

I read this in a context when I was struggling with my notes and writings and not getting much out of all that I captured. This helped me to align my goal with writing as not merely a tool for capturing ideas, but working on them daily.

1.9.47. Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters

AUTHOR: Richard P. Rumelt
ADDED: [2021-02-09]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11721966-good-strategy-bad-strategy

1.9.48. Extreme You: Step up. Stand out. Kick ass. Repeat.

AUTHOR: Sarah Robb O'Hagan
ADDED: [2021-02-09]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/dp/0349412308

1.9.49. The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

AUTHOR: M. Scott Peck
ADDED: [2021-01-24]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/347852.The_Road_Less_Traveled

1.9.50. Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies

AUTHOR: Reid Hoffman, Chris Yeh
ADDED: [2021-01-24]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/dp/0008303630/

1.9.51. The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

AUTHOR: Eric Ries
ADDED: [2021-01-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Lean-Startup-Entrepreneurs-Continuous-Innovation/dp/0307887898

1.9.52. READ Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

CLOSED: [2021-01-01 Fri 21:55]

AUTHOR: Keith Grint
ADDED: [2021-01-01]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Leadership-Very-Short-Introduction-Introductions/dp/0199569916

Another VSI that I liked.

1.9.53. The Death and Life of Great American Cities

AUTHOR: Jane Jacobs
ADDED: [2020-12-26]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Death-Life-Great-American-Cities/dp/067974195X

1.9.54. Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D.

AUTHOR: Robert Peters
ADDED: [2020-12-26]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Getting-What-You-Came-Students/dp/0374524777

1.9.55. Linguistic Bodies: The Continuity Between Life and Language

AUTHOR: Ezequiel A. Di Paolo, Elena Clare Cuffari, Hanne De Jaegher
ADDED: [2020-12-26]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39644139-linguistic-bodies

1.9.56. READ Speaking Our Minds: Why human communication is different, and how language evolved to make it special

CLOSED: [2021-02-21 Sun 23:30]

AUTHOR: Thom Scott-Phillips
ADDED: [2020-12-26]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22609703-speaking-our-minds

Introduced me to few threads in evolution of language. Good read overall.

1.9.57. Causality

AUTHOR: Judea Pearl
ADDED: [2020-12-26]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Causality-Judea-Pearl/dp/052189560X

1.9.58. Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech

AUTHOR: Edward Sapir
ADDED: [2020-12-25]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/dp/1108063780

1.9.59. READ Little Book of Conflict Transformation: Clear Articulation Of The Guiding Principles By A Pioneer In The Field

CLOSED: [2020-12-25 Fri 23:23]

AUTHOR: John Paul Lederach
ADDED: [2020-12-25]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/355318.Little_Book_of_Conflict_Transformation

1.9.60. Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness

AUTHOR: Forrest Hanson
ADDED: [2020-12-13]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Resilient-Grow-Unshakable-Strength-Happiness/dp/0451498844

1.9.61. A Liberated Mind: How to Pivot Toward What Matters

AUTHOR: Steven C. Hayes PhD
ADDED: [2020-12-13]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Liberated-Mind-Pivot-Toward-Matters/dp/073521400X

1.9.62. Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life

AUTHOR: Susan David
ADDED: [2020-12-13]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Emotional-Agility-Unstuck-Embrace-Change/dp/1592409490

1.9.63. READ On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

CLOSED: [2020-11-16 Mon 13:29]

AUTHOR: William Zinsser
ADDED: [2020-10-11]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53343.On_Writing_Well

1.9.64. The Best Service Is No Service: How to Liberate Your Customers from Customer Service, Keep Them Happy, and Control Costs

AUTHOR: Bill Price, David Jaffe
ADDED: [2020-09-27]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2410462.The_Best_Service_Is_No_Service

1.9.65. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You

AUTHOR: John C. Maxwell, Zig Ziglar
ADDED: [2020-09-27]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/815716.The_21_Irrefutable_Laws_of_Leadership

1.9.66. Democratizing Innovation

AUTHOR: Eric Von Hippel
ADDED: [2020-09-27]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Democratizing-Innovation-Press-Eric-Hippel/dp/0262720477

1.9.67. READ How to Win Friends and Influence People

CLOSED: [2020-10-11 Sun 11:19]

AUTHOR: Dale Carnegie
ADDED: [2020-09-27]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4865.How_to_Win_Friends_and_Influence_People

1.9.68. READ Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work that Matters

CLOSED: [2020-06-04 Thu 17:27]

AUTHOR: Ryan Singer, Jason Fried
ADDED: [2020-06-02]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/50776459-shape-up

This is a nice little book. Sort of does rebranding of a few concepts but overall nice.

1.9.69. READ Notebooks of the Mind : Explorations of Thinking

CLOSED: [2020-06-02 Tue 11:34]

AUTHOR: Vera John-Steiner
ADDED: [2020-04-04]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Notebooks-Mind-Explorations-Vera-John-Steiner/dp/0195108965#reader_0195108965

This is a nice book but I felt it could have been made much shorter and more to the point. Many times, I found repetitions of quotes or concepts which weren't really needed.

1.9.70. READ Guide to Managerial Communication: Effective Business Writing and Speaking

CLOSED: [2020-05-01 Fri 15:06]

AUTHOR: Mary M. Munter
ADDED: [2020-03-31]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Guide-Managerial-Communication-Effective-Business/dp/0132564475

1.9.71. The Mind and Heart of the Negotiator (5th Edition)

AUTHOR: Leigh Thompson
ADDED: [2020-03-29]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Mind-Heart-Negotiator-5th/dp/0132543869

1.9.72. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization

AUTHOR: Peter M. Senge
ADDED: [2020-03-29]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Fifth-Discipline-Practice-Learning-Organization/dp/0385517254

1.9.73. READ Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature

CLOSED: [2019-12-10 Tue 12:13]

AUTHOR: Espen J. Aarseth
ADDED: [2019-12-10]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60071.Cybertext

Cybertext explores literature beyond the traditional linear book format. At first glance it might signify recent technological upgrades in the medium but it's not only that.

I don't think I understand or agree with everything. For example Aarseth talks about web publishing in a way where the intention of 'someone' still holds the political upper hand whether the medium is paper or, an apparently liberated, WWW. While this is true to some extent, I am not sure if we can ignore the accessibility aspect completely.

Overall the book explores the relationship and meaning of the classical terms 'author' and 'reader' in different settings. The style is a little different than I am used to but it's a nice read.

1.9.74. READ Networking for Nerds: Find, Access and Land Hidden Game-Changing Career Opportunities Everywhere

CLOSED: [2022-03-03 Thu 23:28]

AUTHOR: Alaina G. Levine
ADDED: [2019-10-13]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Networking-Nerds-Game-Changing-Opportunities-Everywhere/dp/1118663586

I don't know if I finished this but I don't care. This could have a much better book. The bits about professionalism were too normative and prescriptive. Many of the examples very cheesy and could have been avoided to focus on abstract ideas.

1.9.75. Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray

AUTHOR: Sabine Hossenfelder
ADDED: [2018-12-07]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Math-Beauty-Physics-Astray/dp/0465094252

1.9.76. READ The Cultural Logic of Computation

CLOSED: [2019-01-14 Mon 01:52]

AUTHOR: David Golumbia
ADDED: [2018-11-15]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6386295-the-cultural-logic-of-computation

A bit on the academic side. It would have helped if I had better background about the various -ism words used but in any case this book provided a lot of food for thought.

The core idea which is shared by almost all the sections/chapters is that computationalism is just a scaled up version of rationality and it hasn't really, at least yet, improved (the usual meaning, democracy, equality etc.) the underlying political structure of our society contrary to how the whole system is advertised. More than just being another technology though, computers come very close to and almost satisfy the vision of a crude, mechanistic and individualistic explanation of everything. The approximation errors this time, as compared to other technological shifts, are badly misread and the consequences are more severe.

1.9.77. Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

AUTHOR: Roger Penrose
ADDED: [2018-11-15]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Fashion-Faith-Fantasy-Physics-Universe/dp/0691119791

1.9.78. Democracy's Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America (How Things Worked)

AUTHOR: 
ADDED: <2018-07-01>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Democracys-Schools-Public-Education-America/dp/1421423219

1.9.79. The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America

AUTHOR: Sarah E. Igo
ADDED: <2018-07-01>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Known-Citizen-History-Privacy-America/dp/0674737504

1.9.80. From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds

AUTHOR: Daniel C. Dennett
ADDED: <2018-02-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30231803-from-bacteria-to-bach-and-back

1.9.81. READ The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Incerto #2)

CLOSED: [2024-05-04 Sat 13:12]

AUTHOR: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
ADDED: <2017-10-03>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/242472.The_Black_Swan

The Incerto series is something I have been meaning to read for quite some time now but, after reading this one, have decided to not read the rest.

While the idea here were good (I have had my own love story with complexity theory and similar concepts that break down the 'normal'-ness), I didn't much enjoy the book which felt to me written like a huge rant with more frustration than actual substance. This doesn't say that NNT's concepts don't have that much substance, but that this book was not very solid IMO. Instead of reading the other books, I would try getting hands on some more dense resources around those concepts.

1.9.82. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto #1)

AUTHOR: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
ADDED: <2017-10-03>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38315.Fooled_by_Randomness

1.9.83. READ The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

CLOSED: [2020-02-26 Wed 23:45]

AUTHOR: Andrew Solomon
ADDED: <2017-08-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13932.The_Noonday_Demon

A rather big book. Hard to go through in one go. Less because of the number of pages (~500 main body), more due to the intensity of content.

Not the most enjoyable read, but an important one.

1.9.84. The Song Of The Dodo: Island Biogeography In An Age Of Extinctions

AUTHOR: David Quammen
ADDED: <2017-08-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/546725.The_Song_Of_The_Dodo

1.9.85. Thinking, Fast and Slow

AUTHOR: Daniel Kahneman
ADDED: <2017-08-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11468377-thinking-fast-and-slow

1.9.86. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

AUTHOR: Siddhartha Mukherjee
ADDED: <2017-08-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7170627-the-emperor-of-all-maladies

1.9.87. The Science of Fear: How the Culture of Fear Manipulates Your Brain

AUTHOR: Daniel Gardner
ADDED: <2017-07-27>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Science-Fear-Culture-Manipulates-Brain/dp/0452295467

1.9.88. Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages

AUTHOR: Guy Deutscher
ADDED: <2017-07-04>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Through-Language-Glass-Different-Languages/dp/0312610491

1.9.89. Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain–and How it Changed the World

AUTHOR: Carl Zimmer
ADDED: <2017-06-28>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743272056

1.9.90. The Grid: Electrical Infrastructure for a New Era

AUTHOR: Gretchen Bakke
ADDED: <2017-06-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26073005

1.9.91. The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years

AUTHOR: Sonia Shah
ADDED: <2017-06-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8162151

1.9.92. House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox

AUTHOR: William H. Foege
ADDED: <2017-06-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9772046

1.9.93. Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues

AUTHOR: Paul Farmer
ADDED: <2017-06-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10233

1.9.94. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

AUTHOR: Yuval Noah Harari
ADDED: <2017-06-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31138556

1.9.95. Sustainable Materials - With Both Eyes Open

AUTHOR: Julian M. Allwood, Jonathan M. Cullen
ADDED: <2017-06-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13072034

1.9.96. Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology

AUTHOR: K. Eric Drexler, Marvin Minsky
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/83596

1.9.97. Relativity Visualized: The Gold Nugget of Relativity Books

AUTHOR: Lewis Carroll Epstein
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17363

1.9.98. The Machinery of Life

AUTHOR: David S. Goodsell
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6601267

1.9.99. Diagrammatica: The Path to Feynman Diagrams (Cambridge Lecture Notes in Physics)

AUTHOR: Martinus Veltman
ADDED: <2017-09-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/330562.Diagrammatica

1.9.100. Mastering the Techniques of Teaching

AUTHOR: 
ADDED: <2018-01-11>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Techniques-Teaching-Joseph-Lowman/dp/078795568X

1.9.101. Schooling In Capitalist America: Educational Reform And The Contradictions Of Economic Life

AUTHOR: 
ADDED: <2017-12-27>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Schooling-Capitalist-America-Educational-Contradictions/dp/0465097189

1.9.102. The Idea of India

AUTHOR: Sunil Khilnani
ADDED: <2017-09-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/631243.The_Idea_of_India

1.9.103. The Annihilation of Caste

AUTHOR: B.R. Ambedkar
ADDED: <2017-09-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8521879-the-annihilation-of-caste

1.9.104. READ The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

CLOSED: [2017-09-21 Thu 03:56]

AUTHOR: Mark Manson
ADDED: <2017-09-04>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28257707-the-subtle-art-of-not-giving-a-f-ck

Here is a thing about self help books. You might not agree with them completely and/or they might not present solid backing for all they say, but they do help by letting you think about ideas you could not have thought much about otherwise.

This particular book is a neat example. I bet it is like (in spite of the presentation, which brought me to read it) other similar books in the genre. That means it fits into my earlier paragraph's argument and I wouldn't strongly recommend this specific book but would recommend reading/thinking about the topics it touches.

1.9.105. Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga

AUTHOR: 
ADDED: <2017-08-31>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Hammer-Gods-Led-Zeppelin-Saga/dp/0061473081

1.9.106. READ Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

CLOSED: [2018-02-08 Thu 13:20]

AUTHOR: 
ADDED: <2017-08-23>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Work-Focused-Success-Distracted/dp/1455586692/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503497788&sr=8-1&keywords=deep+work

As I probably said earlier, self help books usually tend to work. I needed a reminder to get back to my pre undergrad flow (yes; I wasted around 4 + 2 years) and got that here. Nothing that you can't get anywhere else, but this might work also.

1.9.107. Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World

AUTHOR: David T. Courtwright
ADDED: <2017-08-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1358247.Forces_of_Habit

1.9.108. Inside Terrorism (Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare)

AUTHOR: Bruce Hoffman
ADDED: <2017-08-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22891.Inside_Terrorism

1.9.109. King Leopold's Ghost

AUTHOR: Adam Hochschild
ADDED: <2017-08-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/347610.King_Leopold_s_Ghost

1.9.110. The Organization Man

AUTHOR: William H. Whyte, Joseph Nocera
ADDED: <2017-07-25>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Organization-Man-William-H-Whyte/dp/0812218191

1.9.111. Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living

AUTHOR: Bruce Lee, John  Little
ADDED: <2017-06-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/259311

1.9.112. Beyond Boredom and Anxiety: Experiencing Flow in Work and Play

AUTHOR: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/66334

1.9.113. Language and Species

AUTHOR: Derek Bickerton
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/636140

1.9.114. The Secret of Childhood

AUTHOR: Maria Montessori
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/920412

1.9.115. Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better

AUTHOR: John Holt
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/573008

1.9.116. Lateral Thinking

AUTHOR: Edward de Bono
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/829616

1.9.117. Toward a Theory of Instruction

AUTHOR: Jerome Bruner
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1633905

1.9.118. To Understand Is to Invent

AUTHOR: Jean Piaget
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1728857

1.9.119. The Psychology of the Child

AUTHOR: Jean Piaget, Bärbel Inhelder, Helen Weaver
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/137908

1.9.120. The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man

AUTHOR: Marshall McLuhan
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/440463

1.9.121. Conscientious Objections: Stirring Up Trouble About Language, Technology and Education

AUTHOR: Neil Postman
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/96444

1.9.122. Technology, Management and Society

AUTHOR: Peter F. Drucker
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4825159

1.9.123. How to Watch TV News

AUTHOR: Neil Postman, Steve Powers
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/96446

1.9.124. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

AUTHOR: Neil Postman, Andrew Postman
ADDED: <2017-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/74034

1.9.125. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

AUTHOR: Malcolm Gladwell
ADDED: <2017-06-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15751404

1.9.126. Outliers: The Story of Success

AUTHOR: Malcolm Gladwell
ADDED: <2017-06-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3228917

1.9.127. Emblems of Mind: The Inner Life of Music and Mathematics

AUTHOR: Edward Rothstein
ADDED: <2017-05-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1136403

1.9.128. Science Tales

AUTHOR: Darryl Cunningham
ADDED: <2017-06-04>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13562838

1.9.129. The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary

AUTHOR: Eric S. Raymond, Bob Young
ADDED: <2017-05-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/134825

1.9.130. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

AUTHOR: Glenn Greenwald
ADDED: <2017-03-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18213403

1.9.131. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

AUTHOR: Naomi Klein
ADDED: <2017-03-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21913812

1.9.132. The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

AUTHOR: Paul Collier
ADDED: <2017-03-03>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/493371

1.9.133. Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science

AUTHOR: Carl Sagan
ADDED: <2017-02-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/485812

1.9.134. The School and Society/The Child and the Curriculum

AUTHOR: John Dewey, Philip W. Jackson
ADDED: <2017-02-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/75282

1.9.135. The Disappearance of Childhood

AUTHOR: Neil Postman
ADDED: <2017-02-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/79679

1.9.136. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man

AUTHOR: Marshall McLuhan, Lewis H. Lapham
ADDED: <2017-02-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/126274

1.9.137. The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics

AUTHOR: Bruce Bueno De Mesquita, Alastair Smith
ADDED: <2017-02-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11612989

1.9.138. Gratitude

AUTHOR: Oliver Sacks
ADDED: <2017-02-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27161964

1.9.139. Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson

AUTHOR: Rachel Carson, Linda Lear
ADDED: <2017-02-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/340134

1.9.140. The Sense of Wonder

AUTHOR: Rachel Carson, Charles Pratt, Nick Kelsh, Linda Lear
ADDED: <2017-02-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27344

1.9.141. Always, Rachel: The Letters of Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman 1952-64-The Story of a Remarkable Friendship (Concord Library)

AUTHOR: Rachel Carson, Dorothy Freeman, Martha E. Freeman, Paul Brooks
ADDED: <2017-02-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27346

1.9.142. The Sea Around Us

AUTHOR: Rachel Carson, Ann H. Zwinger
ADDED: <2017-02-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/542766

1.9.143. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

AUTHOR: Maya Angelou
ADDED: <2017-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13214

1.9.144. Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin

AUTHOR: Stephen Jay Gould
ADDED: <2017-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33928

1.9.145. Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

AUTHOR: Mary Roach
ADDED: <2017-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14990

1.9.146. Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

AUTHOR: Charles P. Pierce
ADDED: <2017-01-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6017788

1.9.147. The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

AUTHOR: Jon Gertner
ADDED: <2017-01-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11797471

1.9.148. Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

AUTHOR: Arlie Russell Hochschild
ADDED: <2017-01-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28695425

1.9.149. A Mathematician's Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form

AUTHOR: Paul  Lockhart, Keith J. Devlin
ADDED: <2016-12-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6232657

1.9.150. Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

AUTHOR: Janna Levin
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27430326

1.9.151. The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24331386

1.9.152. Unforbidden Pleasures

AUTHOR: Adam Phillips
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26114512

1.9.153. Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice

AUTHOR: Martha C. Nussbaum
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26721206

1.9.154. Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

AUTHOR: Sally Mann
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23197288

1.9.155. The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New

AUTHOR: Annie Dillard
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25776682

1.9.156. Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

AUTHOR: Krista Tippett
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25894085

1.9.157. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

AUTHOR: Margot Lee Shetterly
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25953369

1.9.158. When Breath Becomes Air

AUTHOR: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25899336

1.9.159. Pinocchio: The Origin Story

AUTHOR: Alessandro Sanna
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27130704

1.9.160. READ Upstream: Selected Essays

CLOSED: [2018-01-24 Wed 21:31]

AUTHOR: Mary Oliver
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29358559

1.9.161. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

AUTHOR: David Foster Wallace
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6751

1.9.162. How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life

AUTHOR: Alan Lakein
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/180121

1.9.163. READ Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

CLOSED: [2018-07-20 Fri 01:03]

AUTHOR: Mason Currey
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15799151

1.9.164. Disturbing the Universe

AUTHOR: Freeman Dyson
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/134225

1.9.165. READ Advice To A Young Scientist

CLOSED: [2018-03-23 Fri 14:01]

AUTHOR: Peter Medawar
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/905743

A really pragmatic perspective on research. Short and well written.

1.9.166. Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany

AUTHOR: Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside
ADDED: <2016-12-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29429893

1.9.167. Time Travel: A History

AUTHOR: James Gleick
ADDED: <2016-12-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28587584

1.9.168. Felt Time: The Psychology of How We Perceive Time (MIT Press)

AUTHOR: Marc Wittmann, Erik Butler
ADDED: <2016-12-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29363487

1.9.169. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World

AUTHOR: Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery, Jane Billinghurst, Susanne Simard
ADDED: <2016-12-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28256439

1.9.170. The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

AUTHOR: Sean Carroll
ADDED: <2016-12-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26150770

1.9.171. Silence

AUTHOR: John Biguenet
ADDED: <2016-12-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23127665

1.9.172. Dust

AUTHOR: Michael Marder
ADDED: <2016-12-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24804100

1.9.173. I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

AUTHOR: Ed Yong
ADDED: <2016-12-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27213168

1.9.174. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

AUTHOR: Carlo Rovelli, Simon Carnell, Erica Segre
ADDED: <2016-12-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25734172

1.9.175. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

AUTHOR: Adam M. Grant
ADDED: <2016-12-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25614523

1.9.176. Utopia for Realists: The Case for a Universal Basic Income, Open Borders, and a 15-hour Workweek

AUTHOR: Rutger Bregman, Elizabeth Manton
ADDED: <2016-12-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29544996

1.9.177. The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology: A Memoir

AUTHOR: Thomas Dolby
ADDED: <2016-12-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28260471

1.9.178. The Gene: An Intimate History

AUTHOR: Siddhartha Mukherjee
ADDED: <2016-12-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27276428

1.9.179. Landmarks

AUTHOR: Robert Macfarlane
ADDED: <2016-12-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23597544

1.9.180. Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees in the American Cityscape

AUTHOR: Jill Jonnes
ADDED: <2016-12-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28815455

1.9.181. The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

AUTHOR: Olivia Laing
ADDED: <2016-12-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25667449

1.9.182. Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In

AUTHOR: Bernie Sanders
ADDED: <2016-11-30>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31741420

1.9.183. India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy

AUTHOR: Ramachandra Guha
ADDED: <2016-11-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/356824

1.9.184. The Elements: A Very Short Introduction

AUTHOR: Philip Ball
ADDED: <2016-11-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/372295

1.9.185. The Devil's Doctor: Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science

AUTHOR: Philip Ball, Paracelsus, Cornelius Agrippa
ADDED: <2016-11-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/578890

1.9.186. Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler

AUTHOR: Philip Ball
ADDED: <2016-11-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17612667

1.9.187. READ Social Architecture: Building On-line Communities

CLOSED: [2016-11-12 Sat]

AUTHOR: Pieter Hintjens
ADDED: <2016-11-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30121783

1.9.188. READ Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective

CLOSED: [2016-12-07 Wed]

AUTHOR: Kenneth O. Stanley, Joel Lehman
ADDED: <2016-10-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25670869

1.9.189. Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

AUTHOR: Antonio Garcia Martinez
ADDED: <2016-10-14>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28259132

1.9.190. READ Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

CLOSED: [2017-01-14 Sat]

AUTHOR: Cathy O'Neil
ADDED: <2016-10-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28186015

For many it might just be a confirming nod to what they know about Big data in general, but is a good read nevertheless. Overall, it ties 'data science' with its responsibilities. Responsibilities which demands greater care and openness than assumed in the present unconstrained Big data buzz.

1.9.191. Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts

AUTHOR: Stanislas Dehaene
ADDED: <2016-09-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18079692

1.9.192. Making Truth: METAPHOR IN SCIENCE

AUTHOR: Theodore L. Brown
ADDED: <2016-09-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/878548

1.9.193. Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity

AUTHOR: David Foster Wallace
ADDED: <2016-09-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/821914

1.9.194. You Are Not a Gadget

AUTHOR: Jaron Lanier
ADDED: <2016-09-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6683549

1.9.195. READ Logicomix: An epic search for truth

CLOSED: [2018-02-14 Wed 20:23]

AUTHOR: Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos H. Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos, Annie Di Donna
ADDED: <2016-09-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6493321

There are two comments I would like to make here:

  1. Probably we can tone down the mad genius thing a little bit. I am, of course, not sure if the mad genius idea is true but I felt like it was implied very literally here without being actually needed. From what I have perceived in life, the struggles of conflicting thoughts leading to insanity (or even occasional & innocuous fits) are indifferent to whether you are logician or not. You just need to spend enough time with yourself and it follows pretty directly.
  2. Putting aside a few things, this is a deep book. I was thinking to just take a glance and ended up reading the whole thing in a sitting. Don't expect to learn much though. This is not a book on logic. It's exactly what its title (or subtitle) says An epic search for truth.

1.9.196. Cults: Faith, Healing and Coercion

AUTHOR: Marc Galanter
ADDED: <2016-08-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/714512

1.9.197. READ An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

CLOSED: [2016-08-27 Sat]

AUTHOR: Ali Almossawi, Alejandro Giraldo
ADDED: <2016-08-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18753581

1.9.198. The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

AUTHOR: Michael Shermer
ADDED: <2016-08-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9754534

1.9.199. Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time

AUTHOR: Michael Shermer, Stephen Jay Gould
ADDED: <2016-08-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/89281

1.9.200. I Think You'll Find it's a Bit More Complicated Than That

AUTHOR: Ben Goldacre
ADDED: <2016-08-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23132200

1.9.201. Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

AUTHOR: Ben Goldacre
ADDED: <2016-08-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15795155

1.9.202. READ The Psychopath Code: Cracking The Predators That Stalk Us

CLOSED: [2019-05-29 Wed 23:43]

AUTHOR: Pieter Hintjens
ADDED: <2016-08-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27211285

I guess this one is supposed to be read like blog posts since a lot of the ideas are not very scientific. The basic thesis is that there is a set of evolutionary adapted traits which are helpful if you are trying to cheat in a social species and such traits are what make psychopaths. The question about the degree of coverage is something I am not very sure about.

A few general points which I feel are okay to take away:

  1. Psychopaths have a limited set of true emotions.
  2. Their emotional (mimicking) costs are nil so they have a lot of manipulative power.
  3. They are very practical and thus very different from the run of the mill psychopaths shown in popular media. The difference is important since this defines the type of attacks you can expect.
  4. Counter attacks need well thought out plans since they will mostly beat you in unplanned arguments involving a third party's judgement.

Overall this is a pretty opinionated take on the topic. There are a few nice ideas that can help you put things into perspective and understand similar situations in a better way. I can't really say a lot since I don't know enough to put proper refutations.

1.9.203. Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science

AUTHOR: Martin Gardner
ADDED: <2016-08-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17798

1.9.204. READ The Physics of Star Trek

CLOSED: [2016-07-01 Fri]

AUTHOR: Lawrence M. Krauss, Stephen Hawking
ADDED: <2016-06-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2104

1.9.205. READ A Mathematician's Apology

CLOSED: [2016-05-19 Thu]

AUTHOR: G.H. Hardy
ADDED: <2016-05-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/154060

1.9.206. Nonrequired Reading

AUTHOR: Wisława Szymborska, Clare Cavanagh
ADDED: <2016-04-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10207

1.9.207. Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak

AUTHOR: Jean Hatzfeld, Linda Coverdale, Susan Sontag
ADDED: <2016-04-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/189296

1.9.208. The Journalist and the Murderer

AUTHOR: Janet Malcolm, Ian Jack
ADDED: <2016-04-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55563

1.9.209. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

AUTHOR: Nick Bostrom
ADDED: <2016-04-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20527133

1.9.211. Birthday Letters

AUTHOR: Ted Hughes
ADDED: <2016-04-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/313277

1.9.212. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

AUTHOR: Barack Obama
ADDED: <2016-04-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/88061

1.9.213. The Right Stuff

AUTHOR: Tom Wolfe
ADDED: <2016-04-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/586472

1.9.214. Dispatches

AUTHOR: Michael Herr
ADDED: <2016-04-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4339

1.9.215. The Five Ages of the Universe: Inside the Physics of Eternity

AUTHOR: Fred Adams, Greg Laughlin
ADDED: <2016-04-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/401973

1.9.216. READ The Pleasure Instinct: Why We Crave Adventure, Chocolate, Pheromones, and Music

CLOSED: [2016-04-04 Mon]

AUTHOR: Gene Wallenstein
ADDED: <2016-03-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6076559

1.9.217. The Closing of the American Mind

AUTHOR: Allan Bloom
ADDED: <2016-03-22>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/75812

1.9.218. Future Shock

AUTHOR: Alvin Toffler
ADDED: <2016-03-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/466537

1.9.219. Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams: Explorations in Massively Parallel Microworlds

AUTHOR: Mitchel Resnick
ADDED: <2016-03-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40798

1.9.220. READ The Nature of Code

CLOSED: [2016-03-19 Sat]

AUTHOR: Daniel Shiffman
ADDED: <2016-03-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16123828

1.9.221. READ The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist

CLOSED: [2016-03-12 Sat]

AUTHOR: Richard Feynman
ADDED: <2016-03-04>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17375

1.9.222. Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?: And 114 Other Questions

AUTHOR: Mick O'Hare
ADDED: <2016-02-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/561436

1.9.223. Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life

AUTHOR: William Deresiewicz
ADDED: <2016-02-22>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18775383

1.9.224. READ The Society of Mind

CLOSED: [2018-11-06 Tue 02:25]

AUTHOR: Marvin Minsky
ADDED: <2016-01-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/326790

Took a lot longer than I expected. The structure is pretty similar to 'I Am a Strange Loop'. Lots of sections and subsections. A bit too many to keep things coherent specially when you keep going off and on (though I am not sure which way the causality goes here). Anyway, a lot of the major ideas from the book are popularly known these days so it's hard to recommend as such. Though here is a line somewhere from the ending that helps in looking at this:

…this book should be read less as a text of scientific scholarship and more as an adventure story for the imagination.

1.9.225. Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science

AUTHOR: Michael Nielsen
ADDED: <2016-01-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11667578

1.9.226. Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza

AUTHOR: Ken Forkish
ADDED: <2016-01-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13414492

1.9.227. Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World

AUTHOR: Gillen D'Arcy Wood
ADDED: <2015-12-31>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18607842

1.9.228. Reckoning with Risk: Learning to Live with Uncertainty

AUTHOR: Gerd Gigerenzer
ADDED: <2015-12-20>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/320406

1.9.229. How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine

AUTHOR: Trisha Greenhalgh
ADDED: <2015-12-20>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1019894

1.9.230. READ Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

CLOSED: [2015-12-20 Sun]

AUTHOR: Ben Goldacre
ADDED: <2015-12-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9665017

1.9.231. Micromotives and Macrobehavior

AUTHOR: Thomas C. Schelling
ADDED: <2015-12-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/317333

1.9.232. The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart

AUTHOR: Bill Bishop
ADDED: <2015-12-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2569072

1.9.233. Desert Solitaire

AUTHOR: Edward Abbey
ADDED: <2015-12-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/214614

1.9.234. A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There

AUTHOR: Aldo Leopold
ADDED: <2015-11-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/210404

1.9.235. Jihad Academy: The Rise of Islamic State

AUTHOR: Nicolas Hénin, Martin Makinson
ADDED: <2015-11-17>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27406435

1.9.236. Flatterland: Like Flatland Only More So

AUTHOR: Ian Stewart
ADDED: <2015-11-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17033

1.9.237. The Human Use Of Human Beings: Cybernetics And Society

AUTHOR: Norbert Wiener
ADDED: <2015-11-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/153954

1.9.238. Cybernetics: or the Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine

AUTHOR: Norbert Wiener
ADDED: <2015-11-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/294941

1.9.239. Biophilia

AUTHOR: Christopher Marley
ADDED: <2015-10-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23167749

1.9.240. The Invention of Clouds

AUTHOR: Richard Hamblyn
ADDED: <2015-10-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1148768

1.9.241. How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog

AUTHOR: Chad Orzel
ADDED: <2015-10-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8243716

1.9.242. The World Without Us

AUTHOR: Alan Weisman
ADDED: <2015-10-22>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/248787

1.9.243. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

AUTHOR: Malcolm Gladwell
ADDED: <2015-10-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2612

1.9.244. It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap As News

AUTHOR: Drew Curtis
ADDED: <2015-10-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/816159

1.9.245. The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

AUTHOR: Richard  Holmes
ADDED: <2015-10-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4371507

1.9.246. READ Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

CLOSED: [2015-10-19 Mon]

AUTHOR: Oliver Sacks
ADDED: <2015-10-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6234210

1.9.247. The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland

AUTHOR: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
ADDED: <2015-09-24>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23503019

1.9.248. READ How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy

CLOSED: [2015-09-26 Sat]

AUTHOR: Stephen Witt
ADDED: <2015-09-24>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25493536

It wasn't in my high priority to-read list, but I started and didn't stop till it was over. Exactly the way I wanted the piracy story to be told.

1.9.249. READ The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

CLOSED: [2016-05-16 Mon]

AUTHOR: Pedro Domingos
ADDED: <2015-09-17>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24612233

1.9.250. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

AUTHOR: Michael   Lewis
ADDED: <2015-09-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1301

1.9.251. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change

AUTHOR: Elizabeth Kolbert
ADDED: <2015-09-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/80513

1.9.252. Under a Green Sky: Global Warming, the Mass Extinctions of the Past, and What They Can Tell Us About Our Future

AUTHOR: Peter D. Ward
ADDED: <2015-09-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/630144

1.9.253. READ The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

CLOSED: [2015-12-05 Sat]

AUTHOR: Paul Bogard
ADDED: <2015-08-17>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18904721

1.9.254. Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

AUTHOR: Eliezer Yudkowsky
ADDED: <2015-08-14>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10016013

1.9.255. READ Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

CLOSED: [2015-12-09 Wed]

AUTHOR: Randall Munroe
ADDED: <2015-07-30>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25329850

1.9.256. Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth

AUTHOR: James E. Lovelock
ADDED: <2015-07-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/274230

1.9.257. The Mismeasure of Man

AUTHOR: Stephen Jay Gould
ADDED: <2015-07-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54218

1.9.258. This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works

AUTHOR: John Brockman, Susan Blackmore, Rebecca Goldstein, James J. O'Donnell, Paul J. Steinhardt, Shing-Tung Yau, Frank Wilczek, Thomas Metzinger, Sean Carroll, Steven Pinker, Jonathan Gottschall, David G. Myers, Matt Ridley, Armand Marie Leroi, Gerd Gigerenzer, Martin J. Rees, Richard Dawkins, Scott Atran, Carlo Rovelli, Aubrey de Grey, Leonard Susskind, Joel Gold, Alan Alda, Anton Zeilinger, Jeremy Bernstein, Andrei D. Linde, George Dyson, Max Tegmark, Gino Segrè, Freeman Dyson, Satyajit Das, Haim Harari, Robert R. Provine, V.S. Ramachandran, David M. Eagleman, Mahzarin Banaji, Robert M. Sapolsky, Richard H. Thaler, Jennifer Jacquet, Judith Rich Harris, Dan Sperber, Clay Shirky, Hugo Mercier, Stewart Brand, Kevin P. Hand, Paul Saffo, Daniel C. Dennett, Carl Zimmer, David M. Buss, A.C. Grayling, Howard Gardner
ADDED: <2015-06-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15818399

1.9.259. READ Fortune's Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street

CLOSED: [2015-08-07 Fri]

AUTHOR: William Poundstone
ADDED: <2015-06-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6564279

1.9.260. READ Culture & Empire: Digital Revolution

CLOSED: [2015-09-26 Sat]

AUTHOR: Pieter Hintjens
ADDED: <2015-06-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19257445

1.9.261. The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

AUTHOR: Julian Jaynes
ADDED: <2015-06-03>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22478

1.9.262. The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and the Dark Side of Human Nature

AUTHOR: Richard H. Smith
ADDED: <2015-05-31>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16285237

1.9.263. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

AUTHOR: Peter Thiel, Blake  Masters
ADDED: <2015-05-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18050143

1.9.264. READ The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

CLOSED: [2020-11-24 Tue 14:55]

AUTHOR: Ben Horowitz
ADDED: <2015-05-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18176747

1.9.265. READ Oaxaca Journal

CLOSED: [2015-05-14 Thu]

AUTHOR: Oliver Sacks
ADDED: <2015-05-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13132815

1.9.266. READ What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

CLOSED: [2015-05-07 Thu]

AUTHOR: Randall Munroe
ADDED: <2015-05-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21413662

1.9.267. READ Consciousness and the Social Brain

CLOSED: [2015-07-16 Thu]

AUTHOR: Michael S.A. Graziano
ADDED: <2015-04-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17349805

1.9.268. Einstein's Dice and Schrödinger's Cat: How Two Great Minds Battled Quantum Randomness to Create a Unified Theory of Physics

AUTHOR: Paul Halpern
ADDED: <2015-04-22>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23013829

1.9.269. The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

AUTHOR: Oliver Burkeman
ADDED: <2015-04-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13721709

1.9.270. Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy

AUTHOR: Eric G. Wilson
ADDED: <2015-04-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1298834

1.9.271. Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave

AUTHOR: Adam Alter
ADDED: <2015-04-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15811497

1.9.272. Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You're So Tired

AUTHOR: Till Roenneberg
ADDED: <2015-04-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13598053

1.9.273. Music, Ways Of Listening

AUTHOR: Elliott Schwartz
ADDED: <2015-04-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4498679

1.9.274. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

AUTHOR: Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
ADDED: <2015-04-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/80571

1.9.275. The Oldest Living Things in the World

AUTHOR: Rachel Sussman, Carl Zimmer, Hans Ulrich Obrist
ADDED: <2015-03-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18526648

1.9.276. The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

AUTHOR: Sam Kean
ADDED: <2015-03-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18774002

1.9.277. This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress

AUTHOR: John Brockman
ADDED: <2015-03-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22477307

1.9.278. The Creative Brain: The Science of Genius

AUTHOR: Nancy C. Andreasen
ADDED: <2015-03-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/907634

1.9.279. Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

AUTHOR: Mario Livio
ADDED: <2015-03-04>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15802325

1.9.280. The Well of Being: A Children's Book for Adults

AUTHOR: Jean-Pierre Weill
ADDED: <2015-03-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18789669

1.9.281. Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny

AUTHOR: Robert Wright
ADDED: <2015-02-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1124380

1.9.282. The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

AUTHOR: Robert Wright
ADDED: <2015-02-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/681941

1.9.283. Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics

AUTHOR: Robert Gilmore
ADDED: <2015-02-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1044095

1.9.284. How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

AUTHOR: Ray Kurzweil
ADDED: <2015-02-22>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13589153

1.9.285. Quantum Computing Since Democritus

AUTHOR: Scott Aaronson
ADDED: <2015-02-20>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17471298

1.9.286. The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty

AUTHOR: Robert P. Crease, Alfred Scharff Goldhaber
ADDED: <2015-02-17>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20663690

1.9.287. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

AUTHOR: Atul Gawande
ADDED: <2015-02-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20696006

1.9.288. READ The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities

CLOSED: [2015-06-27 Sat]

AUTHOR: Caleb Scharf
ADDED: <2015-02-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22394373

1.9.289. Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos

AUTHOR: Caleb Scharf
ADDED: <2015-02-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13166638

1.9.290. The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality

AUTHOR: Dave Goldberg
ADDED: <2015-02-14>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16101087

1.9.291. Stumbling on Happiness

AUTHOR: Daniel Todd Gilbert
ADDED: <2015-02-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56627

1.9.292. Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity

AUTHOR: Rebecca Goldstein
ADDED: <2015-02-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12876

1.9.293. Hal's Legacy: 2001's Computer as Dream and Reality

AUTHOR: David G. Stork, Arthur C. Clarke
ADDED: <2015-02-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/215201

1.9.294. READ The Science of Interstellar

CLOSED: [2015-02-17 Tue]

AUTHOR: Kip S. Thorne, Christopher J. Nolan
ADDED: <2015-02-03>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23521669

1.9.295. The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

AUTHOR: Deborah Blum
ADDED: <2015-02-03>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7054123

1.9.296. Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service

AUTHOR: Maryn McKenna
ADDED: <2015-02-03>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/535383

1.9.297. Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

AUTHOR: Maryn McKenna
ADDED: <2015-02-03>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7649306

1.9.298. Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration

AUTHOR: Claude A. Piantadosi
ADDED: <2015-02-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14624382

1.9.299. The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn

AUTHOR: Louisa Gilder
ADDED: <2015-02-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5096882

1.9.301. The Uses Of The Past: Profiles Of Former Societies

AUTHOR: Herbert Joseph Muller
ADDED: <2015-02-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2088706

1.9.303. How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

AUTHOR: Mortimer J. Adler, Charles Van Doren
ADDED: <2015-02-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/567610

Why am I reading this book? Recently both my reading quality and quantity have gone down. I feel the depth I used to go through for any reading was more before. There are many reasons for that and I don't want to go there in this note. But one strong way of recovery is to do some structured reading. Similar to how to write a thesis, this book seems like covering a certain way of reading deeply. I don't know if the exact approach will work for me but I am hoping to be able to build my own better approach.

1.9.304. The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery

AUTHOR: Tony Hey, Stewart Tansley, Kristin Tolle
ADDED: <2015-01-30>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7380332

1.9.305. The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World's Most Important Company

AUTHOR: Michael S. Malone
ADDED: <2015-01-30>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18606951

1.9.306. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

AUTHOR: Brian Greene
ADDED: <2015-01-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/771

1.9.307. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

AUTHOR: Oliver Sacks
ADDED: <2015-01-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/63697

1.9.308. The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

AUTHOR: Sam Kean
ADDED: <2015-01-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7247854

1.9.309. Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

AUTHOR: Carl Sagan
ADDED: <2015-01-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32276

1.9.310. How the Mind Works

AUTHOR: Steven Pinker
ADDED: <2015-01-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/835623

1.9.311. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

AUTHOR: Jared Diamond
ADDED: <2015-01-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1842

1.9.312. Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

AUTHOR: Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan
ADDED: <2015-01-29>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61663

1.9.313. READ The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

CLOSED: [2015-09-06 Sun]

AUTHOR: Elizabeth Kolbert
ADDED: <2015-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19665685

1.9.314. About Time: Einstein's Unfinished Revolution

AUTHOR: Paul Davies
ADDED: <2015-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/298252

1.9.315. Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos: The Story of the Scientific Quest for the Secret of the Universe

AUTHOR: Dennis Overbye
ADDED: <2015-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/211213

1.9.316. Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré's Maps: Empires of Time

AUTHOR: Peter Galison
ADDED: <2015-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/276044

1.9.317. The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind

AUTHOR: Marvin Minsky
ADDED: <2015-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/169007

1.9.318. The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew

AUTHOR: Alan Lightman
ADDED: <2015-01-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17756352

1.9.319. READ The Character of Physical Law

CLOSED: [2016-06-28 Tue]

AUTHOR: Richard Feynman, James Gleick
ADDED: <2015-01-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/291920

1.9.320. How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum

AUTHOR: Keri Smith
ADDED: <2015-01-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3090109

1.9.321. How to Avoid Work

AUTHOR: William J. Reilly
ADDED: <2015-01-20>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17053961

1.9.322. Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life

AUTHOR: Nick Lane
ADDED: <2015-01-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39001

1.9.323. READ The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body

CLOSED: [2015-02-08 Sun]

AUTHOR: Frances Ashcroft
ADDED: <2015-01-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19046254

1.9.324. Speaking And Language: Defence Of Poetry

AUTHOR: Paul Goodman
ADDED: <2015-01-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1857156

1.9.325. Made in Japan: Akio Morita and Sony

AUTHOR: Akio Morita, Edwin M. Reingold, Mitsuko Shimomura
ADDED: <2015-01-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1008101

1.9.326. READ Neurocomic

CLOSED: [2018-03-02 Fri 00:05]

AUTHOR: Hana Ros, Matteo Farinella
ADDED: <2015-01-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17675119

1.9.327. READ Flim-Flam!

CLOSED: [2016-05-17 Tue]

AUTHOR: James Randi, Isaac Asimov
ADDED: <2015-01-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/662277

1.9.328. Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe

AUTHOR: Roger Penrose
ADDED: <2015-01-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7947434

1.9.329. Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution

AUTHOR: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Donald Goldsmith
ADDED: <2015-01-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20663771

1.9.330. The Inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins

AUTHOR: Alan Guth
ADDED: <2015-01-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1381851

1.9.331. READ Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

CLOSED: [2022-03-04 Fri 11:00]

AUTHOR: Paul Graham, Allen Noren, Matt Hutchinson
ADDED: <2015-01-14>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41793

1.9.332. The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World

AUTHOR: Lawrence Lessig
ADDED: <2015-01-14>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/72012

1.9.333. Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are

AUTHOR: Sebastian Seung
ADDED: <2015-01-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11346470

1.9.334. READ Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction

CLOSED: [2015-01-23 Fri]

AUTHOR: Annalee Newitz
ADDED: <2015-01-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17611011

1.9.335. One, Two, Three…Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science

AUTHOR: George Gamow
ADDED: <2015-01-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52670

1.9.336. Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology

AUTHOR: Johnjoe McFadden, Jim Al-Khalili
ADDED: <2015-01-10>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23347191

1.9.337. Zero Time Space: How Quantum Tunneling Broke the Light Speed Barrier

AUTHOR: Günter Nimtz, Astrid Haibel
ADDED: <2015-01-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3038574

1.9.338. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

AUTHOR: Atul Gawande
ADDED: <2015-01-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6667514

1.9.339. This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

AUTHOR: Daniel J. Levitin
ADDED: <2015-01-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/141565

1.9.340. Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts

AUTHOR: Emily Anthes
ADDED: <2015-01-04>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15793536

1.9.341. Quintessence: The Mystery of Missing Mass in the Universe

AUTHOR: Lawrence M. Krauss
ADDED: <2015-01-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/100645

1.9.342. The Goldilocks Enigma: Why is the Universe Just Right for Life?

AUTHOR: Paul Davies
ADDED: <2015-01-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/817511

1.9.343. Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law

AUTHOR: Peter Woit
ADDED: <2015-01-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27578

1.9.344. Three Roads To Quantum Gravity

AUTHOR: Lee Smolin
ADDED: <2014-12-30>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/132695

1.9.345. The Physics of Time Asymmetry

AUTHOR: Paul Davies
ADDED: <2014-12-30>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1550618

1.9.346. The Guardian of All Things: The Epic Story of Human Memory

AUTHOR: Michael S. Malone
ADDED: <2014-12-24>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13167105

1.9.347. In Search of Time: The Science of a Curious Dimension

AUTHOR: Dan Falk
ADDED: <2014-12-24>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4902979

1.9.348. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

AUTHOR: James Gleick
ADDED: <2014-12-24>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8701960

1.9.349. Dark Pools: The Rise of Artificially Intelligent Trading Machines and the Looming Threat to Wall Street

AUTHOR: Scott Patterson
ADDED: <2014-12-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12917124

1.9.350. READ Programming the Universe: A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos

CLOSED: [2014-12-30 Tue]

AUTHOR: Seth Lloyd
ADDED: <2014-12-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/331680

1.9.351. Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

AUTHOR: Christopher Steiner
ADDED: <2014-12-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13542772

1.9.352. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't

AUTHOR: Nate Silver
ADDED: <2014-12-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13588394

1.9.353. Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty

AUTHOR: Nancy L. Etcoff
ADDED: <2014-12-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/106860

1.9.354. READ How to Be Alone

CLOSED: [2015-01-01 Thu]

AUTHOR: Sara Maitland
ADDED: <2014-12-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20518977

1.9.355. Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)

AUTHOR: Christian Rudder
ADDED: <2014-12-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21480734

1.9.356. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

AUTHOR: Steven Johnson
ADDED: <2014-12-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20893477

1.9.357. READ How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself

CLOSED: [2015-04-09 Thu]

AUTHOR: Robert Paul Smith, Elinor Goulding Smith, Paul     Collins
ADDED: <2014-12-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7022939

1.9.358. Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty

AUTHOR: Vikram Chandra
ADDED: <2014-12-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20613480

1.9.359. Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic that Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries

AUTHOR: Molly Caldwell Crosby
ADDED: <2014-10-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7438853

1.9.360. Brain Bugs: How the Brain's Flaws Shape Our Lives

AUTHOR: Dean Buonomano
ADDED: <2014-10-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11213439

1.9.361. READ On Intelligence

CLOSED: [2014-10-21 Tue]

AUTHOR: Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
ADDED: <2014-07-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27539

1.9.362. The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History

AUTHOR: Stephen Jay Gould
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33933

1.9.363. READ The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

CLOSED: [2015-01-18 Sun]

AUTHOR: Sam Kean
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13521382

1.9.364. The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

AUTHOR: Brian Greene
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8167094

1.9.365. READ A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

CLOSED: [2014-12-04 Thu]

AUTHOR: Lawrence M. Krauss, Richard Dawkins
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11337189

1.9.366. In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World

AUTHOR: Ian Stewart
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13237758

1.9.367. Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel

AUTHOR: Michio Kaku
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1168341

1.9.368. Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

AUTHOR: Nick Lane
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6429264

1.9.369. READ Brighter than a Thousand Suns: A Personal History of the Atomic Scientists

CLOSED: [2014-12-20 Sat]

AUTHOR: Robert Jungk, James Cleugh
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/407305

1.9.370. The Emperor's New Mind Concerning Computers, Minds and the Laws of Physics

AUTHOR: Roger Penrose, Martin Gardner
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/179744

1.9.371. READ Silent Spring

CLOSED: [2014-12-28 Sun]

AUTHOR: Rachel Carson, Linda Lear, Edward O. Wilson
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27333

1.9.372. READ The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

CLOSED: [2015-02-12 Thu]

AUTHOR: James D. Watson
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18920474

1.9.373. READ The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

CLOSED: [2015-03-09 Mon]

AUTHOR: Ray Kurzweil
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5804507

1.9.374. Hyperspace

AUTHOR: Michio Kaku
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33426

1.9.375. READ How to Lie with Statistics

CLOSED: [2014-07-22 Tue]

AUTHOR: Darrell Huff, Irving Geis
ADDED: <2014-07-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51291

1.9.376. Cosmos

AUTHOR: Carl Sagan
ADDED: <2014-07-10>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55030

1.9.377. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

AUTHOR: Mary Roach
ADDED: <2014-07-10>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7237456

1.9.378. A Short History of Nearly Everything

AUTHOR: Bill Bryson
ADDED: <2014-07-10>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21

1.9.379. READ The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

CLOSED: [2014-07-10 Thu]

AUTHOR: Rebecca Skloot
ADDED: <2014-07-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6493208

1.9.380. READ Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

CLOSED: [2014-07-12 Sat]

AUTHOR: Susan Cain
ADDED: <2014-07-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8520610

1.9.381. READ QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter

CLOSED: [2014-06-24 Tue]

AUTHOR: Richard Feynman
ADDED: <2014-06-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5552

1.9.382. READ The First Three Minutes: A Modern View Of The Origin Of The Universe

CLOSED: [2014-06-22 Sun]

AUTHOR: Steven Weinberg
ADDED: <2014-06-22>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/150131

1.9.383. READ The Universe in a Nutshell

AUTHOR: Stephen Hawking
ADDED: <2014-04-10>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2095

1.9.384. READ The Last Lecture

CLOSED: [2014-04-10 Thu]

AUTHOR: Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
ADDED: <2014-04-10>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2318271

1.9.385. READ The Grand Design

CLOSED: [2014-03-05 Wed]

AUTHOR: Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
ADDED: <2014-03-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8520362

1.9.386. READ A Brief History of Time

CLOSED: [2014-03-05 Wed]

AUTHOR: Stephen Hawking, Cao Chi, Phạm Văn Thiều
ADDED: <2014-03-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3869

2. Fiction

2.1. Science Fiction

2.1.1. READ Ubik

CLOSED: [2023-10-23 Mon 09:13]

AUTHOR: Philip K. Dick
ADDED: [2023-10-23]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Ubik-S-F-Masterworks-Philip-Dick/dp/1474607438

2.1.2. READ Rendezvous with Rama

CLOSED: [2023-04-15 Sat 12:29]

AUTHOR: Arthur C. Clarke
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Rendezvous-Rama-Arthur-C-Clarke/dp/1407230077
ADDED: [2023-04-15]

I picked this up just after Foundation and this was very clearly a different kind of science fiction. Rama was more of what I remember as science fiction from my childhood and I was able to finish this way faster. There were a lot of moments in the story where the overpowering feeling was of 'awe', something that I expect from a solid space science fiction.

Along with Foundation, this has sparked a strong interest in science fiction for me. Earlier I was pretty neutral towards the genre, but now I am not.

2.1.3. READ Foundation

CLOSED: [2023-03-31 Fri 00:49]

AUTHOR: Isaac Asimov
ADDED: [2023-03-31]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Foundation-Isaac-Asimov/dp/0553293354

I have always wanted to read old science fiction books. Foundation was one of those. While I enjoyed reading it, I felt that I wasn't that pulled in the world. This could be an artefact of my reading speed and the amount of interruptions but I feel maybe reading more books in the series might settle the foundation world more in my mind.

2.1.4. Jurassic Park

AUTHOR: Michael Crichton
ADDED: [2019-10-29]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40604658-jurassic-park

2.1.5. READ True Names

CLOSED: [2018-09-23 Sun 02:58]

AUTHOR: Vernor Vinge, Bob Walters, Marvin Minsky
ADDED: [2018-09-23]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1280983.True_Names

2.1.6. Children of Dune (Dune #3)

AUTHOR: Frank Herbert
ADDED: <2018-05-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/112.Children_of_Dune

2.1.7. READ Dune Messiah (Dune #2)

CLOSED: [2018-05-06 Sun 23:16]

AUTHOR: Frank Herbert
ADDED: <2018-04-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/106.Dune_Messiah

This is a really heavy upgrade on the first book. The acts and inhibitions go much deeper here. Going by my thoughts about the first book, this one too is not very detailed from the perspective of the plot itself. But the point here is more about the perplexity of prescience than anything else, and the book commits to that.

I surely am interested in reading the rest of the series now.

2.1.8. READ The Last Answer

CLOSED: [2017-11-13 Mon 20:46]

AUTHOR: Isaac Asimov
ADDED: <2017-11-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15755066-the-last-answer

This (along with The Last Question, which I recently read) is a beautiful short. Looking forward to more from Asimov.

2.1.9. READ The Last Question

CLOSED: [2017-11-10 Fri 22:07]

AUTHOR: Isaac Asimov, Bob E. Flick, Jim Gallant
ADDED: <2017-11-10>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4808763-the-last-question

How can entropy be reversed?

2.1.10. Metro 2033 (Metro, #1)

AUTHOR: Dmitry Glukhovsky
ADDED: <2017-05-18>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17274667

2.1.11. READ Solaris

CLOSED: [2017-05-14 Sun]

AUTHOR: Stanisław Lem
ADDED: <2017-05-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/95558

Not very hard sci-fi, but one of the best experiences.

2.1.12. Soylent Green

AUTHOR: Harry Harrison
ADDED: <2017-03-22>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9799221

2.1.13. A Scanner Darkly

AUTHOR: Philip K. Dick
ADDED: <2017-02-10>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14817

2.1.14. READ Dune (Dune #1)

CLOSED: [2018-04-27 Fri 14:17]

AUTHOR: Frank Herbert
ADDED: <2017-01-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/234225

So finally I got around to reading this. I was looking for a solid science fiction and had high hopes with this one. Disappointed that this is not really the science fiction I wanted.

Keeping the soft and hard sci-fi distinction in mind, I would still say that you should not approach this as a sci-fi because not much changes (at least in book one) even after replacing all of the science things with simpler alternatives. This book is more about the rise of a prophet and usual things like power struggle. Science is not fundamentally affecting any part of the story line.

It also has a tone of prophecy around everything. So much that you might just not feel the anticipation and can easily guess where everything is going, resulting in bland experience. This might work out differently if you either like the chosen one theme or have not read similar ones recently.

Overall, it had a relatively simple story (for such length) with some nice character development (Paul, the prophet). I don't have plans for going through the whole series but will read the next book (Dune Messiah) since that is darker.

PS: In case you also feel a lack of richness while reading, don't miss the Appendices at the end. They help adding some depth to the story.

2.1.15. Seveneves

AUTHOR: Neal Stephenson
ADDED: <2016-11-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22816087

2.1.16. Contact

AUTHOR: Carl Sagan
ADDED: <2016-08-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61666

2.1.17. The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

AUTHOR: Neal Stephenson
ADDED: <2016-08-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/827

2.1.18. Snow Crash

AUTHOR: Neal Stephenson
ADDED: <2016-08-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/830

2.1.19. READ Anathem

CLOSED: [2016-08-07 Sun]

AUTHOR: Neal Stephenson
ADDED: <2016-06-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2845024

It could have been helped by a bit deeper storyline and 'theorics', considering the number of pages (~1000). The kind of topics it touched, it could have been perfect. But at time it felt bloated.

2.1.20. Reamde

AUTHOR: Neal Stephenson
ADDED: <2016-03-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10552338

2.1.21. READ Neuromancer

CLOSED: [2019-10-14 Mon 11:18]

AUTHOR: William Gibson
ADDED: <2015-12-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22328

2.1.22. Frankenstein

AUTHOR: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Maurice Hindle
ADDED: <2015-11-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18490

2.1.23. READ The Lathe of Heaven

CLOSED: [2015-10-25 Sun]

AUTHOR: Ursula K. Le Guin
ADDED: <2015-10-20>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22007410

2.1.24. READ Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

CLOSED: [2018-02-02 Fri 02:17]

AUTHOR: Philip K. Dick, Roger Zelazny
ADDED: <2015-07-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7082

Mid way, I realized that I have actually seen the movie (Blade Runner) but this book still kept on giving and giving. I specially enjoyed the way the mind of Isidore was picked. It's really hard to reconcile with reality after your faith, your everything, is taken away.

As a side note, I am interested to know more about the author's (Philip K. Dick; this is my first book by him) philosophical and religious inclinations.

2.1.25. Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)

AUTHOR: Scott Westerfeld
ADDED: <2016-08-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6050678

2.1.26. The Martian

AUTHOR: Andy Weir
ADDED: <2015-05-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18007564

2.1.27. READ The Time Machine

CLOSED: [2015-05-19 Tue]

AUTHOR: H.G. Wells
ADDED: <2015-05-14>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8155907

2.1.28. The Windup Girl

AUTHOR: Paolo Bacigalupi
ADDED: <2015-12-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6597651

2.2. Fantasy

2.2.1. READ How the Marquis Got His Coat Back

CLOSED: [2023-06-05 Mon 12:52]

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman
ADDED: [2023-06-05]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/How-Marquis-Got-Coat-Back/dp/1472235320

2.2.2. READ Port of Shadows

CLOSED: [2019-01-24 Thu 23:57]

AUTHOR: Glen Cook
ADDED: [2018-12-04]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37534877-port-of-shadows

It was okay but I believe a lot of value was nostalgic. The revelations (or the possibilities of them) felt a little just-for-the-sake instead of actually contributing in the piece. I guess this is related to having few more books (at least A Pitiless Rain).

2.2.3. Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3)

AUTHOR: Robin Hobb
ADDED: <2017-02-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33396914

2.2.4. Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2)

AUTHOR: Robin Hobb
ADDED: <2017-02-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25300956

2.2.5. Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)

AUTHOR: Robin Hobb
ADDED: <2017-02-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/77197

2.2.6. Last Argument of Kings (The First Law #3)

AUTHOR: Joe Abercrombie
ADDED: <2017-01-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/944076

2.2.7. Before They Are Hanged (The First Law #2)

AUTHOR: Joe Abercrombie
ADDED: <2017-01-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/902715

2.2.8. The Blade Itself (The First Law #1)

AUTHOR: Joe Abercrombie
ADDED: <2017-01-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/944073

2.2.9. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)

AUTHOR: Jim Butcher
ADDED: <2016-12-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47212

2.2.10. The Crippled God (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #10)

AUTHOR: Steven Erikson
ADDED: <2016-08-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8447255

2.2.11. Dust of Dreams (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #9)

AUTHOR: Steven Erikson
ADDED: <2016-08-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4703427

2.2.12. Toll the Hounds (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #8)

AUTHOR: Steven Erikson
ADDED: <2016-08-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/938544

2.2.13. Reaper's Gale (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #7)

AUTHOR: Steven Erikson
ADDED: <2016-08-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/459064

2.2.14. The Bonehunters (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #6)

AUTHOR: Steven Erikson
ADDED: <2016-08-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/478951

2.2.15. Midnight Tides (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #5)

AUTHOR: Steven Erikson
ADDED: <2016-08-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/345299

2.2.16. House of Chains (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #4)

AUTHOR: Steven Erikson
ADDED: <2016-08-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55398

2.2.17. Memories of Ice (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #3)

AUTHOR: Steven Erikson
ADDED: <2016-08-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/175983

2.2.18. Deadhouse Gates (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #2)

AUTHOR: Steven Erikson
ADDED: <2016-08-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55401

2.2.19. Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)

AUTHOR: Steven Erikson
ADDED: <2016-08-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55399

2.2.20. READ Season of Storms (The Witcher, #0.5)

CLOSED: [2016-06-29 Wed]

AUTHOR: Andrzej Sapkowski
ADDED: <2016-06-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25748789

2.2.21. READ Pani Jeziora (Saga o Wiedźminie, #7)

CLOSED: [2016-06-24 Fri]

AUTHOR: Andrzej Sapkowski
ADDED: <2016-06-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/68452

2.2.22. READ The Tower of the Swallow (The Witcher, #6)

CLOSED: [2016-06-19 Sun]

AUTHOR: Andrzej Sapkowski, David French
ADDED: <2016-06-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18247597

2.2.23. READ The Silver Spike (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #3.5)

CLOSED: [2016-08-28 Sun]

AUTHOR: Glen Cook
ADDED: <2016-06-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/400914

2.2.24. READ The Black Company (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #1)

CLOSED: [2016-07-04 Mon]

AUTHOR: Glen Cook
ADDED: <2016-06-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/140671

2.2.25. READ Water Sleeps (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #8)

CLOSED: [2017-02-07 Tue]

AUTHOR: Glen Cook
ADDED: <2016-06-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/349470

2.2.26. READ Soldiers Live (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #9)

CLOSED: [2017-02-25 Sat]

AUTHOR: Glen Cook
ADDED: <2016-06-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/400899

2.2.27. READ She is the Darkness (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #7)

CLOSED: [2017-01-02 Mon]

AUTHOR: Glen Cook
ADDED: <2016-06-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/400897

Story of the south really picks up with this one! Hopefully, the next 2 will be amazing.

2.2.28. READ Bleak Seasons (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #6)

CLOSED: [2016-12-22 Thu]

AUTHOR: Glen Cook
ADDED: <2016-06-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/400911

2.2.29. READ Dreams of Steel (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #5)

CLOSED: [2016-08-15 Mon]

AUTHOR: Glen Cook
ADDED: <2016-06-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/400900

Characters up in the north were more alluring. Read through the books of the south using the impetus of north. Gets slightly unnecessarily chaotic at times, without moving the story as the older books did. Will go to glittering stone after touching the silver spike.

2.2.30. READ Shadow Games (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #4)

CLOSED: [2016-08-14 Sun]

AUTHOR: Glen Cook
ADDED: <2016-06-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/113540

2.2.31. READ The White Rose (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #3)

CLOSED: [2016-08-12 Fri]

AUTHOR: Glen Cook
ADDED: <2016-06-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/400906

2.2.32. READ Shadows Linger (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #2)

CLOSED: [2016-08-09 Tue]

AUTHOR: Glen Cook
ADDED: <2016-06-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/400881

2.2.33. Neverwhere

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman
ADDED: <2016-06-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14497

2.2.34. The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)

AUTHOR: J.R.R. Tolkien
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15241

2.2.35. The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)

AUTHOR: J.R.R. Tolkien
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18512

2.2.36. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)

AUTHOR: J.R.R. Tolkien
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34

2.2.37. The Hobbit

AUTHOR: J.R.R. Tolkien
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5907

2.2.38. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/136251

2.2.39. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)

AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1

2.2.40. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré, Amik Kasoruho
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15881

2.2.41. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5

2.2.42. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6

2.2.43. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2

2.2.44. READ The Time of Contempt (The Witcher, #4)

CLOSED: [2016-03-25 Fri]

AUTHOR: Andrzej Sapkowski, David French
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14781491

2.2.45. READ The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)

CLOSED: [2016-01-29 Fri]

AUTHOR: C.S. Lewis
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/84369

2.2.46. READ The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)

CLOSED: [2016-01-13 Wed]

AUTHOR: C.S. Lewis
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/65605

2.2.47. READ The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)

CLOSED: [2016-01-02 Sat]

AUTHOR: C.S. Lewis
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/84119

2.2.48. READ The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)

CLOSED: [2015-12-30 Wed]

AUTHOR: C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/65641

2.2.49. READ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)

CLOSED: [2015-12-29 Tue]

AUTHOR: C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7806771

2.2.50. READ Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

CLOSED: [2015-12-29 Tue]

AUTHOR: C.S. Lewis
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/121749

2.2.51. READ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

CLOSED: [2015-12-27 Sun]

AUTHOR: C.S. Lewis
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/100915

2.2.52. READ Baptism of Fire (The Witcher, #5)

CLOSED: [2016-05-23 Mon]

AUTHOR: Andrzej Sapkowski
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18924205

2.2.53. READ Sword of Destiny (The Witcher, #2)

CLOSED: [2015-12-26 Sat]

AUTHOR: Andrzej Sapkowski
ADDED: <2015-12-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25454056

2.2.54. READ Blood of Elves (The Witcher, #3)

CLOSED: [2015-05-09 Sat]

AUTHOR: Andrzej Sapkowski
ADDED: <2015-04-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6415386

2.2.55. READ The Last Wish (The Witcher, #1)

CLOSED: [2015-04-02 Thu]

AUTHOR: Andrzej Sapkowski
ADDED: <2015-03-22>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8173788

2.2.56. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

AUTHOR: J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay, Mary GrandPré
ADDED: <2014-07-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3

2.2.57. Bridge to Terabithia

AUTHOR: Katherine Paterson
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2839

2.3. Historical Fiction

2.3.1. READ And the Mountains Echoed

CLOSED: [2020-02-26 Wed 23:41]

AUTHOR: Khaled Hosseini
ADDED: [2020-02-01]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16115612-and-the-mountains-echoed

More than anything, this is a book about human relations, expressed both along time and intensity. There are a lot of beautiful stories in this. And they weave together nicely too.

Thanks to Shraddha for the book.

2.3.2. Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

AUTHOR: Cormac McCarthy
ADDED: <2017-09-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/394535.Blood_Meridian_or_the_Evening_Redness_in_the_West

2.3.3. Homegoing

AUTHOR: Yaa Gyasi
ADDED: <2017-06-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27071490

2.3.4. The Poisonwood Bible

AUTHOR: Barbara Kingsolver
ADDED: <2017-06-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7244

2.3.5. Catch-22

AUTHOR: Joseph Heller
ADDED: <2017-01-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/168668

2.3.6. The High Mountains of Portugal

AUTHOR: Yann Martel
ADDED: <2016-12-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25489094

2.3.7. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

AUTHOR: Umberto Eco, Geoffrey Brock
ADDED: <2016-11-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10503

2.3.8. Foucault's Pendulum

AUTHOR: Umberto Eco, William Weaver
ADDED: <2016-11-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17841

2.3.9. War and Peace

AUTHOR: Leo Tolstoy, Henry Gifford, Aylmer Maude, Louise Maude
ADDED: <2016-11-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/656

2.3.10. Revolutionary Road

AUTHOR: Richard Yates
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48328

2.3.11. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

AUTHOR: John Boyne
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39999

2.3.12. A Farewell to Arms

AUTHOR: Ernest Hemingway
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10799

2.3.13. The Kite Runner

AUTHOR: Khaled Hosseini
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/77203

2.3.14. A Thousand Splendid Suns

AUTHOR: Khaled Hosseini
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/128029

2.3.15. READ Train to Pakistan

CLOSED: [2016-02-16 Tue]

AUTHOR: Khushwant Singh
ADDED: <2016-02-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/785454

2.3.16. Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)

AUTHOR: Dan Brown
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/960

2.3.17. The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)

AUTHOR: Dan Brown
ADDED: <2015-12-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/968

2.3.18. The Book Thief

AUTHOR: Markus Zusak
ADDED: <2015-11-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19063

2.3.19. All the Light We Cannot See

AUTHOR: Anthony Doerr
ADDED: <2015-08-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18143977

2.3.20. READ The Name of the Rose

CLOSED: [2016-02-09 Tue]

AUTHOR: Umberto Eco, William Weaver, Seán Barrett
ADDED: <2015-04-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/119073

2.3.21. READ To Kill a Mockingbird

CLOSED: [2022-04-19 Tue 13:13]

AUTHOR: Harper Lee
ADDED: <2015-04-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2657

I always wanted to read this book but never got around to it, and that increased the expectations in some way. The version I read now was a graphics novel. So mostly different in texts that do the world building, which I don't know how to compare without reading the text only version.

I found it to be simpler than what I had made it in my mind before reading. But there were many powerful /scenes/—one of the most enjoyable things for me in works of fiction—peppered along the story.

Thanks to Unnu for this book.

2.3.22. A Passage to India

AUTHOR: E.M. Forster, Oliver Stallybrass, Pankaj Mishra
ADDED: <2015-04-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45195

2.3.23. Midnight's Children

AUTHOR: Salman Rushdie
ADDED: <2015-04-09>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14836

2.3.24. A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

AUTHOR: Janna Levin
ADDED: <2015-02-10>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16670

2.4. Graphic Novels

2.4.1. Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9517.Persepolis_2
AUTHOR: by Marjane Satrapi, Anjali Singh (Translator)
ADDED: <2020-03-16>

2.4.2. READ Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

CLOSED: [2020-03-21 Sat 23:37]

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9516.Persepolis
AUTHOR: by Marjane Satrapi, Mattias Ripa (Translator)
ADDED: <2020-03-16>

I didn't know much about the Islamic revolution. Mostly didn't have a first person story to connect nicely to.

Thanks to Shraddha for the recommendation.

2.4.3. READ Dream Country (Sandman, #3)

CLOSED: [2018-10-13 Sat 13:41]

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman, Kelley Jones, (Illustrator), Charles Vess, (Illustrator), Colleen Doran, (Illustrator), Malcolm Jones III, (Illustrator), Steve Erickson, (Introduction)
ADDED: <2017-07-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25100.Dream_Country

2.4.4. READ Season of Mists (Sandman, #4)

CLOSED: [2018-10-13 Sat 21:51]

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman, Matt Wagner, (Illustrator), George Pratt, (Illustrator), Dick Giordano, (Illustrator), Kelley Jones, (Illustrator), P. Craig Russell, (Illustrator), Mike Dringenberg, (Illustrator), Malcolm Jones III, (Illustrator), Todd Klein, (Letterer), Harlan Ellison, (Introduction)
ADDED: <2017-07-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25101.Season_of_Mists

2.4.5. READ A Game of You (Sandman, #5)

CLOSED: [2018-11-03 Sat 21:10]

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman, Shawn McManus, (Illustrator), Colleen Doran, (Illustrator), Bryan Talbot, (Illustrator), George Pratt, (Illustrator), Stan Woch, (Illustrator), Dick Giordano, (Illustrator), Todd Klein, (Letterer)
ADDED: <2017-07-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25102.A_Game_of_You

2.4.6. READ Fables and Reflections (Sandman, #6)

CLOSED: [2019-04-05 Fri 12:51]

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman, Bryan Talbot, (Illustrator), Stan Woch, (Illustrator), P. Craig Russell, (Illustrator), Shawn McManus, (Illustrator), John Watkiss, (Illustrator), Jill Thompson, (Illustrator), Duncan Eagleson, (Illustrator), Kent Williams, (Illustrator), Todd Klein, (Letterer)
ADDED: <2017-07-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25106.Fables_and_Reflections

2.4.7. READ Brief Lives (Sandman, #7)

CLOSED: [2019-02-25 Mon 00:30]

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman, Jill Thompson, (Illustrator), Vince Locke, (Illustrator), Peter Straub, (Introduction)
ADDED: <2017-07-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25105.Brief_Lives

2.4.8. READ Worlds' End (Sandman, #8)

CLOSED: [2019-03-11 Mon 22:49]

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman, Mike Allred, (Illustrator), Gary Amaro, (Illustrator), Mark Buckingham, (Illustrator), David Giordano, (Illustrator), Tony Harris, (Illustrator), Steve Leialoha, (Illustrator), Vince Locke, (Illustrator), Shea Anton Pensa, (Illustrator), Alec Stevens, (Illustrator), Bryan Talbot, (Illustrator), John Watkiss, (Illustrator), Todd Klein, (Letterer), Michael Zulli, (Illustrator), Stephen King, (Introduction)
ADDED: <2017-07-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25103.Worlds_End

2.4.9. READ The Kindly Ones (Sandman, #9)

CLOSED: [2019-08-17 Sat 22:29]

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman, Marc Hempel, (Illustrator), Richard Case, (Illustrator), D'Israeli, (Illustrator), Teddy Kristiansen, (Illustrator), Glyn Dillon, (Illustrator), Charles Vess, (Illustrator), Dean Ormston, (Illustrator), Kevin Nowlan, (Illustrator), Todd Klein, (Letterer), Frank McConnell, (Introduction)
ADDED: <2017-07-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/71252.The_Kindly_Ones

Even though I don't remember a lot of things that connect pieces together from past issues, going through this set was a beautiful experience.

2.4.10. READ The Wake (Sandman, #10)

CLOSED: [2019-11-12 Tue 00:17]

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman, Michael Zulli, (Illustrator), Jon J. Muth, (Illustrator), Charles Vess, (Illustrator), Mikal Gilmore, (Introduction)
ADDED: <2017-07-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25104.The_Wake

The last piece from the main series. What a journey!

2.4.11. Endless Nights (Sandman, #11)

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman, Barron Storey, (Illustrator), Bill Sienkiewicz, (Illustrator), Glenn Fabry, (Illustrator), Dave McKean, (Illustrator), P. Craig Russell, (Illustrator), Milo Manara, (Illustrator), Miguelanxo Prado, (Illustrator), Frank Quitely, (Illustrator), Todd Klein, (Letterer)
ADDED: <2017-07-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47720.The_Sandman

2.4.12. READ The Doll's House (Sandman, #2)

CLOSED: [2017-07-11 Tue 15:33]

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman, Steve Parkhouse, (Illustrator), Chris Bachalo, (Illustrator), Michael Zulli, (Illustrator), Mike Dringenberg, (Illustrator), Malcolm Jones III, (Illustrator), Todd Klein, (Letterer), Clive Barker, (Introduction)
ADDED: <2017-07-08>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25099.The_Doll_s_House

Better than the first collection. Both are written well, but the first feels like telling a pretty simple story while the second, spending the same amount of attention, has more depth to it.

2.4.13. READ Preludes & Nocturnes (Sandman, #1)

CLOSED: [2017-07-07 Fri 23:58]

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, (Illustrator), Mike Dringenberg, (Illustrator), Malcolm Jones III, (Illustrator), Todd Klein, (Letterer), Karen  Berger, (Introduction/Editor)
ADDED: <2017-07-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23754.Preludes_Nocturnes

Decent. Did not feel very impressive, but there are a lot more issues to go.

2.4.14. READ Blankets

CLOSED: [2024-04-30 Tue 00:36]

AUTHOR: Craig Thompson
ADDED: <2017-06-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25179.Blankets?ac=1&from_search=true

2.4.15. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

AUTHOR: Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, Lynn Varley
ADDED: <2016-04-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59960

2.4.16. READ Batman: The Killing Joke

CLOSED: [2024-05-11 Sat 18:24]

AUTHOR: Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, Tim Sale
ADDED: <2016-04-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/96358

2.4.17. Batman: Year One

AUTHOR: Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli, Richmond Lewis, Dennis O'Neil
ADDED: <2016-04-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59980

2.4.18. READ V for Vendetta

CLOSED: [2016-06-19 Sun]

AUTHOR: Alan Moore, David   Lloyd
ADDED: <2016-04-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5805

2.4.19. READ Watchmen

CLOSED: [2016-05-24 Tue]

AUTHOR: Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, John Higgins
ADDED: <2016-04-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/472331

2.5. Uncategorized

2.5.1. READ Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History

CLOSED: [2024-05-28 Tue 12:57]

AUTHOR: Art Spiegelman
ADDED: [2024-05-28]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Maus-Survivors-History-Pantheon-Graphic/dp/0394747232

2.5.2. READ The Golem of Brooklyn

CLOSED: [2024-04-22 Mon 10:22]

AUTHOR: Adam Mansbach
ADDED: [2024-04-22]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/124019742

I got this on the Strand's Blind date with a book thing. It was a light and fun read and a good page turner. I don't have a lot of context on Jews culture and the current political climate around them so might have missed certain interpretations.

2.5.3. READ Manto and Chughtai: The Essential Stories

CLOSED: [2023-09-11 Mon 11:54]

AUTHOR: Saadat Hasan Manto, Ismat Chughtai
ADDED: [2023-09-11]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Manto-Chughtai-Mohammad-Umar-Memon/dp/0143448781?asin=B07VM6V6W2&revisionId=79a0d90f&format=1&depth=1

I took a longer than usual time here. Mostly I didn't get some of the stories. I was able to understand Manto's more.

2.5.4. READ The Torrents of Spring: The Authorized Edition

CLOSED: [2023-08-20 Sun 10:55]

AUTHOR: Ernest Hemingway
ADDED: [2023-08-20]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Torrents-Spring-Ernest-Hemingway/dp/0684839075

So this is my first completed Hemingway. Not sure how I feel. This being a caricature of a particular writing style that I am unaware of makes me feel not so confident that I understood everything.

2.5.5. READ The Bangalore Detectives Club

CLOSED: [2023-02-09 Thu 01:13]

AUTHOR: Harini Nagendra
ADDED: [2023-02-09]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Bangalore-Detectives-Kaveri-Murder-Mystery-ebook/dp/B08YJCM3QL

I got this from a store because it looked interesting. I haven't read much Indian fiction so I wanted to get in this. Also because I am living in Bangalore right now.

It was a decent book. Generally mystery stories have a way to grab your attention so there's that. But I would definitely not rate this among the top books from this category.

2.5.6. Last Evenings on Earth

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/537640.Last_Evenings_on_Earth
AUTHOR: Roberto Bolaño
ADDED: [2022-09-24]

2.5.7. READ Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra

CLOSED: [2022-03-04 Fri 11:14]

AUTHOR: Ruskin Bond
ADDED: [2022-03-04]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Our-Trees-Still-Grow-Dehra/dp/0140169024

I remember reading a few of these when I was younger. His stories are very observational and have these child-like sense of wonder about everything. Even when the characters are grown (and the reader), the same awe comes through. It's beautiful.

2.5.8. Eleanor & Park

AUTHOR: Rainbow Rowell
ADDED: [2021-11-19]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15745753-eleanor-park

2.5.10. Collected Fictions

AUTHOR: Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Hurley
ADDED: [2021-05-08]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Collected-Fictions-Jorge-Luis-Borges/dp/0140286802/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Collected+Fictions+by+Jorge+Luis+Borges&qid=1620464235&s=books&sr=1-1

2.5.11. Dubliners

AUTHOR: James Joyce
ADDED: [2021-05-08]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/Dubliners-James-Joyce/dp/9350330946

2.5.13. House of Leaves: The Remastered Full-Color Edition

AUTHOR: Mark Z. Danielewski
ADDED: [2020-11-16]
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/0375703764/

2.5.14. READ The Shadow of the Wind

CLOSED: [2020-02-08 Sat 23:37]

AUTHOR: Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Lucia Graves
ADDED: [2020-01-18]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1232.The_Shadow_of_the_Wind

Read a mystery after many months!

Thanks to Shraddha for this.

2.5.15. The Secret Sharer

AUTHOR: Joseph Conrad
ADDED: [2019-09-30]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2179336.The_Secret_Sharer

2.5.16. READ The Satanic Verses

CLOSED: [2019-09-15 Sun 22:49]

AUTHOR: Salman Rushdie
ADDED: [2019-09-15]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12781.The_Satanic_Verses

I took a lot of time here, like I did for The Name of the Rose. Not exactly sure why but I believe the reason is different. Personally, the fastest reads have been the ones with really interesting story where you want to know what happens next. The story here, while decent, wasn't that strong compared to the many good scenes. An example is the section on Changez's death with Saladin back at home.

I believe there is a standard way of categorizing such kinds of reading experiences that I am unaware of at the moment.

2.5.17. Walking. A Novella

AUTHOR: Thomas Bernhard, Kenneth J. Northcott, Brian Evenson
ADDED: [2019-06-30]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24693181-walking-a-novella

2.5.18. READ Cat's Cradle

CLOSED: [2018-12-30 Sun 00:38]

AUTHOR: Kurt Vonnegut
ADDED: [2018-12-26]
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/135479.Cat_s_Cradle

Don't know what to write here. A few books are more about the experience than a communicable output. It's one of those. Loved it thoroughly.

2.5.19. READ Lord of the Flies

CLOSED: [2020-08-02 Sun 23:03]

AUTHOR: William Golding
ADDED: <2018-08-05>
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Lord-Flies-William-Golding/dp/0399501487

This was a really enjoyable read. When I started, I had a concern that I might be able to come up with a different organizational structure given the same starting state of few young kids on an island. And I was wondering whether that would weaken the impact of what I might read in this book later on. But I was blown apart. Starting from the split in the two groups, the progression feels as real as it can possibly get. Highly recommended if you are into dystopic fiction.

Thanks to one of the most selfless person I know for recommending this.

2.5.20. We

AUTHOR: Yevgeny Zamyatin, Clarence Brown, Евгений Замятин
ADDED: <2018-07-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/76171.We

2.5.21. Notes from Underground

AUTHOR: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Christian Redl, Philip Dossick, Emanuela Guercetti, Michelle-Irène Brudny, Richard Pevear, Norman Dietz, Donald Fanger, coderati, Boris de Schlœzer, Larissa Volokhonsky
ADDED: <2018-01-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49455.Notes_from_Underground

2.5.22. READ The Stranger

CLOSED: [2020-04-25 Sat 12:20]

AUTHOR: Albert Camus, Stuart Gilbert, Matthew Ward, Leman Sarı
ADDED: <2018-01-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49552.The_Stranger

2.5.23. READ Slaughterhouse-Five

CLOSED: [2018-01-09 Tue 15:46]

AUTHOR: Kurt Vonnegut
ADDED: <2018-01-04>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4981.Slaughterhouse_Five

2.5.24. राग दरबारी (Raag Darbari)

AUTHOR: Shrilal Shukla
ADDED: <2017-10-04>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2164749._

2.5.25. The Yellow Wall-Paper

AUTHOR: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Elaine Hedges
ADDED: <2017-08-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/286957.The_Yellow_Wall_Paper

2.5.26. A Midsummer Night's Dream

AUTHOR: William Shakespeare, Barbara A. Mowat, (Editor), Paul Werstine, (Editor), Catherine Belsey, (Contributor)
ADDED: <2017-07-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1622.A_Midsummer_Night_s_Dream

2.5.27. READ Tales of Old Japan: Folklore, Fairy Tales, Ghost Stories and Legends of the Samurai

CLOSED: [2018-09-15 Sat 02:22]

AUTHOR: Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
ADDED: <2017-06-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/194441.Tales_of_Old_Japan

2.5.28. Moby Dick

AUTHOR: Herman Melville
ADDED: <2017-06-28>

2.5.29. Salvage the Bones

AUTHOR: Jesmyn Ward
ADDED: <2017-06-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10846336

2.5.30. READ Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland #1)

CLOSED: [2015-04-28 Tue]

AUTHOR: Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel
ADDED: <2017-03-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6324090

2.5.31. READ The Handmaid's Tale

CLOSED: [2017-06-07 Wed]

AUTHOR: Margaret Atwood
ADDED: <2017-01-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38447

2.5.32. Atlas Shrugged

AUTHOR: Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff
ADDED: <2017-01-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/662

2.5.33. A Doll's House

AUTHOR: Henrik Ibsen, Michael   Meyer
ADDED: <2017-01-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37793

2.5.34. The Fountainhead

AUTHOR: Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff
ADDED: <2017-01-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2122

2.5.35. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

AUTHOR: H.P. Lovecraft, S.T. Joshi
ADDED: <2017-01-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/160149

2.5.36. READ The Course of Love

CLOSED: [2021-04-19 Mon 17:57]

AUTHOR: Alain de Botton
ADDED: <2016-12-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27845690

2.5.37. In the Not Quite Dark: Stories

AUTHOR: Dana Johnson
ADDED: <2016-12-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27037165

2.5.38. All the Birds in the Sky

AUTHOR: Charlie Jane Anders
ADDED: <2016-12-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25372801

2.5.39. The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5)

AUTHOR: Arthur Conan Doyle, Anne Perry
ADDED: <2016-10-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8921

2.5.40. The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)

AUTHOR: Arthur Conan Doyle, Peter Ackroyd, Ed Glinert
ADDED: <2016-10-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/608474

2.5.41. A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)

AUTHOR: Arthur Conan Doyle
ADDED: <2016-10-15>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/102868

2.5.42. Fight Club

AUTHOR: Chuck Palahniuk
ADDED: <2016-09-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5759

2.5.43. Where the Red Fern Grows

AUTHOR: Wilson Rawls
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10365

2.5.44. The Time Traveler's Wife

AUTHOR: Audrey Niffenegger
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14050

2.5.45. The Lovely Bones

AUTHOR: Alice Sebold
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12232938

2.5.46. READ Flowers for Algernon

CLOSED: [2017-07-20 Thu 03:19]

AUTHOR: Daniel Keyes
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18373

I expected the book to end the way it did a lot earlier and that decreased the power of the transition back to Charlie in this otherwise wonderful story.

2.5.47. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

AUTHOR: Jonathan Safran Foer
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4588

2.5.48. READ The Bell Jar

CLOSED: [2019-11-19 Tue 22:44]

AUTHOR: Sylvia Plath
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6514

2.5.49. The Old Curiosity Shop

AUTHOR: Charles Dickens, Norman Page
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/429024

2.5.50. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

AUTHOR: Carson McCullers
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37380

2.5.51. READ The Giving Tree

CLOSED: [2017-06-08 Thu]

AUTHOR: Shel Silverstein
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/370493

2.5.52. Of Mice and Men

AUTHOR: John Steinbeck
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/890

2.5.53. Anna Karenina

AUTHOR: Leo Tolstoy, David Magarshack, Priscilla Meyer
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/152

2.5.54. The Great Gatsby

AUTHOR: F. Scott Fitzgerald
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4671

2.5.55. The Catcher in the Rye

AUTHOR: J.D. Salinger
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5107

2.5.56. Crime and Punishment

AUTHOR: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, David McDuff
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7144

2.5.57. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

AUTHOR: Betty  Smith
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14891

2.5.58. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

AUTHOR: Stephen Chbosky
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22628

2.5.59. The Diary of a Young Girl

AUTHOR: Anne Frank, Eleanor Roosevelt, B.M. Mooyart-Doubleday
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48855

2.5.60. The Metamorphosis

AUTHOR: Franz Kafka, Stanley Corngold
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/485894

2.5.61. READ A Clockwork Orange

CLOSED: [2017-04-11 Tue]

AUTHOR: Anthony Burgess
ADDED: <2016-08-12>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/227463

2.5.62. Dandelion Wine (Green Town, #1)

AUTHOR: Ray Bradbury
ADDED: <2016-08-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50033

2.5.63. READ The Trial

CLOSED: [2017-11-06 Mon 23:23]

AUTHOR: Franz Kafka, Edwin Muir, Willa Muir, Max Brod
ADDED: <2016-08-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17690

I don't think I got it completely. The story flows in a confusing and lazy way and I stopped at many places while reading this. I thought a bit about whats different here which is making the whole thing boring. Is it the weird way people converse? Is it the repelling suspense in the story which I don't feel like unraveling by pushing myself a few pages ahead?

Somewhere around 60-70% I got the genius (at least one) behind the writing style. The annoyance you feel from the way the story progresses is meant to be there and it helps you connect with K and his contempt for the court and the whole bureaucracy. I still haven't tried to interpret every symbolism in the story (and there are many, now that I think of it), but I do get the general point now. More Kafka's and some connected philosophical readings should help to get it right.

2.5.64. READ Brave New World

CLOSED: [2017-03-31 Fri]

AUTHOR: Aldous Huxley
ADDED: <2016-08-11>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5129

2.5.65. Siddhartha

AUTHOR: Hermann Hesse, Hilda Rosner
ADDED: <2016-08-07>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52036

2.5.66. READ Pond

CLOSED: [2021-05-08 Sat 13:42]

AUTHOR: Claire-Louise Bennett
ADDED: <2016-07-14>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25333047

No strong thoughts. But this is calming read. I have used this many times to escape situations.

2.5.67. The Night Circus

AUTHOR: Erin Morgenstern
ADDED: <2016-06-16>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9361589

2.5.68. READ The Ocean at the End of the Lane

CLOSED: [2016-05-28 Sat]

AUTHOR: Neil Gaiman
ADDED: <2016-05-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15783514

2.5.69. The Old Man and the Sea

AUTHOR: Ernest Hemingway
ADDED: <2016-03-17>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2165

2.5.70. READ The White Tiger

CLOSED: [2016-03-20 Sun]

AUTHOR: Aravind Adiga
ADDED: <2016-03-13>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1768603

2.5.71. READ Life of Pi

CLOSED: [2016-03-13 Sun]

AUTHOR: Yann Martel
ADDED: <2016-02-27>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4214

2.5.72. READ The Lorax

CLOSED: [2015-12-05 Sat]

AUTHOR: Dr. Seuss
ADDED: <2015-12-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7784

2.5.73. The Call of the Wild

AUTHOR: Jack London
ADDED: <2015-11-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1852

2.5.74. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

AUTHOR: Robert Louis Stevenson, Vladimir Nabokov, Mervyn Peake, Dan Chaon
ADDED: <2015-11-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51496

2.5.75. The Moonstone

AUTHOR: Wilkie Collins, Carolyn G. Heilbrun
ADDED: <2015-11-28>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6138

2.5.76. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)

AUTHOR: Jeff Kinney
ADDED: <2015-11-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/389627

2.5.77. READ Fahrenheit 451

CLOSED: [2016-08-11 Thu]

AUTHOR: Ray Bradbury
ADDED: <2015-11-01>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17470674

2.5.78. READ 1984

CLOSED: [2018-03-16 Fri 14:54]

AUTHOR: George Orwell, Erich Fromm, Celâl Üster
ADDED: <2015-09-24>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5470

It's beautiful how clearly this book makes you see the importance of written texts with all the imaginative diversity. It's this diversity which threatens any power trying to control minds.

The pieces around torture deeply reminded me of 'A Clockwork Orange' and I find it (elaboration of torture) really impactful in conveying the depth of ideas.

2.5.79. READ Around the World in Eighty Days (Extraordinary Voyages, #11)

CLOSED: [2014-03-05 Wed]

AUTHOR: Jules Verne, Michael Glencross, Brian W. Aldiss
ADDED: <2015-08-19>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54479

2.5.80. Grimm's Fairy Tales

AUTHOR: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
ADDED: <2015-04-25>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11093132

2.5.81. Aesop's Fables

AUTHOR: Aesop
ADDED: <2015-04-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6376577

2.5.82. READ Treasure Island

CLOSED: [2014-03-05 Wed]

AUTHOR: Robert Louis Stevenson
ADDED: <2015-03-14>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/295

2.5.83. The Immoralist

AUTHOR: André Gide, Alan Sheridan, David Watson
ADDED: <2015-02-02>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/70101

2.5.84. READ Einstein's Dreams

CLOSED: [2015-02-09 Mon]

AUTHOR: Alan Lightman
ADDED: <2015-01-26>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12086102

2.5.85. The River

AUTHOR: Alessandro Sanna, Michael Reynolds
ADDED: <2015-01-23>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17675268

2.5.86. READ The Jungle Book

CLOSED: [2014-03-05 Wed]

AUTHOR: Rudyard Kipling
ADDED: <2014-12-21>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/77270

2.5.87. Eleven Minutes

AUTHOR: Paulo Coelho
ADDED: <2014-07-14>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1430

2.5.88. READ The Alchemist

CLOSED: [2014-03-05 Wed]

AUTHOR: Paulo Coelho, Alan R. Clarke
ADDED: <2014-07-06>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/865

2.5.89. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #9)

AUTHOR: Arthur Conan Doyle
ADDED: <2014-07-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/162823

2.5.90. His Last Bow: 8 Stories (Sherlock Holmes, #8)

AUTHOR: Arthur Conan Doyle
ADDED: <2014-07-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/754713

2.5.91. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #6)

AUTHOR: Arthur Conan Doyle
ADDED: <2014-07-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/194366

2.5.92. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #4)

AUTHOR: Arthur Conan Doyle
ADDED: <2014-07-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/194373

2.5.93. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3)

AUTHOR: Arthur Conan Doyle
ADDED: <2014-07-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3590

2.5.94. READ Deception Point

CLOSED: [2014-03-05 Wed]

AUTHOR: Dan Brown
ADDED: <2014-07-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/976

2.5.95. READ Digital Fortress

CLOSED: [2014-03-05 Wed]

AUTHOR: Dan Brown
ADDED: <2014-07-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11125

2.5.96. READ The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)

CLOSED: [2014-03-05 Wed]

AUTHOR: Dan Brown
ADDED: <2014-07-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6411961

2.5.97. READ Animal Farm

CLOSED: [2014-07-05 Sat]

AUTHOR: George Orwell
ADDED: <2014-07-05>
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7613