Bookcase

This page contains many of the books I enjoyed reading, along with my snarky mini-reviews. The links are to Amazon, and I receive a small referral fee if you buy a book based on my recommendation here. This funds my own reading-habit, and thus keeps Amazon's flywheel spinning. Reach out if there is a book you think I should read, I am always happy to receive recommendations.

Cover image of Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

by John Carreyrou

A gripping tale of lies and deceipt in Silicon Valley. I found this book hard to put down.
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A Short Stay in Hell

by Steven L. Peck

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Cover image of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

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

by Mark Manson

This book is basically Buddhism for millenials. I will let you decide whether that is good or bad.

The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle #6) by Ursula K. Le Guin The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman by Richard P. Feynman Designing Data-Intensive Applications by Martin Kleppmann The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin Sadie by Courtney Summers
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What Happened

by Hillary Rodham Clinton

"What Happened" is that HRC wrote a moving memoir about the 2016 election. Also James Comey was there.
Cover image of Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

by Matthew Walker

Simultaneously the best and most terrifying nonfiction book I read in 2018. An experienced sleep scientist explains the ins and outs of sleep and the effects of sleep deprivation on human health.
Cover image of New Views: The World Mapped Like Never Before: 50 maps of our physical, cultural and political world by Alastair Bonnett

New Views: The World Mapped Like Never Before: 50 maps of our physical, cultural and political world

by Alastair Bonnett

Beautiful maps and interesting stats, a great coffee table book.

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing Disciplined Entrepreneurship by Bill Aulet Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us by Sam Kean
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American Gods

by Neil Gaiman

Somewhere between Harry Potter and The Stranger: an apathetic protagonist discovers our world is governed by hidden magical forces. But unlike Harry Potter and The Stranger, I found myself nearly as apathetic as the character.
Cover image of The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

by Ben Horowitz

Really good management advice. I'll refer back to this one often when I start another company.
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The Stand

by Stephen King

I picked up a bad cold a few days ago, and spent most of yesterday in bed. Having just finished The Stand, this was very worrying! It is really easy to forget that this is just a very good book. But since this morning I feel a lot better, phew. I guess I had nothing to be worried about aftera

The Devotion of Suspect X (Detective Galileo #3) by Keigo Higashino 3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club, #3) by James Patterson Red Rising (Red Rising, #1) by Pierce Brown 2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club, #2) by James Patterson 1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1) by James Patterson
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Never Let Me Go

by Kazuo Ishiguro

If you have not read any of Kazuo Ishiguro's works, start with Never Let Me Go. Beautiful, nostalgic, haunting.
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The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds and the Laws of Physics

by Roger Penrose

This is no ordinary popular science book. An excellent tour through the philosophy of mind, with detours through algorithms, mathematics, philosophy, cosmology, classical and quantum physics, cognitive science and even some biology. Penrose argues against "Strong AI", and he did not ultimately convince me of his standpoint, but it was a fascinating read all the way through.
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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

by Edwin A. Abbott

As a modern reader, the little mathematical insight imparted by Flatland seems only barely worth enduring the narrative.

The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology by Robert Wright Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal The Dead Zone by Stephen King Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
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Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

by Douglas R. Hofstadter

A guided tour through mathematics, art, music and the philosophy of mind. I only wish there were more books like this one.
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Station Eleven

by Emily St. John Mandel

Post-apocalyptic drama with some forgettable characters whose lives intertwine in forgettable ways.
Cover image of Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern by Douglas R. Hofstadter

Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

by Douglas R. Hofstadter

Metamagical Themas is as good as this sentence says it is.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction by Richard S. Sutton A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Neural Networks: A Comprehensive Foundation

by Simon Haykin

A very theoretical approach to neural networks. I enjoyed it, but it requires at least an undergraduate degree level-understanding of mathematics. if you are a programmer who is simply NN-curious and this is the first book you pick up, God help you.