Books I’ve read
A list of books I’ve read since 2018. Ratings and links on my GoodReads profile.
The Road, Cormac McCarthy
Read May 5, 2019
The Road paints a gloomy picture of a future, that feels both surreal and somehow close. I blame the media for the last part, and the author gets credit for the first.
He could not construct for the child’s pleasure the world he’d lost without constructing the loss as well and he thought perhaps the child had known this better than he.
To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret, Jedidiah Jenkins
Read April 28, 2019
I’ve followed Jedidiah’s journey on Instagram for years and was looking forward to this book. While I can relate to many of the traveler’s reflections, I’m left feeling he did not quite share the full story.
Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Read April 2, 2019
I started this book, I don’t know, a year ago, maybe more. And I remember enjoying it, but not really getting hooked. When I picked it up again I had about two thirds left. And, man, was I hooked this time. Straight up fun to read, if you’re in the right mood for it.
He had found the perfect TV mix, on Marvin’s Hour of Power (‘The show that put the FUN back into Fundamentalist!’).
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, John Carreyrou
Read March 21, 2019
Bonkers. Absolutely bonkers. About a fraudulent startup, a founder desperate for success, and the people getting caught in the middle. It’s an incredible example of the power of a good story—people wanted to believe Elizabeth Holmes, and whatever contradictions came up, they simply wouldn’t listen. Worth reading for anyone interested in the startup world, great journalism, or a good story.
The resignations infuriated Elizabeth and Sunny. The following day, they summoned the staff for an all-hands meeting in the cafeteria. Copies of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho’s famous novel about an Andalusian shepherd boy who finds his destiny by going on a journey to Egypt, had been placed on every chair. Still visibly angry, Elizabeth told the gathered employees that she was building a religion. If there were any among them who didn’t believe, they should leave. Sunny put it more bluntly: anyone not prepared to show complete devotion and unmitigated loyalty to the company should “get the fuck out.”
Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style, Benjamin Dreyer
Read March 17, 2019
A book about grammar which makes you giggle every other page? Yes. If you have any interest in language, and find sentences like the one below amusing, you should read this.
Ending a sentence with a preposition (as, at, by, for, from, of, etc.*6) isn’t always such a hot idea, mostly because a sentence should, when it can, aim for a powerful finale and not simply dribble off like an old man’s unhappy micturition.
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Read February 21
What a mindfuck this was. I found myself reading parts out loud, to savor the beautiful rhythmic language, and at the same time, you’re stuck in the head of the most disgusting kind of perpetrator.
Despite our tiffs, despite her nastiness, despite all the fuss and faces she made, and the vulgarity, and the danger, and the horrible hopelessness of it all, I still dwelled deep in my elected paradise—a paradise whose skies were the color of hell-flames—but still a paradise.
The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies, Jason Fagone
Read February 2
A story about a woman who was almost erased from history. Read if you are fascinated by language, codes, WWII, and female heros.
A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
Read January 11
This one took me a while to get through. Some parts explains the science behind it easy enough for someone with limited knowledge (that’d be me) to grasp, while other sections get into such details I feel like I need an advanced degree in physics to keep track of it all. Nevertheless, enjoyable and I might read it again in the future.
Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway
Read December 22
As I was heading to Cuba, reading a classic about a Cuban fisherman seemed appropriate. Enjoyed this one.
Travels With Charley: In Search of America, John Steinbeck
Read December 9
Besides increasing my already intense longing for a dog, this book also made me even more excited to explore van life.
The Light Fantastic, Terry Pratchett
Read November 10
Few writers manage that balance between humor, style and story as well as Terry Pratchett does.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott
Read October 25
I love the quirky rambling style, but sometimes it was simply too much of it. Still, there’s a reason for why this book gets recommended for aspiring writers. Worth your time.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
Read September 14
Short and sweet, if I were to summarize in only two words.
Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl
Read September 06
This one was heavy, but also fascinating and connects to a lot of what I value.
La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1), Philip Pullman
Read September 01
I remember The Golden Compass series fondly and had to read the prequel as soon as I saw it. Nice vacation read.
1984, George Orwell
Read August 13
I had high expectations on this classic, which I didn’t quite enjoy as much as I anticipated. Definitely worth reading though.
For We Are Many (Bobiverse, #2), Dennis E. Taylor
Read August 2
Second book in series, equally entertaining as the first.
Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
Read July 23
It’s a book rooted in buddhism. For me it felt like a short and pleasant reminder of the lessons I learned from Vipassana (10 day silent mediation retreat I did 2017).
Your Move: The Underdog's Guide to Building Your Business, Ramit Sethi
Read July 20
I’ve followed Ramit for years and finally read this. Like most of his content, it’s well packaged, inspiring and actionable.
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
Read July 17
What makes someone take another life, in cold blood, without having a real reason for it? That’s the question that resulted in this book. Captivating and disturbing.
The War of Art, Steven Pressfield
Read July 6
Many friends have recommended this to me and I get why. If you’re struggling with a creative project, nobody kicks your ass like Steven Pressfield.
The Grass Harp, including A Tree of Night and Other Stories, Truman Capote
Read July 3
Bought this not knowing it was a collection of short stories, which I rarely read. Loved some of them, others didn’t quite catch my interest. Loved the writing though.
We Are Legion - We Are Bob (Bobiverse, #1), Dennis E. Taylor
Read June 27
If you’re in the mood for easy going and highly entertaining sci-fi, look no further.
Neverworld Wake, Marisha Pessl
I remember enjoying her debut novel Special Topics in Calamity Physics immensely (which reminded me of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History), but this one fell flat for me. Did not buy into the characters or the world.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari
Read June 14
I actually started reading this a couple of years earlier, but got sidetracked and stopped. Happy to finish it - it gave me a new way of looking at our history. Although I find it fascinating how the author shifts style and references by the last third of the book.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
Read May 30
Reading this is what I imagine microdosing acid feels like. Perfect summer read, ideally with a drink in your hand.
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Adventures of a Curious Character, Richard Feynman
Read May 9
Deeply enjoyed reading this. Entertaining and a lovely celebration of the weirdos who dare to think and do things differently.
Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition, Ernest Hemingway
Read April 8
I’ve been on a quest to read classics this year. This is one a lot of people celebrate, but I finished it not caring much about the characters or the story.
The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues, Nova Jacobs
Read March 28
Read this one based on recommendations from someone, and the only thing that made me finish it was to see if it really wouldn’t get better at any point. It did not. I’d recommend something from Scarlett Thomas for anyone interested in easy entertaining books connected to mathematics and sci-fi.
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, Sebastian Junger
Read March 18
A lot of interesting bits in this regarding how we feel frustrated and lost, while having all the conveniences we could possible ask for. A good book to spark questions, but not giving answers.
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures, Robert K. Wittman
I believe Time Ferris recommended this in a newsletter, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. If you’re interested in crime literature or the art scene, you’re gonna love it.
Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, Brené Brown
Read February 4
I love Brenés work. If you have read her previous books, this will feel a bit repetitive. If not, you’re likely going to love it.
The Course of Love, Alain de Botton
Read January 21
If I had read this when I was in my early 20s I would have had a lot to reflect on. Great book to read if you’re new to relationships.
Rebirth: A Fable of Love, Forgiveness, and Following Your Heart, Kamal Ravikant
Read January 14
It’s a beautiful book, both in message and in writing. Would probably have liked it more if I read it a few years ago.
Bad Science, Ben Goldacre
Read January 7
If articles about “latest scientific study” in media makes you roll your eyes so hard you’re afraid they might get stuck in the back of your head, you’re gonna like this book. For anyone who appreciates critical thinking – or who should learn to do so.