Reading

You are what you eat. To that end, here are my recent reads. I read lots of different stuff, from techno thrillers and pulp sci-fi to general fiction and non-fiction about startups, technology, philosophy, interesting people and the world. From time to time I write brief summaries / reviews, and I rate each book out of five *****. Send recommendations!

2018: 

  • Sapiens, Yuval Harari [non-fiction] *****
  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things…, Iain Reid [fiction] ***
  • Swamplandia!, Karen Russel [fiction] ****
  • Lake Success, Gary Shteyngart [fiction] ****
  • A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers [fiction] ***
  • Some Prefer Nettles, Junichiro Tanizaki [fiction] ****
  • Adultery, Paulo Coehlo [fiction] ****
  • The Martian, Andy Weir [fiction] ****
  • The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels, Edward St Aubyn [fiction] ****
  • NW, Zadie Smith [fiction] *****
  • The Postmortal, Drew Magary [fiction] **
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde [fiction] *****
  • Timeline, Michael Crichton [fiction] ***
  • Meditations, Marcus Aurelius [memoir] *****
  • We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, Phillip Gourevitch [non-fiction] *****
  • Slicing Pie, Mike Moyer [non-fiction] ****
  • 10:04, Ben Lerner [fiction] *****
  • All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr [fiction] ****
  • No Longer At Ease, Chinua Achebe [fiction] ****
  • Travels With Charley, John Steinbeck [memoir] ***
  • Brotopia, Emily Chang [non-fiction] *****
  • Brief Encounters With Che Guevara, Ben Fountain [short stories] ****
  • How Will You Measure Your Life, Clayton Christiansen [non-fiction] ***
  • Chaos Monkeys, Antonio Garcia Martinez [non-fiction] ****
  • Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff [non-fiction] ***

2017:

  • Life and Times of Michael K, JM Coetzee [fiction] *****
  • Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell [fiction] ****
  • Collected Poems, W.B Yeats [poems] *****
  • Pachinko, Min Jin Lee [fiction] *****
  • Hawaii, James Michener [fiction] ****
  • Her Body And Other Parties, Carmen Machado [short stories] ****
  • Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe [fiction] *****
  • World War Z, Max Brooks [fiction] *****
  • Disgrace, JM Coetzee [fiction] *****
  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Fenyman, Richard Fenyman [memoir] *****
  • Water Music, TC Boyle [fiction] ****
  • Dark Matter, Blake Crouch [fiction] ***
  • Cumulus, Eliot Peper [fiction] ****
  • Shogun, James Clavell [fiction] *****
  • Hillbilly Elegy, JD Vance [non-fiction] ***
  • Free Will, Sam Harris [non-fiction] ****
  • Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem [fiction] ****
  • Elon Musk: SpaceX, Tesla, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future [non-fiction] ****
  • Thousand Cranes, Yasunari Kawabata [fiction] *****
  • End of Eddy, Edouard Louis [fiction] ***
  • Drive, Adam Grant [non-fiction] ****
  • The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro [fiction] ****
  • Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes [fiction] *****
  • The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseni [fiction] ****
  • Seveneves, Neal Stephenson [fiction] *****
  • The Sellout, Paul Beatty [fiction] *****
  • The Refugees, Viet Nguyen [fiction] ****
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz [non-fiction] *****
  • Trigger Warning, Neil Gaiman [fiction] ****
  • Snow Country, Yasunari Kawabata [fiction] *****
  • East of Eden, John Steinbeck [fiction] *****
  • A Tale For The Time Being, Ruth Ozeki [fiction] ****
  • Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson [fiction] ****

Last updated: Sept 2018