What It's Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience liked it What It's Like to Be a Dog: And Other Adventures in Animal Neuroscience
by Gregory Berns

As any pet owner will tell you, their dog or cat has a distinct personality that they can describe to you more vividly than they might describe the character of their closest friends. Even though we feel that we can project our thoughts ...
Frankenstein in Baghdad really liked it Frankenstein in Baghdad
by Ahmed Saadawi

A masterful storytelling in a very arabian style, Frankenstein in Baghdad is rich with black humor and eccentric characters set in the aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq. Although the book describes well the turmoil, conflict and uncer...
Men Without Women really liked it Men Without Women
by Haruki Murakami

It's easy to describe this collection of short stories as stereotypically Murakami. Men Without Women groups several stories centering on protagonists who due to a variety of circumstances find themselves "Without Women". Whether that se...
Stories of Your Life and Others it was amazing Stories of Your Life and Others
by Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang is certainly an asset to the science fiction community, and although he has never writtena novel, his short stories are well-decorated with various awards. In this collection of stories, he explores a number of different conce...
The Left Hand of Darkness it was amazing The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin

Left Hand of Darkness sits suspended between brilliant science fiction and relevant social commentary. The story follows an envoy sent to a distant world to initiate diplomatic relations with the inhabitants of the planet Winter. The boo...
Artemis it was ok Artemis
by Andy Weir

Moving from the hype behind the Martian, Artemis is Weir's second work and its still something that shows there is room for improvement. Set on a small and developing lunar colony, the story follows Jazz Bashara, a talented character who...
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind it was ok Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
by Jocelyn K. Glei

I got this book on a whim and it's probably my least favorite type of book to review. It's a collection of almost blog type writings from authors of myriad backgrounds, and overall its hit or miss. Some segments are helpful, others not s...
The Tao of Pooh liked it The Tao of Pooh
by Benjamin Hoff

It has been a long time since I spent time with the characters of the 100 acre woods and certainly when I did, I didn't take away any profound philosophical perspectives. However, in this work, Benjamin Hoff takes the time to reintroduce...
Outliers: The Story of Success liked it Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers examines the nature of success through many allegories and a variety of perspectives to dispel the illusion that success is fundamentally based on talent and innate ability. Exploring talent in the context of mental acuity, safe...
The Blind Assassin really liked it The Blind Assassin
by Margaret Atwood

A story of family history as well as a novel within a novel, Blind Assassin is unique and impressive. Although the book is tricky to get into while it toggles between the narrator, her past, news clippings, and the nighttime adventures o...
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? really liked it Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick

Made more famous by the Bladerunner franchise, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is classic sci-fi at its best. Dick's work evokes the burnt-out feel of a post-worldwar environment and a lingering existential crisis that pervades every...
Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers really liked it Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers
by E. Fuller Torrey

If you or a family member is diagnosed with Schizophrenia, this is probably among the first books you should grab. It attempts to tackle the illness from many different angles, etiology, treatment, social support, activism, misconception...
Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa really liked it Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa
by Haruki Murakami

If you needed evidence that Murakami was a music nerd, this is it for you. Through a series of recorded conversations with Seji Ozawa, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the two creatives explore the stories and inner...
Hadoop For Dummies liked it Hadoop For Dummies
by Dirk DeRoos

Although attempting to broach a very broad discipline, Hadoop for Dummies provides a decent 101 at different scopes. Whether your just trying to understand the system on a macro scale or looking at setting up your own installations, the ...
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness really liked it Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Many people know that octopuses have an uncanny intelligence amongst the animals that live in the oceans, but few people understand the significance of this prime example of invertebrate intelligence. I picked up this book looking for so...
The Handmaid's Tale really liked it The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood

Set in a post modern day puritan dystopia, Atwood`s Handmaid's tale is an (I feel) accurate, if pessimistic, view of the way the mind is reshaped under tyrannical environments. Current readers will inevitably contrast it with the TV show...
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry really liked it Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neild deGrasse Tyson definitely has one of those distinct voices that you cannot help but read aloud in your head, making this, a sort of audiobook. Offering a succinct introduction to various astrophysical phenomena, Tyson ties together...
Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People really liked it Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People
by G. Richard Shell

Without having read too many books on the subject, Bargaining for Advantage is a book which delivers exactly what it claims to. It is a useful tool in understanding aspects of the bargaining and bartering process. The main advantage to t...
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results it was ok The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
by Gary Keller

The ONE thing is an easily digestible book preaching the gospel of focus. The central tenet of the book and its methodology is that you start and operate each day with your focus being the things that will make everything else easier. In...
A Gathering of Shadows liked it A Gathering of Shadows
by V.E. Schwab

This book is the sequel to "A Darker Shade of Magic", and given that it shares the continuity of story and characters, it comes as no surprise that it shares the same smooth writing and style from the first book. Once again set in a worl...
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood it was amazing Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah

Despite taking his time getting into a stride on the Daily Show, I've been a huge fan of his standup routine and I knew only a few choice details from his past, none of which would have placed me in a position to expect this. Born a Crim...
We Should All Be Feminists really liked it We Should All Be Feminists
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Not really a book, more of a succinct essay on the experiences of casual sexism and specifically the misconceptions associated with being a feminist. Adapted from a popular Ted Talk, the writing of this particular essay is clear and the ...
A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life really liked it A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life
by Ayelet Waldman

An exploration on the war on drugs, the history of psychadelics, and there roles in therapy, all woven in with a personal diary of a 30-day microdosing of LSD. Microdosing is the regular use of sub-hallucinogenic doses of LSD as a therap...
Norse Mythology it was amazing Norse Mythology
by Neil Gaiman

If you've read American Gods, no doubt you've detected at least a hint of Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology. This book is a collection of Norse myths as retold in a way that makes them accessible, cute, and with a modern linguistic style. Th...
Lab Girl really liked it Lab Girl
by Hope Jahren

A mix of a love story about science, plants, and the way that life ties everything together from seed to sunlight. Jahren recounts her life as a geobiologist through a series of stories which bring a relatively unique perspective. Throug...
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West really liked it Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire

Wicked of course is a popular book series and play featuring the "overlooked" perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West. Introducing themes of a tyrannical dystopia run by the Wizard, class politics, regional conflict, religious and ph...
Goldenhand really liked it Goldenhand
by Garth Nix

If you haven't read the series before, you should certainly start with Sabriel and introduce yourself. The Old Kingdom series is a fun fantasy adventure in Garth Nix's world of magic, the dead and the Abhorsen who shepard the border in b...
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business liked it The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg

As the author, Charles Duhigg, is first an investigative journalist, 'The Power of Habit' is written very much in this style. Through retelling of stories and studies of habit through different perspectives, Duhigg's work shows the many ...
I Hate the Internet it was ok I Hate the Internet
by Jarett Kobek

I hate the internet is a disjointed exploration of the twitter-age, sexism, racism, and classism that makes up the fabric of San Francisco. Or at least the book tries to be. The author freely admits that the book isn't a "Good Novel" and...
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis liked it Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance

In the wake of the Trump election, Hillbilly Elegy reflects some of the backdrop behind the rustbelt rebellion as a driving political faction. Through reflection on his life stories, Vance draws parallels between rural poverty, broken fa...
How to Write a Thesis really liked it How to Write a Thesis
by Umberto Eco

How to Write a Thesis is essentially a classic work on the academic process of research and writing. Reading through this book was an extremely nostalgic process that brought back many of the techniques that I had learned in my high scho...
The Craft of Research liked it The Craft of Research
by Wayne C. Booth

The Craft of Research is very much a textbook approach to formal research writing. The book has some useful advice on how to restructure sentences and make them more clear to the reader, which is quite valuable to some, and covers a lot ...
How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing really liked it How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
by Paul J. Silvia

The central tenant of this book is that to write a lot, you must write consistently and that means setting aside time to have a predictable writing schedule. In compared to organizing your time to write, all other aspects of motivation a...
How to Perform Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most really liked it How to Perform Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most
by Hendrie Weisinger

I typically find that my work involves repetitive periods of stress, some of which is environmental and some of which is self-imposed. My curiosity was peaked by this book in part because I wanted different perspectives on how to better ...
Good Morning, Midnight really liked it Good Morning, Midnight
by Lily Brooks-Dalton

A different spin on the apocalypse, centering almost meditative loneliness of the void. The story follows two researchers one in space and another in the arctic, who after an untold catastrophe have mysteriously lost contact with the res...
Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Vol. 2 really liked it Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Vol. 2
by Luo Guanzhong

Although the goodreads thing is split, my review is intended to compromise both portions here. Romance of the Three Kingdoms is not a book to start reading without a little trepidation. There are a whole host of characters that the read...
The Future is Japanese: Science Fiction Futures and Brand New Fantasies from and about Japan. it was amazing The Future is Japanese: Science Fiction Futures and Brand New Fantasies from and about Japan.
by Masumi Washington

Great short story about an escape from a doomed world. Inspired in part by the manga Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō and freely available online. http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/mono-no-aware/ The title "Mono no aware" is meant to des...
Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Vol. 1 really liked it Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Vol. 1
by Luo Guanzhong

A Canticle for Leibowitz it was amazing A Canticle for Leibowitz
by Walter M. Miller Jr.

A fantastic post-apocalyptic classic. Miller's book was really ahead of its time, predating the modern "Fallout"/"Mad-Max" styles by decades. The novel is not perfectly straightfoward as it represents three fused short-stories spanning g...
A Darker Shade of Magic really liked it A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E. Schwab

A dark fantasy novel that engages the reader quickly and keeps its pace well. Something about the idea of parallel cities always seems to fascinate, and this novel does make that dimensionality seem overly worn. Following the story of Ke...
Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living really liked it Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
by Nick Offerman

As a huge fan of Ron Swanson from Parks & Rec, I felt that the biography and musings of his puppet-master would be something worth reading. Without knowing it was a biography at first, a reader might expect more of a collection of humori...
Trying to Float: Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel really liked it Trying to Float: Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel
by Nicolaia Rips

An excellent set of tiny tales from a girl growing up in the Chelsea Hotel in downtown NYC. Cast against a background of unorthodox neighbors from a boutique hotel the reader is walked through handful of memorable encounters from Nicolai...
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything really liked it Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
by Joshua Foer

Although the subtitle is significantly more informative than the title, Moonwalking with Einstein is a pretty fun book. Josh Foer recounts his life as a journalist who attempts to immerse himself into the world of competitive memory athl...
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child really liked it Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
by J.K. Rowling

Harry and The Cursed Child is the massively anticipated 8th Harry Potter book, but packaged as a play script rather than a novel, doesn't follow the charms that the novels bring. As a fan of the original series, I really enjoyed reading ...
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time liked it The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

A quirky story from an autistic narrator (Christopher) who unravels his world while investigating the death of his neighbor's dog. Although certainly not a mystery novel, the novel is kind of cute in it's exploration of Christopher's wor...
It's a Battlefield liked it It's a Battlefield
by Graham Greene

'It's a Battlefield' is a small but tense drama set in London's inter-war period. It paints a bleak version of society that chews through individuals who act against their own ideals and principles for the benefit of a system they don't ...
Dangerous Women really liked it Dangerous Women
by George R.R. Martin

A collection of stories celebrating "Dangerous" women, compiled by George R.R Martin and Gardner Dozois. The list of authors is no less impressive, and readers of Lindholm, Sanders, Butcher, RR Martin and others will find stories that ex...
Sweetbitter liked it Sweetbitter
by Stephanie Danler

A story about Tess, a waitress' first year in New York, Sweetbitter tracks a progression of the protagonist's life from a naive arrival to a native caught in the gears of the industry. But the plot is actually not why I would recommend t...
The Last One really liked it The Last One
by Alexandra Oliva

The Last One is a page-turner, even if in some ways you "know" what happens already. Told (mostly) from the perspective of one character on a survival TV show who has been cast adrift in the Appalachian Woods, the happenings are not nece...
The Book of Strange New Things really liked it The Book of Strange New Things
by Michel Faber

Set in the not too distant future, a preacher leaves his wife and his planet behind to take on a role as pastor to a newly discovered race at the behest of a corporate conglomerate the USIC. His mission to the planet entwines his devotio...
Superman: Red Son it was amazing Superman: Red Son
by Mark Millar

Awesome alternate reality version of Superman where his escape pod lands in the Ukraine instead of Kansas. A must read for anyone who is a fan of the comics, and certainly would have made a better Batman Vs Superman movie then the recent...
The Time in Between really liked it The Time in Between
by María Dueñas

Spirited espionage novel that is part adventure with a dash of romance. The main character is a somewhat fragile dressmaker who transcends the whirlwind of plights that she is continuously thrust into. Set between the Spanish Civil War a...
Norwegian Wood it was amazing Norwegian Wood
by Haruki Murakami

This is somewhat a novel about indecision and lack of purpose, which truthfully might have made me like it more in my current state. My first reading of this author, Murakami's writing expressed a smooth and seductive melancholy that mad...
Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesic Patient, H. M. liked it Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesic Patient, H. M.
by Suzanne Corkin

A fascinating insight into the workings of memory and the man who's affliction helped explore many theoretical inquiries into the subject. Permanent Present Tense is one part memoir but it is largely an academic review of the work done w...
The Grace of Kings liked it The Grace of Kings
by Ken Liu

Grace of Kings bills itself as a sort of asian martial game of thrones. The focus is on heroes and kings as the center of change for the fictional land of Dara and Ken Liu's writing does make the book entertaining. The world that Liu cre...
The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It really liked it The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
by Kelly McGonigal

From the "delay discount" the idea that you don't value future rewards appropriately, to distractions depleting your willpower reserves, to social influence and other challenges of self-control, The Willpower Instinct is a useful overvie...
Morning Star really liked it Morning Star
by Pierce Brown

A fitting conclusion to the series. Morning Star has more of the flavor of the second book than the first, which is a compliment as far as I am concerned. After the ending of the second book, the third installment opens with much more gr...
Golden Son really liked it Golden Son
by Pierce Brown

The major flaw of the previous book was the lack of any investment in the protagonist on the part of the reader. Things simply happen and you accept them, only to be scurried off to the next engagement with little and listless purpose. T...
Red Rising liked it Red Rising
by Pierce Brown

Following the popular themes which recently have made big-budget movies quite a bit of money, this book takes more than a few pages from Hunger Games/Lord of the Flies. Truthfully I haven't read the Hunger Games, but the movies certainly...
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry really liked it The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is the tale of a grouchy man running the only bookshop located on Alice island, whose fate becomes entwined with that of a newly orphaned girl. The real highlight of the book is the way in which the book fo...
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore liked it Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan

Mr Penumbra's 24 hour bookstore is a light and playful story about the unraveling of the secrets behind a mysterious bookstore. Sloan's characters in the novel are a colorful collective of trendy-internet era San Francisco nerds who end ...
Istanbul: Memories and the City really liked it Istanbul: Memories and the City
by Orhan Pamuk

Orhan's memoirs of his childhood in Istanbul portray a romantic but melancholy view of the city. He depicts his hometown as caught between the despair of its past and its own conflicted soul between western and eastern influence. A consi...
Long Walk to Freedom really liked it Long Walk to Freedom
by Nelson Mandela

Not only a testament to enduring power of beliefs, Mandela's autobiography is also a book that draws the reader in. Balancing content between day-to-day memoir and the overarching political battle in a way which never bores the reader. F...
The Three-Body Problem liked it The Three-Body Problem
by Liu Cixin

Three-Body Problem is very much a science fiction book that toys with the Asimov-style worlds and more modern stretches into quantum and multi-dimensional exploration. It certainly is a Chinese Sci-Fi book, not only in location, but the ...
Mr Ma and Son really liked it Mr Ma and Son
by Lao She

Mr Ma and son is a short, semi satirical story about the Chinese immigrant experience in London during the mid 1920s. The writing is light and witty and the book is filled with caricatures of both the English and Chinese stereotypes of t...
The Hero of Ages really liked it The Hero of Ages
by Brandon Sanderson

A satisfactory conclusion to the trilogy, The Hero of Ages was well planned and addressed many of the previous books developments in surprising fashions. True to Sanderson's writing style, the novel pushed forward with excitement and pac...
The Well of Ascension liked it The Well of Ascension
by Brandon Sanderson

Slower than the first book, but finishes with more energy. This novel builds on the story and explores a little more the mythical structure established in the first book but seems to lack the focus and pace. While I did enjoy reading Wel...
The Silmarillion really liked it The Silmarillion
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Certainly not an easy book to chew, the Silmarillion is written with lofty prose in the style of an old legend. The story has far too many names and places for my poor memory, but contains within it an essential understanding of the midd...
All the Light We Cannot See it was amazing All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

This book is beautifully written, even the reader is not immediately absorbed by the story. Set throughout the World War II period, the novel crisscrosses between a young German boy, fascinated by electronics, and a young Parisian girl w...
Hiroshima really liked it Hiroshima
by John Hersey

Compelling account of Hiroshima and its aftermath. Retells the story of 6 bombing survivors and their experience realizing and then coping with the sudden devastation of the city. This piece played an important historical role in humaniz...
Everything I Never Told You really liked it Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng

A poetic novel depicting the intricacies of a family torn apart by tragedy. The book reads a little like a mystery novel, slowly unfolding the events that behind the death of the daughter Lydia, but focuses more intensely on the interper...
The Final Empire really liked it The Final Empire
by Brandon Sanderson

An exciting fantasy story that borders on a heist movie. Mistborn is thrilling and the concepts that the world is developed on help propel the readers interest. It is not a particularly deep novel, but it is hard to put down and is a sat...
Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas liked it Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas
by Patrick Modiano

It's often said that if you do a good job, people won't think you've done anything at all. Maybe this quote cannot apply well to storytelling and plot. The three novellas included in this collection create a melancholic and nostalgic rep...
Words of Radiance really liked it Words of Radiance
by Brandon Sanderson

Quite a hefty book, but a fun and exciting read. Sanderson is fantastic in his world building and is able to keep you in suspense. The sequel seems to be a little more flat than the first novel but still was worth the read. still waiting...
Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China liked it Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
by Jung Chang

Jung Chang provides a well written description of CiXi's reign from behind the curtain and the dynamics of Chinese and regional politics in the late-1800s. CiXi's leadership helped modernize many aspects of a national Chinese government ...
The Way of Kings it was amazing The Way of Kings
by Brandon Sanderson

Fantastic and enthralling book. Easily one of my new favorite authors
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The Memory Chalet really liked it The Memory Chalet
by Tony Judt

A thought-provoking memoir covering a range of experiences from childhood, trains, and society. It is a very personal book written from the confines of Judt's mind as he suffered from ALS.
Quicksilver liked it Quicksilver
by Neal Stephenson

Stephenson's homage to classical 1600s science is witty as always, but with this novel I don't feel that it comes together quite as well as some of his other works. It is possible that the rest of the trilogy redeems the novel, but it's ...
The Buried Giant really liked it The Buried Giant
by Kazuo Ishiguro

The novelty of this book is that it is Ishiguro's first fantasy novel as opposed to his normal literary-fiction. It reads completely different from most books I've read with the story frequently unveiled in a detached way between flashba...
S. really liked it S.
by J.J. Abrams

A beautiful book that is as much art as it is involving. Trailing two students attempting to penetrate the mystery surrounding the book's author, translator, and a shadowy collective known as "the S". the collaboration between Abrahms an...
The Color of Magic really liked it The Color of Magic
by Terry Pratchett

Adventurous fantasy that is half clever and half parody. I have to admit I'm quite a fan :)
Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China liked it Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
by Paul French

Descriptive nonfiction murder mystery set in pre WW2 Beijing. Story itself is dark, but rife with quite insightful stories of China in the 1930s. Certainly an interesting read
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch really liked it Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
by Terry Pratchett

A cute paranormal-deity thing that you'd expect to come from the minds of Gaiman and Pratchett. It's a great read if you're into the Supernatural (TV show) dynamic between characters. It's a colorful story sprinkled with really great quo...
Reunion liked it Reunion
by Alan Lightman

While I didn't find the story particularly compelling, I often found myself enjoying the fluidity of the writing and his thoughts. A recommendation for descriptive texture rather than plot, but it's worth opening up.
Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese really liked it Chineasy: The New Way to Read Chinese
by Shaolan Hsueh

Pretty artsy way to learn character meanings. I enjoyed the pictographic approach, I just hope that I can remember everything haha
Annihilation really liked it Annihilation
by Jeff VanderMeer

Dark and brooding SciFi. asks more questions than it answers and recommended for anyone who likes open-ended
The Fog Horn it was amazing The Fog Horn
by Ray Bradbury

Haunting
The Martian it was amazing The Martian
by Andy Weir

A mix of survival and sci-fi, probably would make a good movie in the same way that Gravity did. A lot of the things are a bit implausible but are the story is written humorously and I like it much more for that. Would recommend this boo...
Fight Club it was amazing Fight Club
by Chuck Palahniuk

I kind of wish someone had told me to read the book instead of watch the movie just so I could compare my impressions with the film itself. The movie of course is a great realization of the book albeit with some alterations. The story is...
The Circle really liked it The Circle
by Dave Eggers

Essentially a dystopian tech novel. Certainly a scary story set in a 1984 style social media world. The narrative is not incredibly deep and certainly cartoonish, but in a way that makes the story more colorful and fun. It's a good read ...
A Wizard of Earthsea it was amazing A Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula K. Le Guin

I haven't read much of Le Guin's work, but I've found this book to be a fantastic fantasy novel. The tone is somehow a perfect story telling voice, bringing to mind bed-time stories and any nostalgic tales from distant lands. Even the wo...
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character really liked it Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character
by Richard Feynman

This book is a pretty charming collection of stories from the famous physicist. Curious is certainly an apt word for the subtitle and overall it's an enjoyable read. The stories themselves portray him as quite an eccentric character who ...
The Maze Runner liked it The Maze Runner
by James Dashner

Entertaining story reminiscent of Hunger games and Battle Royal. A little predictable somehow but enjoyable nonetheless. I wonder how the movie compares...
A Gun for Sale liked it A Gun for Sale
by Graham Greene

Fun little thriller :)
The Call of Cthulhu it was amazing The Call of Cthulhu
by H.P. Lovecraft

Obviously a classic for fans of psychological horror, and possibly one of the first to define the genre. Lovecraft tries to play more with the idea that what is unseen and unknown is far more scary than what our imaginations can actually...
The Count of Monte Cristo it was amazing The Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas

Dumas constructs an elegant tale in which Dantes' vengeance runs as clockwork with a sublime precision. The way in which the story unfolds is marvelously exciting and the deviousness with which it unfolds is fantastic. It is a good thing...
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The Sense of an Ending really liked it The Sense of an Ending
by Julian Barnes

Barnes creates a brief excursion into a realm of guilt and morality, cause and consequence as told through an aged narrator exploring the history of his lovers and friends. The narrator chooses to reveal his story selectively to the read...
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo it was amazing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson

Absolutely an astounding thriller. Even though I had already seen the movie it was fantastic to read through the book and I pretty much couldn't put it down once I had started. Highly recommended.
Einstein's Dreams it was amazing Einstein's Dreams
by Alan Lightman

A collection of fascinating metaphysical worlds presented as variations of time and perspective along the banks of the Aare. Quite an enjoyable read.
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions really liked it Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
by Edwin A. Abbott

As a critique of Victorian era things it’s pretty amusing and everything I've watched in Downton Abbey makes me like this book more. The whole dimensional thing though is really its selling point and I found it entirely delightful. Defin...
Cannot Fall Asleep (One Painting a Day by Tango ) ??? it was amazing Cannot Fall Asleep (One Painting a Day by Tango ) ???
by Tango

Hilarious collection of comics :) definetely a webcomic i will read in the future http://tango2010weibo.tumblr.com/
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World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War it was amazing World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
by Max Brooks

A completely awesome take on a post apocalyptic zombie book. Reads a bit like non-fiction and I completely enjoyed that perspective of things. I also enjoyed the way different cultures and people are portrayed in their responses to the s...
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth it was amazing An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
by Chris Hadfield

Pretty fantastic outlook on life and other things. Not quite the regular viewpoint of approaching lifes problems. After reading this I've decided I"m far too sleepy to be an astronaut lol but I have much more respect for the experience.
Clariel really liked it Clariel
by Garth Nix

I would put this book up right with the rest of the series. Quite adventurous and fun :)
Ancillary Justice really liked it Ancillary Justice
by Ann Leckie

This novel is quite good and is strongly recommended to anyone who intensely likes sci-fi that is rich in politics. I bought the book on a whim after reading an interview with the author. I ended up being pleasantly surprised by the book...
The Trial really liked it The Trial
by Franz Kafka

Kafka is always strange in my experience and this book is no exception. It certainly captures the frustrations of legal proceedings and the infuriating nature of being unsure of what things feel like when they are beyond your control. Bu...
The Book Thief really liked it The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

Cute and well written, but certainly sad"
Storm Front really liked it Storm Front
by Jim Butcher

delightful magical detective noir
How to Win Friends and Influence People liked it How to Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
I Am Legend and Other Stories it was amazing I Am Legend and Other Stories
by Richard Matheson

much different than I expected and the short stories were darker as well. good read for a long flight though
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales it was amazing The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
by Oliver Sacks

excellent book and a well written account of the oddities of the human condition when things go astray
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The Return of the King it was amazing The Return of the King
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Kind of ashamed it took so long to get around to reading this series, but I loved it nonetheless.
The Two Towers really liked it The Two Towers
by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring it was amazing The Fellowship of the Ring
by J.R.R. Tolkien

its been 14 years since I last opened this book. Tolkien's descriptive style and immersive lore are fascinating. but I'm excited to open the next two books :)
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China it was amazing Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
by Jung Chang

Fantastic and rich story of a three generation struggle in China. Highly recommended

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