Books

I got this idea from Derek Sivers. I've tried to keep track of my reading in the past but never publically. So, for 2016 I commit to put every book I read up here with a rating and a short review, summary or some notes. Books are sorted by rating.

So far, in 2016 I have read 11813 pages.

  1. Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time.

  2. Date Completed: 2016-04-15
    By: Keith Ferrazzi

    5/5 stars: Ferrazzi nailed this book; you should buy it, read it and put his advice into practice.

  3. Redemption Ark

  4. Date Completed: 2016-02-08
    By: Alastair Reynolds

    5/5 stars: This is the first book of the year that I have rated as a 5. I don't do so lightly.

  5. A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton

  6. Date Completed: 2016-03-24
    By: Carl Bernstein

    4.5/5 stars: This is a beautifully written book about an enigmatic leader who will likely be our next president.

  7. The Dark Tower III (The Waste Lands)

  8. Date Completed: 2016-04-12
    By: Stephen King

    4/5 stars: The Waste Lands is my favorite book of the first half of the Dark Tower series.

  9. The Dark Tower V (Wolves of the Calla)

  10. Date Completed: 2016-06-21
    By: Stephen King

    4/5 stars: A story of Gunslingers doing gunslinger things to protect the children of Calla Bryn Sturgis.

  11. My Spiritual Journey

  12. Date Completed: 2016-02-16
    By: Dalai Lama

    4/5 stars: “My Spiritual Journey” has inspired me to be more compassionate to the people around me.

  13. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

  14. Date Completed: 2016-01-09
    By: Brene Brown

    4/5 stars: This book has already had a meaningful impact on how I view the world around me. You should read it.

  15. Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business

  16. Date Completed: 2016-06-07
    By: Charles Duhigg

    4/5 stars: Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg was a good book. It just wasn’t the book I was expecting.

  17. A Mind for numbers

  18. Date Completed: 2016-01-16
    By: Barbara Oakley, Ph.D.

    4/5 stars: I recommend this book to anyone who is still in school, does a lot of self-directed learning or teaches in some capacity.

  19. The Dark Tower VII (The Dark Tower)

  20. Date Completed: 2016-06-28
    By: Stephen King

    4/5 stars: At 845 pages long and could probably be cut down by half and not lose much in the way of plot.

  21. I Will Teach You to Be Rich

  22. Date Completed: 2016-02-28
    By: Ramit Sethi

    3.5/5 stars: I wish someone had given me this book a few years ago, but I'm still glad that I read it now.

  23. Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World

  24. Date Completed: 2016-01-27
    By: Bill Nye

    3.5/5 stars: This book was entertaining and inspiring. I left it feeling like I could make a difference.

  25. Anything You Want

  26. Date Completed: 2016-01-10
    By: Derek Sivers

    3.5/5 stars: It felt like Derek was giving me personal advice on how to start my next business.

  27. 1Q84

  28. Date Completed: 2016-01-22
    By: Haruki Murakami

    3.5/5 stars: If you love Murakami and have the time to devote to nearly 1000 pages of fairly confusing fiction, then this book is worth a read.

  29. The Dark Tower IV (Wizard and Glass)

  30. Date Completed: 2016-05-07
    By: Stephen King

    3.5/5 stars: This book is one long flashback. It was okay.

  31. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

  32. Date Completed: 2016-02-20
    By: Richard P. Feynman

    3.5/5 stars: Richard Feynman’s insatiable curiosity and jovial attitude makes his autobiography an entertaining read.

  33. Remote: Office Not Required

  34. Date Completed: 2016-01-12
    By: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

    3/5 stars: Nothing groundbreaking here, but if you need convincing that working remotely is the future of many industries, this may help tip the scales.

  35. Revenge of the Sith: Star Wars: Episode III

  36. Date Completed: 2016-01-27
    By: Matthew Stover

    3/5 stars: Reading this book was the first time I believed that the Anakin we see pod-racing in “The Phantom Menace” could become Darth Vader.

  37. The Dark Tower II (The Drawing of Three)

  38. Date Completed: 2016-04-03
    By: Stephen King

    3/5 stars: This book is far more satisfying than the previous installment

  39. Dark Tower VI (Song of Susannah)

  40. Date Completed: 2016-06-23
    By: Stephen King

    3/5 stars: This novel is not as fun as “Wolves of the Calla” but it adds a lot to the overall plot.

  41. How About Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons

  42. Date Completed: 2016-01-08
    By: Bob Mankoff

    3/5 stars: Quick, fun read. If you have interest in how New Yorker Cartoons get made, you will enjoy this book.

  43. The Dark Tower I (The Gunslinger)

  44. Date Completed: 2016-03-09
    By: Stephen King

    3/5 stars: I love this book. The story will draw you in if you can get past King's amateur writing.

  45. The Wind Through the Keyhole

  46. Date Completed: 2016-07-07
    By: Stephen King

    2.5/5 stars:I don’t like flashbacks. The Wind Through the Keyhole is almost entirely a flashback.

  47. Commitment

  48. Date Completed: 2016-05-09
    By: Olav Maassen, Chris Matts, Chris Geary

    2.5/5 stars: If you can get past the fact that the three male authors have seemingly never interacted with real women, the content is worth it.

  49. Stumbling on Happiness

  50. Date Completed: 2016-02-25
    By: Daniel Gilbert

    2.5/5 stars: My skepticism towards the science involved and my distaste for the author's style left me wholly unsatisfied

  51. How to Get Approved for the Best Mortgage Without Sticking a Fork in Your Eye

  52. Date Completed: 2016-07-15
    By: Elysia Stobbe

    2/5 stars:The book reads like an advertisement for the author.

  53. The 8-Hour Diet: Watch the Pounds Disappear without Watching What You Eat!

  54. Date Completed: 2016-01-29
    By: David Zinczenko

    2/5 stars: 20 pages of interesting information with 300 pages of filler.

  55. Attack of the Clones

  56. Date Completed: 2016-01-09
    By: R. A. Salvatore

    1/5 stars: Don’t read this book.