Books

Last read - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (30 April 2022)

Currently reading

Title Author Started Progress
Rationality: From AI to Zombies Eliezer Yudkowsky 01/05/2022 5%
The new secret diary of Hendrik Groen Hendrik Groen 05/05/2022 15%

Sometime around 2018 my friend suggested me to read Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky. I was going through some troubles at that time and he said that this book could help me. I looked at the book and found it too dense for my taste. I resisted for a long time before I finally read the first two chapters. I couldn’t continue because there was so much information in the book. I didn’t have the peace of mind to digest it and to be patient. This time I picked this book by my own will. Let’s see how it goes.

Update after one hour: I have already read three times more in one hour than what I read last time in a few weeks. I can see the power of motivation. This time I want to read it. Last time I was reading it because I felt I should.

Update 20 May: Rationality is still a hard read. I feel It’s too theoretical. I don’t know how else to say it. I need to dedicate a day for reading it. It’s not a book that I can read for 30 minutes a day. I have sit and focus to be able to read it. The other book by Hendrik Groen is nice. It’s funny. Nowadays whenever I see an old man in a mobility scooter, I think of Hendrik and laugh.

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Fiction

Title Author Stars MM/Year
The secret diary of Hendrik Groen, 831/4 years old Hendrik Groen 4 03/2022
Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card 5 12/2021
Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier 4 2021
The Institute Stephen King 4 2021
The Time Machine H.G. Wells 4 2021
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini 4 2018
And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini 2 2018
The Lost Symbol Dan Brown 4 2017
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown 4 2019
The Immortals of Meluha Amish Tripathi 3 2019
Nothing Ventured Jeffrey Archer 3 2020
Animal Farm George Orwell 5 2020
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie 4 2020
Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie 4 2020
Chasing Tomorrow Sidney Sheldon - 2020
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams 5 2021
Five Point Someone Chetan Bhagat 2 2014
2 States Chetan Bhagat 3 2014
Title Author Stars Year
The Theory of Everything Stephen Hawking 3 2016
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking 3 2016

Non-fiction

Title Author Stars MM/Year
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey   04/2022
Nobel Dreams Gary Taubes 2 04/2022
Superior Angela Saini 3 2021
Sapiens Yuval Noah Harari 5 2021
Quiet Power Susan Cain 3 2021
The Telescope in the Ice Mark Bowen 4 2021
Who Moved My Cheese Spencer Johnson 5 2020
Life Is What You Make It Peter Buffett 4 2020
The War of Art Steven Pressfield 4 2020
Feynman’s Rainbow Leonard Mlodinow 5 2020

Biographies

Title Author Stars Year
Yanni in Words Yanni 3 2020
Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! Richard P. Feynman 5 2019
Wings of Fire A.P.J. Abdul Kalam 3 2017
Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson 4 2016

Didn’t finish

Title Author Enjoyed?
About Science
The First Three Minutes Steven Weinberg Somewhat
Biographies
The Shooting Star Shivya Nath Nay
Shoe Dog Phil Knight Somewhat
Non-fiction
The 4-Hour Workweek Tim Ferriss Nay
Thinking Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman Somewhat
Creativity, Inc. Ed Catmull Yea
Fiction
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez Yea
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Douglas Adams Nay
The Invisible Man H.G. Wells Nay

Rating guide

Stars Means
5 Loved it
4 Enjoyed it
3 Liked it
2 So-so
1 Unreadable

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Update 18 December 2021: It’s been over one year and I still haven’t read these!

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  • First Timers Only
    • Friendly Open Source projects should reserve specific issues for newbies.
    • I had to add the site description here to remember what First Timers Only is about.

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