My goal is to finish one book a month, and write book summaries when time allows. My habit is to read several books at a time, sometimes this gets out of control, but generally I like the ability to switch between them depending on mood and interest, like flipping between TV channels.

Here’s a list of the summaries I’ve written. Most of them are also linked to below.

January 2017

  • The Art of the Pimp by Dennis Hof

December 2017 – didn’t finish a book :( but read a lot from Pocket

November 2017

  • The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson
  • Homo Deus by Yuval Harari

October 2017

September 2017 – it’s the second month this year where I didn’t finish a book, but I got really far on several of them, which should be reflected in October’s results

August 2017

  • Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

July 2017

  • Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

June 2017

  • Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale
  • How To Fail At Almost Everything by Scott Adams (for the 2nd time, here were my book notes from the 1st time)

May 2017

  • The History of God by Karen Armstrong

April 2017 – although I read a lot of long essays and Pocket articles and crypto-related white papers this month, I failed to finish a book for the first time since I began to track this activity in August of 2012 (!). The streak ends at 4 years and 9 months. So this becomes a must-fix for May and beyond. Need to make more time during the day for serious book-reading

March 2017

  • American Born Chinese

February 2017

  • Game of Thrones Book 1 (for the 2nd time)
  • Lonesome Dove [some excerpts]

January 2017

  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (loved it)

December 2016

  • A Confession by Leo Tolstoy
  • True Believer by Eric Hoffer (for the 2nd time) [1-pager]
  • Dao De Jing by Lao Tzu, a translation by Ursula K Le Guin (for the 3rd time, although this is a new translation)

November 2016

  • The Lady and the Monk by Pico Iyer
  • The Broken Buddha by Ven Dhammika
  • On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

October 2016

  • The Internet of Money by Andreas Antonopoulous
  • The Dhammapada

September 2016

  • Brands of Faith by Mara Einstein
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

August 2016

  • The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson
  • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

July 2016

  • The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran
  • Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean (9 beautiful sentences)
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • Born Standing Up by Steve Martin (a great passage)

June 2016

  • Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper
  • Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck
  • The New Case for Gold by James Rickards
  • From Chocolate to Morphine by Andrew Weil
  • Boomerang by Michael Lewis (2nd time)
  • Money, Real Quick: The Story of M-PESA by Tonny Omwansa and Nicholas Sullivan

May 2016

  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (2nd time)
  • Cybersecurity and Cyberwar by P.W. Singer
  • The Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (favorite excerpts)
  • The World’s Religions by Huston Smith

April 2016

  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (2nd time)
  • Dune by Frank Herbert (2nd time)
  • The Naked Voice by W. Stephen Smith
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

March 2016

  • Law School Confidential by Robert Miller
  • The Law School Admissions Game by Ann Levine
  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Long-Term Goals by AL Duckworth and C Peterson [my review]

February 2016

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Book of Psalms in The Old Testament
  • Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace (2nd time)
  • The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (amazing)

January 2016

  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (summary)
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly (2nd time, read my summary here)
  • Here is New York by E.B. White (2nd time)

December 2015

  • Straw Dogs by John Gray (favorite ideas)
  • a standup comedy ebook by Jerry Corley

November 2015

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (the book was amazing and I started Cannery Row immediately after)

October 2015

  • Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Be Slightly Evil by Venkatesh Rao

September 2015

  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  • Wild Swans by Jung Chang
  • Here is New York by EB White
  • Appletopia by Brett Robinson
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marques

August 2015

  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (2nd time)
  • The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan
  • Turning Japanese by David Mura
  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser (wrote about it here)
  • Technology Matters by David Nye (2nd time, here was my original cheatsheet)

July 2015

  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami
  • The True Believer by Eric Hoffer [1-pager]
  • FOB by Eddie Huang
  • The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  • Darwin’s Cathedral by David Sloan Wilson (wrote about it here)

June 2015

  • The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt (2nd time)
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • The Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche

May 2015

  • The Accidental Asian by Eric Liu
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton (2nd time)

April 2015

  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The New New Thing by Michael Lewis

March 2015

  • Gold by Matthew Hart
  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • The E-Myth by Michael Gerber
  • Ubik by Philip Dick
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

February 2015

  • No Exit by Gideon Lewis-Krauss
  • Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
  • Getting Real and Rework by Jason Fried and DHH
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

January 2015

  • How to Fail at Almost Everything by Scott Adams (book notes)
  • Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas Antonopoulous

December 2014

  • The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
  • The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
  • The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall [partial summary]

November 2014

  • Technology Matters by David Nye [1-pager]
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marques (AMAZING)

October 2014

  • Waking Up by Sam Harris
  • Essays in Idleness by Yoshida Kenko

September 2014

  • Hyperion by Dan Simmons

August 2014

  • 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries & Jack Trout (for the 2nd time)
  • My Struggle: Book 1 by Karl Ove Knausgaard

July 2014

  • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  • College Unbound by Jeffrey Selingo
  • Recruit or Die by Chris Resto, Ian Ybarra and Ramit Sethi
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly [summary]

June 2014

  • One World Schoolhouse by Salman Khan

May 2014

  • 道德经 by 老子 (Tao Te Jing by Lao Zi)

April 2014

  • Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville – paused
  • The Essential Difference by Simon Baron-Cohen
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott – paused
  • Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders by Warren Buffett – read ~10 of them
  • Windfall by McKenzie Funk – paused

March 2014

  • Antifragile by Nassim Taleb
  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport (great!!) [summary]

February 2014 [update]:

  • The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson
  • Daily Rituals by Mason Currey [summary]
  • The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller

January 2014 [update]:

  • A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  • That Used to Be Us by Tom Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

December 2013 [update]:

  • A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  • A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
  • Be Slightly Evil by Venkatesh Rao
  • DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman
  • Race Against The Machine by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson [summary]

October and November 2013 [update]:

  • David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

September 2013 [update]:

  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland by Haruki Murakami
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

August 2013:

Stardust by Neil Gaiman Stein on Writing The Inner Game of Tennis On Writing by Stephen King
The Launch Pad by Randall Stross

July 2013:

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April 2013:

March 2013:

Rules for Virgins by Amy Tan

February 2013:

January 2013:

December 2012:

November 2012:

Fantastic Voyage

October 2012:

What I Talk About by Haruki Murakami The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman The Billion Dollar Kiss by Jeffrey Stepakoff

September 2012:

August 2012:

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Books I completed in the past:

*Keeping track so I can write about them in the future

  • Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton (made me realize how much we can learn from religion to live a “good life”)
  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini (a MUST-READ if you enjoy social psychology)
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (my first foray into techno-utopia/techno-sci-fi, and thoroughly enjoyable)
  • The Hunger Games trilogy (yes, I read all 3)
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons by Heilemann and Halperin (I used to be more obsessed with political campaigns and this is a great blow-by-blow of the ’08 campaigns)