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Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
4.30
Well, I finally did it. I finished the hardest book I've ever read.

I really can't do this book justice by trying to explain or even summarise it. Just...more
Aug 10, 2012
Jan 18, 2012
 
Outliers: The Story of Success
4.06
This was my second reading of this book. This was the first Gladwell book I ever read, and I think I enjoyed it just as much the second time through a...more
May 18, 2013
Jan 17, 2011
 
Gone Girl
3.93
I really can't say much about this book without revealing too much. It's crazy suspenseful, and kept me guessing the whole time.

This book is about a m...more
Dec 06, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
 
Pathfinder (Pathfinder, #1)
3.98
Wow, I didn't even add this book to my Goodreads until I finished it. Not sure how that happened.

I've read a lot of Orson Scott Card as it turns out:...more
Dec 13, 2012
Dec 13, 2012
 
The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect
4.21
This book was incredibly original, and I'm thankful I discovered it by pure chance. This book wasn't written by a "typical" author - he wrote the stor...more
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
 
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
3.94
This was a very interesting read, much in line with any of Malcolm Gladwell's great books on behavioral psychology (Blink, Tipping Point, etc). The bo...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
 
Slaughterhouse-Five
4.01
This was a wonderful book, despite the fact that it covers such a dark topic (although somewhat fictional, the book is a very real account of Vonnegut...more
May 24, 2012
May 18, 2012
 
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
3.88
I enjoyed this book. The first 2/3rds were the most interesting, but after they (spoiler alert) killed Bin Laden there wasn't a whole lot left to talk...more
Jan 07, 2013
Dec 27, 2012
 
The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us
3.86
This book contained some great fact-based studies of how human memory works, and mainly how fallible our memory actually is. It can be sort of depress...more
Dec 27, 2012
Dec 15, 2012
 
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
3.80
I saw this book on the top of a best seller's list, and then I found out the terribly-kept secret that this book was actually written by J.K. Rowling,...more
Sep 06, 2013
Aug 19, 2013
 
New Programmer's Survival Manual
3.50
This book, though still in "beta", was a great guide to all the little things you don't know when starting a professional career in software. It cover...more
Sep 05, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
 
The Caves of Steel (Robot, #1)
4.10
This is only the second Asimov book I've ever read (the first being I, Robot, a collection of small stories). I started this book because I had intend...more
Oct 03, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
 
Tough Shit: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good
3.85
Disclaimer: It turns out I'm a pretty big fan of Kevin Smith's movies, but I wasn't entirely aware of it until I looked back and realized I've seen ev...more
May 2012
Apr 06, 2012
 
Shadow Divers
4.24
After reading several nonfiction titles about Mount Everest and now this, it's clear to me that I really enjoy these types of books.

Shadow Divers was...more
Jan 08, 2012
Dec 29, 2011
 
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
4.10
Death by Black Hole is one of the most interesting non-fiction science books I've ever read. It's a collection of essays published by Neil deGrasse Ty...more
Jun 17, 2012
May 21, 2012
 
David and Goliath
3.80
I've always enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's writing, and David and Goliath was no exception.

This book, like the other Gladwell books I've read ( Outliers ,...more
Oct 13, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
 
Cat's Cradle
4.18
This is the second Kurt Vonnegut novel I've ever read. Again, I was captivated by his unique writing style and the creative depth he adds to his mater...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
4.44
This book was a remarkable true true story about an American who turned from a misguided youth to an Olympic runner, who fought in WWII, was shot down...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
 
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
4.30
A great look back on the life of a true American genius. Feynman tells stories of his adventures and exploits in both physics and the "normal" parts o...more
May 18, 2012
Apr 29, 2012
 
Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
3.48
I knew her from her roles on SNL and 30 Rock, but I have to admit I didn't know Rachel Dratch's name until I got this book. The first part of the book...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
 
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
4.21
I disliked the first 1/3 of this book, then ended up loving all of it.

Without spoiling anything: In the future, 75 year old humans can sign up for an...more
Dec 04, 2013
Nov 22, 2013
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
Wow. This was a big conclusion to the trilogy.

I enjoyed the first book, thought the second book was pretty good, and wasn't expecting much from this b...more
Jul 28, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
 
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1)
4.20
I really enjoyed Ken Follett's other novels 'Pillars of the Earth' and 'World Without End', so I expected to like 'Fall of Giants' as well. I was comp...more
Mar 22, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
4.00
I'm a big Neil Gaiman fan. American Gods is right up there with my favorites of all time, and I've enjoyed the various other novels and graphic novels...more
Aug 17, 2013
Aug 13, 2013
 
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
4.03
Ok, here's what I'm sure everyone says in the review of this book: It was half of a story in a lot of ways. This story focused on only a few of the ch...more
Aug 10, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
 
11/22/63
4.24
Wow, what a story. I just finished the book only minutes ago, so I will keep my review brief to maintain some semblance of objectivity.

In '11/22/63',...more
Mar 12, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
 
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
3.96
This was an extremely interesting memoir by a guy who, through his actions, helped define technological crime in the 1980's.

An interesting take I had...more
Nov 23, 2013
Aug 28, 2011
 
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design
4.07
Oct 08, 2013
Sep 06, 2013
 
How to Win Friends and Influence People
4.03
This book is important. Sure, it's got a goofy old title. And it was written a long time ago. But this book literally tells you how to be a good perso...more
Mar 26, 2013
Mar 26, 2013
 
Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering
3.89
What I liked: The author has decades of personal experience in software development, and the wisdom he's gathered over the years is absolutely apparen...more
Dec 15, 2013
Oct 28, 2013
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