Ivan’s Profile

Sign in to Goodreads to learn more about Ivan.


A Brief History o...
Rate this book
Clear rating

Letters to My Son...
Rate this book
Clear rating


Ivan's Recent Updates

Ivan and 9 other people liked Jen Estrella's review of Authors vs. Goodreads:
Authors vs. Goodreads by Zoe Desh

Who pissed off this guy? (Yes. Initially I thought Zoe Desh was a chick but upon some further sleuthing discovered it was in a fact a man. Somehow that makes it even worse.) So what happened to lead to this annoying temper tantrum of his? One..." Read more of this review »
Ivan wants to read
The Beam by Sean Platt
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ivan and 5 other people liked Lauren’s status update
Lauren Lauren is currently reading Slaughter House 5
Ivan and 8 other people liked Jenn(ifer)'s status update
Jenn(ifer) added a status update: Fiction readers more empathetic? Science says yes
Ivan wants to read
Shame by Jon Ronson
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ivan started reading
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Rate this book
Clear rating
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
" Sorry, I guess I should have known better despite a vague comment like "No. I do not know what you are talking about." "
Ivan finished reading
All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury
All Summer in a Day
by Ray Bradbury
recommended to Ivan by: Caroline
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ivan rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
Wolf in White Van
by John Darnielle
read in January, 2015
Rate this book
Clear rating
Ivan wants to read
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of Ivan's books…
Gavin Extence
“I knew how many zeroes there were in a quintillion, but I thought that algebra lived in ponds.”
Gavin Extence, The Universe Versus Alex Woods

MacDonald Harris
“Is there anybody who would like to have written on his forehead a record of the places where he has slept? We are all innocent, in the end, and all guilty. We move blindly toward our sins, and the things we do and the things we suffer for don't have much to do with each other. In the end there's no justice: the universe is not an auditing firm. Would we like it better if it were? If we had to pay for everything, down to the last cruelty, the last fornication, the last harmless lie? Let's leave the dark places where they are.”
MacDonald Harris, Mortal Leap

David Hume
“How can we satisfy ourselves without going on in infinitum? And, after all, what satisfaction is there in that infinite progression? Let us remember the story of the Indian philosopher and his elephant. It was never more applicable than to the present subject. If the material world rests upon a similar ideal world, this ideal world must rest upon some other; and so on, without end. It were better, therefore, never to look beyond the present material world.”
David Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

John Fowles
“You wish to be liked. I wish simply to be. One day you will know what that means, perhaps. And you will smile. Not against me. But with me.”
John Fowles, The Magus

Tana French
“There's a Spanish proverb," he said, "that's always fascinated me. "Take what you want and pay for it, says God.'" "I don't believe in God," Daniel said, "but that principle seems, to me, to have a divinity of its own; a kind of blazing purity. What could be simpler, or more crucial? You can have anything you want, as long as you accept that there is a price and that you will have to pay it.”
Tana French, The Likeness

4862 Books on the Nightstand — 4518 members — last activity 1 hour, 21 min ago
A group to discuss books and topics mentioned on Books on the Nightstand, a blog and podcast about books and reading.
43519 readers advisory for all — 2801 members — last activity Jan 25, 2015 05:40PM
life's too short to read crappy books. this is why readers' advisory exists. feel free to join if you are looking for "a book like____" or "a book tha ...more
41147 Discovering Russian Literature — 1705 members — last activity 4 hours, 24 min ago
A study of great works of Russian literature! Does that sound too complicated? Shouldn't be. This is a friendly group where you can share your thought ...more
4,238 books | 1,218 friends

613 books | 24 friends

Danny D...
287 books | 85 friends

742 books | 85 friends

250 books | 7 friends

1,157 books | 75 friends

1,166 books | 127 friends

2,780 books | 183 friends

More friends…
Seabiscuit by Laura HillenbrandSummer of '49 by David HalberstamBall Four by Jim BoutonMoneyball by Michael LewisIt's Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong
Top reads for sports fans
527 books — 509 voters
In Cold Blood by Truman CapoteHelter Skelter by Vincent BugliosiThe Executioner's Song by Norman MailerAll the President's Men by Carl BernsteinThe Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Best True Crime
453 books — 717 voters

2012 Reading Challenge
Ivan has completed his goal of reading 52 books for the 2012 Reading Challenge!
view books »
2013 Reading Challenge
Ivan has completed his goal of reading 75 books for the 2013 Reading Challenge!
view books »

Quizzes and Trivia

questions answered:
3840 (1.8%)

2513 (65.4%)

1050 (21.5%)

3697 out of 3037630


best streak:

questions added:

Polls voted on by this member