Bookshelf

Wishlist

Does Religion do More Harm than Good? | Rupert Shortt
Sapiens : a brief history of humankind | Yuval Noah Harari
Giants series | James P Hogan
Story of your life | Ted Chiang
Madam Bovary | Gustave Flaubert
The Long Walk: The True Story Of A Trek To Freedom | Slavomir Rawicz
Lament for a Son | Nicholas Wolterstorff
Lent | Jo Walton

Reading queue

Easy & Not So Easy Pieces | Richard Feynman
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen | Harold McGee

Borderliners | Peter Hoeg
Cancer ward | Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Illness as a metaphor | Susan Sontag
A third testament | Malcolm Muggeridge
One hundred years of solitude | Gabriel García Márquez
Gulp : adventures on the alimentary canal | Mary Roach
John Crow’s devil | Marlon James
Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
Under the Volcano | Malcom Lowery
A house for Mr. Biswas | V.S. Naipaul
The meaning of human existence | Edward O. Wilson
The dispossessed | Ursula Le Guin
The better angels of our nature : why violence has declined | Steven Pinker
Curiosity | Alberto Manguel
I am a strange loop | Douglas Hofstadter
Seven days that divide the world : the beginning according to Genesis and science | John C. Lennox
The structure of scientific revolutions | Thomas S. Kuhn
The firmament of time | Loren Eiseley

The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin

2020 – 2 books read

The Periodic Table | Primo Levi ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Interestingly structured memoir of Primo Levi, appearing as essays under the headings of the elements. Levi is a rare scientist-writer hybrid and his description of chemistry is beautifully poetic.

The meaning of marriage | Timothy Keller ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
A must read for a Christian, married or not yet. The content is probably not eye-opening for those who are already married, but it would still be good reminder. It is an eye-opener for me.

2019 – 29 books read

Books and authors I like

Childhood’s end | Arthur C. Clarke
If this is a man; The truce | Primo Levi
This is what inequality looks like | Teo You Yenn
Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid | Douglas R. Hofstadter
On not speaking Chinese | Ien Ang
When breath becomes air | Paul Kalanithi
Thinking, Fast and Slow | Daniel Kahneman
I contain multitudes | Ed Yong
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality | Eliezer Yudkowsky
Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow | Peter Høeg
Les Misérables | Victor Hugo
The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
Midnight Children | Salman Rushdie
1984 | George Orwell
The Glass Bead Game | Herman Hesse
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance | Robert M. Pirsig
Sophie’s world | Jostein Gaarder

Neal Stephenson: Seveneves
Shusaku Endo: Silence, Kiku’s prayer
Liu Cixin: The Three Body Problem
Kim Stanley Robinson: Mars trilogy
Haruki Murakami: 1Q84
Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale
Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov
Natsuo Kirino: Out
Keigo Higashino: The Devotion of Suspect X, Salvation of a saint, Naoko
GK Chesterton: Father Brown series
CS Lewis: The Four Loves, The Problem of Pain, The Screwtape letters
JRR Tolkien: The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings trilogy
FW Boreham: A Handful of Stars, Mushrooms on the Moor
Viktor Frankl: Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning
Søren Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling