Does Religion do More Harm than Good? | Rupert Shortt
Sapiens : a brief history of humankind | Yuval Noah Harari
Giants series | James P Hogan
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

Quicksilver | Neal Stephenson

2020 – 4 books read

Story of your life and others | Ted Chiang ⭑⭑⭑⭑
I got ahold of this book coincidentally right after I watched Arrival. The titular short story is of course good and thought-provoking. Other stories in the collection are also gripping though. Ted Chiang definitely has a unique voice among sci-fi writers – there is some sort of… mysticism, sometimes? Which makes the narrative multi-facetedly richer.

The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin ⭑⭑⭑⭑
It is sci-fi and it is supernatural at the same time. “Earthbenders in climate-apocalyptic world” would be not so far off. Not a cheerful read for sure, especially when the erratic climate in the book could be one of the scenarios we are heading to. Looking forward to read the rest of the trilogy.

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