Jul 28, 2020

Books read Q1 and Q2 2020

Books I finished or dropped in the first and second quarters of 2020:

Q1 –

1. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

2. [didn't finish] Vivekananda Reader by Swami Vivekananda

3. Thoughts on the Gita by Swami Vivekananda

4. The Uruk Series by Lou Keep

5. The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger (audiobook)

6. [didn't finish] Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu & James A. Robinson
See also Ben Kuhn's take.

7. [didn't finish] The Fruitful Darkness by Joan Halifax

8. The Art of War by Sun Tzu (James Trapp translation)

9. [didn't finish] Interdependent Capitalism by Yun, Yun, and Yun

10. Dark Age Ahead by Jane Jacobs

11. The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

Q2 –

1. CS183: Startup class notes by Peter Thiel & Blake Masters

2. The Overstory by Richard Powers

3. In the Beginning... Was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson

4. Scramble by Marty Neumeier (audiobook)

5. A Little Book on the Human Shadow by Robert Bly

6. The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq (Frank Wynne translation)

7. Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse (Basil Creighton translation)

8. The Year 1000 by Valerie Hansen

9. Cutting Through Spiritual Colonialism by Vinay Gupta

10. The Tao Is Silent by Raymond Smullyan

11. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Some excerpts I especially liked: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

12. Don't Make Me Think, Revisited by Steve Krug

13. Talking to Humans by Giff Constable

14. Design Systems by Alla Kholmatova

15. [didn't finish] The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

16. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

17. Will He Go? by Lawrence Douglas (audiobook)

18. [didn't finish] The Cultural Revolution by Frank Dikötter
See also Gwern's review.