Books I've Read
A (currently unfinished) list of all the books I've read, by category, then in alphabetical order, so I can keep track of them. You may find it useful if you think I have good taste, owing to how it is categorized. You will also find occasional mini-reviews. See also my Reading list.
Books I want to read again
- How to Read a Book, by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren
- Le Ton beau de Marot, by Douglas Hofstadter
- Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, by Douglas Hofstadter
Books I am fine with never reading again
Those that I have read once
- Influence, by Robert Cialdini
- Felt very smarmy and deceptive. The research was sorely lacking. I only don't regret reading this because so many people reference it, and it was an acceptable introduction to the field. Chapter 3 was good, though.
- Psychology, 7th Edition, by David G. Myers
- For a long time, the only textbook I ever read all the way through. Deservedly popular, excellent throughout.
- Here is a sample of the author's work from a different textbook.
- Permutation City, by Greg Egan
- Playing to Win, by David Sirlin
- Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, by Richard Feynman
- Absolutely delightful, but just some stories. Possibly useful for inducing curiosity.
Books I regret reading
Nota bene: only those books I managed to get all the way through made this list.
- The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin
- Faff. It's about how great it is to be Josh Waitzkin and the phenomenology of competition, not about how to learn. Read Playing to Win instead.
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
- How to Read Faster and Recall More: Learn the Art of Speed Reading with Maximum Recall, by Gordon R. Wainwright
- The Lucifer Effect, by Philip Zimbardo
- Speed Reading for Dummies
- The scant good in this is in Wainwright's much shorter book, which is also bad.