Books

Bookshelf

Books I have read, in no particular order. Does not include books that were read for a class, unless I later re-read them.

Not every book I start is ever finished; oftentimes one will languish, half-read, for weeks or even months. I haven’t found this to be a detriment; I’d rather keep reading something interesting, than not read because I feel an obligation to continue something that I am not enjoying.

In January 2018 I began attempting to track in which format I read the book, and whether I purchased it (default), borrowed (B), or borrowed it from a library (L).

Currently reading (dates are the date started):

  • The Corporation that Changed the World, Nick Robins, June 2018, E
  • PostgreSQL:Up and Running, Hsu and Obe, March 2018, E
  • Foundations of Object-Oriented Languages: Types and Semantics, Kim B. Bruce, February 2018
  • UML Distilled, Third Edition, Maritn Fowler, acquired March 2018, read March-April 2018
  • Managing The Professional Services Firm, David Maister, May 2018, E

Novels

  • Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
  • The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson, March 2011, E
  • Reamde, Neal Stephenson
  • Anathem, Neal Stephenson
  • Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
  • Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson, 2013
  • The Confusion, Neal Stephenson
  • The System of The World, Neal Stephenson, March 2014
  • The Difference Engine, William Gibson, 2011, April 2017
  • Neuromancer, William Gibson, 2010, April 2017
  • The Road, Cormac McCarthy, 2010
  • Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card, 2010
  • Ender’s Shadow, Orson Scott Card, 2010
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling, October 2014
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling, October 2014
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling, October 2014
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling, October 2014
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling, October 2014
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling, October 2014
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, October 2014
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
  • Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Brave New World, Huxley
  • Player Piano, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Animal Farm, George Orwell
  • The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, Robert E. Howard
  • Wasp, Eric Frank Russell
  • G-8 and His Battle Aces: The Bat Saffel, Roebrt J. Hogan
  • G-8 and His Battle Aces: Purple Aces, Roebrt J. Hogan
  • I, Robot, Isaac Asimov
  • Foundation, Isaac Asimov
  • Foundation and Empire, Isaac Asimov
  • Second Foundation, Isaac Asimov
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, Mark Haddon, August 2014
  • Sabriel, Garth Nix, 2010
  • Lirael, Garth Nix, 2010
  • Abhorsen, Garth Nix, 2010
  • Clariel, Garth Nix, March 2015
  • Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie, June 2014
  • Colorless Tsukuru Taziki and His Years of Solitude, Haruki Murakami, March 2015
  • Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto
  • Kafka On The Shore, Haruki Murakami
  • Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of The World, Haruki Murakami
  • The Atlantis Gene, A.G. Riddle
  • Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  • The House of the Spirits, Isabella Allende
  • Year Zero, Robert Reid
  • The Japanese Lover, Isabella Allende, January 2016
  • The Martian, Andy Weir, January 2016
  • Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho, February 2016
  • Tunnel in the Sky, Robert Heinlin, February 2016
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick, February 2016
  • A Game of Thrones, George RR Martin, July 2017
  • A Clash of Kings, George RR Martin, August 2017
  • A Storm of Swords, George RR Martin, August 2017
  • The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelance and Babbage, Sydney Padua, January 2018
  • The Phoenix Project, Gene Kim, read April 2018, E
  • The Goal, Eliyahu Goldratt, read April 2018, E
  • Critical Chain, Eliyahu Goldratt, read April 2018, E
  • It’s Not Luck, Eliyahu Goldratt, read May 2018, E
  • Isn’t it Obvious?, Eliyahu Goldratt, read May 2018, E
  • Necessary but Not Sufficient, Eliyahu Goldratt, acq. April 2018, read May 2018

Count: 62

Nonfiction

  • Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond
  • The Signal and the Noise, Nate Silver
  • Agent-Based Models, Nigel Gilbert
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature, Stephen Pinker
  • Growing Artificial Societies, Joshua Epstein and Robert Axtell
  • Moneyball, Michael Lewis, acq. September 2011, E
  • Liar’s Poker, Michael Lewis, acq. June 2011, E
  • Why Nations Fail, Acemoglu
  • How We Decide, Jonah Lehrer
  • The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Fooled by Randomness, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Models.Beaving.Badly, Emanuel Derman
  • A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market, Paulos
  • Capitalism and Friedom, Milton Friedman
  • Introduction to Securitization, Fabozzi and Kothari
  • Economics in One Lesson, Hazlitt
  • Blink, Malcom Gladwell
  • Nudge, Cass Sunstein, Richard Thaler
  • Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kaheman
  • The Return of Depression Economics, Paul Krugman
  • Diary of a Professional Commodity Trader, Peter Brandt
  • The Big Questions: Tackling the Problems of Philosophy, Steven Landsburg, acq. October 2011, E
  • Thinking Strategically, Avinash Dixit, acq. September 2011, E
  • The Worldly Philosophers, Robert Heilbroner, acq. August 2011, E
  • The Affluent Society, John Kenneth Galbraith, acq. June 2011, E
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Christopher Hitchens, acq. June 2011, E
  • Irratoinal Exuberance, Robert Shiller, acq. May 2011, E
  • Ugly Americans, Ben Mezrich, acq. May 2011, E
  • Influence, Robert Cialdini, acq. May 2011, E
  • Barbarians At the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco, Brayn Burrough, John Heyar
  • Against the Gods, Peter L Bernstein, acq. May 2011, E
  • When Genius Failed, Roger Lowenstein, acq. April 2011, E
  • Successful Stock Speculation, John James Butler
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street, Burton Malkiel, acq. April 2011, E
  • Outliers, Malcom Gladwell
  • Freakonomics, Steven Levitt
  • Superfreakonomics, Steven Levitt
  • Supercrunchers, Ian Ayres
  • Computing Across America, Steven K Roberts
  • The Information, James Gleick
  • Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins
  • The Everyday Language of White Racism, Jane H. Hill
  • Pragmatic Version Control Using Git, Travis Swicegood
  • Designed for Use, Lukas Mathis
  • Value-Added Measures in Education, Douglas N Harris
  • Keynes: The Return of the Master, Robert Skidelsky
  • The Big Short, Michael Lewis, March 2014
  • Hooked: How to built Habit-Forming Products, Nir Eyal
  • Pragmatic Technical Blogging, Antonio Cangiano
  • 4 Rules of Simple Design, Corey Haines
  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!“, Richard Feynman
  • Economics In One Lesson, Hazlitt, June 2014
  • What If?, Randall Munroe, October 2014
  • The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg, March 2015
  • To Sell is Human, Daniel Pink, April 2015
  • Death Traps, Belton y. Cooper, August 2015
  • Finite and Infinite Games, James Carse, July 2015
  • Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that shape our Man-Made World, Mark Miodownik, September 2015
  • Longitude, Dava Sobel, November 2015
  • Content Machine, Dan Norris, December 2015
  • Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street, John Brooks, December 2015
  • Ask, Ryan Levesque, December 2015, E
  • Delusions of Gender, Cordelia Fine, December 2015
  • When to Rob a Bank, Steven Levitt & Steven Dubner, January 2016
  • What every BODY is saying, Joe Navarro & Marvin Karlins, January 2016
  • Running Lean, Ash Maurya, January 2016, E
  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo, January 2016
  • Packing for Mars, Mary Roach, January 2016
  • The Achievement Habit, Bernard Roth, February 2016
  • A Burglar’s Guide to the City, Geoff Manaugh, May 2016, E
  • Algorithms to Live By, Brian Christian and Tom Griffith, July 2016
  • How the Scots Invented the Modern World June 2016
  • The Smarter Screen, Shlomo Benartzi, April 2017
  • The War of Art, Steven Pressfield, May 2017
  • The Book of American Fighting Ships, Joseph Leeming - Mostly read to me by my father as a young child
  • A Little History of Philosophy, Nigel Warburton, October 2017, E
  • Bad Science, Ben Goldcare, November 2017, E
  • Problem Solving 101, Ken Watanabe, November 2017, E
  • How Music Works, John Powell, December 2017, E
  • The Big Questions: Mathematics, Tony Crilly, December 2017, E
  • In the beginning… was the command line, Neal Stephenson, January 2018, L, E
  • A Philosophy of Walking, Frederic Gros, January 2018, L
  • Radical Equations, Bob Moses, January 2018, L
  • The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande, January 2018, L
  • Wired for Story, Lisa Cron, January 2018, L, E
  • The Mother Tongue, Bill Byrson, January 2018, L
  • Dollars and Sense, Dan Ariely, Jeff Kreiseler, January 2018, L, E - Not very much new content for folks well versed in pop behavioral science.
  • The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, Rinker Buck, February 2018, L, E
  • The Plantagenets, Dan Jones, February 2017, L, E, February 2018 - Very, very good, highly recommended.
  • Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Currey, March 2018, L, E - Very interesting; takeaway: lots of artists work mornings, usually only 3-6 hours of real work per day.
  • Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness, Peter Godfrey-Smith, March 2018, L, E - You’ll learn a lot about octopuses and cephlapods, but a little light on ‘origins of consciousness’.
  • Letters to a Young Contrarian, Hitchens, March 2018, L, E
  • Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, James Scott, March 2018, E - Very interesting information, but I wish the book had spent more time explaining how the new research that it was based on came to occur.
  • Caesar’s Last Breath, Sam Kean, acq. March 2018, read April 2018, E
  • The Phoenix Project, Gene Kim, read April 2018, E
  • The Goal, Eliyahu Goldratt, read April 2018, E
  • Critical Chain, Eliyahu Goldratt, read April 2018, E
  • Fire in the Valley, Michael Swaine and Paul Freilberger, acq. April 2018
  • Breaking Smart, Venkatesh Rao, acq. April 2018, April 2018, E
  • Thinking in Bets, Annie Duke, April 2018, E
  • When, Daniel Pink, May 2018, E -
  • The Computer and the Brain, John von Neumann, May 2018, E
  • Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, May 2018, E
  • The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy, May 2018, E
  • A Brief History of Florida Railroads, Gregg Turner, June 2018, E

Textbooks & Technical Books

Textbooks on this list were actually read, as books, not used as a reference, not nearly complete

  • Investments: An Introduction, Herbert B. Mayo
  • Introduction to Analysis, Maxwell Rosenlicht
  • Teach Yourself C, Herbert Schildt
  • Metaprogramming Ruby, Pablo Perrotta
  • Eloquent Ruby, Russ Olsen
  • Design Patterns In Ruby, Russ Olsen
  • Modern C++ Programming with Test-Driven Development, Jeff Langr, October 2015
  • Enterprise Rails, Dan Chak, July 2016

Count: 8

Abandoned Books

I began reading these books and made it some portion of the way through them, but did not finish them. This should not be taken as a criticism of the book. I list them here for my own notes.

List not nearly complete.

Last number is number of pages read, or the percentage of the book read, if recorded.

  • Philsophy Bites, Nigel Warburton, October 2017
  • A Feast for Crows, George R.R. Martin, late 2017
  • The End of Growth, Richard Heinberg, January 2018, L - An intertesting title, but premises basically the entire argument on the idea that fossil fuel depletion will end growth.
  • Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe, February 2018, L, E, 35% - Interesting premise, but very basic information that will be familiar to most science-literate folks; kindle formatting was poor.
  • 1Q84, Haruki Murakami, March 2015, and again later, ~50%

Library

These are books in my collection that I have not yet read, at least not cover to cover. Many of them are references books that I have read parts of, but have had no intention of reading cover-to-cover. List not complete.

This is the Umberto Eco Theory of the Library (credit to Patrick Collison for this reference)

  • Cell Biolgy, Thomas D. Pollard, acq. December 2017
  • Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, 2ed, Benjamin Pierce, acq. December 2017
  • The Gene: An Intimate History, Siddhartha Mukherjee, acq. December 2017, E
  • Seveneves: A Novel, Neal Stephenson, acq. July 2017, E & Physical
  • The Burned Out Blogger’s Guide to PR, Jason Kincaid, acq. July 2016, E
  • College Unbound, Jeffrey Selingo, acq. July 2016, E
  • Predictable Revenue, Aaron Ross, acq. April 2016, E
  • Breakpoint: The Changing Market for Higher Education, John Mcgee, acq. February 2016, E
  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone can master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism, Olivia Fox Cabane, acq. July 2015, E
  • Understanding Social Networks, Charles Kadushin, acq. December 2014, E
  • Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, Focault, acq. June 2014, E
  • A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Vol 1, Churchill, acq. October 2013, E
  • Meditations, Marcus Aurelius, acq August 2013
  • Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology, James Spradley, acq. July 2013
  • Race Against the Machine, Erik Brynjolfsson, acq. February 2012
  • The Little Black Book of Poker, John Hartley, acq. August 2011, E
  • Memoirs of Extrordinary Popular Delusions, Charles Mackay, acq. April 2011, E
  • Candide, Voltaire, acq. May 2011, E
  • Lombard Street: a description of the money market, Walter Bagehot, acq. April 2011, E
  • Successful Stock Speculation, John Butler, acq. April 2011, E
  • Red Capitalism: The Fragile Foundation of China’s Extroridnary Rise, Carl Walter, acq. March 2011, E
  • Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, Jonathan Culler, acq. February 2011, E
  • Wool, Hugh Howey
  • The Big U, Neal Stephenson
  • Made to Stick, Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • Driving Mr. Albert, Michael Paterniti
  • Zodiac, Neal Stephenson
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
  • The Predator’s Ball, Connie Bruck
  • Asimov’s Mysteries, Isaac Asimov
  • Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlin
  • The Bell Curve, Herrnstein and Murray
  • Women, Family, and Communities, Volume 2, 2E, Hewitt and Delegard
  • For Crying Out Loud: Women’s Poverty in the United States, Dujon and Wihthorn, ~50%
  • Understanding Contemporary Africa, 4E, Gordon and Gordon
  • Sexing the Body, Fausto Sterling
  • Hot Hand, Reifman
  • Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life, Marcus Wohlsen
  • Flow, Csikszentmihalyi
  • The Man who Lied to his Laptop, Nass
  • Founders at Work, Livingson
  • Cognitive Surplus, Clay Shirky
  • The Numerati, Stephen Banker
  • The World Is Flat, Friedman
  • Boomerang, Michael Lewis
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Piketty
  • Godel, Escher, Bach, Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • Chemistry, 4E, Sienko & Plane
  • How to Measure Attitudes, Henerson, Morris, and Firs-Gibbon
  • Theromodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, G. Socrates
  • Advanced Strength of Materials, Den Hartog
  • How to Gamble If you Must, Dubins and Savage
  • Introduction to Economics: Theory & Policy, Krugman, Obstfeld
  • Financial Risk Manager Handbook, Jorion
  • Microeconomics, Colander
  • Intermediate Microeconomics and its Application, Walter Nicholson
  • Financial Accounting, Harrison, Horngren, and Thomas
  • Financial Accounting, Harrison and Horngren
  • Tough Choices: Shaping Florida’s Future, Variouos
  • The Best Service is No Service, Price and Jaffe, acq. March 2018
  • The Haystack Syndrome: Sifting Information Out of the Data Ocean, Eliyahu Goldratt, acq. April 2018
  • Totyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness, and Superior Results, Mike Rother, acq. April 2018
  • Necessary but Not Sufficient, Eliyahu Goldratt, acq. April 2018
  • Collective Intelligence: Mankind’s emerging world in Cyberspace, Pierre Levy, Robert Bononno, acq. April 2018
  • Othermindedness: The Emergence of Network Cultures, Joyce, acq. April 2018
  • Flash Boys, Michael Lewis, acq. April 2018
  • Every Town Needs a Downtown Church, Weaver, acq. April 2018
  • Beyond Numeracy, John Allen Paulos, acq. April 2018

Subsection: Software

  • Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game, acq. April 2018
  • Outsource It!, Kryn
  • Data Mining, Frank
  • Operating Systems, Khurana
  • Genetic Programming: An Introduction, Banzhaf, Nordin, Keller, and Francone
  • A Field Guide to Genetic Programming, Poli, Langdon, and McPhee
  • Dynamics of Software Development, McCarthy,
  • Programming in C, 3E, Kochan
  • Deploying Rails, Copeland
  • Designed for Use, Mathis
  • Mindstorms, Seymour Papert, acquired March 2018
  • Software Assesments, Benchmarks, and Best Practices, Casper Jones, acquired March 2018
  • Code Complete: A Practical Handbook for Software Construction, Steve McConell, acquired February 2018 (replacement copy)
  • Dynamics of Software Development, acq. Oct 2017
  • Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience, Jeff Gothelf, acq. December 2015, E
  • The Lean Product Playbook, Dan Olsen, acq. December 2015, E
  • Traction, Gabriel Weinberg, acq. December 2015, E
  • Clojure Programming: Practical Lisp for the Java World, Chas Emerick, acq. July 2015, E
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: Second Edition, Philip Jackson, acq. May 2014, E
  • Segmentation and Lifetime Value Models using SAS, Edward Malthouse, acq. March 2015, E
  • An Introduction to Functional Programming through the Lambda Calculus, Greg Michaelson, acq. Nov 2017, E
  • Improving Software Quality, Arthur, 1993, acq. April 2018
  • Artifical Intelligence, 2e, Rich and Knight, acq. April 2018
  • Decline and Fall of the American Programmer, Edward Yourdon, acq. April 2018
  • Software Engineering: Theory and Practice, 3rd Ed. Pfleger, acq. April 2018

Subsection: Mathematics

  • Signals and Linear Systems, Gabel & Roberts
  • Mathematical Methods in Operations Research, Gue/Thomas
  • How to Solve It, Polya
  • How to Prove It, 2E, Velleman
  • Linear Algebebra, Shilov
  • Linear Algebra, Friedberg Insel and Spence
  • Fundamentals of Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, Nagel, Saff, and Snider
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics, 6E, Mendenhall
  • Practical Statistics, Langley
  • Probability, Statistics, and Truth, Mises
  • Principles of Statistics, Bulmer
  • Fourier Series, Tolstov
  • Counterexamples in Analysis, Gelbaum and Olmstead
  • Introduction to Topology, Mendelson
  • A Book of Set Theory, Charles C Printer, acq. Dec 2017
  • Axiomatic Set Theory, Patrick Suppes, acq. Dec 2017
  • Category Theory in Context, Emily Riehl, acq. February 2018
  • Introduction to Stochastic Processes, Erhan Cinlar, acq. August 2017, E
  • Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers, Hamming
  • Contemporary Abstract Algebra, Gallian
  • An Introduction to Information Theory, John Pierce, acq. September 2012,
  • Fourier Series, Georgi P. Tolstov, acq. August 2013
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward Tufte, acq. April 2018
  • Reading, Writing, and Proving, Daepp and Gorkin, acq. April 2018

Papers

To add: Scientific papers I have read.