Inspired by Tom MacWright's self-hosted book reviews as an alternative to GoodReads. This page contains brief reviews as a way to record my thoughts and reflect on an activity that has been a trusted companion to me for much of my life.

The book reviews here begin in April of 2022 when I began to read fiction again regularly after a long time away caused by a combination of overwork and the attention-span-killing trap of smart phones. There will be very little or nothing here about software engineering.

A bonus for me in creating this page is that if I lose my reading habit again, visiting here and seeing big gaps without a review may shame me into putting my phone away, letting work go in the evenings, and picking up a book. Perhaps you'll find something interesting to read here, or use this as inspiration to start your own place to share book reviews with the world.


Team of Teams
Stanley McChrystal
Dear Cyborgs
Eugene Lim
The Outlaw Ocean
Ian Urbina
Digital Minimalism
Cal Newport
Survival of the Richest
Douglas Rushkoff
Last Night in Montreal
Emily St. John Mandel
Eyes of the Void
Adrian Tchaikovsky
Project Hail Mary
Andy Weir
The Loop
Jacob Ward
Land
Simon Winchester
Shards of Earth
Adrian Tchaikovsky
Roadside Picnic
Arkady Strugatsky & Boris Strugatsky
The Lathe of Heaven
Ursula K. Le Guin
Pale Blue Dot
Carl Sagan
Priestdaddy
Patricia Lockwood
The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson
Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro
On Such a Full Sea
Chang-Rae Lee
Bring Up the Bodies
Hilary Mantel
Klara and the Sun
Kazuo Ishiguro
No One Is Talking About This
Patricia Lockwood
Kitchen Confidential
Anthony Bourdain
The Dawn of Everything
David Graeber & David Wengrow
Wolf in White Van
John Darnielle
True Grit
Charles Portis
No Country For Old Men
Cormac McCarthy
Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy
Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel
On Writing
Stephen King
The Ministry for the Future
Kim Stanley Robinson
A Visit From the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan
The Road
Cormac McCarthy
Being The Change
Peter Kalmus
Sea of Tranquility
Emily St. John Mandel