A list of books I read. 103
Currently reading
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four 1949
2017 3
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2017-02-08
James A. Lindsay Life in Light of Death 2016
(3.0)
I agree with the main message of this book. Life is short. We will die. Really die. No heaven, no persistence of a soul, no resurrection, no reincarnation (the author is an atheist). Even if we manage to live longer and/or to upload our minds to machines, Earth will be destroyed by the Sun at some point in the future. And even if we manage to move to another planetary system and/or galaxy, the universe will most probably die as well. Our time is limited. We have to make the most out of it. Mainly by being kind, being with our loved ones, etc. The message is simple. Almost cheesy. This is not a "how-to" book. This is merely a warning. A reminder. I'm not sure I really learned anything. Also, the part of the book about ethical vegetarianism was pretty bad/baffling: the author seems to completely underestimate the suffering of animals in factory farms and doesn't address the environmental impact of meat.
2017-01-20
Mark Manson The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life 2016
(3.75)
Kindle highlights
A welcome reminder that we should care less about many things. And care more about what we value the most. This is not a revolutionary way of looking at things, but a refreshing, less serious perspective on what meditation already taught me. Daniel Miessler has a summary of the book on his site.
2017-01-01
David Le Breton Disparaître de soi: Une tentation contemporaine 2015
(2.5)
Kindle highlights
Un sujet intriguant (disparition volontaire ou involontaire de son identité, de ses responsabilités, etc.). Un livre malheureusement un peu répétitif. Je m'attendais aussi à une analyse plus éclairante du rôle de la technologie dans nos sociétés.
2016 12
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2016-12-09
Arthur C. Clarke Childhood's End 1953
(4.0)
Kindle highlights
2016-11-17
Amélie Nothomb Les Catilinaires 1995
(3.75)
Kindle highlights
2016-11-12
Bernard Stiegler L'emploi est mort, vive le travail ! 2015
(2.0)
Kindle highlights
2016-11-08
James A. Lindsay Everybody Is Wrong About God 2015
(3.5)
Kindle highlights
2016-10-13
Tiffany Jaquet L'Enfant du placard 2016
(3.5)
2016-10-02
Christophe Barbey Non-militarisation: countries without armies: Identification criteria and first findings 2015
(3.0)
More of a working paper than a book, but received as a printed book, so I'm including it here.
2016-09-28
Sam Harris & Maajid Nawaz Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue 2015
(3.0)
Kindle highlights
2016-09-15
Matthieu Ricard Plaidoyer pour les animaux: Vers une bienveillance pour tous 2014
(4.0)
Kindle highlights
2016-06-19
Jerry Coyne Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible 2015
(3.75)
Kindle highlights
2016-04-24
Milan Kundera L'Insoutenable Légèreté de l'être 1984
(4.25)
Kindle highlights
2016-03-01
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Le Petit Prince 1943
(4.0)
Kindle highlights
2016-02-23
Michael M. Anissimov Our Accelerating Future: How Superintelligence, Nanotechnology, and Transhumanism Will Transform the Planet 2015
(2.0)
Kindle highlights
2015 11
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2015-12-29
Milan Kundera Les Testaments trahis 1993
(4.0)
Kindle highlights
2015-12-18
Paul Chiusano & Runar Bjarnason Functional Programming in Scala 2014
(3.75)
Kindle highlights
2015-10-03
Amélie Nothomb Hygiène de l'assassin 1992
(2.75)
Kindle highlights
2015-09-26
Ralph Leighton & Richard Feynman Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! 1988
(4.0)
Kindle highlights
2015-07-19
John Christopher When the Tripods Came 1988
(3.0)
Kindle highlights
2015-06-28
John Christopher The Pool of Fire 1968
(3.75)
2015-06-20
John Christopher The City of Gold and Lead 1968
(4.0)
Kindle highlights
2015-06-04
John Christopher The White Mountains 1967
(4.0)
2015-05-27
Ben Goldacre Bad Pharma 2012
(4.0)
Kindle highlights
2015-03-24
Amélie Nothomb Stupeur et Tremblements 1999
(3.75)
Kindle highlights
2015-03-21
François Rabelais Gargantua 1534
(4.0)
Kindle highlights
See comments for "Pantagruel".
2014 11
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2014-12-30
Paulo Coelho L'Alchimiste 1988
(2.0)
French translation of "O Alquimista" by Jean Orecchioni.
2014-12-23
Carlo Strenger The Fear of Insignificance: Searching for Meaning in the Twenty-First Century 2011
(4.0)
Kindle highlights
2014-10-31
Carl Sagan Cosmos 1980
(4.5)
2014-10-18
Roald Dahl The Collected Short Stories of Roald Dahl 1991
(4.25)
2014-09-27
Sam Harris Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion 2014
(4.0)
Kindle highlights
2014-09-02
Peter Boghossian A Manual for Creating Atheists 2013
(4.0)
Kindle highlights
2014-08-11
Albert Camus La Peste 1947
(4.5)
Kindle highlights
2014-04-26
Paul Thagard The Brain and the Meaning of Life 2010
(3.5)
Kindle highlights
2014-02-27
Peter Hilton, Erik Bakker & Francisco Canedo Play for Scala: Covers Play 2 2013
(4.0)
2014-02-23
Neil A. Fiore The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play 2007
(2.5)
Kindle highlights
2014-01-11
Christof Koch Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist 2012
(4.0)
Kindle highlights
2013 11
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2013-12-16
Joshua D. Suereth Scala in Depth 2012
(3.5)
2013-12-06
Gilbert Bruchez, Philippe Curdy & François Baillifard Pierres à cupules et autres pierres gravées: Verbier, Bagnes et Entremont 2009
(3.5)
2013-11-21
François Rabelais Pantagruel 1532
(4.0)
Kindle highlights
Middle French version, so quite a difficult read. Difficult to rate.
2013-10-21
Amélie Nothomb Métaphysique des tubes 2000
(3.75)
Kindle highlights
2013-10-17
Richard Dawkins The Selfish Gene 2006
(4.5)
Kindle highlights
30th Anniversary edition.
2013-08-01
Lawrence M. Krauss A Universe from Nothing 2012
(3.75)
Kindle highlights
2013-06-07
Ernest Hemingway Le Vieil Homme et la Mer 1952
(4.0)
French translation of "The Old Man and the Sea" by Jean Dutourd.
2013-05-08
Albert Camus Le Mythe de Sisyphe 1942
(3.75)
Kindle highlights
2013-03-07
Amélie Nothomb Le Voyage d'hiver 2009
(3.5)
2013-02-19
Bertrand Russell What I Believe 1925
(3.75)
Kindle highlights
2013-02-04
Ray Kurzweil How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed 2012
(4.0)
Kindle highlights
2012 6
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2012-12-06
Douglas Crockford JavaScript: The Good Parts 2008
(3.25)
2012-11-28
Albert Camus L'Étranger 1942
(4.25)
Kindle highlights
2012-11-05
Sam Harris The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values 2010
(4.25)
Kindle highlights
2012-09-19
David McRaney You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself 2011
(4.25)
Kindle highlights
2012-04-26
Sam Harris Free Will 2012
(4.0)
Kindle highlights
2012-04-06
Ben Goldacre Bad Science 2008
(4.25)
Kindle highlights
2011 6
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2011-11-14
Derek Sivers Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur 2011
(3.75)
2011-10-20
Sam Harris & Annaka Harris Lying 2011
(3.5)
2011-08-13
Scott Adams God's Debris: A Thought Experiment 2001
(3.5)
Kindle highlights
2011-07-08
Vincent Golay & Mix & Remix Institutions politiques suisses 2010
(4.0)
2011-03-20
Martin Odersky, Lex Spoon & Bill Venners Programming in Scala 2008
(4.25)
2011-02-01
Michael Fossel, Greta Blackburn & Dave Woynarowski The Immortality Edge: Realize the Secrets of Your Telomeres for a Longer, Healthier Life 2010
(3.75)
2010 6
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2010-09-27
Daniel Gilbert Stumbling on Happiness 2006
(3.75)
2010-08-30
Simon Singh & Edzard Ernst Trick or Treatment?: Alternative Medicine on Trial 2008
(4.25)
2010-07-01
Dylan Evans Placebo: Mind over Matter in Modern Medicine 2004
(4.25)
2010-06-03
Danielle Fecteau L'effet placebo: Le pouvoir de guérir 2005
(1.5)
2010-04-30
Dave Logan, John King & Halee Fischer-Wright Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization 2008
(3.25)
2010-02-16
Daniel Pennac La Petite Marchande de prose 1990
(4.0)
2009 10
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2009-08-16
Daniel Pennac La fée carabine 1987
(4.0)
2009-06-27
Ray Kurzweil & Terry Grossman Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever 2009
(4.0)
2009-06-12
Daniel Pennac Au bonheur des ogres 1985
(4.0)
2009-05-27
Philippe-Gaston Besson Je suis fatigué mais je ne sais pas pourquoi...!: La fatigue chronique, fléau des temps modernes 2000
(3.25)
2009-05-27
Maurice Chappaz Le garçon qui croyait au paradis 1995
(3.5)
2009-05-18
Ray Kurzweil & Terry Grossman Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough To Live Forever 2004
(4.25)
2009-04-25
Daniel Pennac Chagrin d'école 2007
(4.0)
2009-04-10
Régis Jauffret Asiles de fous 2005
(3.5)
2009-03-27
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt Ulysse from Bagdad 2008
(4.0)
2009-03-08
Boris Vian L'Automne à Pékin 1947
(4.25)
2008 6
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2008-12-29
Eric van der Vlist, Danny Ayers, Erik Bruchez, Joe Fawcett & Alessandro Vernet Professional Web 2.0 Programming 2006
(2.5)
2008-12-17
Yann Arthus-Bertrand 365 jours pour réfléchir à notre Terre 2006
(3.5)
2008-08-17
Bruce Eckel Thinking In Java 2006
(3.75)
2008-03-24
Douglas Coupland JPod 2006
(3.75)
2008-02-16
Thimothy Ferriss The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, And Join The New Rich 2007
(3.75)
2008-01-28
David Allen Getting Things Done: The Art Of Stress-Free Productivity 2002
(4.0)
2007 3
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2007-07-08
Muriel Barbery L'Élégance du hérisson 2006
(4.25)
2007-05-08
Robert-Vincent Joule & Jean-Léon Beauvois Petit traité de manipulation à l'usage des honnêtes gens 2002
(3.25)
Handwritten notes
2007-02-25
Richard Dawkins The God Delusion 2006
(4.0)
2006 3
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2006-10-10
Boris Vian L'Écume des jours 1947
(4.5)
2006-08-20
Ray Kurzweil The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology 2005
(4.0)
2006-05-14
Dan Brown The Da Vinci Code 2003
(3.5)
2005 3
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2005-08-16
Laurent Gaudé Le Soleil des Scorta 2004
(3.5)
2005-06-10
Milan Kundera L'Ignorance 2003
(4.0)
2005-05-22
George Cole The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis 1980-1991 2005
(4.25)
2004 2
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2004-09-19
Ray Kurzweil The Age of Spiritual Machines 1999
2004-01-24
Franz Kafka Le Procès 1933
2002 1
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2002-05-04
Paul Tingen Miles Beyond: The Electric Explorations of Miles Davis 1967-1991 2001
2001 1
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
2001-09-26
Franz Kafka Le Château 1938
1999 1
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
1999-??-??
Ian Carr Keith Jarrett: The Man And His Music 1991
1998 1
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
1998-??-??
Miles Davis & Quincy Troupe Miles: L'autobiographie 1991
1996 4
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
1996-09-21
Michel Butor La Modification 1957
1996-07-08
Henri Michaux Plume 1938
1996-07-04
Daniel Pennac Comme un roman 1992
1996-07-01
Milan Kundera L'insoutenable légèreté de l'être 1984
? 2
Date Author Title Year Rating Notes
Arthur C. Clarke 2010 : Odyssée deux 1982
Arthur C. Clarke 2001 : L'Odyssée de l'espace 1968