My Reading Log

Here's where I keep track of all the books I have been reading lately. This is mostly for my own personal benefit so that I don't forget what I have read.

Title Author Rating Review
21 Lessons for the 21st Century Yuval Noah Harari 4/10 Apparently everything is going to kill us. There are a handful of insights among the doom and gloom, but mostly this is a… more
A Clash of Kings George R. R. Martin 9/10 Not quite as gripping as the first book in the series, but Martin maintains much of the same level of quality throughout this… more
A Dance with Dragons George R. R. Martin 9/10 I was late to the whole A Game of Thrones thang (but, for the record, I was like totally in to this waaayy before the… more
A Feast for Crows George R. R. Martin 6/10 After the first three rousing volumes of the Song of Fire and Ice series, this book is a huge disappointment. I get… more
A Game of Thrones George R. R. Martin 10/10 After finishing The Name of the Wind, I wanted to continue my fantasy novel kick. A Game of Thrones is a… more
A History Of Wood Engraving Albert Garrett 6/10 The title of this one is a bit deceptive. The book is actually a history of British wood engraving. It starts out at… more
A Renegade History of the United States Thaddeus Russell 6/10 The premise here is that the outsiders and the misfits, by rejecting puritanism and pushing the limits of what is acceptable,… more
A Storm of Swords George R. R. Martin 10/10 I had thought that this was the conclusion of the entire Song of Fire and Ice series, but aparently this is book three… more
Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies C. S. Forrester 6/10 I was disappointed when I came to the realization that this was more of a collection of short stories rather than a full novel… more
Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion Paul Bloom 7/10 I think it's telling that throughout this book the author in constantly having to backtrack and clarify what he means by more
Aliens Omnibus Various Authors 4/10 This is a collection of the Aliens comics that were released by Dark Horse in the late eighties. These came out before… more
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie 10/10 Great page turner.
Anthem Ayn Rand 5/10 Having read her other books, I felt obliged to read this novella. It's a fairly literal take on individualism that would have… more
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder Nassim Nicholas Taleb 8/10 Another big book about risk from Taleb filled with math, anecdotes, history and Fat Tony. This time it's all in service of his… more
Baby Shark Robert Fate 10/10 I really liked this noir-ish crime novel set in the dingy pool halls of rural Texas. Lots of great characters and a Kill… more
Baby Shark's Beaumont Blue's Robert Fate 10/10 The second Baby Shark story is just as brutal and action packed as the first with great characters and writing.
Baby Shark's Grass Widow Legacy Robert Fate 10/10 Another thoroughly enjoyable book in this series. This time Kristen is told to take some time off from all the revenge killing… more
Baby Shark's High Plains Redemption Robert Fate 10/10 I love these Baby Shark books. They are just great, action packed reads. I burned through this book in a few days and… more
Baby Shark's Jugglers at the Border Robert Fate 9/10 Although I don't think it's hardly the best book in this series, I burned through this one in just a few days. These Baby… more
Baby Shark's Showdown at Chigger Flats Robert Fate 9/10 Another enjoyable story filled with shooting, kicking and revenge. This story is much more straightforward than others in the… more
Bad Penny John D. Brown 7/10 I enjoyed his fantasy series, so I thought I'd try out Brown's crime thriller series. This is the story of an ex-military/ex-… more
Barbarella Jean-Claude Forest 7/10 The French comic upon which the movie was based. Stunning 60's stylized artwork, but the story is just a series of bland sci-fi… more
Based on a True Story Norm MacDonald 8/10 He starts off with a typical comedian's memoir and, after about three pages, Norm gives up and go total autofiction. There's a… more
Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy Thomas Sowell 6/10 Not bad, but I was expecting a more basic econ textbook rather than, what more often than not, feels like a purely political… more
Before They Are Hanged Joe Abercrombie 8/10 Although I was disappointed by The Blade Itself, I decided to continue on with the series to see if all that plodding… more
Black Hole Charles Burns 7/10 Decent and weird graphic novel. Lots on indy comic cliche.
Black Rednecks & White Liberals Thomas Sowell 8/10 A collection of six lengthy essays on race, history and misconceptions. The "Black Rednecks" essay is probably the most… more
Blue at the Mizzen Patrick O'Brian 7/10 Not the strongest book in the series. It doesn't help that many of the regular characters are gone in this book.
Bullies: How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans Ben Shapiro 4/10 I generally like the various Ben Shapiro "Destroys" videos I come across on the webs. He is an excellent debater and can take… more
Caliban's War James S. A. Corey 7/10 This the second book in The Expanse series. It felt like a bit of a retread but with less interesting characters. The… more
Cat Among the Pigeons Agatha Christie 6/10
Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger 6/10 More of a character study of a completely unappealing character than a plot-driven novel. Not my thing.
Commodore Hornblower C. S. Forrester 6/10 A disappointing follow-up to the last Hornblower novel. This one has Hornblower in Russia helping out during the siege of Riga… more
Connecticut Privateer Samuel Smedley Jackson Kuhl 7/10 A short book about a lesser known hero of the American revolution. As the captain of a Connecticut privateer vessel, Smedley… more
Coolidge Amity Shlaes 6/10 This was a fawning look at Coolidge's life and tenure as the 30th President. It was okay up to a point, but there's something… more
Curse: The Dark God Book 2 John D. Brown 7/10 Despite an exciting opening, the second book in this series is not as good as the first. The stakes aren't as high and it feels… more
Dance of Death: A Graphic Commentary on the Danse Macabre Through the Centuries Fritz Eichenberg 8/10 Filled with art featuring death (for the most part that means a skeleton... spooky, no?) taunting the living. The reproductions… more
Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il Michael Malice 9/10 I have read quite a few books that give an account of what it is like to live under the control of a totalitarian regime, from… more
Desolation Island Patrick O'Brian 9/10 The books keep getting better.
Devil Born Without Horns Michael A. Lucas 9/10 Michael Lucas is best known as the schtick-loving bassist of The Phantom Surfers. This book was self-published under his own… more
Discrimination and Disparities Thomas Sowell 7/10 Sowell is always an interesting read. However, I find that he can be a bit repetitive in his points from book to book’I get it… more
Don't Cry For Me William Campbell Gault 8/10 I recently discovered Prologue Books’a publisher devoted to re-releasing old pulp novels in ebook form. This is a company that… more
Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story John Bloom 9/10 Eccentric Orbits is the history of the rise, fall, and eventual rebirth of the world's first (and only) global… more
Economics in One Lesson Henry Hazlitt 9/10 A straightforward and methodical look at the economic principal of accounting for both the seen, and unseen effects of a given… more
Empire of Lies Andrew Klaven 7/10 I like Andrew Klaven. His Klaven on the Culture videos are good natured and entertaining little bits of political… more
Equal Rites Terry Pratchett 9/10 The third Discworld novel starts a completely new storyline with no crossover with the first two books. I actually liked this… more
Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs John Bloom & Jim Atkinson 8/10 Outside of Helter Skelter, I have not read much true crime literature. I picked this one mainly because is was co-… more
Falling Up the Stairs James Lileks 7/10 I know Lileks mostly as a humorous conservative commentator and a connoisseur of cheesy 50's pop culture. I wasn't sure what to… more
Financial Fiasco Johan Norberg 7/10 This book presents a history of the current financial crisis thingy in a way that tries to be as plain-spoken as possible. Some… more
Flying Colours C.S. Forester 9/10 Another great Hornblower tale. The action picks up right at the end of the previous book and keeps going all the way to the… more
Food: A Love Story Jim Gaffigan 7/10 An entertaining read that pretty much says everything funny that can be said about food. I've read a couple of these books by… more
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets Nassim Nicholas Taleb 8/10 I've heard a few interviews with Taleb and he can be very interesting so I tried to give one of his books a try knowing that… more
Foundation Isaac Asimov 4/10 I was bored silly by this classic sci-fi book. I wanted to like it. It's voted as the greatest sci-fi series of all time. I'm… more
Friday Robert A. Heinlein 4/10 Even as an audio book, this was a chore to get through. It's a tale of a future with super human artificial persons (the… more
Gods' Man: A Novel in Woodcuts Lynd Ward 8/10 Beautiful wood engravings are the reason to "read" this.
Groucho And Me Groucho Marx 5/10 This autobiography was pretty uninformative. Reads more like a compilation of unrelated essays about with a little bit of… more
H.M.S. Surprise Patrick O'Brian 6/10 Weakest of the first 3 Aubry Maturin books.
Happy Endings Jim Norton 6/10 Norton is usually a very entertaining guest on whatever chat show on which he appears. However, I've watched his stand-up and… more
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J. K. Rowling 10/10 A satisfying ending to a wonderful series of books. The rating reflects my opinion of the series more than that of this one… more
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J. K. Rowling 10/10
Haunted Chuck Palahniuk 3/10 Starts out with some amusing short stories but never amounts to much. The main plot line is barely existent and the stories are… more
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 5/10 I read this mostly because I am an admirer of Apocalypse Now. It sorta lost me by the end so I really didn't enjoy… more
How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness Russ Roberts 8/10 In this book Roberts (of EconTalk fame) takes Adam Smith's other major work, The Theory of Moral more
How to Piss in Public: From Teenage Rebellion to the Hangover of Adulthood Gavin McInnes 9/10 When I started this book I was apprehensive. As much as I love Gavin's current incarnation as a wild libertarian/conservative… more
How We Decide Jonah Lehrer 7/10 I am not usually a non-fiction reader outside of the occasional political tome, but I bought this after it was recommended by… more
I Am Jackie Chan Jackie Chan 5/10 Mildly amusing but poorly written memoir.
In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks Adam Carolla 8/10 I decided to try this one out on a whim. I like Adam Carolla and his humor translated pretty well into book form (although I… more
In the First Circle Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 8/10 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn brings us more thrilling tales from the gulag! This is his fictionalized account of life in the Marfino… more
Kill All Normies Angela Nagle 7/10 This is a pretty good overview of the roots of (mostly) right-wing Internet subcultures and trolls with a little fair-and-… more
King Jesus: A Novel Robert Graves 4/10 I loved "I, Claudius" but was utterly bored by this. Maybe I would have appreciated more if I had more than a passing knowledge… more
Last Argument of Kings Joe Abercrombie 7/10 The final book of the First Law trilogy was a sort of step backwards from the previous book. In the previous book I grew to… more
Let's Tell a Story Together Jimmy Maher 8/10 I'm a regular reader of Jimmy Maher's blog The Digital Antiquarian which documents the history of the early days of… more
Leviathan Wakes James S. A. Corey 8/10 I've been watching The Expanse lately and wanted to get a taste of the novels that the show is based upon. This was a… more
Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning Jonah Goldberg 8/10 The thesis here is that, despite the constant cries of "fascism" when talking about right-wing policies, the real heirs of… more
Liberalism Ludwig von Mises 6/10 Short overview of the basics of classical liberalism with nary a reference to praxeology.
Lord Hornblower C. S. Forrester 7/10 Starts out nicely with Hornblower sent off to deal with a mutinous crew and keeps up the pace for about half of the book.… more
Lovers and Madmen Barry Devlin 7/10 Above average 50's pulp trash. See my Bent Pages recap.
Marxism Thomas Sowell 4/10 I got this as an audiobook, hoping to get a decent overview of what Marxism is without having to actually read Marx himself.… more
Mistborn: The Final Empire Brandon Sanderson 9/10 My post-Game of Thrones decent into pure phantasy nerdom continues with the Mistborn trilogy. This first book in the… more
Mort Terry Pratchett 8/10 So, I'm now four books into the Discworld series and I think I will keep going with it (only 33 more to go). Mort… more
Motherless Brooklyn Jonathan Lethem 10/10 It has been a while since I've read a contemporary novel that I liked this much. Motherless Brooklyn is a pretty… more
Mysteries of the Unknown: Ancient Wisdom and Secret Sects Time-Life Books 8/10 The chapters on Free Masonry and The Golden Dawn were pretty informative. I think my big takeaway about these sects was not so… more
Mysteries of the Unknown: Mysterious Creatures Time-Life Books 7/10 The first chapter about sea creatures is probably the best part of this book. Lots of great illustrations of ships being… more
Mysteries of the Unknown: Phantom Encounters Time Life Books 4/10 This book is a collection of anecdotal tales of various people from the olden days being visited by spirits. The stories go as… more
Mysteries of the Unknown: Transformations Time-Life Books 8/10 Transformations is divided into three main sections: native American shapeshifters, werewolves and vampires. The… more
Mysteries of the Unknown: Witches and Witchcraft Time Life Books 9/10 I enjoyed this one a lot more than Phantom Encounters. The historical accounts are more fact-based rather than… more
Mysterious Stranger David Blaine 5/10 Some interesting magic history, a few neat tricks and lots of David Blaine's self-hating magic style-endurance artist crap.
No Holds Barred Barry Devlin 6/10 The ridiculous plot of this pulp trash novel is as follows: disgraced big city reporter winds up in small town; proves his… more
No, They Can't: Why Government Fails-But Individuals Succeed John Stossel 9/10 John Stossel is awesome. I've been a fan ever since I was in the seventh grade and watched him debunk pro wrestling and, in the… more
Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You Greg Gutfeld 8/10 Another enjoyable read from Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld. The thesis as I see it is that liberals own the definition of cool… more
Old Man's War John Scalzi 7/10 This is a science fiction tale based on the premise that, sometime in the distant future, our planetary defense army would be… more
On the Far Side of the World Patrick O'Brian 8/10 Another nice entry in the Aubry Maturin series.
Orphans of the Sky Robert A. Heinlein 5/10 Another old sci-fi novel by Heinlein that cares more about the concept than the story. Even at 120 some pages, it still felt… more
Passenger to Frankfurt Agatha Christie 4/10 The first third is intriguing then it just jumps ship.
Peril at End House Agatha Christie 8/10
Pictures of the Socialistic Future Eugene Richter 7/10 An incredibly prescient book from the 19th century that basically lays out everything that is wrong with the practical… more
Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales Penn Jillette 7/10 Penn details his weight-loss journey and his wacky diet. It's an interesting take on how we view food and there are elements of… more
Prey: The Drovers, Book 1 John D. Brown 7/10 Looks like I am ending the year on a YA fiction kick. Prey is the story of a young boy (aren't they all) who takes a… more
Prisoner's Base Rex Stout 7/10 Decent mystery. A nice change of pace from A. Christie.
Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future Johan Norberg 8/10 Johan Norberg wrote one of the clearest accounts of the 2007 financial meltdown and, after that dismal tale, he's back with a… more