Book Notes


These are my personal “book reports” and notes. They exist mostly for me, as going through my highlights and forcing myself to write a summary/report helps me solidify the knowledge gained.



Romantic Relationships:

Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg (2015) ($15, link)

The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman (1995) ($7-15, link)

The Game

Not Your Mother’s Rules: The New Secrets for Dating, (2013)

How to Make Someone Fall in Love With You in 90 Minutes or Less, Nicholas Boothman, (2009)

The Soulmate Experience (2011)

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Mary Roach (2009)($10-14, link)



Religion, Spirituality, Philosophy:


Zen in the Art of Archery ($4 Kindle, link)

Be Here Now, Ram Das (1971) ($6, link)

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It, Kamal Ravikant, 2012 ($free-$5, link)

Why Does the World Exist?, Jim Holt (2012)

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle (2004)

The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh (1999)

Happiness, A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, Matthieu Ricard (2003)

Letters from a Stoic (c. 65CE), Lucius Annaeus Seneca

About Time



The Sciences:

Educated: A Memoir (2018), Tara Westover ( link)

Speak: A Simple Guide to Public Speaking, Steve Alexander Jr. ( link)

The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need, Daniel H. Pink, Art by Rob Ten Pas ( link)

The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (2006) ($13, book link)

Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond (2009, read 2012)

Secrets of Power Negotiating, Roger Dawson (2012, read 2013)

The Martian: A Novel, Andy Weir (2014)

A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking (1998)

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, John Medina (2008)

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body Jo Marchant (2016)

The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes from an Uncertain Science (TED Books), Siddhartha Mukherjee, 2015


Food Rules & In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto Michael Pollan, 2008-2009

Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser, 2001 ($10, link)

The Truth about Carbs, Nate Miyaki (2014, read 2015)


While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age during the Civil Rights Movement, Carolyn Maull McKinstry and Denise George ($9, link)

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, 2015

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, A. J. Jacobs, 2008

Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology, Johnjoe McFadden, 2015

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Mary Roach (2013)

Language Intelligence, Joseph J Romm (2012)

The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg (2012)

The Disappearing Spoon, Sam Kean (2010)

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, Sam Kean (2015)

The Demon-Haunted World


Hidden In Plain Sight: The simple link between relativity and quantum mechanics, Andrew Thomas (2012) ($1, link)




Alice in Wonderland

The Time Machine

Anthem, Ayn Rand (1938)

Pachinko, Min Jin Lee (2017)