Books

I write book reviews to better remember and make connections between what I read. Enjoy.
Since you’re here, please tell me what to read! Say hi at kastanday (at) gmail (dot) com.

“In the long run the secret of study resides in our ability to bathe our thought, our task, our lesson in the stream of interest.”

Francis Lockwood from The Freshman and His College (1913)

Here’s my list

Find what to read next with my highly prestigious book awards!


πŸ₯‡ 5/5 How to Avoid a Climate Disaster (Bill Gates)
“Mandatory to get to zero carbon world by 2050 (29 years), and always ask how expensive is the ‘green premium’ using existing zero-carbon tools.”
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Mar 2021

πŸ₯ˆ 4/5 Into the Wild (Jon Krakauer)
“Engrossing insight into wildness and the controversial, suicidal quests of several such explorers attempting to live off the land.”

Mar 2021

πŸ₯ˆ 4/5 The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves (Stephen Grosz)
“Psychoanalysis for those too afraid to do it in person.”

Mar 2021

πŸ₯‡ 5/5 Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Richard Feynman)
“Feynman reimagined physics while still enjoying the diversity of experience, from music to travel to love, that life offers.”

Feb 2021

πŸ₯‡ 5/5 Where Good Ideas Come From (Steven Johnson)
“Brilliance starts ugly; it requires connections to other people or ideas to blossom. Focus on connecting ideas together; just like my knowledge management system in Notion.”

Feb 2021

πŸ₯ˆ 4/5 A Man’s Search for Meaning (Victor Frankl)
“Fundamental sources of meaning: accomplishment, experience of goodness or people, and how one handles unavoidable suffering.”

Feb 2021

πŸ₯ˆ 4/5 The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves
“Psychoanalysis for those too afraid to do it in person.”

Feb 2021

πŸ₯‡ 5/5 Jonathan Livingston Seagull
A gorgeous fiction about a seagull, the bird kind, who dares to find excellence in his craft. A tale that transcends species.
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Jan 2021

⭐ 6 out of 5: Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)
“Like ‘Who’s on First’ extended into a WW2 novel; one of my favorite of all time.”
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Nov 2020

πŸ₯‰ 3/5 Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
“Don’t push away those you love because of how it will effect them (by lowering their status, for example), let them make that choice themselves.”
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Nov 2020

πŸ₯‡ 4.5/5 Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
“The original bible of AI and recommended reading for haughty techno-intellectuals. Points deducted for overconfidence.”
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Oct 2020

πŸ₯‡ 5/5 The Practicing Mind: Bringing Discipline and Focus Into Your Life
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Sep 2020

πŸ₯ˆ 4/5 The Great Mental Models: Vol 1 & 2
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Sep 2020

πŸ₯‡ 5/5 Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
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Aug 2020

πŸ₯‰ 3/5 Stoner – the novel by John Williams
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Jul 2020

πŸ₯‰ 3/5 Life Is What You Make It
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Jun 2020

πŸ₯‰ 3/5 Comedy, Sex, God
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May 2020

May 2020

πŸ₯‡ 5/5 Energy: A Human History
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Apr 2020

πŸ₯ˆ 4/5 The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
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Apr 2020

πŸ₯‰ 3/5 Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood
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Mar 2020

πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ 2/5 Stoicism: A Very Short Introduction

Feb 2020

πŸ₯ˆ 4/5 Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know

Jan 2020

πŸ₯‡ 5/5 Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth

Nov 2019

πŸ₯‰ 3/5 Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions

Nov 2019

πŸ₯‰ 3/5 Migration: A Very Short Introduction

Oct 2019

πŸ₯‡ 5/5 Consciousness: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind
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Sept 2019

πŸ₯‡ 5/5 The New Jim Crow

Aug 2019

πŸ₯ˆ 4/5 Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Jan 2019

πŸ₯‡ 5/5 Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Jan 2019

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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