Hi! I'm Tanner.

I'm a software engineer at Apple. I write here occassionally.

Learn more about me.

Archive

Take a look at some posts from yesterday or last year.

Other Things

Check out books I've read recently.

Books

Listed here are books I've read and what I thought of them.1

They're sorted from most recently read to oldest.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Becoming by Michelle Obama
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
God, No! by Penn Jillette

Penn Jillette talking about God. Not much more to say.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Skunk Works by Ben R. Rich

Great book on the history of Skunk Works and related projects.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Buzz by E. Davies
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs Ph. D
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
I, Justine by Justine Ezarik
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind by Barbara K. Lipska

A rollercoaster of a book. A good read.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal

I liked The Calculating Stars so much I had to read the next book in the series. This one didnโ€™t disappoint.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

A good book on a alternative history with a female protagonist.

๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Good Clean Fun by Nick Offerman

Itโ€™s great to hear Nick talk about wood working and his shop.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Creative Selection by Ken Kocienda
๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŽง
Five Dares by Eli Easton
๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŽง
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŽง
The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs

Definitely a childrenโ€™s book, but sort of fun. Simple.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker PhD

If you think you know how sleep works, check again.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Unbelievable by Katy Tur
๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Anthony reads the audiobook and that makes it so much better.

๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŽง
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Another book I never read in high school. It wasnโ€™t bad, but it wasnโ€™t my cup of tea.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Robin by Dave Itzkoff

Great biography on Robin Williams. It was weird to read a book about the life and death of an actor who died recently. After reading it, we watched Mork and Mindy for a little bit.

๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŽง
Forensics by Val McDermid

If youโ€™ve taken a high school science class, most of this probably isnโ€™t new.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Blade Runner by Philip K. Dick

I had to read this. Itโ€™s different than the movie, but a great sci-fi novel.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

My first Agatha Christie book. A simple horror book with a simple premise.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Do No Harm by Henry Marsh

This was an awesome book about neurosurgery.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Actor's Life by Jenna Fischer

Itโ€™s partly a book about Jenna Fischer, but mostly about acting. Probably worth reading if youโ€™re getting into acting, but just an entertaining read if youโ€™re not.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

James tells a great story about how he came across Bob and how things turned around for him since then. A warm fuzzy read. Plus you canโ€™t say no to Bob.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Shining by Stephen King

My first horror Stephen King book! I havenโ€™t seen the movie before reading this. A good read.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
My Life in France by Julia Child

I loved reading about Julia Child. Sheโ€™s great. Worth the read.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

A little different than the movie, but a great book none the less. Both are great. See/read both!

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Call Me by Your Name by Andrรฉ Aciman

Had to read this before seeing the movie. It was great.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson

Iโ€™ll admit I never knew much about Rainn other than he was in The Office. This book gives a good run through on his life and experiences.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Yes Please by Amy Poehler

A unique autobiography and the audiobook makes it more exciting.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

After reading the book, I was super excited for the movie. And then I watched the movie and was super disappointed. The book was great.

๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŽง
Barking up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker

I donโ€™t remember anything notable about this book. Eh.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

I liked it more than the show.

๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

I donโ€™t get it.

๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŽง
Not Gay by Jane Ward
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Other Minds by Peter Godfrey

I believe Adam Savage recommended this book on his podcast. You wouldnโ€™t think a book about a octopi would be interesting, but it was a page turner.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Like Switch by Jack Schafer PhD

A good read on learning about people, their interactions, and social behaviors.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Mindhunter by John E. Douglas

A good read. If you liked the TV show, the book is very similar, but worthwhile.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines

I read The Magnolia Story, but it was good to hear Chipโ€™s history and perspective. Theyโ€™re a unique couple.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Trespasser by Tana French

An intriguing read, with a narrator who reminds me of Gwen Cooper of Torchwood. I didnโ€™t know this was part of a series, but Iโ€™d read one of the other books.

๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŽง
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

The mystery sort of intrigued me, but not really enough to say I was interested in it. Maybe read it?

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Animal Farm by George Orwell

I never read this book in school, but wish I did.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
I Am Spock by Leonard Nimoy

I never watched Star Trek, but I enjoyed this insight into Leonardโ€™s life and career.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Everything Store by Brad Stone

Good insight into Amazon.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

I heard about the movie for this and wanted to read the book in advance of seeing the movie. The book is a warming story about several dogs (all of which seem very close to the movie version based on my viewing of the trailer). If you like dogs, this is a good book to read.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

If, like me, youโ€™re reading this hoping itโ€™ll be like the movie, youโ€™re in for some disappointment. There are some parts that are similar, but itโ€™s a different plot. However, for a โ€œhorrorโ€ book I enjoyed it and the perspective that the protagonist had as a normal guy (which is similar to the movie).

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Artemis by Andy Weir

Weirโ€™s second book wasnโ€™t as good as The Martian, but I enjoyed the female protagonist and the voice actor who did the audio book did a great job capturing her personality. A unique story set in the โ€œnearโ€ future.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

This book was slightly confusing in the beginning and didnโ€™t really make sense. Like cancer support groups? Seriously? Itโ€™s interesting to see the club develop and then as the story develops. I like this book and now want to see the movie (yeah, this is another book where I havenโ€™t seen the movie).

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Contact by Carl Sagan

I remember reading this book long ago when I was a kid and had gotten really into space after seeing the movie. Reading it again has left me with a better impression of the characters and story, as probably pre-teen me had skimmed over some parts or clearly forgotten some. The movie did a great job, if not better, at representing the story than the book. I need to see it again.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Vacationland - True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman

I enjoy John Hodgman from Judge John Hodgman, so when he started talk about his new book I knew I wanted to read it. This book is all over the place in terms of story topics, but John makes them all entertaining in their own ways.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Origin - A Novel by Dan Brown

In many ways this was your standard Dan Brown novel: Robert Langdon, religious iconography, and some scenario involving him. I really enjoyed the technology aspects of this book, but found the pacing to be odd and quite accelerated compared to Brownโ€™s other books. This book is a good read, but I wouldnโ€™t suggest it as your first Dan Brown book.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Big Fish - A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace

I havenโ€™t seen this movie that was based off this book yet. I found the book to be quirky, but not too odd. Iโ€™m interested to see how the movie is done as the book jumps around a bit and there are repeats of some sections.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

This book was similar in ways to The Fault in Our Stars, but I enjoyed the plot of this one more. The insight into the thoughts of the narrator concerning OCD were insightful.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
What Happened by Hillary Clinton

Prior to this, I hadnโ€™t ever read a book by a politician or really a book about politics. But given the events of the 2016 election year, I decided to read it after hearing that a friend was reading it. I thought it was a good book about the election and all the bits about it. I also learned a little bit more about Hillary.

๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

I read this book as I had heard about it in school but had never read it. After reading it, Iโ€™m not really sure if I missed anything. Definitely had to read the Wikipedia article for this one.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
HIM by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy

This book was pretty good with well developed characters, but somewhat lacked a real plot. It is however, much, much better than โ€œStayโ€ (see decent voice actors).

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
2001 - A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

I enjoyed the movie, despite being an hour or two longer than you think it would be, but had never read the book (probably because I thought the book would be a couple hundred pages longer than you think it would be). Somewhat surprisingly, I found the book exciting to read. The audio book I had even had an intro by Arthur C. Clarke (which was super cool) and a quite movie-accurate voice of HAL.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I wanted to read this book of John Greenโ€™s as I heard via his YouTube channel that he was writing a new book. And when I did heard (watched?) about this, I suddenly connected the dots that the John Green I watched also wrote a book Iโ€™ve heard a fair amount about. So I decided to read it. The story was good and I enjoyed the characters, despite having to remember exactly how old they were part way through the book. Thereโ€™s sad parts and happy parts, but I liked it.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
When the Air Hits Your Brain by Frank T. Vertosick Jr. MD

Picked this up as a part of a 2 for 1 sale. Itโ€™s a great book written by a neurosurgeon who writes about his most memorable experiences about his process of becoming a neurosurgeon and his career overall. There are enjoyable stories and not-so-enjoyable stories. Frank does a good job explaining any medical jargon that happens to come up, making this a easy read. Would recommend.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines

Weโ€™ve started watching a lot of HGTV house renovation shows. We got hooked on Fixer Upper with the lovely renovations in Waco, Texas. This book explains a bit of Chip and Joannaโ€™s past including the start of their relationship and the show itself. Itโ€™s nice that itโ€™s read by them, but it can feel a little forced. Itโ€™s a good read, but probably wonโ€™t be as enjoyable without seeing the show.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I hadnโ€™t read this book in the past as I was told that you had to know a lot of about 1980โ€™s culture and video games. I thought the trailer looked good so I figured I would give the book a shot. You donโ€™t need any 80โ€™s culture or video game knowledge. This book goes fine without that. This is probably one of my favorite books now and it makes me excited about the future.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Caledonian Gambit - A Novel by Dan Moren

Iโ€™ve followed Dan Moren through his podcasts and writings online. This is first book and I wanted to get it when it came out. The audiobook is well done (with accents and all). The story is good and made me think about getting more space novels.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Holding the Man by Timothy Conigrave

This is a good, easy to read book. It moves from young love to the discovery of HIV/AIDS. I actually didnโ€™t know until afterwards that it was a memoir. Worth reading.

๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŽง
Stay by Riley Hart

This book was ok. The story wasnโ€™t terrible, and it appears to be a series. Perhaps the most annoying bit was the readerโ€™s voice becoming all manly and macho for the part of the two guy characters.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
If You Ask Me by Betty White

I donโ€™t really know why I read a book about Betty White, but sheโ€™s nice so I figured a book from her would be good. Itโ€™s a short listen (about two hours). I learned a thing or two about her I didnโ€™t know (not that I keep up with Betty White in the news). There might be other places to learn these stories, but you canโ€™t turn down a book read by the author.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I love anything time travel related and Iโ€™ve known about this book for a while, but for some reason never picked it up to read. One day I just decided to get it on Audible for that month. I liked the book a lot and enjoyed the format that both characterโ€™s perspectives are described. Definitely worth a read.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

This book is a slightly more in depth than Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, so if youโ€™ve seen that itโ€™ll be a bit of review. I enjoyed the latter half of the book, and itโ€™s awesome overall as Neil himself reads the audio book. Good, easy read.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Somehow I went through school without ever having to read this book. Itโ€™s a different dystopian novel than Iโ€™ve read in the past and I enjoyed that. I feel like I need to give this one another read just to have a full grasp of it, but I enjoyed the book.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
11.22.63 by Stephen King

This was my first Stephen King book. Itโ€™s a good book dealing with time travel. Itโ€™s a little slow and for me was anti-climatic, but it is still a good read. I enjoyed it.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

I thought this book would help me not give a f*ck (so the book says). The book has several suggestions in the beginning of the book that are good. Near the end the suggestions get kinda weak, but itโ€™s a good book that had some relatable portions.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

Iโ€™ve always wanted to read this since watching Adam Savageโ€™s TED talk on his obsession with objects. Itโ€™s a great story, and the movie is worth watching after reading.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander

I didnโ€™t expect this book to be a magical reference book from the land of Harry Potter. Despite that, it was interesting, and I liked that it was narrated by Newt Scamanderโ€™s actor in the movie. Not your typical book.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I wanted to read this prior to watching the Netflix series. The book is good, and Iโ€™d recommend anyone read it whether or not theyโ€™ve seen the Netflix series.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fischer

I read this a couple of months after Carrie Fischer died. Itโ€™s full of laughs and is an insightful look into Carrieโ€™s life. Itโ€™s a short read and I recommend it.

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

I wanted to read this book before I saw the movie. Itโ€™s a good book and an easy read.

๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽง
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

I was recommended this book by CGP Grey on Hello Internet. It kicked off my Audible adventure, but I found the book boring despite Greyโ€™s recommendation.

๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸŽง
The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
  1. No, I'm not going to link to them or anything. Pick your own provider and find the book there. โ†ฉ