Listed here are books I've read and what I thought of them.1
They're sorted from most recently read to oldest.
Penn Jillette talking about God. Not much more to say.
Great book on the history of Skunk Works and related projects.
A rollercoaster of a book. A good read.
I liked The Calculating Stars so much I had to read the next book in the series. This one didn’t disappoint.
A good book on a alternative history with a female protagonist.
It’s great to hear Nick talk about wood working and his shop.
Definitely a children’s book, but sort of fun. Simple.
If you think you know how sleep works, check again.
Anthony reads the audiobook and that makes it so much better.
Another book I never read in high school. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.
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.
If you’ve taken a high school science class, most of this probably isn’t new.
I had to read this. It’s different than the movie, but a great sci-fi novel.
My first Agatha Christie book. A simple horror book with a simple premise.
This was an awesome book about neurosurgery.
It’s partly a book about Jenna Fischer, but mostly about acting. Probably worth reading if you’re getting into acting, but just an entertaining read if you’re not.
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 can’t say no to Bob.
My first horror Stephen King book! I haven’t seen the movie before reading this. A good read.
I loved reading about Julia Child. She’s great. Worth the read.
A little different than the movie, but a great book none the less. Both are great. See/read both!
Had to read this before seeing the movie. It was great.
I’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.
A unique autobiography and the audiobook makes it more exciting.
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.
I don’t remember anything notable about this book. Eh.
I liked it more than the show.
I don’t get it.
I believe Adam Savage recommended this book on his podcast. You wouldn’t think a book about a octopi would be interesting, but it was a page turner.
A good read on learning about people, their interactions, and social behaviors.
A good read. If you liked the TV show, the book is very similar, but worthwhile.
I read The Magnolia Story, but it was good to hear Chip’s history and perspective. They’re a unique couple.
An intriguing read, with a narrator who reminds me of Gwen Cooper of Torchwood. I didn’t know this was part of a series, but I’d read one of the other books.
The mystery sort of intrigued me, but not really enough to say I was interested in it. Maybe read it?
I never read this book in school, but wish I did.
I never watched Star Trek, but I enjoyed this insight into Leonard’s life and career.
Good insight into Amazon.
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.
If, like me, you’re reading this hoping it’ll be like the movie, you’re in for some disappointment. There are some parts that are similar, but it’s a different plot. However, for a “horror” book I enjoyed it and the perspective that the protagonist had as a normal guy (which is similar to the movie).
Weir’s second book wasn’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 “near” future.
This book was slightly confusing in the beginning and didn’t really make sense. Like cancer support groups? Seriously? It’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 haven’t seen the movie).
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.
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.
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 Brown’s other books. This book is a good read, but I wouldn’t suggest it as your first Dan Brown book.
I haven’t seen this movie that was based off this book yet. I found the book to be quirky, but not too odd. I’m interested to see how the movie is done as the book jumps around a bit and there are repeats of some sections.
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.
Prior to this, I hadn’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.
I read this book as I had heard about it in school but had never read it. After reading it, I’m not really sure if I missed anything. Definitely had to read the Wikipedia article for this one.
This book was pretty good with well developed characters, but somewhat lacked a real plot. It is however, much, much better than “Stay” (see decent voice actors).
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.
I wanted to read this book of John Green’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 I’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. There’s sad parts and happy parts, but I liked it.
Picked this up as a part of a 2 for 1 sale. It’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.
We’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 Joanna’s past including the start of their relationship and the show itself. It’s nice that it’s read by them, but it can feel a little forced. It’s a good read, but probably won’t be as enjoyable without seeing the show.
I hadn’t read this book in the past as I was told that you had to know a lot of about 1980’s culture and video games. I thought the trailer looked good so I figured I would give the book a shot. You don’t need any 80’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.
I’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.
This is a good, easy to read book. It moves from young love to the discovery of HIV/AIDS. I actually didn’t know until afterwards that it was a memoir. Worth reading.
This book was ok. The story wasn’t terrible, and it appears to be a series. Perhaps the most annoying bit was the reader’s voice becoming all manly and macho for the part of the two guy characters.
I don’t really know why I read a book about Betty White, but she’s nice so I figured a book from her would be good. It’s a short listen (about two hours). I learned a thing or two about her I didn’t know (not that I keep up with Betty White in the news). There might be other places to learn these stories, but you can’t turn down a book read by the author.
I love anything time travel related and I’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 character’s perspectives are described. Definitely worth a read.
This book is a slightly more in depth than Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, so if you’ve seen that it’ll be a bit of review. I enjoyed the latter half of the book, and it’s awesome overall as Neil himself reads the audio book. Good, easy read.
Somehow I went through school without ever having to read this book. It’s a different dystopian novel than I’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.
This was my first Stephen King book. It’s a good book dealing with time travel. It’s a little slow and for me was anti-climatic, but it is still a good read. I enjoyed it.
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 it’s a good book that had some relatable portions.
I’ve always wanted to read this since watching Adam Savage’s TED talk on his obsession with objects. It’s a great story, and the movie is worth watching after reading.
I didn’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 Scamander’s actor in the movie. Not your typical book.
I wanted to read this prior to watching the Netflix series. The book is good, and I’d recommend anyone read it whether or not they’ve seen the Netflix series.
I read this a couple of months after Carrie Fischer died. It’s full of laughs and is an insightful look into Carrie’s life. It’s a short read and I recommend it.
I wanted to read this book before I saw the movie. It’s a good book and an easy read.
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