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Book cover of Born to run 2

Born to run 2

Christopher McDougall

Finished on May 20, 2024

Nothing like the first book

Book cover of Writing a compiler in Go

Writing a compiler in Go

Thorsten Ball

Finished on May 11, 2024
programming
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Piranesi

Susanna Clarke

Finished on April 11, 2024
fiction philosophy
Book cover of The Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper

Thomas Watson

Finished on April 10, 2024
theology
Book cover of The Abolition of Man

The Abolition of Man

C.S. Lewis

Finished on April 6, 2024
philosophy
Book cover of The Reformed Pastor

The Reformed Pastor

Richard Baxter

Finished on April 1, 2024
theology

The first section was heavy in the most perfect way.

Book cover of Indistractable

Indistractable

Nir Eyal

Finished on April 1, 2024
self-improvement

Enjoyable, practical; I liked the smoking example, getting kids to own their rules, the story about Slack, the idea of never reading articles in the browser

Book cover of Slow Productivity

Slow Productivity

Cal Newport

Finished on March 30, 2024
self-improvement

A typical Newport book. It got me really motivated about improving myself as a software engineer.

Book cover of A Clear and Simple Treatise on the Lord's Supper

A Clear and Simple Treatise on the Lord's Supper

Theodore Beza

Finished on March 26, 2024
theology

This book is hard and technical. Not sure if it's simple. The translation is modern but can be awkward in places: as it attempts to be accurate, the English style can suffer. Tons of language-related footnotes. Beza absolutely destroys the Lutherans, it's amazing. The system of doctrine in the appendix is helpful. This isn't casual reading but great if you want to understand the details of the debate.

Book cover of The War of Art

The War of Art

Stever Pressfield

Finished on March 25, 2024
self-improvement

The beginning was amazing. The first "book" was 5/5. But then it got weirder and weirder, and some parts were gross.

Book cover of What He Must Be: ...If He Wants to Marry My Daughter

What He Must Be: ...If He Wants to Marry My Daughter

Voddie Baucham Jr.

Finished on March 19, 2024
theology

Book cover of Christ and His Threefold Office

Christ and His Threefold Office

John Flavel

Finished on March 11, 2024
theology

Excellent book. Really.

Book cover of Teach them to work

Teach them to work

Mary Beeke

Finished on February 16, 2024
theology

Very awkward style, bland; lots of stories about her famous husband

Book cover of Gnomon

Gnomon

Nick Harkaway

Finished on February 3, 2024
fiction

Amazing breadth and pure imagination; but the conclusion was anticlimactic. Also, much too long.

Book cover of Preparing for the Lord's supper

Preparing for the Lord's supper

William Bradshaw

Finished on January 27, 2024
theology
Book cover of The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Finished on January 16, 2024
fiction
Book cover of 168 Hours

168 Hours

Laura Vanderkam

Finished on January 9, 2024
self-improvement
Book cover of Outlive

Outlive

Peter Attia

Finished on December 28, 2023
self-improvement

This book has had a profound impact on my life. As a relatively young person, there is so much you can do to improve the quality of your life later on. I especially enjoyed the chapters related to exercise: he explains the outsize impact a simple exercise regimen can have on your life. I wish the diet chapter had been better but I was neverthless thankful for the strong renouncement of the Standard American Diet.

Book cover of Building a Godly Home Vol 1

Building a Godly Home Vol 1

William Gouge

Finished on December 28, 2023
theology
Book cover of The Practice of Piety

The Practice of Piety

Lewis Bayly

Finished on December 2, 2023
theology
Book cover of A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin

Finished on December 1, 2023
fantasy

Recommended by Jared Henderson

Book cover of The Ultimate Trail Running Handbook

The Ultimate Trail Running Handbook

Claire Maxted

Finished on October 18, 2023
fitness

Very basic; a good introduction to the sport, but perhaps a little patronizing

Book cover of Training for the Uphill Athlete: A Manual for Mountain Runners and Ski Mountaineers

Training for the Uphill Athlete: A Manual for Mountain Runners and Ski Mountaineers

Steve House, Scott Johnston, Killian Jornet

Finished on October 16, 2023
fitness

Such a good, and practical book. Sometimes you get caught up in reading random internet articles about running, diving into Reddit threads, and after a while you don't even know what you should be doing to improve you endurance. It's nice to be able to gain some clarity from athletes with decades of experience; advice that isn't formulaic, and that doesn't skip over the reasoning behind it. There are many strong statements in this book, and I love that. Reading this book was especially helpful to me as a beginner to the sport of ultra trail running. My notebook is full charts, tables, and notes. Highly recommended.

Recommended by James Day

Book cover of Today's Christian & the Church's Bible: A Time to Return to the Authorized Version

Today's Christian & the Church's Bible: A Time to Return to the Authorized Version

Theodore P. Letis

Finished on October 14, 2023
theology

A wonderful meditation on the state of the English bible, and a compelling case for the retention of the AV in the 21st century

Book cover of Ego is the enemy

Ego is the enemy

Ryan Holiday

Finished on October 12, 2023

The first half of the book was great: lots of provoking thoughts. But then it got wearisome with all of the stories. Each chapter is really short, and starts with some random story from history. It gets repetetive, and it was a bit of a slog to get throught the latter part.

Book cover of On Bullshit

On Bullshit

Harry G. Frankfurt

Finished on September 26, 2023

Book cover of Call the Sabbath a Delight

Call the Sabbath a Delight

Walter J. Chantry

Finished on August 7, 2023
theology

An accessible introduction to the concept of Sabbath-keeping from a Reformed point of view

Book cover of It Ends With Us

It Ends With Us

Colleen Hoover

Finished on June 21, 2023
fiction

This is my once-a-year, what-everyone-is-reading novel. Currently, it has over 270,000 ratings on Amazon. It was a mindless, easy read. The pacing felt right apart from the cringy diary entries. The story was boring, the characters flat, the ending abrupt, and cheap.

Book cover of Terms of Service

Terms of Service

Chris Martin

Finished on June 5, 2023
Book cover of Digital Minimalism

Digital Minimalism

Cal Newport

Finished on May 22, 2023

Having read Deep Work, I expected much of the same but it wasn't like that. Very relevant, and practical.

Book cover of The Staff Engineer's Path

The Staff Engineer's Path

Tanya Reilly

Finished on May 17, 2023

Book cover of Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Alfred Lansing

Finished on May 16, 2023

Book cover of The Cure for Unjust Anger

The Cure for Unjust Anger

John Downame

Finished on April 12, 2023
theology puritan

Book cover of Faith seeking assurance

Faith seeking assurance

Anthony Burgess

Finished on March 11, 2023
theology puritan

Penetrating, and terrifying; highly recommended

Book cover of Digital zettelkasten

Digital zettelkasten

David Kadavy

Finished on December 5, 2022

Book cover of Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal

Ryder Carroll

Finished on December 3, 2022

This was not good. Boring, inflated writing full of Asian philosophy, and weird pseudo-psycho lingo. Just no. I thought it would provide an in-depth description of the system but it's straw. The original video had all the information presented in such a neat way. This is the opposite.

Book cover of Building a Second Brain

Building a Second Brain

Tiago Forte

Finished on December 2, 2022

The first half was very motivating, and exciting. I liked that it was general, and not specific to any tool (hello Notion fanbois). But the description of the implementation felt too vague. It tries to be a middle ground between a zettelkasten, and a GTD system, and I'm not sure that works.

Book cover of Make Time

Make Time

Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky

Finished on November 30, 2022

Great read; easy, and friendly; doesn't try to be a pseudo science book; a ton of neat bite-sized ideas

Book cover of Dopamine Detox

Dopamine Detox

Thibaut Meurisse

Finished on November 29, 2022

Short, and to the point

Book cover of How to master the English bible

How to master the English bible

James Gray

Finished on October 11, 2022

Short, and sweet; very practical

Book cover of Authorized

Authorized

Mark Ward

Finished on September 24, 2022

This book is just so silly. It could have been a blog post. His argumentation is emotinal, inconsistent, and childish. There might at times be some hint of a good argument but his rhetoric makes you not want to even care. I read this book against my better judgment.

Book cover of Notes on Psalmody

Notes on Psalmody

James A. Grier

Finished on September 19, 2022

Book cover of Heaven taken by strom

Heaven taken by strom

Thomas Watson

Finished on September 16, 2022
theology puritan

A classic work on personal piety; highly recommended

Book cover of Why I preach from the received text

Why I preach from the received text

Jeff Riddle, Christian McShaffrey

Finished on August 30, 2022
theology

An excellent collection of essays; many personal stories, and many different reasons for rejecting the modern critical text. Each essay is short, and thus it prevents the author from delving into too much technical detail (I think this is wise decision on the part of the editors). Highly recommended as a gentle introduction into the topic.

Book cover of Ostře sledované vlaky

Ostře sledované vlaky

Bohumil Hrabal

Finished on August 11, 2022
classics fiction czech

Book cover of The Art of Bible Translation

The Art of Bible Translation

Robert Alter

Finished on August 2, 2022

Book cover of 12 rules for life

12 rules for life

Jordan Peterson

Finished on June 13, 2022

Book cover of Theoretical-Practical Theology Volume 1

Theoretical-Practical Theology Volume 1

Petrus van Mastricht

Finished on April 20, 2022
theology

Absolutely phenomenal. I love how he takes a topic and moves through the four aspects: exegesis, doctrine, elenctics, and practice. Prolegomena is usually dry but this was exhilarating. It's also very easy to read. No lofty language. Every statement is punctuated by Scripture references. I'm really eager to start the next volume.

Book cover of Common LISP: A Gentle Introduction to Symbolic Computation

Common LISP: A Gentle Introduction to Symbolic Computation

David S. Touretzky

Finished on March 7, 2022
programming

Book cover of Puritan Evangelism

Puritan Evangelism

Joel Beeke

Finished on March 2, 2022
theology

Book cover of Calvin and the Biblical Languages

Calvin and the Biblical Languages

John D. Currid

Finished on February 12, 2022
theology languages

A great little read; meaningful encouragement for the language learner; curious insight into the language teaching method of the day

Book cover of The Original Ending of Mark: A New Case for the Authenticity of Mark 16:9-20

The Original Ending of Mark: A New Case for the Authenticity of Mark 16:9-20

Nicholas P. Lunn

Finished on January 22, 2022
theology textual-criticism

Book cover of Your Money or Your Life

Your Money or Your Life

Vicki Robin

Finished on January 21, 2022
finance

Book cover of The Bitcoin Standard

The Bitcoin Standard

Saifedean Ammous

Finished on January 11, 2022
finance

This was a good read. Most of the book outlines the history of money, from seashells to modern day government money. While written by an academic, the tone was popular, and sometimes mocking and highly critical which left a slightly bad taste in my mouth. Present your arguments and let them speak for themselves.

I think it's a successful, and reasonable critique of the idea that inflation is a good tool; however, I'm not convinced that Bitcoin is the solution. The author admits himself that a new layer would have to be created on top of Bitcoin to serve as an exchange of value while Bitcoin can only really serve as a store of value.

Book cover of How to eat your bible

How to eat your bible

Nate Pickowicz

Finished on September 17, 2021
theology

This should have been an article. A basic thought spread over many pages. Forced illustrations, and personal stories.

Book cover of Gentle and Lowly

Gentle and Lowly

Dane C. Ortlund

Finished on July 4, 2021
theology

Book cover of Has the bible been kept pure?

Has the bible been kept pure?

Garnet Howard Milne

Finished on April 24, 2021
theology textual-criticism

Book cover of Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits

James Clear

Finished on March 27, 2021
productivity

Book cover of The Phoenix Project

The Phoenix Project

Gene Kim

Finished on February 20, 2021
management

Book cover of The Household and the War for the Cosmos

The Household and the War for the Cosmos

C. R. Wiley

Finished on January 5, 2021
theology culture

Book cover of Good morning, midnight

Good morning, midnight

Lily Brooks-Dalton

Finished on December 20, 2020
novel sci-fi

Book cover of Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Jaron Lanier

Finished on December 5, 2020
social-media

Book cover of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Charles Duhigg

Finished on November 12, 2020
self-improvement

Book cover of Make It Stick

Make It Stick

Peter C. Brown

Finished on October 17, 2020
learning

Book cover of How to Take Smart Notes

How to Take Smart Notes

Sönke Ahrens

Finished on October 15, 2020
learning

Book cover of Bringing The Gospel To Covenant Children

Bringing The Gospel To Covenant Children

Joel R. Beeke

Finished on March 11, 2020
theology

Book cover of An Introduction to the Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge

An Introduction to the Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge

Dirk Jongkind

Finished on February 23, 2020
theology textual-criticism

Book cover of The Songs of Zion

The Songs of Zion

Michael Bushell

Finished on September 19, 2019
theology

Book cover of Fluent in 3 Months

Fluent in 3 Months

Benny Lewis

Finished on August 2, 2019
learning languages

Book cover of Redemption Accomplished and Applied

Redemption Accomplished and Applied

John Murray

Finished on June 7, 2019
theology

Book cover of The 5 AM Club

The 5 AM Club

Robin S. Sharma

Finished on June 7, 2019

Book cover of Preaching and Preachers

Preaching and Preachers

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Finished on May 2, 2019

Book cover of The Godly Man's Picture

The Godly Man's Picture

Thomas Watson

Finished on January 27, 2019

Book cover of Sermons on the Beatitudes

Sermons on the Beatitudes

John Calvin

Finished on January 22, 2019

Book cover of All That Is in God

All That Is in God

James E. Dolezal

Finished on January 21, 2019

Book cover of Sing a New Song

Sing a New Song

Joel R. Beeke

Finished on January 10, 2019

Book cover of Catechizing Our Children

Catechizing Our Children

Terry L. Johnson

Finished on December 8, 2018

Book cover of The Crook in the Lot

The Crook in the Lot

Thomas Boston

Finished on November 30, 2018

Book cover of The Gospel Comes with a House Key

The Gospel Comes with a House Key

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

Finished on November 29, 2018

Book cover of What Is Reformed Theology?

What Is Reformed Theology?

R.C. Sproul

Finished on October 19, 2018

Book cover of William the Baptist

William the Baptist

James M. Chaney

Finished on October 12, 2018

Book cover of The Doctrine of Repentance

The Doctrine of Repentance

Thomas Watson

Finished on September 14, 2018

Book cover of The Case for Covenantal Infant Baptism

The Case for Covenantal Infant Baptism

Gregg Strawbridge

Finished on August 12, 2018

Book cover of Christianity and Liberalism

Christianity and Liberalism

J. Gresham Machen

Finished on July 13, 2018

Book cover of On the Incarnation

On the Incarnation

Athanasius of Alexandria

Finished on June 30, 2018

Book cover of The Art of Prophesying

The Art of Prophesying

William Perkins

Finished on June 29, 2018

Book cover of The Lord's Day

The Lord's Day

Samuel E. Waldron

Finished on June 1, 2018

Book cover of The Knowledge of the Holy

The Knowledge of the Holy

A.W. Tozer

Finished on May 12, 2018

Book cover of The Great Divorce

The Great Divorce

C.S. Lewis

Finished on April 23, 2018

Book cover of The Necessity of Reforming the Church

The Necessity of Reforming the Church

John Calvin

Finished on April 14, 2018

Book cover of The Mystery of Providence

The Mystery of Providence

John Flavel

Finished on March 27, 2018

Book cover of The Most Misused Verses in the Bible

The Most Misused Verses in the Bible

Eric J. Bargerhuff

Finished on March 17, 2018

Book cover of The Christlike Husband

The Christlike Husband

William Gouge

Finished on March 5, 2018

Book cover of A Little Book for New Theologians

A Little Book for New Theologians

Kelly M. Kapic

Finished on February 22, 2018

Book cover of Union with Christ

Union with Christ

Rankin Wilbourne

Finished on February 21, 2018

Book cover of Introducing Covenant Theology

Introducing Covenant Theology

Michael S. Horton

Finished on February 17, 2018

Book cover of The Bruised Reed

The Bruised Reed

Richard Sibbes

Finished on February 9, 2018

Book cover of Parenting by God's Promises

Parenting by God's Promises

Joel R. Beeke

Finished on February 4, 2018

Book cover of Deep Work

Deep Work

Cal Newport

Finished on January 31, 2018

Book cover of The Vagina Monologues

The Vagina Monologues

Eve Ensler

Finished on January 25, 2018

Book cover of Animal Farm

Animal Farm

George Orwell

Finished on January 23, 2018

Book cover of Galatians For You

Galatians For You

Timothy J. Keller

Finished on January 21, 2018

Book cover of Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done

David Allen

Finished on January 14, 2018

Book cover of Saved Without A Doubt

Saved Without A Doubt

John F. MacArthur Jr.

Finished on January 4, 2018

Book cover of Veronika Decides to Die

Veronika Decides to Die

Paulo Coelho

Finished on December 29, 2017

Book cover of The Duties Of Parents

The Duties Of Parents

J.C. Ryle

Finished on December 27, 2017

Book cover of The Healthiest Diet on the Planet

The Healthiest Diet on the Planet

John A. McDougall

Finished on December 26, 2017

Book cover of Knowing God

Knowing God

J.I. Packer

Finished on December 6, 2017

Book cover of A Call to Prayer

A Call to Prayer

J.C. Ryle

Finished on December 1, 2017

Book cover of The Holiness of God

The Holiness of God

R.C. Sproul

Finished on December 1, 2017

Book cover of A Little Book on the Christian Life

A Little Book on the Christian Life

John Calvin

Finished on December 1, 2017

Book cover of Strange Fire

Strange Fire

John F. MacArthur Jr.

Finished on November 1, 2017

Book cover of The Expulsive Power of a New Affection

The Expulsive Power of a New Affection

Thomas Chalmers

Finished on November 1, 2017

Book cover of Family Worship

Family Worship

Joel R. Beeke

Finished on November 1, 2017

Book cover of Just Do Something

Just Do Something

Kevin DeYoung

Finished on October 13, 2017

Book cover of Don't Waste Your Life

Don't Waste Your Life

John Piper

Finished on August 16, 2017

Book cover of The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God

The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God

D.A. Carson

Finished on May 28, 2017

Book cover of Foundation

Foundation

Isaac Asimov

Finished on May 24, 2017

Book cover of Prayer

Prayer

Timothy J. Keller

Finished on May 23, 2017

Book cover of Expositional Preaching

Expositional Preaching

David R. Helm

Finished on March 11, 2017

Book cover of Ashamed Of The Gospel

Ashamed Of The Gospel

John F. MacArthur Jr.

Finished on March 1, 2017

Book cover of The Whole Christ

The Whole Christ

Sinclair B. Ferguson

Finished on February 9, 2017

Book cover of Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

Finished on February 2, 2017

Book cover of Daemon

Daemon

Daniel Suarez

Finished on January 6, 2017

Book cover of Old Man's War

Old Man's War

John Scalzi

Finished on December 20, 2016

Book cover of The City & the City

The City & the City

China Miéville

Finished on July 21, 2016

Book cover of The Giver

The Giver

Lois Lowry

Finished on July 19, 2016

Book cover of Born to Run

Born to Run

Christopher McDougall

Finished on January 1, 2016

Book cover of 1984

1984

George Orwell

Finished on January 1, 2015