Books I've read

Key: ⭐️ liked, ⭐️⭐️ really liked, ⭐️⭐️⭐️ loved.


  • ??? 2021 — The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • ??? 2021 — The Memoir of an Anti-Hero, by Kornel Filipowicz
  • 26 Jan 2021 — The Trial by Kafka
  • ??? 2020 — "Notes from Underground", by Fyodor Dostoevsky




Still reading"America's Constitution: A Biography", by Akhil Reed Amar (2005)⭐️⭐️
Still reading"Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder", by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (2012)⭐️⭐️⭐️
Still reading

"A Framework for Understanding Poverty", by Ruby K. Payne (1995)

An exploration of how poor people live.

My threads on Twitter: one.


"Leninism", by Neil Harding (1996)

A history of Lenin's activities in the Russian revolution from the point of view "What circumstances made him do what he did? How did his ideas follow from his experience?".

My quotes and comments (in Russian): here.


"Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving", by Pete Walker (2013)

More about childhood emotional neglect and what to do if you've experienced it and your life has been ruined by it.

Some quotes and thoughts: here.


"Гибель империи (Collapse of an Empire)", by Егор Гайдар (Yegor Gaidar) (2006)

A book on the reasons behind the collapse of the Soviet Union, by one of the architects of the post-Soviet Russian economic reform.

Maybe a bit too much economics, but there were still some interesting bits. Probably better read together with McAuley's book.


"Watch What You Hear: Penelope's Dream of Twenty Geese" (Amazon), by Edward Teach (The Last Psychiatrist) (2020)

A very nice short primer on Freudian dream analysis.


"Every Cradle Is a Grave: Rethinking the Ethics of Birth and Suicide", by Sarah Perry (2013)

A book in favor of antinatalism; it's alright but I disagree with it anyway. See my hate read on Twitter.

21-01-11"This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor", by Adam Kay (2017)⭐️
21-01-11"12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos", by Jordan Peterson (2018)⭐️


20-12-04"Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur", by Derek Sivers (2011)⭐️
20-12-04"Situated learning: Legitimate peripheral participation", by Jean Lave & Etienne Wenger (1991)⭐️
20-11-06"Soviet Politics 1917-1991", by Mary McAuley (1992)⭐️⭐️
20-08-23"The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance", by W. Timothy Gallwey (1974)⭐️⭐️
20-08-07"Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect", by Jonice Webb and Christine Musello (2012)⭐️
20-07-19"Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre", by Keith Johnstone (1979)⭐️⭐️⭐️
20-06-13"David Mitchell: Back Story", by David Mitchell 
20-05-31The Drama of the Gifted Child⭐️⭐️
20-05-26A Little Book on the Human Shadow⭐️
20-04-24The Master and His Emissary⭐️⭐️⭐️
20-02-14Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder⭐️⭐️
20-??-??The Psychopath Test 
20-??-??The Sociopath Next Door 
20-??-??The Psychopath Inside⭐️


  • 2021
    • Madeline Miller — Circe
      • I don't like the writing style and almost everyone there is meh
    • Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women in the Rhetorical Tradition
      • Just not interested at the moment
    • "The Unconscious", by Sigmund Freud (essays, 1911–1927)
      • I think there were some good bits but I just lost interest
    • "Schizophrenia Revealed: From Neurons to Social Interactions" (Amazon), by Michael Foster Green (2001)
      • Lost interest
    • "The Russian Revolution, 1917–1945", by Anthony D'Agostino
      • Assertions without quotes = I don't trust the book