What the Internet wants me to read (summer 2011)

Last week, I asked on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus what I should read over the summer. Here is a quick summary of the recommendations I got:

On Twitter:

  1. A Beautiful Mind by @communicating
  2. War & Peace & War by @janmikkelsen
  3. ReWork by @bebraw
  4. Understanding Comics by @sclopit
  5. The Singularity is near by @blattnerma
  6. The Information by @mdreid and @ajweinstein
  7. The Embedding by @Info_CLADe
  8. Hackers and Painters by @juliengrenier
  9. Quantum Thief by @jukujala
  10. Mazurka for Two Dead Men by @therealgdr
  11. At Home: A Short History of Private Life by @sylvien
  12. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by @loverdos
  13. One Hundred Years of Solitude by @yokofakun
  14. Beaker’s dozen by @LostAgorist
  15. Pathology of the Elites by @JohnDCook
  16. Adapt by @BenoitMaison
  17. The Map of Time: A Novel by @BookBrowse
  18. How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by @venkatkp
  19. Gödel, Escher, Bach by @cmaury and @juliengrenier
  20. The Shadow of the Wind by @yokofakun
  21. A Visit from the Goon Squad by @BenoitMaison
  22. The Overachievers by @zippy1981
  23. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by @juliengrenier

On Facebook:

  1. Man-Eaters of Kumaon by Sandeep Kumar
  2. Animal Farm by Ehsan Salehian
  3. Where Good Ideas Come From by Geoff Wozniak
  4. The Rational Optimist by Geoff Wozniak
  5. Slaughterhouse Five by Geoff Wozniak
  6. Alone Together by Iftekhar Anam

On Google Plus:

  1. The Diamond Age by Peter Kaminski
  2. Lucy’s Legacy by Peter Kaminski
  3. War and Peace by Stephen Downes
  4. Real World Haskell by Robin Green
  5. Kraken by Robin Green
  6. Gödel, Escher, Bach by Chris Maury
  7. Arkady Renko series by Billy Harvey
  8. Charles Darwin: A Biography by Andre Vellino
  9. Autobiography of Mark Twain by Joseph A di Paolantonio
  10. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Debasish Ghosh
  11. I Am a Strange Loop by Debasish Ghosh
  12. Freedom: A Novel by Leon Palafox
  13. Freedom (TM) by Seb Paquet
  14. Red Plenty by Justin Pickard
  15. I want to be a Mathematician by Shane Culpepper
  16. Daemon by Shane Culpepper
  17. The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Peter Turney

Notice how I got nearly as many recommendations from Google Plus than from Twitter: it is a sign of how far Google Plus has come as a social network in only a few weeks.

To see what I am reading right now, please see my goodreads profile.

4 thoughts on “What the Internet wants me to read (summer 2011)”

  1. disgruntledphd, the names following the titles are the people who recommended them.

    Daniel,

    Great list of recommendations! I second the recommendation for Gödel, Escher, Bach if you haven’t read it yet. Logicomix and The Information are already on my reading list, but I’m bookmarking this page for future reference.

  2. whoops, my bad. Godel Escher Bach is indeed worth a read, apart from some tortured analogies between code and DNA.

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