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Jun 7, 2020Last updated: Sep 14, 2021
Literature in 🎭 cult

In recent times, I've warmed up to a variety of themes from history, philosophy, economics and technology. Here's a list books that have shaped me. These are books meant to be less technical in flavor and rather more about putting broader perspectives in context.

📚 Also see Textbooks on Various Subjects for books with more technical treatment.

Resources

LibraryThing is extremely helpful for managing book collection, and has a large & healthy community.

📗 See my books library fetched from my account at LibraryThing.

Rosetta Stones

I like these resources that provide books that act as portals to domains that are usually complicated by jargon, or generally inaccessible.

Very Short Introductions is a great place for short and light reads of usually less than 200 pages. It covers a broad array of topics. I only use this resource to get a sense of fields that are alien to me.

Beginner's Guides is a collection of about 120 books (at the time of this writing) about the biggest ideas of our time. I have not sampled any book yet, but seems like a very rich collection!

Economist Books is potentially a good resource, given the quality of Economist "newspaper" itself.

People's Libraries

GatesNotes maintains a popular collection of book reviews.

Blas Moros maintains an excellent library on The Rabbit Hole as well.

I am also curious about Alex Kasman's reading list on Mathematical Fiction. The recommendations are grouped by age/expertise; some titles look fascinating!

Services

I also like the mission of Open Library, and ended up donating a tiny amount. I highly recommend checking them out as well, since they allow book loans.

Five Books provides (expert-)curated list of five books on a variety of topics. Shepherd is another upcoming service that aims to bring the experience of browsing a bookstore to the web. It also has curated recommendations from authors. Hacker News Books newsletter is also often resourceful.

A Book Like Foo is an interesting search engine for books. thriftbooks lives up to its name, and provides cheap (used) books in good condition!

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