Books list


BookAuthorYearImpressionRead?Recommend?
The Day the World Collapsed Rollan Seisenbayev 2002A short story about USSR nuclear experiments in Semipalatinsk area (Kazakhstan) from ordinary local point of view. Unfortunately I expected a bit different experience from the story. It was a bit puzzled with lack of details on experiments itself and local way of life. And simply way too short. ×
The Vox Christina Dalcher 2018I was attracted to the book due to annotation and interesting idea for anti-utopian world. Though my impression from the book is controversial. During the first half of the book it was quite boring, slow and way too dummy. However the second half was much better. There started some action, interesting plot twists. Overall I can't say that's amazing book, must be read or stuff like that. But you might like it if you have a right tune in some moment. ×
Children of GebelawiNaguib Mahfouz1959It's an interesting book. Shows world religions from unusual angle. Leaves some ideas to think about.
The StrangerAlbert Camus1942The simplicity of the text is really a thing here. It's also not possible to stay as an observer with plot like that. Even if you didn't want to, you start to try the situation in the book on yourself. The story ends way too fast. I had a feeling that the author decided to cut all the possible moments and leave as much as possible to the reader thought.
ShantaramGregory David Roberts2003Very fascinating read. From description you might have an impression that it's autobiography, but it's not. It's a fiction novel based on some author life stories. Anyway, it has a great description how different cultures meet each other, how a man can integrate himself in foreign society and a great experience of the man in the book. Plot twist in a couple of places is very unexpected and even shocking. If you enjoy travel, India and Middle East, that's a definite must read. One of the best book I've read in a while.
Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes (ru)Guzel Yakhina2015A great book about a strong woman going through dekulakization and harsh life in exile. It also touches curious details of peasant life and way people used to think back then. Based on experience of authors grandmother (!). You really live the moments through the book and feel it. Definitely worth to read.
Don QuixoteMiguel de Cervantes1605Breathtaking first book. Must read. I just couldn't stop until I finished it. Unexpected plot twists, interesting details of the contemporary life. Second book is less exciting (the author even put an ironic note about it there). Well, sometimes I even wanted to stop, but just made it to the end as I had to. May be if I'd made a longer break between books it'd be better. ×
This Is Going to HurtAdam Kay2017A great book. Part of it is very funny, another part made me think about doctors job and health system, as it shows a lot of hidden moments normally you simply don't mention. It might seem a bit boring in the beginning, but the longer you read the harder to stop until you reach the end.
City of endless nightMilo Hastings1920Very interesting book. Anti-utopian world and its society is described in a great way, the ideas of the hierarchy are impressing. I really enjoyed it. Also was very interesting to get an impression on what was considered as ideals and anti-ideals in the beginning of the previous century. Definitely recommend.
ShahnamehFerdowsi1000Book of Kings. It was very interesting experience. Even though sometimes I had an impression that the same plot twist was used over and over again. Sometimes it gave amazing clues on peoples traditions and thinking over a thousand years ago. Definitely recommend.
Orphans of the HelixDan Simmons1999A bit boring story. A lot of attention is paid to unnecessary details, while interesting part is describer way too briefly. Worth reading only if you have nothing else to do :) ×
The Remains of the DayKazuo Ishiguro1989The language in this book is very interesting. It seems to me, that author created extremely accurate atmoshpere of an old English house with butlers and servants.
Just for funLinus Torvalds , David Dimond 2001I don't think that a lot of people will like the book about a Finnish student who wrote a Linux kernel, but I really enjoyed it. Very interesting.
Atlas ShruggedAyn Rand1957A very complicated novel. I've tried to read it for a long time. In the middle of the book it was quite boring in some places. But the last part did it right and the overall impression is absolutely amazing. It really makes you think and the things in the book. Even 2-3 weeks after I finished the book I still was thinking about different parts of the book. It's tough but worth it.
The Wedding of ZeinTayeb Salih1962Well, no surprise, but the book it about the wedding. However it allows you to have a look at the life and the way of thinking of locals from their side. It's better to read together with "Season of migration to North"
Season of Migration to the NorthTayeb Salih1966The author shows the difference between Arab East and West in a very beautiful and precise way. You really live the book and can't stop reading until you finish it.
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!Richard Feynman1985I saw a lot of positive reviews on this book that's why I decided to read it. Sometimes it was interesting, sometimes it was a bit boring. Either the reviews were higher than the book deserves, either I just finished a very good book, it didn't meet my expectation.
Ghost in the WiresKevin Mitnick2011One of the world most famous computer crackers tells the story of his life. The plot is very interesting. And one can find something to learn about from this book.
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov1940Amazing thing. One can't stop to read it. However to my surprise I didn't find myself trying to think about the book or find some meaning once I finished it.
The Lord of the RingsJ.R.R. Tolkien1955It's a classic. Books (and movies as well) are amazing.
A Thousand Splendid SunsKhaled Hosseini2007If you won't put your attention to some political points in the book it's very good. About tough women life in the Middle East. Very, very interesting.
The Twelve ChairsIlya Ilf , Yevgeny Petrov1928Amazing humour by Ilf and Petrov. You can read and re-read it again and again.
The Kite RunnerKhaled Hosseini2003Interesting book about Afghanistan written by Afghan writer who was moved to USA while he was a kid about 10-11 years old.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyDouglas Adams1979Funny novel for a couple of evenings. Nothing more than that.
Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s CrusadeKurt Vonnegut1969A very strange book. I've heard a lot of recommendations to read the book, but either I didn't understand it, either it's not my kind of books. I understand it's a war, they send extremely young people there. But hardly understandable intersection of reality and unreality made me feel strange and was a bit unpleasant. ×
One-storeyed America Ilya Ilf , Yevgeny Petrov1937I decided to read the book cause of preparation to my trip to USA. The book was written already 80 years ago, but some things are still the same. Vivid language by Ilf and Petrov makes the book even more interesting.
Animal Farm: A Fairy StoryGeorge Orwell1945"All are equal but some are more equal" -- this is from this book. Ideas of Russian Revolution and Soviet Union raw. From which the book was pictured. Must read.
A Ticket to Tranai Robert Sheckley1955That short story is simply genius. From the first word till the last sentence. Must read without any doubt.
1984George Orwell1949One of the best anti-utopia I've read. Unfortunately too many stuff from this thing turns real nowadays. Definitely worth to read. I would say even must to read.
The Little Golden CalfIlya Ilf , Yevgeny Petrov1931
Monday Begins on SaturdayArkady and Boris Strugatsky1964
The Invisible ManH.G. Wells1897
The Gift of the MagiO. Henry1906
The Hobbit, or There and Back AgainJ.R.R. Tolkien1937
Heart of a Dog Mikhail Bulgakov1925
White FangJack London1906
Love of Life Jack London1905
Les trois mousquetairesAlexandre Dumas1844
Le comte de Monte CristoAlexandre Dumas1845
Drei KameradenErich Maria Remarque1936
We Yevgeny Zamyatin1920
The Catcher in the RyeJ.D. Salinger1951
Cien años de soledadGabriel Garcia Marquez1967
Le Petit PrinceAntoine de Saint-Exupery1943
The Old Man and the SeaErnest Hemingway1952