Since 2010

Reading log


24 entries for 2022: 22 completed plus 2 abandoned

December 2022


Adam Kay

This is my third Kay book and they’ve all been consistent in making me laugh and think. This one had copious amounts of footnotes though 😠 I’ve said it before - it’s either important enough to appear in the main body, or it’s not important enough to appear at all.

How To Stop Time

Matt Haig

Similar review to the other Matt Haig I’ve read: super interesting premise but the story just kind of… ended.

The Trial

Franz Kafka

Discovered via this comment on Hacker News but it was just a rambling mess that I gave up on about 20% of the way in.

November 2022

Good Samaritans

Will Carver

Plenty of twists and dark comedy.

October 2022


Tal Bauer

I needed something… lighter after taking about a month to read the last book. I’m man enough to admit that I had a little weep a couple of times reading this. Predictable story, but there’s nothing wrong with that.

The End of Men

Christina Sweeney-Baird

Written pre-COVID and as noted by the author in her foreword, the premise of this story is frighteningly similar to the reality of a global pandemic. So points for that. The final third of the book (“recovery”) lost me a bit though. It lacked the drama of the previous chapters and seemed to drag on.

September 2022

Rock Paper Scissors

Alice Feeney

Yeah alright, 4 stars. I didn’t see the last couple of twists coming and they did add a good depth to the whole thing.

The Only Plane in the Sky

Garrett M. Graff

I promise you it’s just a coincidence that I finished reading this on 11 September. Good read. Emotional. It must have been a real pain to structure so many interviews.

August 2022


Andy Greenberg

Enjoyed the technical sections - wish they were more technical in fact. Some of it felt a bit conspiratorial.

July 2022

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Lori Gottlieb

Well written and pretty emotional towards the end. Too touchy-feely for my taste.

June 2022

The Place Between

Kit Oliver

Jeez what an exhausting book. Took a really long, repetitive path to it’s entirely predictable outcome.

Project Hail Mary

Andy Weir

Third read of this. Keeps all 5 stars and marks the completion of my Andy Weir marathon.

May 2022


Andy Weir

I’m on an Andy Weir marathon. Keeps it’s 4-star rating. Been a while since I originally read this but I think I enjoyed it more second time around.

The Martian

Andy Weir

Nothing to add. Fourth read, still my favourite!

Coming Up For Air

Tom Daley

Daley’s a bit young for a biography, but there’s no doubt he’s lead an interesting life so far and taken a right beating from professional sports, physically and emotionally.

The Firm

John Grisham

I don’t think I’ve read a Grisham before. Took me a while to get through this one and I’m not convinced it was worth it. Lots of characters to keep a track of and I’m never good at that. Mediocre conclusion to the story.

April 2022

This Much is True

Miriam Margolyes

Apart from a couple of chapters at the end that went off on a political rant, this was an easy and good fun read. The woman isn’t afraid to say what she thinks!

A Marvellous Light

Freya Marske

I was just reading the words - I never felt like I was part of the story. Plenty of potential but it was a bit of a mess with a sprinkling of women-writing-men.

Car Crash

Lech Blaine

I think this was more for the author than it was for anyone else. And that’s fine. But I wasn’t entertained or educated or… anything when I reached the end of this.

March 2022

A Brief History of Time

Stephen Hawking

Nah, way too theoretical for me.

The Pilot's Daughter

Audrey J. Cole

Quick and believable. The love story wasn’t necessary, but I have a cold, cold heart.

Lady in Waiting

Anne Glenconner

The woman’s lead an interesting life, no doubt about it. This was way too name-drop-ey and aristocrat-ey for me though. It’s hard to relate to someone who buys a new house every other month and insists that knowing exactly who to contact in the Foreign Office “wasn’t special treatment”. And several points lost for saying about her own son: “…he gave no outward hint of being gay…”. That ain’t how it works posh lady.

January 2022

The Binding

Bridget Collins

Third read. Still finding little details that only reveal themselves once you get to know the whole story better.

Bird Box

Josh Malerman

Repetitive, no twists, and failed to explain anything.