Guus Bosman

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Here I keep track of some of the books that I've read, often with a short review and some personal thoughts. These are only a selection since I read a lot more books for work.

I like to read book in their original languages where possible: French, German, Dutch, English and I even read three books in Bulgarian. Here is the list of books I'd like to read. See also books about technology or management, and my all-time favorite books.

I'm an engineer, and enjoy science fiction novels. Some of my favorite authors are Vernor Vinge, Terry Pratchett and LE Modesitt Jr. No overview of my reading habits would be complete without mentioning The Economist -- I love that magazine.

Books below are in order of date read; this overview starts in October 2002.


Hillbilly Elegy

I read in the New York Times about "6 books for the Trump era", and I thought it would be good to get a larger perspective on Trump's election win.

The first of these, Hillbilly Elegy, is a gripping memoir of a man who grew up in Kentucky and Ohio, in a dysfunctional family. He describes his live and that of the people around him, and how there is a feeling of despair, of "our choices don't matter" that holds people back from succeeding.

J.D. Vance

The Embarrassment of Riches

Simon Schama

I've had Simon Schama's masterpiece about the Dutch Golden Age on the bookshelf for a while now, it was a birthday gift.

Very interesting to read about everyday live in the 17th century, about children, households etc.

The last few chapters were the most interesting.



This is a book written by a father after he lost his 21-year old son.

A. F. Th. van der Heijden

Pastorale 1943

I've never been disappointed by Vestdijk, and this was another great book. It's one of his best-known works; I had never read it. Loved the descriptions of rural Holland, as well as the trips to the city.

Simon Vestdijk

Голямото подземно бучене

Георги Марков

Голямото подземно бучене е разказ от книгата който Надя и Милан ми дадох. Това беше второто разказ четох от този том, първото беше Жените на Варшава.

Жефът в историята е ясно лошо манажер, а още по-лошо е че той има власт на държата зад него.

Хубаво е че тази книга е част на Българска литература и история. Сега може да разбирам заглавието на тази статията.

Беше много хубаво история, мисле че беше по-хубаво от Жените на Варшава даже.


Het wrede paradijs

Hylke Speerstra

This book is gorgeous. The author tells the stories of tens of immigrants from Friesland to America, Australia, Africa and combines interviews with them with visits to their hometowns in Friesland. The author is a gifted writer who in beautiful prose describes human tragedy and success.

This was a gift for my birthday from my parents.


The meaning of human existence

Interesting collection of essays on human evolution and related subjects.

I bought this book in a nice bookstore in Palo Alto while waiting for my coworkers for dinner.

Edward O. Wilson

Sophie's World

This book combines a history of philosophy with a novel. Both are quite interesting and while written for young adults, this was an enjoyable book.

I got this book in paperback but I read it mostly on my phone. I think I started reading it once, many years ago. The first 50 pages were a little dry but it got better later in the book. The last half was the most interesting.

Jostein Gaarder

The American future: a history

I received a book by Simon Schama for my birthday, but it is difficult to read a physical book while feeding a baby a bottle so I looked for an electronic version. I didn't find the exact same book but instead I read "The American future" and it was a great read.

Simon Schama

A time for truth

This is the thirteenth book I read in preparation for the 2016 Presidential Elections.

The first half of the book is a nice autobiography. Mr Cruz is a law-geek, and behaves quite similarly to the tech-geeks that I'm well familiar with. He clearly thinks high of himself -- and he truly seems a smart person -- but also knows that pride can be his weakness and he is nicely self-deprecating at times.

In the last 100 pages, when he is a Senator, the book changes its tone and it became harder to sympathize with Mr. Cruz -- his ideas and comments are just too different and in my opinion completely wrong.

The Benghazi/IRS nonsense overshadows his arguments when he points out legitimately dubious elements of the Obama administration's actions such as the wiretapping of journalists



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