Danny Luo Data Enthusiast, UofT Math & Physics Student

Book List


The following details books that I have read.


Fiction

Title Author Thoughts Rating
Paradise Lost John Milton It’s taking forever to read. Currently Reading
三体
(The Three-Body Problem)
刘慈欣
(Liu Cixin)
  Currently Reading
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad Marlow gazes at the savages:
  • "[W]hat thrilled you was just the thought of their humanity—like yours—the thought of your remote kinship with this wild and passionate uproar. Ugly. ... there was in you just the faintest trace of a response to the terrible frankness of that noise, a dim suspicion of there being a meaning in it which you—you so remote from the night of first ages—could comprehend."
I hope to be as eloquent as Kurtz, in the face of death
  • "I saw on that ivory face the expression of sombre pride, of ruthless power, of craven terror—of an intense and hopeless despair. Did he live his life again in every detail of desire, temptation, and surrender during that supreme moment of complete knowledge? He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision—he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath: 'The horror! The horror!'"
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce Blog Post
  • “When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets”
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Lord of the Rings: Trilogy J. R. R. Tolkien The trilogy took me half a year to read. 🌟🌟🌟
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov   🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien   🌟🌟🌟
Life of Pi Yann Martel   🌟🌟🌟
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy   🌟🌟
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky   🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde   🌟🌟🌟
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky   🌟🌟🌟🌟
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway   🌟🌟
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway It tolls for thee. Obscenity this, obscenity that. Me cago en la leche. 🌟🌟🌟
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck   🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway   🌟🌟🌟
The Prince Niccolo Machiavelli   🌟🌟🌟
Dubliners James Joyce Be bold like Agathocles. 🌟🌟🌟
The Republic Plato   🌟🌟🌟
East of Eden John Steinbeck timshel - contrast with The Grand Inquisitor 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes Heartwrenching 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut Did not really understand it, will not rate  
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas (père) “I am Edmond Dantès!” 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck   🌟🌟🌟
Catch-22 Joseph Heller Hilarious 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald   🌟🌟
Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller   🌟🌟
Great Expectations Charles Dickens   🌟
Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens   🌟🌟🌟🌟
Animal Farm George Orwell   🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger One angsty kid 🌟🌟🌟
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood   🌟🌟
The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain   🌟🌟
Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card   🌟🌟🌟🌟
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams   🌟🌟🌟
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway   🌟🌟🌟
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke   🌟🌟🌟
1984 George Orwell   🌟🌟🌟🌟
Brave New World Aldous Huxley   🌟🌟🌟
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury “It was a pleasure to burn.” 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Lord of the Flies William Golding   🌟🌟
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee   🌟🌟


Poetry

Title Author Thoughts
Howl Allen Ginsberg  
The Hollow Men T. S. Eliot  
Hamlet William Shakespeare “What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?”
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock T. S. Eliot  


Non-fiction

Title Author Thoughts Rating
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari   🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Grand Design Stephen Hawking   🌟🌟🌟
Physics of the Impossible Michio Kaku Interesting, but farfetched. 🌟🌟🌟
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking One of the books that motivated me to study physics. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


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