Books worth reading

Books I read or I'm still reading

Book reading stats

In May 2020, I’ve decided to keep track of my reading habits.
Below are simple reading stats.

Completed per year:
  • 2020: 4
Total number of completed books: 4

In English


published: 2018
genres: psychology, science
completed: 2020-08-08
  • Life without memory is not life at all… Our memory, is our coherence, our reason our feeling, even our action. Without it we’re nothing. - Luis Buñuel
  • Oblivion, except in certain case, is thus no malady of memory, but a condition of its health and its life. - William James
  • Was it a coincidence? The universe is rarely so lazy. - Sherlock Holmes
  • Our reality is a fantasy that coincides with a reality. - Chris Frith, a psychologist
  • Our reality is merely a controlled hallucination, reined in by our senses. - Anil Seth, a cognitive and computational neuroscientist
  • The only thing that separates two people is a layer of skin. - Vilayanur Ramachandran, a neuroscientist.
  • If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we wouldn’t. - George Edgin Pugh, a nuclear physicist
New words, idioms & terms:
  • a waff of (e.g. smoke) - a puff or blast, a brief view, glance
  • affliction - a state of pain, distress, or grief; misery
  • allure - (v) to attract or tempt by something flattering or desirable. (n) fascination; charm; appeal.
  • bleary - indistinct; unclear; fatigued; worn-out
  • cauterise - to burn with a hot iron, electric current, fire, or a caustic, especially for curative purposes; treat with a cautery.
  • congenial - agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character
  • crinkled - wrinkled
  • disconcerting - disturbing; upsetting; discomfiting; confusing
  • disparate - distinct in kind; essentially different; dissimilar:
  • ditty - a poem intended to be sung. a short, simple song.
  • edgeways - with the edge forwards or uppermost; on, by, with, or towards the edge
  • foreshorten - to abridge, reduce, or contract; make shorter.
  • modicum - a moderate or small amount:
  • graft - a bud, shoot, or scion of a plant inserted in a groove
  • fettle - state; condition: in good fettle.
  • incongruence - not agreeing; not accordant
  • ineffable - incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible; not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable
  • inundate - to overwhelm; to flood; cover or overspread with water; deluge.
  • lanky - ungracefully thin and rawboned; bony; gaunt
  • lei - (pl. leis) a wreath of flowers, leaves, etc., for the neck or head.
  • lesion - an injury; hurt; wound. any localized, abnormal structural change in the body.
  • muster - (v) to assemble (troops, a ship’s crew, etc.), as for battle, display, inspection, orders, or discharge.
  • musty - having an odor or flavor suggestive of mold, as old buildings, long-closed rooms, or stale food. obsolete; outdated; antiquated:
  • pinprick - any minute puncture made by a pin or the like. a negligible irritation or annoyance.
  • prescient - having prescience, or knowledge of things or events before they exist or happen; having foresight
  • propensity - a natural inclination or tendency
  • qualia - In philosophy and certain models of psychology, are defined as individual instances of subjective, conscious experience
  • rife - of common or frequent occurrence; prevalent; in widespread existence, activity, or use. abundant, plentiful, or numerous.
  • salient - prominent or conspicuous; projecting or pointing outward;
  • shingle - A small, thin piece of building material, often with one end thicker than the other, for laying in overlapping rows as a covering for the roof or sides of a building. A small signboard designating a professional office;
  • shroud - That which clothes, covers, conceals, or protects; a garment.
  • on a sixpence - Within a very short distance.
  • sprawling - To sit with the limbs spread out. Expansive; extensive
  • startle - to move suddenly, or be excited, on feeling alarm; to start. To excite by sudden alarm, surprise, or apprehension; to frighten suddenly and not seriously; to alarm; to surprise.
  • stubble - Short, coarse hair, especially on a man’s face.
  • synaesthesia - A neurological or psychological phenomenon whereby a particular sensory stimulus triggers a second kind of sensation.
  • tack - A small nail with a flat head. A direction or course of action, especially a new one.
  • taunt - to make fun of (someone); to goad (a person) into responding, often in an aggressive manner.
  • thalamus - Either of two large, ovoid structures of grey matter within the forebrain that relay sensory impulses to the cerebral cortex.
  • amble - An unhurried leisurely walk or stroll. An easy gait, especially that of a horse.
  • to be out of earshot - Far enough away that one is not able to hear what someone else says or does.
  • to feel a little out of sorts - To be in an irritable, grouchy, or unhappy mood; to feel unwell, displeased, or in poor spirits.
  • to lug - To haul or drag along (especially something heavy); to carry; to pull.
  • outfall - To burst forth, as upon an enemy; make a sally. A quarrel; a falling out. The point or place of discharge of a river, drain, culvert, sewer
  • to potter around - To potter, to be gently active doing various things in an almost aimless manner.
  • to stifle a yawn - To interrupt or cut off a yawn
  • at close quarters - at very near proximity
  • wistful - Full of longing or yearning. Sad and thoughtful.
  • wonky - Lopsided, misaligned or off-centre. Feeble, shaky or rickety.

Po Polsku

Podróż do Alfy Centauri

by: Michael D. Obrien (orig. Voyage to Alpha Centauri)
published: 2013
genres: science-fiction, christian fiction
completed: 2020-05-14

Smutna wizja przyszłości (z cieniem nadzieji na nowy start) opanowanej permanentną kontrolą narodzin, inwigilacją i walką dobra ze złem. Ludzkość z przełomu XXI i XXI wieku odkrywa, że kiedyś też byliśmy kosmitami…

New words, idioms & terms:
  • wręga - wycięcie lub załamanie w elemencie konstrukcyjnym, wcięcie
  • króciec - ( króćce) krótki odcinek rury przy zbiorniku lub aparacie, służący do przyłączenia przewodu rurowego


published: 2014
genres: history, biography, science, mathematics
completed: 2020-05-27

Ciekawa historia o uczonych, którzy tworzyli Lwowską szkołę matematyczną w czasie dwudziestolecia międzywojennego, w trakcie i po II wojnie światowej. Kilku z nich brało udział w projekcie Manhattan.

  • David Hawkins, żegnając przyjaciela, napisał: “Ludzie, którzy żyją tylko trochę, tylko trochę umierają. Stan żył bardzo…”
  • Marynarz, który lgnie do kobiet: majtek - Hugo Steinhaus
  • Nasz ustrój ekonomiczny: postępowy paraliż - Hugo Steinhaus
  • Między duchem a materią pośredniczy matematyka. - Hugo Steinhaus
  • Nałogowe chodzenie na pogrzeby: zabawa w chowanego - Hugo Steinhaus
  • Taki co obywa się bez wszystkiego: obywatel - Hugo Steinhaus
  • Taki, co przez omyłkę się ożenił: bigamoń - Hugo Steinhaus
  • Taki, co wszystko reguluje okólnikami: dekretyn - Hugo Steinhaus
  • Ziemia, kula u nogi - Hugo Steinhaus
New words, idioms & terms:
  • probierz - miernik służący za podstawę oceny czegoś; kryterium, sprawdzian; przyrząd do sprawdzania składu ciał stałych i płynnych;

Absurd Everestu

by: Denis Urubko (orig. Абсурд Эвереста)
published: 2013
genres: biography, mountaineering
completed: 2020-06-05

Denis Urubko opisuje od podszewki początki swojej pierwszej wyprawy w Himalaje. Oprócz opisu ciężkiego podejścia bardzo spodobały mi się zdjęcia zrobione przez członków wyprawy. Polecam każdemu kto lubi chodzić po górach.

New words, idioms & terms:
  • zrejterować - wycofać się, zrezygonować, uciekać, brać nogi za pas
  • dworować sobie z kogoś - szydzić, wyśmiewać się z kogoś, drwić, odnosić się z pogardą
  • somnambuliczny - lunatyczny
  • sybaryta - człowiek, który spędza czas na przyjemnościach i uwielbia zbytek; hedonista, epikurejczyk, wygodniś
  • jumar - urządzenie sportowe umożliwiające przemieszczanie się po pionowo przymocowanej linie