Rogelio Gudino

Reading List

2021

The Ocean at the End of the Lane (audiobook) ~ Neil Gaiman
Started: 2021/Jan/18
Finished: 2021/Feb/06
Rating: 2/5

I'm pretty glad I read this as an audiobook, otherwise I'm not sure I would've finished it. I felt there was a lot of potential to expand on the magic, but instead it was just a bunch of bizarre stuff, a pretty underwhelming plot, and a very "meh" ending.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (audiobook) ~ Agatha Christie
Started: 2021/Jan/16
Finished: 2021/Jan/18
Rating: 4/5

I thought I wouldn't enjoy mystery books but this made me realize I do. The audiobook format wasn't great though, specially the beginning of the book.

2020

A Course Called Ireland ~ Tom Coyne
Started: 2020/Aug/09
Finished: 2020/Dec/31
Rating: 4/5

Went into this one for the golf, but it had a ton of Irish history which I found very interesting.

A Clash of Kings ~ George R. R. Martin
Started: 2019/Nov/25
Finished: 2020/Aug/09
Rating: 5/5

Continuing to enjoy the series!

Between the World and Me ~ Ta-Nehisi Coates
Started: 2020/Feb/02
Finished: 2020/Feb/09
Rating: 2.5/5

Went expecting to learn and be educated, but since the format of the book was a letter to the author's son it it didn't lend itself for that. I also found myself disagreeing more often than not.

2019

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck ~ Mark Manson
Started: 2019/Dec/21
Finished: 2019/Dec/31
Rating: 5/5

Had me nodding throughout, even though I didn't learn anything particularly groundbreaking. A lot of people would probably be turned off by the "bro" style of the author but I really enjoyed it and laughed a lot.

For some reason the thing that stuck with me the most for no particular reason was this part where he talks about the difference between fault and responsibility. That there are things that are not your fault but are your responsibility, and you shouldn’t deal with them by blaming and blaming and blaming whoever was at fault. Some examples he gives are:

Then he takes it to more touchy areas like life tragedies, disabilities, etc.

A Game of Thrones ~ George R. R. Martin
Started: 2019
Finished: 2010/Nov/24
Rating: 5/5

Background: I watched the first episode and the last season of TV series (was supposed to binge watch all seasons prior to the last one but no time) and thinking it was executed horribly, but I really got into the world. So after concluding that thre's almost no movie or TV series that executes better than books, I decided not to go back and watch the rest of the Game of Thrones TV series and instead read the books.

Despite the language being somewhat hard for me to follow, I really got into it. Can't wait to read all the books!

The Bullet Journal Method ~ Ryder Carroll
Started: 2019/Aug
Finished: 2019/Oct/11
Rating: 4/5

Some amazing organizational and productivity ideas. Fan of the minimalism and the technique, but wasn't a fan of the more touchy feely stuff.

I bought notebooks and pens, used them for several months, but ended up switching to a digital version of BuJo.

Tiger Woods ~ Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian
Started: 2019/Apr/04
Finished: 2019/Jul
Rating: 4/5

Read most of it with a grain of salt—it's always hard to know what's fact and what's not—but very insightful. Made me like Tiger less as a person, but more as an athlete.

Ready Player One ~ Ernest Cline
Started: 2019
Finished: 2019
Rating: 5/5

Loved the geekdom and how life would be if everyone had to live in a digital world. Definitely reading the sequel(s).

Norse Mythology ~ Neil Gaiman
Started: 2019
Finished: 2019
Rating: 4/5

Went in interested because I wanted to learn more about Thor, Odin, and Loki. What I really enjoyed was that you could read chapters as standalone.

2018

Born a Crime ~ Trevor Noah
Started: 2018
Finished: 2018
Rating: 5/5

This is probably going to be one of my favorite books for a long while. It was pretty funny, learned a lot about South Africa, and it has a good few paragraphs about economic justice (pages 186-190, about the CD writer). The funniest parts were most interactions with his mother and the concert at a school with the kid called Hitler.

2013

REMOTE ~ David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried
Started: 2013
Finished: 2013
Rating: 4/5

Read this at a time when I was very opposed to working out of an office. The book is obviously very opinionated in favor of remote work, and not sure how objective it is, despite all the evidence they show.

2001

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ~ J. K. Rowling
Started: 2001
Finished: 2001
Rating: 5/5

First book I remember comprehending from start to finish.

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Viajes de Gulliver ~ Jonathan Swift

This is the book I remember the most out of all my child reads (I never finished most of them).

Colmillo blanco ~ Jack London

I remember reading this book for a 6th grade class, but recall very little. I do remember liking it a lot.