Jon Tavernier


My goal is to read at least one book a month, which I usually am able to do since I read while on the way to and from work. I use to track what I'm currently reading, have read, and plan to read. The data below comes from my reviews on their site.


I have rated each book on a super technical five star scale.

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

Yet to be rated!

Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages

The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got that Way

Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon

The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes

On Immunity: An Inoculation

$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

The Lost City of the Monkey God

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Adventures of a Curious Character

Anatomy and Physiology For Dummies®

Chemistry for Dummies

Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War

Lab Girl

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy

Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts

The ONE Thing

Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates

On Trails: An Exploration

Basic Machines and How They Work

A Life in Parts

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print

Politics from A to Z

Ancient Greece

Neither Snow nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

When Breath Becomes Air

Shoe Dog

Dad Is Fat

Food: A Love Story

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence—and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process

Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash

So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Contagious: Why Things Catch On

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Steve Jobs

The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World's Most Misunderstood Mammals

Shakespeare: The World as Stage

Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War

A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park

Between the World and Me

Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship

Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana

The Elements of Style

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Living Ready Pocket Manual - First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

The Martian

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science

Energy: A Beginner's Guide

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales

Fahrenheit 451

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs

The World Without Us

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

The Wright Brothers

Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street

Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down


Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny

A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science

Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld

The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind

Proof: The Science of Booze

George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

Agile!: The Half-Assed Guide To Creating Anything You Want From Scratch. No Experts Required!

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

One Summer: America, 1927

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

Black & Decker The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair: With 350 Projects and Over 2,000 Photos

Data Driven: Profiting from Your Most Important Business Asset

The Half-life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't

A Short History of Nearly Everything

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't

Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure That Took the Victorian World by Storm

A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others

The Metamorphosis

The Beatles: The Biography

Deception Point

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

A Confederacy of Dunces

The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner: A Powerful Plan to Finish Rich in Real Estate

The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

The Art of the Steal: How to Protect Yourself and Your Business from Fraud, America's #1 Crime

The Alchemist

Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake

Into the Wild

Catch as Cat Can (Mrs. Murphy, #10)

Don't Point that Thing at Me

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

A Spectacle of Corruption (Benjamin Weaver, #2)

A Conspiracy of Paper (Benjamin Weaver, #1)

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

The Black Book (Inspector Rebus, #5)

A Question of Blood (Inspector Rebus, #14)

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of A B Movie Actor

The Human Animal: A Personal View of the Human Species

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

Flyboys: A True Story of Courage

Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions

Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)


Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)

The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2)

A History of Knowledge: Past, Present, and Future

Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw

The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

The Black Widow's Guide to Killer Pool: Become the Player to Beat

For Whom the Bell Tolls

The Old Man and the Sea