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About bsowell

I am currently a first year graduate student in computer science at Cornell University. I did my undergraduate work at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, and grew up in Omaha, NE. This site is a collection of things I find interesting.

Books 2016

# Title Author Pages Start Date End Date
1 The Traitor Baru Cormorant Seth Dickinson 399 2016/01/03 2016/01/11
2 Mysteries of the Mall and Other Essays Witold Rybczynski 317 2016/01/02 2016/01/17
3 How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built Stewart Brand 252 2016/01/21 2016/02/06
4 Secret History (Mistborn, #3.5) Brandon Sanderson 149 2016/02/07 2016/02/10
5 City of Blades (The Divine Cities, #2) Robert Jackson Bennett 498 2016/02/13 2016/02/20
6 Arcadia Iain Pears 510 2016/02/23 2016/03/07
7 The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6) Brandon Sanderson 336 2016/03/08 2016/03/12
8 Calamity (Reckoners, #3) Brandon Sanderson 434 2016/03/15 2016/03/19
9 Pandora’s Star (Commonwealth Saga, #1) Peter F. Hamilton 992 2016/03/23 2016/04/03
10 Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity Douglas Rushkoff 288 2016/03/13 2016/04/10
11 Judas Unchained (Commonwealth Saga, #2) Peter F. Hamilton 848 2016/04/3 2016/04/17
12 All the Birds in the Sky Charlie Jane Anders 320 2016/04/18 2016/04/24
13 The Dreaming Void Peter F. Hamilton 630 2016/04/30 2016/05/15
14 A Burglar’s Guide to the City Geoff Manaugh 304 2016/05/1 2016/05/21
15 The Temporal Void Peter F. Hamilton 746 2016/05/19 2016/05/29
16 The Evolutionary Void Peter F. Hamilton 694 2016/05/29 2016/06/04
17 The Abyss Beyond Dreams (Commonwealth: Chronicle of the Fallers, #1) Peter F. Hamilton 672 2016/06/04 2016/06/13
18 Company Town Madeline Ashby 288 2016/06/14 2016/06/17
19 The Just City (Thessaly, #1) Jo Walton 369 2016/06/18 2016/06/20
20 The Mirror Thief Martin Seay 592 2016/06/22 2016/07/09
21 Infomocracy (The Centenal Cycle, #1) Malka Ann Older 382 2016/07/9 2016/07/12
22 You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice Tom Vanderbilt 320 2016/07/12 2016/07/22
23 The Philosopher Kings (Thessaly, #2) Jo Walton 352 2016/07/24 2016/08/06
24 Galápagos Regained James K. Morrow 477 2016/08/07 2016/09/05
25 Dark Matter Blake Crouch 342 2016/09/10 2016/09/11
26 Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About The World Tim Marshall 304 2016/09/18 2016/09/23
27 A Night Without Stars Peter F. Hamilton 720 2016/09/26 2016/10/02
28 Necessity (Thessaly, #3) Jo Walton 335 2016/10/02 2016/10/05
29 Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, #1) Jeff VanderMeer 152 2016/10/07 2016/10/12
30 Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy, #2) Jeff VanderMeer 352 2016/10/16 2016/10/29
31 Acceptance (Southern Reach, #3) Jeff VanderMeer 272 2016/10/31 2016/11/13
32 Children of Time Adrian Tchaikovsky 480 2016/11/13 2016/11/27
33 Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives Tim Harford 301 2016/11/19 2016/12/04
34 Babylon’s Ashes (Expanse, #6) James S.A. Corey 544 2016/12/08 2016/12/19
35 The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance, #1) N.K. Jemisin 427 2016/12/24 2016/12/25
36 The Broken Kingdoms (Inheritance, #2) N.K. Jemisin 384 2016/12/26 2016/12/30

Audiobooks

# Title Author Length Start Date End Date
1 The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America Erik Larson, Scott Brick 12 2015/06/23 2016/03/05
2 Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future Martin Ford 352 2016/04/04 2016/05/06
3 Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction Annalee Newitz 305 2016/05/25 2016/08/28
4 The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-first Century Ryan Avent 288 2016/10/09 2016/12/31

Books 2015

I read fewer non-fiction books in 2015 and fewer books total.

# Title Author Pages Start Date End Date
1 Salt: A World History Mark Kurlansky 494 2014/11/20 2015/01/04
2 The Peripheral William Gibson 485 2014/12/28 2015/01/18
3 Firefight (Reckoners, #2) Brandon Sanderson 432 2015/1/19 2015/01/22
4 City of Lost Dreams (City of Dark Magic, #2) Magnus Flyte 368 2015/1/24 2015/01/30
5 The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #1) Brian Staveley 480 2014/3/29 2015/02/06
6 The Providence of Fire (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #2) Brian Staveley 737 2015/2/7 2015/02/14
7 Lady of Mazes Karl Schroeder 384 2015/2/20 2015/02/25
8 Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, #1) Neal Stephenson 960 2015/3/2 2015/04/19
9 Messenger’s Legacy Peter V. Brett 136 2015/4/19 2015/04/20
10 Perfect State Brandon Sanderson 87 2015/4/22 2015/04/22
11 The Skull Throne (Demon Cycle, #4) Peter V. Brett 681 2014/3/29 2015/05/03
12 The Rebirths of Tao (Tao, #3) Wesley Chu 512 2014/12/7 2015/05/07
13 The Affinities Robert Charles Wilson 300 2015/5/10 2015/05/15
14 Apex (Nexus, #3) Ramez Naam 608 2014/12/7 2015/05/29
15 The Water Knife Paolo Bacigalupi 376 2015/5/31 2015/06/06
16 The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion Virginia Postrel 288 2015/2/2 2015/06/07
17 Nemesis Games (Expanse, #5) James S.A. Corey 536 2015/6/11 2015/06/21
18 Time Salvager Wesley Chu 381 2015/8/2 2015/08/04
19 The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, #2) Neal Stephenson 848 2015/6/23 2015/08/23
20 Fool’s Quest (The Fitz and The Fool, #2) Robin Hobb 766 2015/8/29 2015/09/10
21 Seveneves Neal Stephenson 867 2015/9/14 2015/09/30
22 The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Becky Chambers 417 2015/10/4 2015/10/14
23 Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5) Brandon Sanderson 383 2014/3/29 2015/10/31
24 The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) Brandon Sanderson 541 2015/11/1 2015/11/07
25 The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2) Brandon Sanderson 796 2015/12/6 2015/11/11
26 The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3) Brandon Sanderson 724 2015/12/6 2015/11/21
27 Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch, #3) Ann Leckie 363 2015/12/6 2015/12/05
28 Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits David Wong 384 2015/12/6 2015/12/07
29 Special Topics in Calamity Physics Marisha Pessl 514 2015/12/23 2015/12/26

Audiobooks

# Title Author Length Start Date End Date
1 Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt Michael Lewis 288 2015/1/5 2015/01/28
2 The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee 320 2015/2/6 2015/03/08
3 The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger Marc Levinson 376 2015/3/15 2015/04/26
4 The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Charles Duhigg 286 2015/4/28 2015/06/21

Books 2014

My year in reading.

Books

# Title Author Pages Start Date End Date
1 Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets Nassim Nicholas Taleb 368 2014/01/01 2014/01/16
2 The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1) Scott Lynch 752 2014/01/12 2014/01/28
3 Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard, #2) Scott Lynch 786 2014/01/30 2014/02/09
4 Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design Charles Montgomery 368 2014/02/09 2014/02/22
5 The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3) Scott Lynch 609 2014/02/15 2014/02/27
6 Influx Daniel Suarez 416 2014/02/28 2014/03/06
7 The Flight of the Silvers (Silvers, #1) Daniel Price 608 2014/03/08 2014/03/19
8 Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie 410 2014/03/29 2014/04/08
9 Nexus (Nexus, #1) Ramez Naam 460 2014/04/09 2014/04/14
10 Crux (Nexus, #2) Ramez Naam 512 2014/04/18 2014/04/24
11 Great North Road Peter F. Hamilton 1100 2014/04/27 2014/05/14
12 American Property:: A History of How, Why, and What We Own Stuart Banner 340 2014/03/08 2014/05/18
13 The Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files, #1) Charles Stross 372 2014/05/18 2014/05/21
14 The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files, #2) Charles Stross 420 2014/05/22 2014/05/24
15 The Fuller Memorandum (Laundry Files, #3) Charles Stross 312 2014/05/25 2014/05/26
16 The Apocalypse Codex (Laundry Files, #4) Charles Stross 336 2014/05/26 2014/05/31
17 The Churn (Expanse, #3.5) James S.A. Corey 77 2014/06/08 2014/06/09
18 Gods of Risk (Expans,e #2.5) James S.A. Corey 68 2014/06/10 2014/06/12
19 The Quantum Thief (The Jean le Flambeur Series, #1) Hannu Rajaniemi 337 2014/06/16 2014/06/26
20 Cibola Burn (Expanse, #4) James S.A. Corey 608 2014/06/28 2014/07/11
21 Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves George M. Church, Ed Regis 304 2014/06/01 2014/07/12
22 The Algebraist Iain M. Banks 434 2014/07/13 2014/07/31
23 The Rhesus Chart (Laundry Files, #5) Charles Stross 369 2014/08/01 2014/08/06
24 Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies Alastair Bonnett 270 2014/08/09 2014/08/12
25 Hurricane Fever Tobias S. Buckell 272 2014/08/15 2014/08/19
26 The Devil’s Intern (The Devil’s, #1) Donna Hosie 288 2014/08/25 2014/08/28
27 Lock In John Scalzi 337 2014/09/14 2014/09/15
28 What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Randall Munroe 303 2014/10/13 2014/10/15
29 Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities Kevin Kelly 472 2014/10/16 2014/10/18
30 Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future Ed Finn, Kathryn Cramer, Lawrence M. Krauss, Neal Stephenson, Elizabeth Bear, Cory Doctorow, Karl Schroeder, Bruce Sterling 532 2014/09/17 2014/10/25
31 Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch, #2) Ann Leckie 359 2014/10/25 2014/10/31
32 The Widow’s House: Book 4 of the Dagger and the Coin Daniel Abraham 512 2014/10/31 2014/11/02
33 City of Stairs Robert Jackson Bennett 466 2014/11/08 2014/11/10
34 Sixth of the Dusk (Cosmere) Brandon Sanderson 96 2014/11/12 2014/11/14
35 Fool’s Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool, #1) Robin Hobb 688 2014/11/21 2014/11/30
36 Skin Deep (Legion, #2) Brandon Sanderson, Jon Foster 208 2014/12/02 2014/12/06
37 Undercity (Major Baahjan, #1) Catherine Asaro 332 2014/12/07 2014/12/21
38 Ajax Penumbra 1969 (Kindle Single) Robin Sloan 61 2014/12/25 2014/12/25

Audiobooks

# Title Author Length Start Date End Date
1 The House of Hades Rick Riordan 17:32:00 2014/01/02 2014/03/15
2 Divergent Veronica Roth 11:11:00 2014/04/23 2014/04/27
3 Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning Peter C. Brown 08:34:00 2014/08/11 2014/09/23
2 Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food Paul Greenberg 08:49:00 2014/09/29 2014/12/21