Reading books is inspiring. From funny ones to more serious ones they make us share human experiences and thoughts, they change us. I used not to be an avid reader in my youth, seemed I preferred the ski hills then. But at the same time, I discover the playfulness of acquiring another language, English, I also got the benefit to have a larger and most diversified scope of publications available, which seems to suit me well.
There is little I want to share on the web, but revealing some books that I have read and have like so much that I thought they were the best gift for my family and friends, might be beneficial enough for people landing on my web-pages... Reading is a leisure activity that I think help me in my work, make me think differently, take a larger context into account beyond the technicality of my field. I owe it to my graduate academic career to have encounter that life changing activity.

My list is not exhaustive. I hope to modify part of it every few months. I am not including personal reviews. I first happen to read them because professionals wrote reviews about them, thus I let you to search for those. The year indicates the edition I read, thus it was probably reviewed around then.

  • The Golden Mean, by Annabel Lyon (2009).
  • How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, by Sarah Bakewell (2011).
  • The Guilty Plea, by Robert Rotenberg (2011).
  • The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick Dewitt (2011).
  • The Memory Chalet, by Tony Judt (2010).
  • The Adventures of Unemployed Man, by Erich Origen and Gan Golan (2010).
  • I.O.U: why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay, by John Lanchester (2010).
  • Deaf Sentence, by David Lodge (2009).
  • Parisians: an adventure history of Paris by Graham Robb (2010).
  • Stuck by Lightning: the curious world of probabilities, by Jeffrey Rosenthal (2006).
  • Zeno's Conscience, by Italo Svevo (2003).
  • Une Vie, by Simon Veil (2007).
  • Les Freres corses, by Alexandre Dumas (2007).
  • Gang Leader for a Day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets,
    by Sudhir Venkatesh (2008).
  • The unfree French: life under the occupation, by Richard Vinen (2007).