Hi, I'm Dave King, a software professional living in Oakland, CA. Runner, backpacker, nerd.

I started keeping track of the books I’ve read in 2018. Added a bunch of other ones from memory.

I got really into history around 2010 which started with various histories of Rome, progressed to medieval European history. I’ve now settled on 19th Century European as my “favorite” period in the past to read about.


  • Tehanu, Ursula Le Guin
  • My Man Jeeves, PG Wodehouse (audiobook)
  • A Fisherman of the Inland Sea, Ursula Le Guin
  • Right Ho, Jeeves, PG Wodehouse (audiobook)


  • The Farthest Shore, Ursula Le Guin
  • The Tombs of Atuan, Ursula Le Guin
  • A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula Le Guin
  • The Reactionary Mind, Corey Robin
  • God-Emperor of Dune, Frank Herbert
  • Children of Dune, Frank Herbert
  • Misquoting Jesus, Bart D. Ehrman
  • Dune Messiah, Frank Herbert
  • Dune, Frank Herbert
  • The Dispossessed, Ursula Le Guin
  • The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula Le Guin
  • A Distant Mirror, Barbara Tuchman
  • Why The West Rules For Now, Ian Morris
  • Re-read: Moby Dick, Herman Melville (audiobook)
  • Re-read: Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne (audiobook)
  • Re-read: House on Pooh Corner, AA Milne (audiobook)


  • To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949, Ian Kershaw
  • The Lights That Failed: European International History, 1919-1933, Zara Steiner
  • The End of Europe, Jaime Kirchick
  • Germinal, Émile Zola


  • The Romanovs: 1613-1918, Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Children of the Revolution: The French, 1799-1914, Robert Gildea


  • The Thirty Year’s War, Europe’s Tragedy, Peter Wilson
  • The Reformation: A History, Diarmaid MacCulloch


  • The Pursuit of Glory: The Five Revolutions that Made Modern Europe: 1648-1815, Tim Blanning
  • Europe in the High Middle Ages, William Jordan


  • The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from 400 to 1000, Christopher Wickham


  • 1587, A Year of No Significance, Ray Huang
  • Antony and Cleopatra, Adrian Goldsworthy


  • Caesar, Adrian Goldsworthy
  • How Rome Fell, Adrian Goldsworthy

Grad School

I read a bunch in grad school, mostly from the “modern canon”.

  • In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust (all of the books over the course of 3 years)
  • Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway, Jacob’s Room, The Waves, To The Lighthouse, The Voyage Out
  • Samuel Beckett: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable, How It Is
  • Franz Kafka: Amerika, The Castle, The Trial
  • Vladamir Nabokov: Lolita, Pale Fire, The Eye, Bend Sinister, most of Invitation to a Beheading, The Eye
  • Thomas Pynchon: Gravity’s Rainbow, The Crying of Lot 49
  • Haruki Murakami: Norweigan Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, After the Quake