After accidentally reading 42 books in 2012, I had quietly set myself
the goal of reaching 52 books in 2013. With a last minute book off of
Lean Pub I pulled it off with 1 minute 12 seconds to spare.
There are a few stand out books from this list. First and foremost,
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman is a great book. I am
fascinated by how the human mind works and this was my grand
introduction to psychology. He discusses how our mind works as two
different systems in an engaging way that allows for understanding to
come as you read through. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Having read the Ender’s Game quartet last year, I picked up the Bean
Quartet by Orson Scott Card this year. The first book is the exact same
story as Ender’s Game, but through Bean’s eyes. The
following three books are a much faster paced adventure through an earth
in a not-to-distant future.
Love Wins by Rob Bell is a book that received much attention when it
came out—and not positive attention.. I must say that as a
Christian it greatly challenged my view of God and His love. If nothing
else, it shows God’s love in such a greater light than what I had
I can’t remember a single technical book I’ve read before
this year that I would strongly recommend. These year there were four.
David Herman and Reg Braithwaite have written the two best books on
idiosyncracies, yet equips you to understand and handle them should you
Ilya Grigorik delves into HTTP, TCP, UDP, WebRTC, WebSockets, and more
in his High-Performance Browser Networking. Being a front end engineer
for the past 3 years you may expect one to have a fairly solid grasp on
these protocols and their history. I knew nothing about networking before
The Senior Software Engineer by David Bryant Copeland took many of my
thoughts about this craft and said them eloquently. It helped solidify a
few ideas and expand others. Every software engineer should read this,
junior or not.
No. No book reading goal. I am still reading, just for pleasure at
whatever pace it happens to be. Currently, I’m embarking on a
adventure through the seven kingdoms in Game of Thrones.
I have other goals to focus on now that I have some time back. I have a
handful of public goals on github