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.
|1||Foundation||Isaac Asimov||January 1st|
|2||Foundation and Empire||Isaac Asimov||January 5th|
|3||Second Foundation||Isaac Asimov||January 10th|
|4||Accessibility Handbook||Katie Cunningham||January 11th|
|5||The Circle Maker||Mark Batterson||January 22nd|
|6||Magic Hours||Tom Bissell||January 31st|
|7||Farm Anatomy||Julia Rothman||February 7th|
|8||Einstein. His Life and Universe||Walter Isaacson||March 20th|
|9||Gamestorming||Gray, Brown, Macanufo||March 28th|
|10||The No-Cry Sleep Solution||Elizabeth Pantley||April 2nd|
|11||Love Wins||Rob Bell||April 6th|
|12||Outliers||Malcolm Gladwell||April 13th|
|13||Peopleware||Tim and Tom||April 26th|
|14||Winning the Story Wars||Jonah Sachs||May 2nd|
|15||SVG Essentials||J. Eisenberg||May 5th|
|16||Writing Stories||Ben Rinzler||May 8th|
|17||You Have More Than You Think||David and Tom Gardner||May 15th|
|18||Ender’s Shadow||Orson Scott Card||May 21st|
|19||Shadow of the Hegemon||Orson Scott Card||May 25th|
|20||Shadow Puppets||Orson Scott Card||June 2nd|
|21||Shadow of the Giant||Orson Scott Card||June 8th|
|22||Total Money Makeover||Dave Ramsey||June 17th|
|23||Tmux||Brian Hogan||June 30th|
|24||Lean Startup||Eric Ries||July 7th|
|25||The Mythical Man-Month||Fredrick Brooks, Jr.||July 15th|
|27||Practical Vim||Drew Neil||August 6th|
|29||Thinking Fast and Slow||Daniel Kahneman||September 18th|
|30||Fatherhood||Bill Cosby||September 20th|
|31||Dune||Frank Herbert||September 27th|
|32||Muad'Dib||Frank Herbert||September 28th|
|33||The Prophet||Frank Herbert||September 29th|
|34||"JS.next: A Manager’s Guide"||Aaron Frost||October 1st|
|35||I Didn’t Ask To Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was)||Bill Cosby||October 2nd|
|36||Mystic Moosetales||Robin McMillan||October 9th|
|37||EntreLeader||Dave Ramsey||October 21st|
|38||Learn You A Haskell For Great Good||Miran Lipovača||October 28th|
|40||Smacss||Jonathan Snook||November 5th|
|41||Woman||Natalie Anger||December 4th|
|42||Lean Analytics||Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskovitz||December 6th|
|43||The Senior Software Engineer||David Bryant Copeland||December 10th|
|44||The Leprechauns of Software Engineering||Laurent Bossavit||December 12th|
|45||Personal Kanban in a Nutshell||Erik Talboom and Jurgen De Smet||December 17th|
|46||Earth Unaware||Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston||December 18th|
|47||High-Performance Browser Networking||Illya Grigorik||December 25th|
|48||The Disappearing Spoon||Masha Gessen||December 31st|
|49||Perfect Rigor||Masha Gessen||December 31st|
|50||Building Node Applications with MongoDB and Backbone||Mike Wilson||December 31st|
|51||The Leadership Game||Yves Hanoulle and Ignace Hanoulle||December 31st|
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 ever imagined.
I can’t remember a single technical book I’ve read before this year that I would strongly recommend. These year there were four.
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 this book.
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
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