Here’s a list of some of the books I’ve read since January 2018.
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig. A philosophical road trip. (reread)
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. A story about World War II. (reread)
- Escaping the Build Trap by Melissa Perri. On how to build an effective product-led organization. Probably more useful for CEOs than those doing concrete product work.
- Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard P. Rumelt. Good strategy identifies points of leverage and how to use them, bad strategy is fluff. The book has a good point, but it felt long-winded.
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. An adventure tale. Captivating even if everything is solved by luck. (reread)
- O by Miki Liukkonen. A hysterical realist novel. Possibly a David Foster Wallace pastiche?
- Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi. Spy fiction meets spiritism.
- The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon. A story about a woman who discovers a conspiracy, maybe.
- A Philosophy of Software Design by John Ousterhout. Sound advice on coding in the small, such as how to split things into modules. I would recommend it to intermediate-level coders who already have real experience with the topics but who haven’t yet learned everything by themselves.
- Reinventing Organizations: An Illustrated Invitation by Frederic Laloux and Étienne Appert. Principles for self-managing organizations. Great illustrations.
- The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker. Writing advice.
- Tiranan Sydän by Pajtim Statovci. A story about immigration and gender.
- Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami. See the Murakami bingo card.
- The Wave in Mind by Ursula K. Le Guin. Essays about feminism, books, reading, and writing. Excellent writing.
- Kanban in Action by Marcus Hammarberg and Joakim Sunden. A practical introduction to kanban. A bit verbose but otherwise good.
- Piitles by Mauri Kunnas. A Beatles biography.
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. You get to choose your own values. Manages to rise above its initial cheesiness.
- The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, and The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin. A story about a world that endures catastrophic climate change.
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. A story about a man who commits a murder and then walks around the town.
- The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh. Instructions and inspiration for mindfulness meditation.
- The Manager’s Path by Camille Fournier. Introduction to engineering management. No fluff. I will refer back to this book.
- Las armas secretas by Julio Cortázar. Ambiguous stories about Paris.
- 300 Arguments by Sarah Manguso. A personal essay or a collection of aphorisms.
- Ongoingness by Sarah Manguso. A personal essay on remembering your life.
- Elements of Clojure by Zachary Tellman. Short treatise on eloquent Clojure. Recommended for intermediate and expert Clojurists.
- The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts. About suffering, impermanence, and no-self, in Western and Christian terms. Short and sweet.
- Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha by Daniel M. Ingram. A map to the higher states attainable by meditation. Might need to be taken with a grain of salt.
- Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto. Stories about the loss of a loved one.
- The Management Myth by Matthew Stewart. Poignant and funny look at the history and the ideology of modern management. Recommended for anyone who reads management literature.
All-time favorite fiction
I rarely re-read books, but there are some books I keep thinking about.
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
- Historias de cronopios y famas by Julio Cortázar.
- The Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.
I look at this list and I realize I must have incredibly ordinary taste. Still, they’re good books.
Lists of books read by other people
I’ve found the following lists especially interesting: