Reading in 2005

Earlier this year, I noticed some developers are making book lists on their blogs. Sillytech and Joost Ronkes Agerbeek’s lists are two of them. I have been keeping a private list of books I am reading and have read, but I think it will be useful to post the list online as well.

I plan on having a sidebar similar to what is on Games From Within. In the meantime, you can see a listing in this blog post.

Books I Am Currently Reading

  • On Writing by Stephen King

Books I Have Read in 2005

  • 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself by Steve Chandler (Audio Book)
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (ebook)
  • C++ Coding Standards by Herb Sutter
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • First Things First by Stephen Covey
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen
  • Live Without a Net by Lou Anders (Editor)
  • The Object-Oriented Thought Process by Matt Weisfeld
  • Ready for Anything by David Allen
  • The Seven Habits of Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (ebook)

Some people try to read at least one book a week. It’s the 18th week or so for the year, so I am about six books behind. I never actually set such a goal, of course, but I should. I’ve found that I can have much more intelligent conversations and tell much funnier jokes (at least to me) since I’ve started reading regularly. I have learned so much more than I would have if I had neglected the literature, and some of it, such as Getting Things Done, has changed my life in amazing ways.

I’ve found that I’ve been focusing on personal productivity a bit too much, so I’ve tried to add works of fiction to the mix. Besides science fiction, I’m interested in mystery novels as well, but I am not familiar with what is good outside of Sherlock Holmes and Hercules Poirot. Anyone have any suggestions?