What are you reading right now?

Ali Spittel on May 28, 2019

What book/books are you reading right now?

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Big fan of “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck”

 

I've read this book travelling India last summer, must read !

 

I am re-reading Deep Work and reading Digital Minimalism for the first time

 

I've recently read Digital minimalism and Essentialism :D They go very well hand in hand, one targeted "mainly" to your digital life and the other to your whole approach in life.

These are my next month reads. Really looking forward to them! Got more into those topics in the last couple month.

 
 
 

I'm currently reading the first two, but for the first time.

 

A bit related -- I liked Sarah Knight's The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A Fuck.

 

Listening to Ender's Game on Audible. It's pretty good; I'd recommend it.

 

Can't go wrong with Orson Scott Card!! One of my fav sci-fi authors, I never tried audiobooks, I think this is going to be my first.

 
 

It is one of the best read audiobooks that I've ever listened too. It comes off as practically being acted out.

 

The Ender's series/branch/tree? is pretty vast, but I really enjoyed Ender's game, and Ender's Shadow.

 

I really liked the one with the piggies. Whatever one that is.

Speaker for the dead, the sequel to Ender's game.

I thought it was good also.

 
 

I read this in 8th grade, but wouldn't mind reading it again.

 

wow! in 8th grade i was trying to wrap my head around "the road not taken"

 
 

yes, i heard a lot about it in those "must read books" blogs. thought i'll give it a try and it's really good

 

Nice one 😁 That's on my shelf too! But haven't read it yet :(

 

please do! the sarcasm and wit level is off the charts

 
  • Spaceman by Mike Massimino: The journey of an astronaut coming from a totally ordinary background. Very inspiring.

  • Educated by Tara Westover: Born to survivalists in the mountains, she lived off the grid for the first 17 years of her life. She then began to educate herself, learned enough math and grammar to get accepted by an university. She then travel the world and goes on an adventure that changes her life. I am just at the beginning of the book, but I just can't put the book down.

 

I read Educated earlier this year and found the same thing. Once I started it was impossible to put down. The book has lots of simple details that add so much color to her world.

 

Educated sounds like an interesting read. I'd check it out.

 

I got it from Bill Gates yearly reading list. You're hardly wrong with that list. Enjoy!

 

I'm reading "Where the Crawdad Sings" and "The Power of Habit" right now (I have one Audible and one paper book going at a time). I also keep a thread on twitter with stuff I've currently read with mini-reviews!

 

I couldn't put "Where the Crawdad Sings" down!

 

The Terra Ignota series by Ada Palmer. A series of four books with two currently released. I'm reading the third right now and like it quite much. It's an interesting take on Scifi with new social structures and such and not too far in the future.

  1. Too Like the Lightning
  2. Seven Surrenders
  3. The Will to Battle
  4. Perhaps the Stars (to be released)

I'm also reading The Business Value of Developer Relations by @mary_grace because I have to make a social media plan for a dev-rel position I want to start.

 

I can't wait to hear what you think about it! I'm always happy to answer additional questions :)

 

I just finished reading The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. It's a sci fi fiction of an alternate universe where a meteorite hits the Earth (Washington, DC specifically) and causes huge climate changes that will make the Earth inhabitable in a few years. The only solution? Colonizing space!
The book features a lot of well-written and brilliant female pilots, computers, physicists and astronauts.

 
 

It was great 😄 did you get a chance to read its sequel?

No, it sounded interesting, but I like the book so much stand alone, I don't want to know what happens next.

But it ended with such a cliffhanger! 😲
As far as I know the second book is out and the third one will be out in 2020. So I'll wait until then to read the two back-to-back.

 

Been in a bit of a crabby mood toward the "traditional" workplace lately, so I've circled back to three of my standbys:

And since my doctor recently gave me a hard time about my carb'tastic eating habits and sedentary desk job, I'll probably pick up one more title for motivation:

 

I've somehow never read Stephen King before so I'm jumping right into the deep end and reading the Stand. 400 pages in and I've barely made a dent, but am enjoying it thus far!

 

I'm not a fan of Stephen King but I can recommend the Dark Tower series. I loved those books.

 

I'm definitely interested in getting into the Dark Tower series. It's actually what led me to the Stand, because of how so many of his other novels tie into the multiverse.

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Oh Interesting! I'll add it to the shopping list :D

 

If i may recommend one Stephen King book, it is Revival.

 

I'm studying-up to be a D&D Dungeon Master for a new campaign I'm doing with my coworkers, and am reading through the Dungeon Master's Guide and the Curse of Strahd campaign book.

 
 

Homo Deus and My Hero Academia Vol 1. Only ever really been into Dragon ball anime until recently so trying feed the gap between Super manga releases. Also really enjoyed Sapiens, some fascinating stuff in both those books

 
 
  • Listening to "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard Feynman

  • and reading The Linux Solution: How to Build and Support Scalable IT Systems using the Power of LINUX by Keith Edmunds

 
 
 

Re-listening to Seanan McGuire's October Daye series because I wish I could live in Seanan's version of San Francisco.

Physically rereading Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
NVC is great for learning communication skills for diverse work places. (It's also just a really good book.)

 
  • The Devil in the White City. I didn't expect a nonfiction story about Chicago in the late 1800s, an architect designing one of the grandest fairs in American history, and a horrific medical serial killer to be such a compelling combination. Yet here we are.
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire. More accurate to say I'm rereading it since I can't get enough of the Millenium Trilogy.
 
  • Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey
  • The Go Programming Language - Alan A. A. Donovan / Brian W. Kerninghan
  • The Pragmatic programmer - Andy Hunt / Dave Thomas
 

Pragmatic Programmer is on my list to get to somewhere.

How is “The Go Programming Language”? I haven’t written any Go in over a year but I keep re-reconsidering trying it.

 

At this moment, I'm really enjoying The Pragmatic Programmer, probably one of the best tech books I've ever read.

Now The Go Programming Language is a really good book. You don't need to read it from start to end (In fact, Authors recommend the opposite in the book and invite you to jump around the chapters).

The thing I like the most about Go is their documentation, but I started to read this book because of his authors (I did read loooong time ago The C programming Language) and I'm glad I bought it, but if you only are in that phase of wanting to try again, maybe is not necessary spend money in a book, just the official docs can do the trick.

 

I am not reading anything right now, but, I am waiting for my girlfriend to finish The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman so I can start reading it 😬. From what my girlfriend has been telling me, it sounds like such a good book!

 
 

I like to have a fiction and a non-fiction in the rotation together, right now it's:

Dune - Frank Herbert
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson

 

Dune, what a story
I'm still amazed that this was written in 1965

 

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown. It’s fantastic and should be a required read for, well, everyone.
If you want a short introduction she has a presentation on Netflix on the same subject: Call to courage

 

Right now I am re-reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey.

I read it in german but linked the english version for all non-german readers.
In german it's called "Die 7 Wege zur Effektivität".

What I really like about this book is that he explains the difference between effectiveness and efficiency!
After reading this in the book and the examples he gives, I tend to ask people if they know the difference and if they can explain it.
Frighteningly, everyone knows the words, but not their meaning and the difference.

Efficiency is doing things right.
Effectiveness is doing the right things.

Let that sink...

You can drive with 400 km/h to berlin (efficient, because you will reach your destination fast), but it would be effective to drive to frankfurt because you need to be in frankfurt and not in berlin!

You can make this example with any given destinations, this points out the meaning of the words very well!

 
 

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean. A wonderful journey to the Mendeleev periodic system with a lot of interesting stories about each element, scientists' lifes, chemistry, physics, biology, e.t.c.

 

I'm now halfway through The Dark Forest, from Cixin Liu. It's the second book from the The Three Body Problem trilogy. I can't recommend these books enough.

And also reading On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, by Harold McGee. Fantastic book on the science of cooking.

 

Like many others, I am working on two books: one on Audible, on on the Kindle.

 

Just finished 'Hello, Startup' over the weekend; great book, I recommend it to everyone.

Starting 'The DevOps Handbook' this week.

 
 

The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More goodreads.com/book/show/15818077-t...

Checked out from my local library. It isn't bad as far as popular non-fiction goes. There are some chapters that I could do without, others may love them.

 

I am about to read ぶち抜く力 which chronicles the journey about the Japanese millionaire Yozawa Tsubasa (first name Tsubasa) took from becoming rich, going bankrupt, and emerging richer than ever from bankruptcy.

I'm also about to go through 実践Rust入門: 言語仕様から開発手法まで which is a book about Rust in Japanese.

 

Slowly going through Problem Solving with Algorithms and Data Structures using Python

For a self taught developer without a CS degree, professionally hacking his way into coding mostly python, this book is a godsend. I feel like I am sort of catching up to the mindset most of my colleagues have when solving problems, and it feels amazing!

 

At the moment: "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck", but 🇱🇹 edition.
Next in line: "Fired Up or Burned Out" in 🇬🇧 lang 🙂

I prefer original lang usually, but sometimes I am too lazy to wait and grab local edition at the bookstore. 😅

 
 
 

These have both helped me a bunch:

I'm open to recommendations, too!

 

This month I read Company of One from Paul Jarvis and then started with Lost Connections from Johann Hari.

Really enjoyed the first one because this kind of business is still something I consider in my personal future.

Hari describes in Lost Connections forms of depressions and anxiety and where they come from. I think this is an important topic which will increase in importance in the future since social media puts a lot of pressure onto people

 

How does one make himself into audio books/podcasts? As a non-native English speaker, I'm struggling with keeping focus on what I'm listening to. I'm aware that I can improve myself a lot during commuting, but can't find a way to do this. Any advice will be highly appreciated.

 

雪の練習生 by 多和田葉子, a Japanese author who've lived in Germany for the last 30 years and who writes in Japanese as well as in German. I'd like to translated that book along with here Japanese books to French since most of her translated work comes from her German works.

 

Re-reading Grokking Algorithms. After that, I'll take more algorithms readings on the Algorithms book by Jeff Erickson (it's free) along with some articles here on dev.to as well for supplementary modules. :D

 

I have just finished Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens goodreads.com/book/show/23692271-s... which I highly recommend you all to read :)

And I am currently reading John Connoly Wolf of winter
and the design of everyday things

 

Right now I'm reading "Homo Deus. A brief history of the future" by Harari: a controversial but eye opening view upon our modern society and our own future.

Have yet to finish it but I've already got other two of his books.

 

At the moment I'm reading "Atomic Habits". Fantastic book, a great complement to "The Power of Habit" and more actionable btw.

Also, in parallel I'm about to start "five minute journal" that's not exactly a reading material, but more like a diary and yet great recommendation I could have for anyone reading.

 
 

The Art of Unix Programming

This is such a good read. In a way, with the explosion of the web, we're all the descendents of Unix programmers. But, as a consequence of that explosion, it's unilikely that any of us have ever met a real Unix "greybeard". This book offers everyone access to, as the author puts it, "a special transmission, outside the scriptures" - more of an oral history of Unix knowhow.

Did I mention that the web version is free?

Accelerate

I would wonder why everyone isn't reading this at the moment. A study - an actual scientific study with evidence and everything - on how to deliver software quickly, efficiently and consistently. DevOps isn't a job, it's a mindset every developer should be interested in acquiring. Spoiler alert - branch based development is terrible, and you should write automated tests.

(available on Audible)

The Go Programming Language

I'm reading this again but going through the exercises more thoroughly - the first read was more of a skim. It's a book that keeps on giving. Yes, ostensibly it's "just" teaching you how to program in Go. But I've learned so much more about computers and programming in general: the Internet/HTTP, image generation, building command line tools, UTF-8, memory efficiency. It's also interesting to compare it to The Art of Unix Programming; many of the 'best practices' layed out there are either enforced or encouraged in Go.

Maybe the best book on programming I've ever read?

Sword at Sunset

I became a father in January. It's been... well, a bit of a ride. Very little sleep. But what I've been able to do a lot of is read (while rocking a baby). Fatherhood awoke a dormant interest in Roman Britain (I have no idea why), so I've been (re) reading the works of Rosemary Sutcliff, who mostly wrote childrens historical novels. You may know her work through The Eagle of the Ninth, which was turned into a not-as-good-as-the-book film relatively recently.

Sword at Sunset is one of her books for adults, but still on the subject of sub-Roman Britain. She's exploring what a real King Arthur would have been like, a Romano-British cavalry commander defending Britain from the invading Saxons. She keeps some of the main plot points of Arthurian legend (incest, betrayal, horses), while grounding the action and characters as real Celts living in a decaying society.

 

Excession by Iain M. Banks. I'm working my way through his Culture series (soft sci-fi centered around a post-scarcity galactic civilization, though the stories themselves take place mostly on the outskirts of it), and liked the first few, but this one is kind of meh so far. It's still getting the main characters together for some kind of secret mission that the reader hasn't been let in on yet.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. A friend loaned it to me and it's a pretty good sci-fantasy graphic novel about star-crossed lovers running from a civil war.

I just finished Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. His shtick seems to be portraying humanity in a funny but tragic way. This one was about a writer researching a story after the fact about a fictional scientist instrumental in making the atomic bomb during WWII.

 
 

I've become hooked to the Broken Empire trilogy and I've gobbled up most of its contents over the past week. I'm on book 3, Emperor of Thorns. It's dark fantasy and you'll thoroughly enjoy it if you like stuff like Joe Abercrombie's The First Law. :D

 

I'm reading:

 

I'm currently reading Pragmatic Thinking and Learning by Andy Hunt

 
 

Wanted to write the same! I really love to read this book, because it's a novel - easy to understand, through fiction scenarios.

 

It might sound lame, but I'm currently reading Testing Vue.js Applications by Edd Yerburgh. Gotta level up my testing game :) Pretty good book so far, tons of helpful tips for unit testing.

 
 
  1. Frans de Waal - Chimpanzee Politics
  2. Martin Kleppmann - Designing Data-Intensive Applications
 
 
 
 

I just finished "The art of War" today. It is about war but you can use it as a metaphor for business and other things in life 😁👌

 
 

I’m reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and really loving it so far!

 
 

Just started 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Finished Ready Player One before that, trying to keep a good mix of fiction and non-fiction.

 

Currently reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin & Eloquent JavaScript by Marijn Haverbeke.

 

The first book in the "Wheel Of Time" series.
-"The Eye of The World"

 

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

I'm a closeted YA reader haha

 
 

Chris Guillebeau - Side Hustle
O’Reilly - JavaScript: The Good Parts

 

Machine Learning with R Cookbook (2017 PacktPub)

 
 

Non-Fiction Reading:
"Soft Skills" by John Sonmez,
"The Bullet Journal Method" by Ryder Carroll,
"Crucial Conversations" by 'multiple'

 
 

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan - I got the kindle version and also the Audible, read by him.

 

Lord of the Rings, Designing Games: A Guide to Engineering Experiences, and Head First Statistics

 

Think OS, which is a short and gentle (and free!) introduction to operating systems. Perfect for getting started on the topic.

 

I am reading "devil and miss prym" by "Paulo Coelho"

 

I am reading Renaissance Business and as a multi-passionate person I have never been more excited about a book in my life.

 

Been reading Code Complete for quite some time now. It has so many pages :'(

 
 
 

Data Science for Business (Provost and Fawcett)

Finally in the last chapter, but i really recommend this book

 

"The Colour of Magic" by Terry Pratchett. I'm very nearly at the end, and it's been good. Plenty of chuckles.

 

I am skimming through "Progressive Web Apps - Das Praxisbuch" by Christian Liebel.

And in addition I started reading "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" by Robin Sharma.

 

No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work
by : Liz Fosslien, Mollie West Duffy

Really interesting read about feelings at work.

 

"Accelarate" by Nicole Forsgren, Jezz Humble and Gene Kim. Next in line "The Problem with Software" by Adam Barr

 
 

Catching up on my Swift books that recently got updated for Swift 5.
Also trying to catch up on my instapaper and dev.to bookmarks :)

 

Right now. Nothing.

But I do want to make progress on the folder of eBooks I've purchased over the years.

 

I am seeking for help that what should I pick to read.🤔
All suggestions provided here are great though.
Thanks. Will pick one from comments may be.

 
 
 

Potentially an unpopular opinion but still fascinating, I'm reading "The Case Against Education - Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money" by Bryan Kaplan.

 

We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory!

 
 
 

I just finished No Hard Feelings by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy, and it was phenomenal.

 
 
  1. Designing Data Intensive applications By Martin Kleppmann.
  2. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
 

Currently reading The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil.

And about to read Seveneves :D

 

Data Wrangling with JavaScript and some book about LISP.

 
  • Quiet : The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking

  • Speaking for Myself: An Anthology of Asian Women's Writing

 
 

Last night, I finished my annual re-read of Night Watch by Terry Pratchett, and this morning I started reading You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh.

 

Programming Erlang: Software for a Concurrent World (Pragmatic Programmers) (amazon.com/Programming-Erlang-Conc...)

 

Mathematics : A Very Short Introduction by Timothy Gowers & Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

 

I'm currently listening to Hooked - How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Hooked

 
 

The Priory of the Orange Tree,
Into Thin Air (Listening via Audible)

 

"Lasers, Death Rays, and the Long, Strange Quest for the Ultimate Weapon"
by Jeff Hecht

"Building High Integrity Applications with SPARK" by J.W. McCormick and P.C. Chapin

 

Finished Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King today. Started with Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

 
 
  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

  • Working Effectively with Legacy Code

 
 
 

I'm reading the Imposters handbook believe me, It was one of the best investments of my life

 

Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams

 

Based on this thread, I feel like I need to read deep work as soon as possible. I’m currently reading book two in the name of the wind series!

 

The Chalk Man by C J Tudor

PS: I mostly read non technical books recently just to keep my mind at rest during my spare time 🤷‍♂️

 

Listening to the first book of the new Star Wars: Thrawn trilogy on Scribd while also finishing up The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin.

 

I am currently reading Indian comic books like tinkle digest in Kindle. There are all kinds of comics in this book.

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