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What's on your 2021 reading list?

jess profile image Jess Lee (she/her) ・1 min read

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Alvaro Montoro

I'm halfway through 3 books:

  • Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The First 90 Days, by Michael D. Watkins (a bit late πŸ˜“)
  • Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon

And in the backlog for 2021 (among others):

  • Keep Going, by Austin Keon
  • Limpieza de Sangre, by Arturo PΓ©rez-Reverte
  • The Pragmatic Programmer, by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas (read part of it before, but will have to start from the beginning again)

That, and a TON of comic books and graphic novels (mainly "Something is killing the children")... but I don't know if those count.

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Shannon Crabill

Every book I purchased in 2020 and still haven't read πŸ˜‚

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Beautus S Gumede

Me included, that's about 14 books

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Simon Wicki

Out of curiousity, does this delay your book reading process or is buying books more like a physical reading list?

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Beautus S Gumede

I actually bought eBooks, of which I think is the reason why I've had a tough time finishing a single one. Its so easy switching to another app when reading, and that is very distracting. I wish I had access to hard copies from my purchases or either a dedicated ereader

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Ashwin Hariharan

These are on my list, I'm halfway through some of them:

  1. A guide to spirituality without religion, by Sam Harris
  2. The Industries of the Future, by Alec Ross
  3. The Selfish Gene, by Richard Dawkins
  4. Head First Design Patterns
  5. Refactor, by Martin Fowler
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jonasbn

You got the new (2nd) edition of "Head First Design Patterns" ?

I have the 1st. edition on my bookshelf, considering upgrading it, since it is a book and topic you can always refresh.

If you need more pattern literature, "Design Patterns Explained" is recommendable.

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Michael Caveney

I love the Head First series, I don't understand why they're not making new ones.

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Nihar Raote

I love that series too! I learned Java from only reading Head First Java and practicing the code written in it.

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Brad

I don't read novels as much as I used to as I find I end up staying up to late and not able to do much more than read. So my list currently consists of a single book:

The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin.

I'm a hard sci-fi guy, and this is one of the "newer" options available that I keep hearing about. Been sitting on it for when I have a large chunk of time to read it. :)

I purposely didn't buy the sequels yet so I have to wait between reading them.

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jonasbn

Just got this one for Christmas. Only fiction book on my list currently

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Michael Caveney

My GoodReads total last year was 146, and while about a third of that was graphic novels, there were a lot of doorstops from Brandon Sanderson, Neal Stephenson, etc, so I'm aiming for shorter reading experiences this year. Top of my list right now is:

  • Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby by Sandi Metz
  • Refactoring by Martin Fowler
  • The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth by Josh Levin
  • Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson
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jonasbn

Nice list, I really need to consume "Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby" at some point

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Dominic Duffin

These are some for the first part of 2021:

  • Atomic Habits, by James Clear
  • Your Next Government?, by Tom W Bell
  • Samsung Rising, by Geoffrey Cain
  • Female Monarchs and Merchant Queens in Africa, by Nwando Achebe
  • Habitats, by Constance Rosenblum
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jonasbn

Have heard a lot about "Atomic Habits", I think I need to check it out

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Andriy
  • Bland, David and Osterwalder, Alexander. Testing Business Ideas: A Field Guide for Rapid Experimentation.
  • Jason Schreier. Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made
  • Eric Freeman. Head First Design Patterns: A Brain-Friendly Guide
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Madza

Good list by @simonholdorf to kick this off πŸ“šπŸ‘

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Simon Holdorf

Thanks for the mention :)

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Anibal

Hi !
I want to learn this year all that i could about security, bug bounty, hacking ...
I began yesterday a course in udemy , and when I finish i will begin to start reading books (that I already have) about it :)

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Steph
  1. Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World
    by Clive Thompson

  2. The Creativity Code: How AI Is Learning to Write, Paint and Think

  3. The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

  4. A Promised Land by Barack Obama

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jonasbn

"Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World by Clive Thompson" is on my list too

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Shemona Singh

Most excited to read:

  • Rationality: From AI to Zombies, Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker
  • Aspirations, Agnes Callard
  • The Three Body Problem, Liu Cixin
  • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong
  • 1q84, Haruki Murakami

The rest of my evergrowing reading list πŸ˜…

Read so far in 2021:

  • Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari
  • Normal People, Sally Rooney
  • The Collected Schizophrenias, EsmΓ© Weijun Wang
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Glenn Stovall

My tech/business specific list as of now:

  • Ask Your Developer by Jeff Lawson
  • Tech Humanist: How You Can Make Technology Better for Business and Better for Humans , Kate O' Neill
  • The Collected Angers, Mike Monterio
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jonasbn

My birthday is coming up, with lots of books on the wish list, but here is my list for beginning 2021.

  • "The Imposters Handbook - a CS primer for self-taught programmers" by Rob Conery
  • "Working In Public - the making and maintenance of open source software" by Nadia Eghbal
  • "Coders - the making of a new tribe and the remaking of the world"

3 books

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Sheila Gomes

I've just started watching "The Expanse" TV series, and I always try to read the books behind the series I watch, which means I started reading "Leviathan Wakes" by James Corey (and only after discovered it's a collection of many titles, so maybe that'll be it for 2021 :D). But, in case I don't really like it, next on the list are: "The Book of Delights" by Ross Gay, "Nomadland" by Jessica Bruder, "The Tyranny of Merit" by Michael Sandel, "Between the World and me" by Ta-nehisi Coates, "The Refusal of Work" by David Frayne. It's always a growing list, that will probably change very soon, especially after I read all the comments in this discussion!

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harish1996

Currently reading :

  1. Contact, Carl Sagan

On Queue:

  1. Talking to My Daughter About the Economy, Yanis Varoufakis
  2. The Disappearing Spoon , Sam Kean
  3. Connections, James Burke
  4. Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari
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Maureen To

Currently reading "How to Be An Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi and "My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies" by Resmaa Menakem

But will read:

"The Skin We're In" by Desmond Cole

"A Mind Spread Out On the Ground" by Alicia Elliott

"Moon of the Crusted Snow" by Waubgeshing Rice

"Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change" by Ellen Pao

and lastly, "Together" by Dr. Vivek Murthy!

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Darshak Parikh
  • Free Will by Sam Harris
  • Hackers and Painters by Paul Graham
  • Purple Cow by Seth Godin
  • A World Without Email (unreleased) by Cal Newport
  • My Job Went to India: 52 Ways to Save Your Job (Pragmatic Programmers) by Chad Fowler

(That last one is just for fun. I am Indian. 😜️)

This list is for the first few months of the year. I’ll figure out the rest as I go.

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Migsar Navarro

I'm currently reading:

  • The dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Wired Child by Richard Freed
  • The death and life of great American cities by Jane Jacobs

After I finish those I will start some of these that I already bought:

  • Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zubhoff
  • The attention merchants by Tim Wu
  • The New Science of Strong Materials: Or Why You Don't Fall Through the Floor by J.E. Gordon

And this one I want to read right now but I have not bought it and I won't until I read some of the books I have:

  • The cheating cell by Athena Aktipis

Sadly I don't have too much time to read anything other that software documentation lately

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Andrew McIntosh

I want to read some of the Hugo and Nebula nominees I didn't get to last year, specifically:

  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January
  • The Light Brigade

Otherwise I want to re-read Dan Moren's Galactic Cold War books, and knock off a few more in the Vorkosigan Saga.

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Manish Kumar

On-Going

Laws of Human nature, by Robert Green
Principals, by Ray Dalio

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Matthew Short

Just one thus far: Principles by Ray Dalio.

I'm not a huge bookworm, but 2020 was a rough one, and I'm sure I'm not alone there. I've had this book suggested by numerous people to help me recenter myself and find a better balance going forward.

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Tim Downey

I really need to finish (and probably restart) reading "Designing Data-Intensive Applications" by Martin Kleppmann before I add any more books to the stack. 😫

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jonasbn

Recently added this to my wish list, it sounds awesome, but quite heavy.

I heard about it on the Codingblocks.net podcast with

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among others.

This link will give you some of the episodes if you want an interesting discussion on (parts of) the book.

And I just discovered that Codingblocks.net is an organization on dev.to, I am unable to link to it as a user, so I have added a link - Markdown style.

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Utkarsh Yadav

Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual

Cracking the coding interview

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Luke Westby

Amusing Ourselves to Death