I enjoy reading. Check out the list - mostly English lang.
Product / Design
Escaping the Build Trap
Practical advice thru engaging storytelling. By far the most actionable write up on product management I’ve read.
Rich reference of patterns in the age of discovery. Highly recommended.
Beyond the prototype
A bit too shallow. Never goes beyond the theoretical.
Measure What Matters
Nothing to write home about, although still worth reading. Collection of case studies; some better articulated than others.
Product Roadmaps Relaunched
Concise and structured. Emphasis on outcome-focused roadmaps.
Well-printed inspirational collection of infographics w/ stories in three languages.
Time not well spent. Authors tend to overstate the obvious.
The Art of Design Thinking
Subject matter is covered in an easy to read and practical manner. Short and sweet - 67p.
The Big Book of Dashboards
A must-read for data visualization practitioners.
The Design of Everyday Things
Excellent book. Much to explore in human behaviors, although the writing style may not connect well w/ all audiences.
Algorithms to Live By
Fullstack D3 and Data Visualization
Excellent D3 and data viz resource. One of the best technical books I've read.
The Road to GraphQL
Good writing w/ practical demonstrations.
Decoupled Drupal in Practice
Well laid out and comprehensive material w/ quality examples.
Not as in-depth technically as I had hoped. A good refresher nonetheless.
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web
Hot and cold throughout this book. Authors fell short in following their own principles while assembling.
PHP: The 'Right' Way
A must-read for any PHP engineer.
Don’t Make Me Think
Practical, entertaining. Read the 2nd revision some time ago. The 3rd is likely more relevant to the times.
Hacking: The Art of Exploitation
Well written. Comprehensive. Gets you thinking.
The Unwritten Laws of Engineering
Time-tested advice to follow no matter the stage of your career. Not Engineering-specific.
The Pragmatic Programmer
A popular classic. Well worth the time to read.
PHP 5 Unleashed
A valued resource from my college days.
Business / Leadership / Psychology
I Hear You
Such a simple concept, yet often goes unmet. Enjoyed this easy read.
Turn the Ship Around!
Achieve excellence. Empower those around you. Communicate early and often. Focus on outcomes rather than process. Incredibly engaging and insightful read.
The Culture Code
Inspiring! And came at the perfect moment in my life.
Not the most entertaining style, but full of case studies. Insightful and well conceptualized.
Candor prevents miscommunications. Lots of takeaways from this book. Podcast is also great.
The Long Distance Leader
Common sense reminders. Good advice throughout.
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Wicked smart. A provocative journey in challenging, or even discovering, your belief system.
Manage Your Day-to-Day
Rather shallow. Those who have their act together, at least partially, won’t get much out of this book.
The 48 Laws of Power
Adversarial and suddenly overpopular. The basis for immoral behavior in the 21st century.
Lead with a Story
Full of examples and memorable stories that can be easily borrowed for your own inspirational message.
Start With Why
True: Success hinges upon a clearly articulated vision. Simon’s TED talk makes the book to be of less value, however.
Why We Sleep
An easy read formulated on decades of research. I sleep well.
The Coaching Habit
Easy to digest. Provides a good framework for asking meaningful questions.
Good concepts, but a bit watered down.
Fiction / Non-Fiction / Other
Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down
An entertaining read about the art of science.
A Treasury of American Folklore
An incredible collection of short stories for fireside reading.
A fascinating story about women code breakers during WWII.
The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 1: Frontier Stories
Easy to read stories. Good to pick up when I need a brain reset.
Highly stimulating, astute and humorous read for a geeky mind.
The Survival Medicine Handbook
Easy to reference manual for various illness and injuries. Rather entertaining.
Viva la Repartee
I found the wit in this book rather outdated and unamusing.
A Theory of Justice
A theory of an egalitarian society. I enjoyed it.
Profiles of the American West
Huffaker's writing style is good for painting vibrant pictures in the mind's eye.
Anarchy, State and Utopia
Interesting formulations of political philosophies although framed within strict parameters of thinking.
The Cowboy and The Cossack
Cowboys, Cossacks. I've lived alongside both. This story put my imagination into hyperactivity.
The House of the Seven Gables
The writing style is too heavy and varied. Couldn’t finish this one.
Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Anthoninus
Simple but profound wisdom.
An engaging multi-genre novel from an amazing writer.
Advanced Home Gardening
Ultra-efficient reference w/ outstanding illustrations.
Hydroponic Food Production
An extremely thorough guide, mostly for commercial scale production.
The Communist Manifesto
A fascinating framework of ideas best suited for microprocessors.
The Gulag Archipelago
Antithetical and courageous. Best to avoid the Gulag.
A thrilling and captivating adventure. Meaningful book w/ messages relevant for even today.
War and Peace
History. Philosophy. Classic.
Tribes divide. Tribes unite. War, peace and love on the ancient borderlands.
The Master And Margarita
True masterpiece! Wondering how translations would differ from the original.
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