I am a big fan of Audible for books. Every once in a while I have time and patience to read a physical book, but often times I find myself needing to do things like washing dishes, going on a long walk or drive, and Audible has made it so much easier for me to get back into “reading”.
Since I started doing this, I’d like to share the books that I’ve been able to get through this way. I do occasionally listen to/read fiction, etc but for this list I’m focusing on books for professional development or IT process improvement. I also don’t include references, like books on Python, Go, networking, systems etc, though my physical bookshelf is quite full of those.
These aren’t in any particular order - these are just books I’ve had recommended to me that I haven’t gotten to yet.
- Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age
- The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
- Datapoint: The Lost Story of the Texans Who Invented the Personal Computer Revolution
- Now, Discover Your Strengths
- The DevOps Handbook
- Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder
- Radical Candor
- Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
For now, I’ll just link to the books I’ve read below. In the future I’m hoping to provide a brief review, but in the meantime, I put a rating in front of each for my high-level take.
- (5 of 5) Atomic Habits
- (4 of 5) Failure is Not an Option
- (4 of 5) The Martian
- (5 of 5) Carrying the Fire
- (5 of 5) Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
- (4 of 5) Crossing the Chasm
- (3 of 5) The Goal
- (5 of 5) The Phoenix Project
- (5 of 5) Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard
- (3 of 5) Start with Why
- (4 of 5) Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change
- (4 of 5) How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds
- (4 of 5) Outliers: The Story of Success