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 occassionally 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.
Currently, I’m working through some more technical books and will be returning to this list shortly.
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) 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