Books 2019

Oct 5, 2019 · 3 min read

One of my new years resolutions was to try and read 10 books this year. That may not sound a lot, but when you have a myriad of other things going on in your life, that’s a tall order. This is what I’ve managed to read.

Dark Sacred Night Michael Connelly

I’m a massive Connelly fan, I’ve read and kept all the Bosch novels he’s ever written. I’m not a hoarder at all, but this is the only series of books I’ve kept. There seems to be a transition here with the introduction of Renée Ballard and I think she’s great. Maybe more of the Ballard books are to come, whilst the TV show focuses on Bosch?

Never split the difference Chris Voss & Tahl Raz

Negotiating is an important skill and this books blends lessons to be learnt with real life stories.

Remote David Heinemeier Hansson & Jason Fried

As a remote worker, this just re-affirmed everything I believed.

16th Seduction James Patterson

Struggled with this book to be honest, not sure why. I may have just moved away from the Women’s murder club books.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John le Carré

Wish I’d read the book before watching the film.

Longitude, The true story of a lone genius who solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of his time Dava Sobel

Recommended by my boss, probably to try to teach me some patience. Absolutely fascinating story, that I bored the family with on games night!!

It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work David Heinemeier Hansson & Jason Fried

I am still thinking how to wordify my thoughts on this book, other than it’s awesome, and I totally agree with pretty much every single line of it.

The Manager's Path Camille Fournier

This was recommended to me by Cédric Mourizard and it did not disappoint. Camille is very knowledgeable of all aspects of management within the software industry, and after reading just one page I spent the rest of the book just nodding my head. With sound advice and snippets from others in the industry this book felt well considered.

The way it was written was also very inclusive and engaging.

Debugging Teams Brian Fitzpatrick & Ben Collins-Sussman

Another suggestion from Cédric Mourizard who is quickly becoming my book suggestion guru. Brian and Ben obviously know their stuff, and each page provides insight that is worth taking note of. With real suggestions and advice, I highly recommend this book to anyone working in a team.

This will be kept on my desk as a ‘go to guide’ from now.