Books 2023

Jan 1, 2023 · 3 min read

So, the numbers are in for 2022, and I read substantially less than the 20 books I set out to read. I did really well in Quarter 1, and then it fell to pieces after that. I traded fiction for technical books, and it all just fizzled out.

So this year, I’m aiming to read 10 books.

Engineering Management for the Rest of Us Sarah Drasner

I am a big fan of management books like this. Actionable content that takes you on a personal journey. I found myself taking notes of things I wanted to try out and understand more. I was an IC when I was reading this book, and still found value in it.

Desert Star Michael Connelly

I’m an emotional wreck after finishing this book. I’ve read every single Bosch novel, and now watch the TV show. This is an exceptional (end?) bosch novel. Do I read them all again?

The Paris Apartment Lucy Foley

I liked the ‘Frenchness’ of this book, if that’s a thing!

Radical Candor Kim Scott

Radical Candor — Caring Personally while Challenging Directly — is guidance that’s both kind and clear, specific and sincere. The antidote to toxic company cultures, it’s a simple concept that’s not always easy to practice.

Learning Domain-Driven Design Vlad Khononov

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. If you’re scaling applications, or just interested in other architectural patterns, this is a great read.

Atomic Habits James Clear

Interesting book to rig the game in your favour!

The Hunting Party Lucy Foley

I couldn’t put this book down. I read the second half of the book in a single day! I love the way Lucy writes her novels. Each chapter from a different narrator, a different view point. The stage for this book was the wilderness of Scotland, epically described. It conjured the same emotions I had when I was reading The Guest List (also by Lucy). Everyone is in their own story going through life, you never really know who people are!

The Crash Robert Peston

I rather enjoy the Robert Peston novels. I enjoyed the Jess side of the story this time too.

The DevOps Handbook Gene Kim, Patrick Debois, John Willis, Jez Humble

I would highly recommend this to anyone working in the tech sector, and probably wider too. I think this cemented my thinking around DevOps and ways of working. What a journey, I think we were doing some of this at Plusnet back in 2008, but didn’t really know what to call it all.

Tidy First? Kent Beck

This is a nice introduction to keeping your code easy to read and healthy.

Update: In the final moments of 2023, I managed to finish such a fantastic book: The DevOps Handbook. It’s a bit of a beast, and I was reading it in a book club, but we got there in the end. I’m hoping to order my next 10 technical books for 2024, next week. Here’s to reading, learning, and 2024.