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Notes / Books

Thoroughly outdated list of books I enjoyed, by genre. Favorite books of the year lists are here.


  1. Pragmatic Programmer (Dave Thomas, Andy Hunt)
  2. Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman, Julie Sussman) - only read 2 of 5 chapters, but there’s so much awesome in there already.
  3. Apprenticeship Patterns (Dave Hoover, Adewale Oshineye)
  4. Practical Object Oriented Design in Ruby (Sandi Metz)
  5. Confident Ruby (Avdi Grimm)
  6. Elixir in Action (Sasa Juric)
  7. Why’s Poignant Guide to Ruby (Why The Lucky Stiff)
  8. Understanding Computation (Tom Stuart)
  9. Eloquent Ruby (Russ Olsen)
  10. JavaScript: The Good Parts (Douglas Crockford)
  11. Seven Languages in Seven Weeks (Bruce A Tate)
  12. The C Programming Languge (Dennis Ritchie, Brian Kernighan)


  1. Quiet (Susan Cain)
  2. A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson)
  3. Hackers and Painters (Paul Graham)
  4. Inverting the Pyramid (Jonathan Wilson)
  5. On Writing Well (William Zinsser)
  6. In the Beginning, Was the Command Line (Neal Stephenson)
  7. The Grand Design (Stephen Hawking)
  8. A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
  9. Theory of Everything (Stephen Hawking)
  10. Surely, You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman (Richard Feynman)


  1. Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan)
  2. Stormlight Archive (Brandon Sanderson)
  3. A Song of Ice and Fire (George R R Martin)
  4. Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkier)
  5. Harry Potter (J K Rowling)

Science fiction

  1. The Martian (Andy Weir)
  2. Foundation (Isaac Asimov)
  3. I, Robot (Isaac Asimov)
  4. Cryptonomicon (Neal Stephenson)
  5. Around the World in 80 Days (Jules Verne)
  6. The Time Machine (H G Wells)
  7. War of the Worlds (H G Wells)
  8. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
  9. The Invisible Man (H G Wells)
  10. Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton)