I’m surprised to see that I read the exact same number of books in 2010 as in 2009. My goal is to read more in 2011 than the past few years, which might be a silly goal with child number three just about here. I have vowed to do more book reading and less online reading in 2011, so maybe in the end it will just even out.
Old Man’s War Books 1-4 by John Scalzi
The quality of the books definitely descend as the series goes along, and #4 was a painful cash grab. But I can’t complain - most of the reading was quite good. Book one, Old Man’s War is rather outstanding. The books have a very conversational feel while still remaining smart sci-fi.
Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Great for anyone who has never been exposed to the beliefs of 37signals. Mostly a rehash for me, but still worth having on hand. If you aren’t familiar with 37signals, definitely give this a read. Though it might make you want to quit your job.
Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
If you’ve never heard this guy talk about business and going places in life, it’s worth your time. Seek some videos out on the ‘net while you’re at it. This book does a decent job of translating his over-the-top personality into words.
In the Ballpark by George Gmelch
A bit dated, but certainly an interesting look at all kinds of folks who work in a ballpark and their varying back stories. For 99% of folks working in baseball passion and love of the game is required because great riches are not part of the equation.
The Joy of Keeping Score by Paul Dicks
A quick read and somewhat interesting for some of the stories and nuances about scorekeeping.
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
I must admit I only read half of this book before I had to return it to the library (a “rental” from afar). This is a classic of the genre, and indeed the economic discussion within was very simplified and readable for little ol’ me. It’s clearly a libertarian angle on things, but worthwhile regardless of your leanings.
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
A fast, and fairly interesting read. Some slightly veiled ideas about agile methodologies and corporate management set within an odd story of a future where the Magic Kingdom is one of the most prestigious places on earth. While not a monster of the genre, I will give Doctorow another chance.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
Read this to my duaghters. I can’t believe I had never read The Wizard of Oz. It was interesting, but I’m not incredibly motivated to read the sequels.
Do More Faster by Brad Feld and David Cohen
This book was a bit too startupy for me. Of course, I knew that going in. A few nice takeaways, though. Mostly the idea of taking a week “off the grid” every year as well as other tips to stay sane with desk work. I’ll be talking more later about taking a week off the grid on this blog soon.
Last Chance to See by Mark Carwardine
A beautiful picture book (also with tons of words) following up on the original Last Chance to See. Don’t get the eBook or borrow from the library - buy this one. Probably from the U.K. as I can’t find it in the states.