Book List – Update January 2022

Ten years ago I started a book list, and in 2014 I provided an update. After some years of radio silence I’ve updated it once more: check out my Book List Page! And let me tell you a bit about the diff between then and now in this post.

First up, here’s a quick glance of the current list:

Screenshot of 2022 Book List covers of recommended books. Total 20 covers a bit blurred together, some jumping out because of their cover (e.g. "Don't Make Me Think", "Culture Map", "Death March", "Influence", "TED Talks").

I’ve reorganised the list once more. Shown above is my current list of “Recommended” books. These books more or less follow these guidelines:

  • I’ve read them, and enjoyed them thoroughly;
  • I’ve learned something from them;
  • They are directly or indirectly helpful for a software developer (or related);
  • They are important to read, for one reason or another;
  • They’re timeless, at least to a degree.

All of those books are also described with a mini-review for each. Some of the reviews dating back from 2014 or earlier. Some of them written just now, for the updated list.

My Book List also has two extra categories. First, there’s “Recommended, with caveat“: books I think are (usually) good to read, if you know the caveat. Then finally there’s a list of books I’ve read and I have not regretted doing so, but they are not on my “top” list: “Good, but not great“.

Curious to know when my next major update to my book list is forthcoming? So am I!