Here are some of the books I have read lately.
It's one of those books that I actually hope won't be made into a movie any time soon, since it's so good and the universe is so humongous, I can't imagine a non-disappointing movie adaptation. (another one of those is the Chronicles of Amber series by Roger Zelazny). Endymion is 3rd in the Hyperion Cantos, and because the story is so much further in time from the original 2 parts of Hyperion, I hesitated before starting it. I just didn't expect it to be as good. I thought "well, all the good parts are over now, and the civilisation has ended". Deeper religious connotations didn't attract me either. But oh man was I wrong! Endymion is on par with the first two books. It feels extremely natural and authentic. I guess the whole cantos should be considered as one huge book, that's it. It's different, though. Unlike the first two books, there aren't that many characters to keep track of. The story is simpler indeed, but it's still intriguing in its complexity. If you like space operas, I highly recommend it.
One of the most important books for me as far as non-fiction goes. Philosophy, religion and psychology under the mask of a self-help book.
I got somewhat sad after reading this book. It's wonderful, but the contrast between the ideas and values expressed in it and the reality of our disposable, badly designed world are striking. 'Sustainable' became a gimmick, a filler word for presentations just like 'organic' or 'natural'. Why would anything be not sustainable? Why would anyone design something non sensible? Why can anybody not feel responsibility when designing things? Well, let's party while we can, I guess…
Many people call themselves perfectionists, but, to be honest, most of them aren't in most cases. But every once in a while there is a time, a certain set of circumstances where you can't do anything but strive for the impossible. This is a great little book about perfectionism. And yes, I will end this sentence with a comma,
A nicely written case against the 'follow your passion' advice with a well-defined career-building strategy. As many non-fiction sel-help books, could be at least 10 times shorter, but hey, it's pretty good.
This is a fascinating topic, and there's a lot of BS floating around it. This book is one of the good ones.
I didn't expect it to be this interesting and insightful. Great book. Recommended to anyone in the creative and managerial industry.
A beautiful and gentle overview of philosophy. Nice read.
One of the few books that successfully brings CS into everyday life. We need more books like this. An audiobook is also available, but this one is better on paper.
Can't go wrong with Alan Watts.
More like a series of blog posts than a cohesive narration, but still a fantastic book about most common cognitive gotchas.
It's one of those things that make perfect sense once you think about it. Great book, very important premise and a short and concise explanation. Can't recommend enough.
What a great book! A lot of interesting research and anecdotal data. Changes your perception of human behavior quite a bit. There's also an audio version narrated by the author. And a series of free Stanford lectures available on Youtube.
It's a great book. I wish it was shorter though.
I wish everybody read this book. The surprising thing is that many aspects and recommendations apply to virtually any language, not specifically English.
I guess it's not for everyone.
It was a great 5 minute TED talk, but making a book out of it is meh. Very repetitive and self-conscious. Nothing new here.
★ The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour Through Alan Turing's Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine, by Charles Petzold
I guess you can't go wrong with Charles Petzold. This book is excellent and highly recommended to anyone interested in computing. Must read for computer science students and software developers.
Pretty cool idea, a somewhat rushed execution.
One of the good ones. If you're interested in mindfulness and the nature of consciousness, check this out.
One of the best things I had the pleasure to listen to.
Love it. Can't get enough. The series of lectures by Alan Watts did shape a lot of my life.
Words are tools to hide truth. I can't say much about these recordings and books by Alan Watts. It wouldn't be fair to do so.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, by Mark Manson
One of those cases when a nonfiction book can be 10 times shorter, but you don't really want it to be, since is's so fun and interesting. Author's style is fantastic.
First fantasy since LOTR that pulled me in mercilessly.
This book is hugely popular for the reasons I can't really understand. It's… okay, I guess. But I don't really think it is "for beginners".
One of the best books on mindfulness. No frills, no BS, straight to the point. I guess, if you could pick one book in the topic, I'd go for this one.
You have to ignore (or interpret) some parts, but in general there is no doubt Eckhart Tolle is an enlightened being.
Good, concise and straight-forward exploration of spirituality. Loved it.
Nice and entertaining introduction to the ideas of mindfulness and meditation.
Woah, what a ride! An excellent explanation of how computers work, starting from scratch. Really, from scratch.
The only regret I have is not reading this book 5 years earlier. Also, not every single teacher on the planet did read this — what a shame.
One of the best and definitely the scariest space opera. The universe Dan Simmons had created is enchanting.
Somewhat simple, but still great. I guess we'll see a mediocre Hollywood adaptation (or a TV show perhaps) soon.
Loved it! Geeky, nostalgic, lots of action and lots of cool ideas. The pace is great, and it's hard to pull off in a book this large.
This was a great motivation when I started running, but it's a very niche book.
Fascinating stories and science behind epic runners. If you're getting into running or just interested — check this out.
One of the best sci-fi and deep space opera books for me. If you love space and scientifically ~accurate fiction — do explore Alastair Reynolds' worlds.
When an engineer or a scientist decides to write science fiction, it's usually either very bad or very good. This one is very good.
Good' but can be around 500 times shorter.
I prefer and recommend this over the canonical "Lean Startup"
Of course, you can't not read The Lean Startup if you… actually, in any case! Do read it!
I didn't really track books before 2015. Here is a short list of some books I really loved and remembered from that ancient past. Everything else is lost and forgotten forever.
Feynman was a Teacher. This book is as fantastic as the man himself.
★ The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory, by Brian Greene
String theory for the masses. This is how popular science books should be like: interesting, enchanting, inviting.
Must read not only for designers, but for software developers too, even if you develop backend exclusively. I wish everybody read it really.
Talking about quantum physics and singularity is hard. This book makes it seem easy. Loved it.
★ Introduction to Algorithms, by Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein
Spent endless hours digging through The Book. It's very well written and organized and was a tremendous help in my CS studies.
★ Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem, by Simon Singh
The book that sparked my interest in discrete math and abstract algebra. Other books by Simon Singh are also fantastic.
Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel, by Michio Kaku
It's a very interesting book, but for some reason Michio Kaku's style doesn't spark me as much as Briane Greene's or Stephen Hawking's or Neil deGrasse Tyson's.
One of the top 3 books in my life.
Militant atheism is entertaining, but generally counter productive.
I really enjoyed reading this textbook even after finishing the corresponding course.
No way around it — Dune is probably the best science fiction I've ever read.
Back in high school this book had changed the way I perceive reality and science fiction.
Having an interest in genetics and molecular biology, I was completely enchanted by the narrative.
Nicely written and an entertaining story of Linus Torvalds and the creation of Linux kernel. I read it in high school and it definitely strengthened my interest in computer programming.
I don't do GTD now, but the book is very good even if you don't plan to follow the methodology to the word.
Middle-Earth's bible, myths and legends. Loved at the time.
Having read this after LOTR, it was fun but underwhelming. Starting from scratch, it's definitely better to start with The Hobbit.
What can I say? Seems like I spent most of my free time in this universe back in high school…
Ah, high school memories! Seems like this series was an important part of my childhood.
Introduction to Assembly Language Programming: From 8086 to Pentium Processors (Undergraduate Texts in Computer Science) , by Sivarama P. Dandamudi
Dark nights, lots of coffee… This was fun!