I’ve loved reading since I was a kid. Below are books that I’ve read, some basic thoughts about them, and books that I’m currently reading. You can also find me on Goodreads.
In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy
Database Reliability Engineering: Designing and Operating Resilient Database Systems by Laine Campbell and Charity Majors
Vmware Vsphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive by Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort
Books Read - 2018
Building Microservices: Designing Fine-Grained Systems by Sam Newman
This was a great discussion of microservice architecture, including the pitfalls, design decisions, and operational considerations needed when thinking about a microservice application. This book provided a very good introduction, and I anticipate that it could be a useful, quick reference book.
There were a few good takeways from this self-help book. I apprecite the idea of taking personal responsibility for everything your life, even those things that you can’t control. I also fall into the camp of believing that we should focus our efforts toward our “values” instead of chasing other arbitrary measures of greatness. In the end, these contributions will represent the greatest impact of our lives, and I think this is something that Manson captures toward the end of the book.
Books Read - 2017
It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
A great read from the Welcome to Night Vale folks. At first I thought it was a bit heavy on the “weird,” even for Night Vale, but that quickly wore off. Overall, a very entertaining book that makes me look forward to the next novel (please let there be a next novel).
The Dream Cycle of H.P. Lovecraft: Dreams of Terror and Death by H.P. Lovecraft
I got into the Dream Cycle by accident: I had bought a copy of “The Call of Cthulhu” and it included “The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath” and a few additional tales from the Dream Cycle. Not knowing anything about Lovecraft, I thought the other stories were simply a continuation of the Cthulhu tale. I ended up loving the Dream Cycle stories, so I finally got around to buying this collection of them. It took me too long to get through, but I thought the stories were excellent.
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
A great overview of the philosophical challenges associated with AI. I think this book is a great start for further intellectual consideration about AI, and it certainly piqued my interest in the issues surrounding the topic.
The Elements of Style by William Strunk
A great perspective on proper writing. Even if you don’t agree with all of the rules and suggestions, I think an understanding of Strunk’s perspective is important.
Freedom by Daniel Suarez
Daemon by Daniel Suarez
I usually find it hard to stomach sales books/materials/articles. They’re usually heavy on the fluff and light on actual content. I was pleasantly surprised to read Morone’s book. It proposes a sales strategy that actually involves understanding and solving customer problems.
Is There No Place on Earth for Me? by Susan Sheehan
I read this book while I was involved with some IT projects for the mental health system. It’s an engrossing tale about the problems of the mental health system during the 1970s/1980s.
Scandal!: The Amazing Tales of Cheats, Crooks and Criminals, and How They Helped Create the Modern Economy by assorted authors in Fortune Magazine
Books Read - 2016
Hacked Again by Scott N. Schober
I’ve honestly enjoyed Dilbert comics since I was a little kid. I didn’t understand them back then, but I guess I just liked the characters with the odd-shaped heads. Now that I’m a member of the white-collar working world, I can actually appreciate the accuracy of Adams’ work. This book is great, and is certainly a must-read for people on all rungs of the corporate ladder.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
A great read for anyone looking to better understand net neutrality.
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H.P. Lovecraft
This is the story that really made me like Lovecraft. It’s difficult to say just why I enjoy his stories so much, but there’s something about the Dream-Quest that really makes me feel immersed in the story.
The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft