Books I read in 2014

Last year I set out to try and diversify myself and learn new things.  I have focused primarily on software development for at least the last 13 years, and this year I wanted to do something different.  I shied away from reading software development books and started reading sci-fi books, books of historical importance, fantasy, and yes the occasional development book when I felt the urge.

Here are some of the books I read during 2014 (in no particular order);

There are 21 books listed above (1 or 2 have been excluded for personal reasons).  How did I manage to read so many books in 1 year? The key is consistency.  Read for between 1-2 hours a day, and try not to stop reading mid-chapter where possible.  Reading is good for the mind and is an excellent way of relaxing and destressing, which is very important for your general health and wellbeing.

Sorry I know there are a lot of Amazon affiliate links in this post…but every author gets one of these a year! 🙂

  • Jorge Garmilla

    Mein Kampf ??????

    • Yeah sure. Its fair to say that I didn’t pay much attention in history class at school, and that is something I really regret. Over the last few months I have been learning about the second world war, the events that lead to the war, and what life was like during wartime Britain. I have, with my family, visited various places of interest in the North West of England (where I live), including the Imperial War Museum and Stockport Air Raid shelters.

      I read Mein Kampf because I wanted to get an insight into the mind of the most evil man ever to walk the Earth and how he came to lead a country into a war that would cost over 50 million people their lives. The book was an extremely hard read because of its extremist views but I’m proud to have read it.

      • Jorge Garmilla

        okokokok … for historic reasons it is an important book. I´m happy to know that you are not one of them 😉

        • haha no just somebody with an interest in history. I’m also particularly interested in Greek Mythology, no doubt I will be reading about that this year too! 🙂

          Do you read non-programming books Jorge?

          • Jorge Garmilla

            Curiously I’m reading a book that you have read this year “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. What was your opinion?. At the moment I think that the book says very obvious things, there are no too many new things that I known before

          • “How to win friends and influence people” was probably one of my favourite books of the year. Yes you are correct, some of the concepts and suggestions are quite obvious. For example, the author says to show a genuine interest in other peoples interests and to listen intently to the person when talking and maintain appropriate eye contact. Once upon a time, this was called common courtesy, which is something that perhaps is in decline today.

            I have personally exercised some of the principles and suggestions in the book and I certainly have found them to work. As the author says, its not about tricking people into doing what you want, its about becoming a better all round person. A great book I 100% recommend it.