I'm taking sabbatical from work for the last two months of this year---hurrah! Something I'm hoping to do a lot is read; I've accumulated a large stack of unread books on my nightstand (for the English: that's a bedside table) and I need to catch up. Here's what lies before me.
Reading at the moment:
- The Goal - despite the moronic and desperately tacky marketing and cover, actually so far a good book full of allegorically packaged business insights.
Top surface of nightstand:
- Don't Bump the Glump - really more traditional nightstand bedtime reading than anything else.
- Marketing That Works - I was given this when I presented at Wharton. Looks interesting.
- The Art of the Start - loaned to me by Matt. Paradoxically, I've not started it yet...
- Presentation Zen - an Amazon recommendation. One to flip through and digest rather than read cover-to-cover, I think.
- Processing - as someone who loves tinkering, math and graphics I've always wanted to spend some time playing with Processing. I'm hoping the book will inspire me.
- Thinking with Type - another addition to the "obsession with typography" section of the library.
- Gödel Escher Bach - I strongly suspect that when I first read this I wasn't old enough to be able to really appreciate it.
- I Am A Strange Loop - probably an Amazon recommendation because I bought the one above...
Next nightstand shelf down
- The Road to Reality - any book subtitled "A complete guide to the laws of the universe" is going to take a while to get through, I feel.
- Against Depression - as a depressive, I appreciate Kramer's work. I liked his concept of "cosmetic psychopharmacology" and even own the domain thymoleptic.com.
- Watching the English - deep but trashy but amusing but deep but trashy. I've been trying to finish this for years.
- The Making of the Atomic Bomb - my ex-boss recommended this to me before just before I left my last job. He raved about it but it's 886 incredibly dense pages. I get daunted.
- Dive into Python - bought before I had my kick-ass one-day Google training on Python. It's there when I feel the need.
- The Stories of English - file this under "fascinated by linguistics". Plus I'm a fan of David Crystal generally.
- Secrets and Lies - of course like me you read his blog. The books have a similar appeal. Did you know he works at British Telecom? Weirdness!
- Python in a Nutshell - a freebie from Google long long ago. I've never written anything serious in Python but I'm certainly Python-curious.
- Designing Interactions - Amazon tells me I bought this 16 months ago. Rats.
- Effective C++ - Google freebie. I've never programmed C++, which probably makes me uniquely odd for someone who started coding 20 years ago. I don't think I'll ever feel the urge to use the language, but studying it would surely be interesting.
Bottom shelf of nightstand
- The Selfish Gene - another Matt recommendation, pointing me at a Dawkins classic because I didn't like The God Delusion.
- Java Generics and Collections - old hat by now.
- Beyond Bullet Points - I think I get it, but figure a flick through is in order before it goes shelfwards.
- Code Complete - shameful that I haven't read this. Don't tell anyone.
- The Visual Display of Quantitative Information - I browse this all the time. We're back to bedtime reading again.