Focusing on Reading a Large List of Books in 2020

This year I decided to try to hit the books. My bookshelf seems to be overloaded with books that have not made time to read. Actually, there are shelves of books along with piles of books here and there around the office and house. Reading is one of the best ways I have to keep up with the ever-changing world of business and technology. (MOOCs and formal classes are my other go-to methods.).

Bill Gates carries with him a sack of books to read. Apparently he even takes solitary trips to focus on reading and solving the world’s biggest problems. He seems to be successful, so why not give it a try?

I am not going to set a goal of a number of books but I am going to track which books I do read and how many I complete. I started this plan a few days after the new year.

Books completed so far:

Team Yankee : One of the great WW III books from the 80’s depicting a US against the Soviet Union in a mechanized tank battle for Europe. This is one of those books that I read every few years.

Bringing Columbia Home – The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew 
Must read for those who are interested in space exploration. This book is hard to put down as it discusses the loss of the Columbia and the massive search that followed.

Data Strategy: This book covers what a data strategy is and why your business needs one. This is a great book for the C-Levels and managers who should know by now that data is a commodity.

Devil Boats: Picked this book up at the coffee shop where you trade a book for a book. This book is a good account of how PT boats did much of the heavy lifting in the Pacific after the Fleet loss at Pearl Harbor.

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh:  An old classic. Yes a childrens book but a good one that is a good read every now and then. I am suprisrsed that there has not yet a live action movie with speaking animals of this book

FLATLAND – A Romance of Many Dimensions: – This book has been sitting on my shelf for over a decade so I finally decided to read it. At times a challenging read but it does put an interesting perspective on perspectives.

Books in Progress:

Clean Code – A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

Simplexity – Why Simple Things Become Complex ( and How Complex Things Can Be Made Simple

Building Robot Drive Trains

The Rust Programming Language

Have a book that is a must read? Drop me a comment and give me a suggestion of books to add to the pile.


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