A bit over a year ago, I decided to try starting to read more.
This just started as a basic attempt to read one book (engineering a safer world which happened to be very interesting but I got bored around the middle).
This however ended up being the beginning of a good habit which I followed all year long and have no intent of stopping.
When do I read?
I originally started reading the technical book I had all the time. While walking to the local coworking place, at week-ends, in the evening, etc.
Quickly enough though, I realized this wasn’t a good idea as I would be quickly fed up.
Today, I always have two open books. A technical and a fictional one.
I read the technical one in the morning, and the fictional one during week-ends at the evenings.
Specifically, I usually start working around 9am, though my girlfriend leaves a bit before 8am, giving me an hour.
I spend around half of that time practicing the clarinet and the other half reading.
I read the fictional book most evenings before going to sleep, as well as sometimes during the week-ends.
I have a Kobo Aura, which I use only for technical books. All fictional books I read are paper.
The technical books I read this year
Here are the technical books I read this year. I won’t share notes on them, as I still need to get into the habit of taking notes (maybe in 2016).
- Effective Monitoring and Alerting
- The Passionnate Programmer
- Mastering Concurrency in Go
- The Software Craftsman
- Clean Code
- Your Code as a Crime Scene
- A3 Problem Solving
- To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure
- Troubleshooting PostgreSQL
- Beyond Legacy Code
And the one I am reading currently, Thinking, Fast and Slow.
The fictional books I read this year
Here are the fictional books I read this year (while my technical books are stored in a trello board, I’m not doing the same for the fictional ones, so I may be missing some).
I also translated those books to English. I am reading them in French though.
- The complete robot (I read this one in english)
- Codex 632
- Auschwitz: The nazis and the final solution (this is not a fictional book, yet I’ve left it here because I read it at night and it’s not in my area of work).
- The wave
- Le piano désaccordé (this book hasn’t been translated to english).
- Asterix and the Missing Scroll
And I am currently reading La part de l’autre (doesn’t exist in english either).