Published on Jan 01, 2015 · 5 minute read.
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);
- Harry Potter Complete Series (Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5, Book 6, Book 7)
- The Hobbit
- The Hunger Games Series (Book 1, Book 2, Book 3)
- Professional ASP .NET MVC 4
- This Is The One (Sir Alex Ferguson auto biography)
- Just A Geek (Wil Wheaton auto biography)
- ASP .NET MVC 4 Recipes
- The Green Mile
- How to Win Friends and Influence People
- A Game of Thrones
- A Clash of Kings
- Soft Skills: A Software Developers Life Manual
- Mein Kampf
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! :)
About the author
I am Jon Preece, an experienced website and software developer from the United Kingdom, based in Manchester.
Throughout my 10+ year professional career I have worked in many sectors, including; e-commerce, financial services, marketing, healthcare, travel and accountancy. Get in touch via Twitter.