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2011 Book a week reading list

One day while on twitter I saw a link for Julien Smith’s website, and found this article about how to read a book a week in 2011. While studying for my MCSE about 10 years ago, I really burnt myself out when it came to reading books from cover to cover. So over the past decade, I would read a little here, a little there, but rarely would I finish books. It was like Donovan McNabb trying to win a Superbowl. I would get close but never finish. Over the past two years I got a little better, and actually finished a few, but never on a consistent basis. This article gave me a practical approach on breaking this cycle, and I have been on a book reading spree ever since. Below you will find a list of each book I read this year. Here’s to the race to 52.

  1. Rails for .NET Developers
  2. Gazelles, Baby Steps and 37 Other Things Dave Ramsey Taught Me about Debt by Jon Acuff
  3. Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable–Includes new bonus chapter
    by Seth Godin

*Note: Once I get some time I am going to do a short write-up on each of these books to let you know some of the highlights and my recommendation.

Currently Reading
1. Agile Web Development with Rails 4th Edition

Books I intend to read

  1. Crossing the Chasm by Geoff Moore
  2. Crafting Rails Applications by Jose Valim
  3. Continuous Testing with Ruby by Ben Rady and Rod Coffin
  4. Rails Test Prescriptions by Noel Rappin
  5. The Dip by Seth Godin
  6. Small is the New Big by Seth Godin
  7. Linchpin by Seth Godin
  8. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
  9. The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less by Barry Schwartz
  10. The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Rod A. Beckstrom
  11. The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki
  12. The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist by Frederick Brooks
  13. Don’t Make me Think by Steve Krug
  14. Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson
  15. Smarter, Faster, Cheaper by David Garland
  16. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  17. When Pleasing Others is Hurting You by Dr. David Hawkins
  18. The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline that Really Works!
  19. The Business of Software : Eric Sink