Learning something insightful is harder, you have to read something
clearly above your current level. You need to find writers who are more
knowledgeable on a particular subject than yourself. It’s also how you
~ Farnam Street
- Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Trevor Noah)
- The President’s Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma in Power and Out of Prison (Jacques Pauw)
- Buffett: The Biography (Roger Lowenstein)
- Sense and Sensuality: Jesus Talks to Oscar Wilde on the Pursuit of Pleasure (Ravi Zacharias)
- The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives (Ravi Zacharias)
- The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts (Gary D. Chapman)
- God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty (Rice Broocks)
- Blink: The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking (Malcolm Gladwell)
- Outliers: The Story Of Success (Malcolm Gladwell)
- The Google Story: Inside The Hottest Business, Media And Technology Success Of Our Time (David A. Vise)
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference (Malcolm Gladwell)
- It’s Our Turn To Eat: The Story Of A Kenyan Whistle-blower (Michela Wrong)
- Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (Barack Obama)
- Michelle: A Biography (Liza Mundy)
- Jesus Freaks: Stories of Those Who Stood For Jesus, The Ultimate Jesus Freaks (D.C. Talk)
- 2006-2010 were my undergraduate years. I read no material outside my academic
curriculum. School was hard, and that was enough reading for me. My priority
was just getting done. Sidenote, the Internet wasn’t easy to come by back
then, especially in campus, so I didn’t get much reading online either.
- 2011-2012 were my Samsung days. First job out of campus, I was busy getting
used to work and distracted by the money that comes with it. I’m not
surprised that I didn’t get much reading done. What changed in this period is
that I got a smartphone, Internet became ubiquitous, I had access to the
Internet at work and had enough money to afford mobile data outside of work.
My reading shifted to online sources (mostly on mobile) because the Flipboard
news app aggregated a lot of the news that I was interested in.
- In 2013, I resigned from Samsung to become an entreprenuer in a tech startup
that I co-founded. I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands. Most of my
reading was on the technologies that I would use to build the service that
the business provided. And so I read a lot about programming, particularly on
Ruby and Internet infrastructure.
- Admittedly, I’m not sure that the books listed in 2013 were actually read in
that year. However, in hindsight, it does make sense if they were. At that
point I was trying to understand all I could about success (from a personal
and business perspective). So I’m not surprised that those books piqued my
interest at the time.
- 2014-2015 were my postgraduate years. I was reading enough papers. I really
didn’t see a need to add more to the pile.
- Towards the end of 2015 I got a job that flung me right into DevOps. I read a
lot about DevOps and I learnt a lot!
- 2016 had me still focused on DevOps and settling into a my new career and
other personal transitions.
- 16th December 2016 I renewed my commitment to pick up a habit to reading
books without giving excuses (refer to excuses 1-7). We’ll see how it goes.