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I'll go first. Here are my 3 recent-most reads:

  1. Indistractable - Well-researched insights complemented by some great anecdata from Nir Eyal. If you've read Hooked and enjoyed it, you'll definitely love this one. Huuuuge amount of actionable advice, and it also comes with a supplementary workbook to help you actually execute the advice.
  2. The Effective Executive - Peter F. Drucker is one of the most important names in management, and this book is clear proof of why. The advice in this book is still relevant as ever. The book teaches you how to effectively manage yourself first; that's where the heart of management lies.
  3. Principles: Life and Work - Timeless classic that I had heard a lot about and finally got around to reading it. It was worth every minute. I now know what the hype was all about.

All three were great, high-value books for me. So what were your last 3 reads?

And if you're stuck and wondering how to pick your next book, check out this article by my friend Utkarsh.

Find all the books I read here.

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  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Woohoo! You are indeed a cool code kid. XD


Thanks ๐Ÿ˜‚


Potter head ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿป


You have no idea ๐Ÿ˜‚

  1. Born a crime: stories from a South African childhood - Trevor Noah
  2. Designing Distributed Systems: Patterns and paradigms for scalable, reliable services - Brendan Burns.
  3. Flatland: A romance of many dimensions - Edwin A. Abbott.

Currently: The Standout Developer by Randall Kanna.

Previous: Improve Your Online Presence by Catalin Pit.

Previous: Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS by Ben Frain.

Previous: A Boy Called It by Dave Pelzer.


Woahh gotta check them out.


Yeah, they're good.

The Standout Developer: thestandoutdeveloper.com

Improve Your Online Presence: gumroad.com/a/875132019 or you could read my review here

Responsove Web Design with HTML5 and CSS: amzn.to/2X1xz9t or you could read my review here

Hope these help, I've found them useful. But always good to look around first before commiting to and buying a book ๐Ÿ˜Š

you are using here the tips of your second?๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes - Suzanne Collins
  2. The Black Prism - Brent Weeks

I'm terrible for reading too many things at once.. in the last 6 months I think I've only finished the above two books! But I'm also reading:

  1. The Core - Peter V. Brett
  2. Mythos - Stephen Fry
  3. World War Z - Max Brooks
  4. Mortal Engines - Philip Reeve

Maybe this is why I have so many unfinished projects ๐Ÿค”


I soooo wanna read the Mortal Engines sometime.


Wow ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


Hey I'll start WWZ this month :) did you like The Ballad of... ?


I did!! The ending felt very rushed, and some parts in the middle dragged a bit, but overall it was entertaining :) "The Hunger Games" (i.e. book 1) is the best in the series by far.


I'm trying to improve my French reading, so I'm going through the Harry Potter series in French and taking breaks between each one by reading something in English. I never saw the movies or read past the 5th book in English, so I'm curious to see how it ends!

  1. Harry Potter et le Prince de sang-mรชlรฉ, J. K. Rowling translated by Jean-Franรงois Mรฉnard
  2. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
  3. Harry Potter et l'Ordre du Phรฉnix, J. K. Rowling translated by Jean-Franรงois Mรฉnard

Potter head ๐Ÿ˜…


There's a lot of us out here! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿง™๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ


Nice I like Peter F Drucker cause he seems to me, more of the most sensible business professors that i came across. That doesn't throw you lots of weird business terms to you but draws from a good amount of stories and examples to show you how it is adopted like "The purpose of a business is to create a customer"

Back to my last 3 books I had completed:
1) Moscow Rules - How US won the code war by the CIA agents and technical officers stationed in Moscow by following these rules. Much like Gibson rules if you had watched NCIS through trial by fire in life or death situations.
2) The Phoenix Project - The organisation transformation story about Parts Unlimited on how they adopted a DevOps approach for delivering value to their customers and stakeholders.
3) The Obesity Code - Talks about the actual case studies and how we approach in losing weight. What we should adopt for our own lifestyle instead of just going on a diet & exercising.


The Phoenix Project - This gave me an excuse to read at work. :D


Hahaha yup you do



Meet the great tomb of Nazarick and their citizens. Spoiler alert, they are all evil to the bone.

The Reincarnation of the Strongest Sword God

Learn about the guild Zero Wing and its famous leader, Black Fame.

Both are great.

The last would be the Reincarnation of the businesswoman at school by Warm Color Sue but I did not find the relevant amazon link. The book started promising, but the next development was rather disappointing.


A graphic novel ?


No, it is a light novel. The pictures are available because they have turned the novel into successful anime series.

Oh thatโ€™s nice


Gardens of Moon - Steven Erikson

I liked this a lot. A wonderful cast of characters, full of epic moments, lots of intrigue and a pretty good setup to the rest of the series.

Unlike what some reviews suggested, I was pretty hooked very early on in the book and didn't really have any complaints about there writing.

For me at least, the plot had the right amount of delicious elements - intrigue, powerful characters i.e. Gods and Demigods, a never ending war, battle worn soldiers with names like Whiskeyjack and Kalam, an undead race, dragons. What else can I ask for?

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivkek Shanbag

It is a dark comedy based around a tight-knit family. As I was reading this book while trying to pretend to work from home, I grew increasingly uncomfortable more and more I got into the story.

Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by V.S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee

Fascinating read. It's full of real case studies of people suffering from really peculiar conditions and the authors do a wonderful job in distilling complex concepts into a very accessible book. To be honest I was out of depth in majority of the last chapter where discussions of consciousness, the self and free will were being explained. But nevertheless it did enough to quench my long standing curiosity of the workings of human brain.


erikson is a genius.


Indeed. I am looking forward to the rest of the series. Thankfully it is completed and I don't have to wait.

  1. Eukuan nin matshi-manitu innushkueu : Je suis une maudite Sauvagesse - An Antane Capesh: a book about a native american woman telling how white settlers robbed their lands and stole everything.

  2. The Soul of a New Machine - Tracy Kidder: In the 70' Kidder witnessed engineers at Data General design and build a new 32-bit minicomputer in just one year. It describes this tumultuous adventure.

  3. Becoming - Michelle Obama: Biography of the first black FLOTUS. It describes her life and her adventures up to the point of entering office with Barack Obama.

I also have a Goodreads account, feel free to add me.

  1. Burning Chrome by William Gibson
    "Fast moving short stories. Very engrossing book. All but two of the stories were very good. As prelude to Neuromancer, it made me want to read the next book as soon as possible."

  2. Mexico Set by Len Deighton
    "Really took off as compared to the first book. Bernard is out on a island after what happened with his wife. Some really scene that get you going. I'm not jumping into the third book just yet. "

  3. Berlin Game by Len Deighton
    "A lot of set-up. It's a really good book with a couple of good scene's. Thing's start to come together at the end to make you wanna read Mexico Set."



  1. peter druckers the effective executive,... for the second time.
    my favorit quote is: The greatest impact of the computer lies in its limitations, which will force us increasingly to make decisions, and above all, force middle managers to change from operators into executives and decision makers

  2. instant turnaround! by Harry Paukl and Ross Reck
    This is an absolute recommation, not only to learn how to do leadership a little better, but also to understand what organization you want to work for.

  3. A bunch of tiny books on accounting,, book keepung, economic numbers, controlling instruments.


The last three books I read:


Nice list. I've read a lot of Ben's articles on Medium over the years. He makes a lot of sense. The book sounds like a good read!


Here are mine:

  1. Indistractable by Nir Eyal
  2. Fuck Your Feelings by Ryan Munsey
  3. Hooked by Nir Eyal

Great Article BTW !! ๐Ÿ˜…


Thanks, bud! All those self-improvement discussions finally paid off haha


Currently: Memories, Dreams, Reflections - C.G. Jung.

Before This Was:
1- Origin - Dan Brown.
2- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer - Patrick Suskind.
3- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less - Greg McKeown.

  1. Man's search for meaning - Viktor Frankl
  2. The diary of a young girl - Anne Frank
  3. Mother of 1084 - Mahasweta Devi

those be great! thanks for you offers :)

my 3 last books that i read those:

1 - Inside the machine by Jon Stockes
2 - Think Like a Programmer by V. Anton Spraul
3 - Thinking Skills by John Butterworth and Geoff Thwaites

  1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  2. Little women by Louisa May Alcott
  3. The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy

I donโ€™t even remember, itโ€™s been so long...๐Ÿ˜ณ


Now you have good reason to start ๐Ÿ˜…


Iโ€™m currently reading:

Creativity- Flow and the Philosophy of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Saga Volume 2

FukuFuku Kitten Tales 1&2

I love reading really intense nonfiction sprinkles with comics, manga and graphic novels. ๐Ÿ˜…

  1. From Zero to One by Peter Thiel
  2. Start With Why
  3. No Easy Day

Zero to One, Great book.

  1. โ€žProgramming Elixir 1.6โ€ - Dave Thomas
  2. โ€žThe Black Swamโ€ - Nachib Nicholas Taleb
  3. โ€žHigh Performance Browser Networkingโ€ - Ilya Grigorik โœŒ๐Ÿป

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (Experimental Novel, Horror? Genre)
The Hike by Drew Magary (A Bonkers, Fun Read)
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (Classic Sci-Fi, My 4th? Reading)


The Little Prince, Timeline by Crichton, and The Luckiest Day of Your Life (CYOA Series).


Lords of the Rings

  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King

100 Mathematics concepts
100 Physic concepts
100 Psychology concepts


4DX: The four disciplines of execution
The Clean Coder by Robert C. Martin
Everything is Fucked by Mark Mansion - Wouldn't recommend this

  1. The undoing project - Michael Lewis
  2. Why we sleep - Matthew Walker
  3. Deep Work - Cal Newport
  1. The universe has your back
  2. Gut
  3. Models
  1. The noticer
  2. The alchemist
  3. The witch from portobello

THE ALCHEMIST, One of my all-time favorite books.