re: Do you consider reading books a must? VIEW POST

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I feel that reading, in general, is important. How and what type of information you consume is up to you. I mostly read tech/startup/science/math related books, but I've started to pick up slightly non-technical books over the years. With my limited time, I can't get myself to read outside of those areas (other than news). What about you? Would you recommend reading something outside of tech?

 

I've always struggle to read actually. Other than being forced to read a book during school/college, I have only read Clean Code and The Clean Coder by Uncle Bob to be honest.

My father reads a lot, part of being a lawyer I suppose, and he's been recommending me these:

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People.
  • The 48 Rules of Power.
  • The Art of Loving.

Some others (Design related):

  • Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability.
  • The Design of Everyday Things.
 

Definitely reading 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' helps a lot no matter what kind of work you do. Absolutely a great book and easy read. Each chapter has multiple short real life events and one moral/guide line.

 

I guess I need to order How to Win Friends and Influence People :)

Has anyone read How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age? Is this considered a revision of the previously suggested book? Can't decide which one to read.

 

How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Is the best I have found in self-help.

 

Reading as a form of relaxation/entertainment can be good, but with many being conditioned for short bursts of quick and easy to consume media it's becoming harder and harder to sit down and just read. It really boils down to do you enjoy it or not. I personally do, and have since I was very young. Does everybody? No. Is that a bad thing? Not really.

From a technical perspective, you basically have to read. Whether that's technical documentation, textbooks, etc. it's basically inescapable. If you aren't reading, you should be listening to podcasts, presentations, more experienced peers, or watching videos. It doesn't matter so much how you intake information, but the fact that you are (and by extension, how you apply the information you take in).

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