I try not to blog too many non SharePoint blog posts, but this one snuck through. Inspired a bit by my friend Paul Randal I made an effort to read more books this year. Here are all the books I read this year. I didn’t count my own books, like Free Advice, and I didn’t count three or four books I read about self-publishing. They were pretty short.
1) How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
While this books was written with salesmen in mind, it’s full of good advice that we can all use when dealing with people, both at work and at home.
2) A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five By: George R.R. Martin
Probably the longest book I read in 2012. It’s the fifth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire books, also known as the Game of Thrones books.
3) Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired--and Secretive--Company Really Works By: Adam Lashinsky
This books gives an interesting look into how Apple does business. While I don’t have any Apple product myself, there’s no denying they’re doing something right. This book helps some of those things.
4) EntreLeadership By: Dave Ramsey
This is another book I read about business. I’ve read Dave Ramsey’s personal finance book, so it made sense to read his business book too.
5) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo By: Stieg Larsson
I’ve had the pleasure of going to Sweden several times and it’s a wonderful place with wonderful people. I was excited when something as distinctly Swedish as the Millennium series took the world by storm. This book is the first of three.
6) The Girl Who Played with Fire By: Stieg Larsson
Book two of the Millennium series.
7) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest By: Stieg Larsson
Book three of the Millennium series.
8) Revenge (A Travis Mays Novel) By: Mark Young
I self-published a book in 2012 and it opened my eyes to a lot of the independent authors out there. I ended up picking up several of their books this year. This is the first one of them that I read.
9) 'Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy By: Leslie Langtry
This is another indie book I read.
10) Rich Dad Poor Dad By: Robert T. Kiyosaki
Robert Kiyosaki is a well-known author in the area of personal finance. It was able time I’d read one of his books.
11) Operation Desolation: A Short Story By: Mark Russinovich
Mark Russinovich is a fellow computer nerd and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him a few times. Turns out he writes a damned fine fiction book too. Mark published his first fiction book, Zero Day and I really liked it. This book is a short story that bridges between Zero Day and his next book, Trojan Horse.
12 ) Timeline: A Novel By: Michael Crichton
I heard Paul Thurott and Leo Laporte talking about this book on Windows Weekly so I picked it up. It was a good read. I’m glad I did.
13) Daemon By: Daniel Suarez
This was another recommendation from Windows Weekly. I had never heard of him. Before the year was out, I’d read all his books.
14) Trojan Horse: A Novel By: Mark Russinovich
This is the follow-up to Zero Day. A great book. I can’t wait until the next one.
15) Frozen Heat By: Richard Castle
As a fan of Firefly, I had to watch Castle. In Castle, Nathan Fillion plays Rick Castle, a fiction novelist. In one of the most brilliant marketing moves ever, ABC actually publishes the books that the character Castle writes in the TV show. They’re quick, fun reads and if you watch Castle, I recommend them.
16) Freedom (TM) By: Daniel Suarez
This book is the sequel to Suarez’s book, Daemon. Together they are a great story.
17) Outliers By: Malcolm Gladwell
This book takes a look at very successful people and tries to figure out why they are successful. It’s very interesting.
18) Ready Player One By: Ernest Cline
This book was recommended by a friend. It’s great. The story is complicated, but the book is chock full of pop culture references from the 80s. If you were a child of the 80’s, you’ll probably love this book.
19) Ender's Game By: Orson Scott Card
This is a classic science fiction book and one that I really should have read much earlier.
20) Kill Decision By: Daniel Suarez
Another great book from Daniel Suarez. This one is about military drones and the trouble they can cause.
21) Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker By: Kevin Mitnick
The title says it all. Kevin Mitnick was the world’s most famous hacker. This book is his version of what happened. A very insightful read.
22) Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir By: Dave Mustaine
As a metalhead, this book was a great book. It was great to get Dave’s background on the heavy metal scene. He didn’t mention the time he yelled at me backstage in 1997. It must have been pulled out by the editors.
23) Soul Identity By: Dennis Batchelder
The last book of 2012. This was another science fiction book about what happens to our souls when we die.
I hope you got some good ideas of books to read in 2013. Of course you should also add Professional SharePoint 2013 Administration to your “must read” list of 2013.
Happy New Year!!