2012 Summer Reading List

Now that the weather has shifted and fall is clearly upon us here in the Northwest, I thought I would post my spring and summer reading list. My goal this past half year was to read more, especially novels. My life had turned into one giant technology snowball. I worked on technology projects all day then read about other people’s technology stuff all evening. This left my brain spinning all night long. So my goal this past six months was to read far more novels and even throw away stuff. In no particular order:

  • George Tindall, America: A Narrative History, Parts I and II
  • John Grisham, The Firm
  • John Grisham, The Pelican Brief
  • John Grisham,¬†The Client
  • Mary Higgins Clark, The Cradle Will Fall
  • JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit
  • Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age
  • Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
  • Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass
  • Phillip Pullman, The Subtle Knife
  • Phillip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass
  • Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
  • Ken Segall, Insanely Simple
  • Adam Lashinsky, Inside Apple
  • Aaron Hillegass, iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide
  • Aaron Hillegass, Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X
  • Aaron Hillegass, Objective-C Programming
  • Sam Ruby, Agile Web Development with Rails
  • RA Dickey, Wherever I Wind Up
  • James Patterson, Tick Tock
  • Erica Sadun and Steve Sande, Pitch Perfect

I wasn’t true to the “no technology” cause. Besides the technology items on the list above I also read a ton of Apple iOS documentation in an attempt to improve my code generating skills. But then again, I couldn’t just stop working for the summer, could I?

Given that, though, and as summer should be, I spent most of my time reading fluff novels, especially novels from my youth. And boy did it feels good!

2 thoughts on “2012 Summer Reading List

  1. Hi Elia,

    You can start building your fall/winter list…

    For extremely practical follow ons in your iOS technical quest:

    – I reference these two on a regular basis (well, the iOS 5 versions, iOS 6 of one is out now).
    Erica Sadun: The Core iOS 6 Developer’s Cookbook (in early release right now)
    Erica Sadun: The Additional Recipes (with appropriate iOS preface)

    For fun and engaging SciFi:
    Anne McCaffrey: anything in the Pern series (Dragon*)


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