Reading list

I believe that to become a “quality developer” it is a good idea to not only have a technological understanding but also a general understanding of how the world works. Remember, the software systems you develop will be used by humans to solve problems i society, act accordingly.

The following list is just my recommendations and can be seen as inspirational. Some books are worth reading to get knowledge about an idea, that is different from agreeing with the author in everything.

  • Technology
    • Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs – Abelson, Sussman
    • Release It! – Michael T. Nygard
    • Thinking in Systems – Donella H. Meadows
    • Working with legacy code – Michael Feathers
    • Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture – Martin Fowler
    • Enterprise Integration Patterns – Gregor Hohpe and Bobby Woolf
    • Building evolutionary architectures – Ford, Parsons, Kua
    • Design It! – Michael Keeling
    • Clean Architecture – Robert C. Martin
    • Accelerate – Nicole Forsgren et al.
    • The design of everyday things – Don Norman
    • Programming Elixir 1.6 – Dave Thomas
  • The state of the world
    • Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
    • Homo Deus – Yuval Noah Harari
    • 21 lessons for the 21st century – Yuval Noah Harari
    • Medieval Europe – Chris Wickham
    • A short history of nearly everything – Bill Bryson
    • Civilization – Niall Ferguson
    • The Rational Optimist – Matt Ridley
    • The Innovators – Walter Isaacson
    • Empire – Niall Ferguson
    • The War of the World – Niall Ferguson
    • Who Rules the World – Noam Chomsky
    • The Ascent of Money – Niall Ferguson
    • Gryning över Kalahari : hur människan blev människa – Lasse Berg
    • Skymningssång i Kalahari : Hur människan bytte tillvaro – Lasse Berg
    • Ut ur Kalahari : Drömmen om det goda livet – Lasse Berg
    • Reality Is Not What It Seems : The Journey to Quantum Gravity – Carlo Rovelli
    • Energy and Civilization – Vaclav Smil
  • Thinking
    • Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
    • Fooled by Randomness – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • The Black Swan – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Free Will – Sam Harris
    • Everybody Lies – Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
    • Life 3.0 – Max Tegmark
    • Our Mathematical Universe – Max Tegmark
    • Moonwalking with Einstein – Joshua Foer
    • How to change your mind – Michael Pollan
    • Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
    • The Virtue of Selfishness – Ayn Rand
    • The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
    • Brave new world – Aldous Huxley
    • The pleasure of finding things out – Richard P. Feynman
    • The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson
    • A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
    • The Greates show on Earth – Richard Dawkins
    • Introvert – Linus Jonkman
    • A Field guide to lies and statistics – Daniel Levitin
    • Irresistible – Adam Alter
    • The power of habit – Charles Duhigg
    • Factfulness – Hans Rosling
    • Gödel, Escher, Bach: An eternal golden braid – Douglas R. Hofstadter
    • Walden – Henry David Thoreaus
    • Nextopia – Micael Dahlen
    • Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress – Steven Pinker
    • 12 Rules for Life : An Antidote to Chaos – Jordan B. Peterson
  • Autobiographies
    • The Story of My Experiments with Truth – Mahatma Gandhi
    • Benjamin Franklin – Walter Isaacson
    • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – Benjamin Franklin
    • Hur jag lärde mig förstå världen – Hans Rosling
    • Leonardo da Vinci – Walter Isaacson
    • Ludwig von Mises – Eamonn Butler
    • Milton Friedman – Eamonn Butler
    • Dag Hammarskjöld – Mats Svegfors
    • Katastrofdoktorn – Johan von Schreeb
    • Albert Einstein – Albrecht Fölsing
    • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela – Nelson Mandela
    • The Long Hard Road Out of Hell – Marilyn Manson
    • Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacsons
    • Total Recall – Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Becoming – Michelle Obama
  • Health
    • Why we sleep – Matthew Walker
    • Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ – Giulia Enders
    • The Real Happy Pill: Power Up Your Brain by Moving Your Body – Anders Hansen
    • Low Carb, High Fat Food Revolution – Andreas Eenfeldt
    • How Not to Die – Michael Greger
    • Born to Run – Christopher McDougall
  • Business and performance
    • Good to Great – Jim Collings
    • The Four – Scott Galoway
    • Shoe Dog – Phil Knight
    • Start with Why – Simon Sinek
    • Leaders eat Last – Simon Sinek
    • Find Your Why – Simon Sinek
    • Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
    • Zero to One – Peter Thiel
    • How Google Works – Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg
    • Talk like TED – Carmine Gallo