Recently Read

I think the title is pretty self explanatory but this is where I will list all of my recently read books. Now before you go and start judging the minuscule amount of books here, keep in mind that word: recently. If you don’t see a lot here then I haven’t read a lot recently. You would think I wouldn’t have to explain this but here we are…

 Sonmez, John Z. Soft Skills : the Software Developer’s Life Manual. Shelter Island, NY : Manning Publications, 2015.

Soft Skills: The software developer’s live manual

The first book I have read in awhile. I recommend this book to any software developer that wants to improve on all fronts. This book is the one that inspired me to start this blog in the first place, so if anyone, thank John Sonmez for my tarnishing of the Internet. But in all seriousness, this is a fantastic book to read cover to cover or just use as a quick reference. John is funny writes in his own tone of voice making the book funny and easygoing despite the serious topics that are discussed. If you are scared of books for whatever reason, then check out his blog at

Farrell, Paul B. The Lazy Person’s Guide to Investing: a Book for Procrastinators, the Financially Challenged, and Everyone Who Worries about Dealing with Their Money. Warner, 2006.

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Investing

For a while I have been wanting to get into investing because it is the key to saving for retirement and accumulating wealth. Like a moron though, I thought stocks were the only way to make money from investing. Individual stocks are very stressful and require a constant amount of monitoring. Not to mention the fact that it is very difficult to make money from them (as no one can really predict the stock market). Combine this knowledge with my inherent laziness and you can probably guess I never got started. But when I saw a book on the shelf of a thrift store that was basically called: Investing for Lazy people, I knew I had found my guide. The book goes over a ton of funds and investing strategies in language that a noob (like me) can understand. It’s light-hearted tone and short sections for each topic keep the book interesting even though it is about stereotypically boring material. I would recommend it to anyone young or old who wants to start investing. Just don’t buy it from a thrift store like I did so you won’t have to take a break every 15 minutes from coughing up dust. You can get it on amazon (like a normal person) here:

Hillenbrand, Laura. “Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.” Amazon, Ballantine Books, 2018,

Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

I had a blast listening to the audiobook version of Unbroken. I have started to listen to audiobooks like this at the gym and this one certainly passed the time. Like the title says, it is an amazing story about survival and the resiliency of the human spirit. I urge you to not only watch the movie, read this book. The main character recently passed away in 2014 and you can see interviews that he did later in life as well. This is an amazing story and I definitely recommend it.

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