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Please recommend a book to read. List for 2015
22 points by m1117 on Dec 25, 2014 | hide | past | favorite | 20 comments
I want to make a list of books to read in 2015. Can you please recommend some that you think are most impactful or you like the most? Thanks

I plan to read this: "If Truth Be Told: A Monk's Memoir" http://www.amazon.in/If-Truth-Be-Told-Memoir/dp/9351368068/

" In the 1990s, an eighteen-year-old headed to Australia to realize his worldly dreams. With little money or support, he struggled to survive there. Two years later, he was earning an annual income of $250,000; by the age of twenty-six, he was a multimillionaire. Yet, worldly success was merely a way station on a journey that began years ago. As an eight-year-old, he saw a vision of God in a dream, an experience that left him with a sense of deep joy and peace. The dream triggered off his desire to meet God, to see a manifestation of the Divine. He practised astrology, intense meditation and tantra, yet God was nowhere in sight. Deeply frustrated, he dived into materialistic pursuits to distract himself from the restlessness within. After years of living the good life, he found he could no longer ignore the old restlessness; worldly pleasures just couldn’t fill the void within. He moved back to India and finally did what he had always yearned to do: renounce the world and become a monk. In the Himalayas, in terrifying silence and solitude, Om Swami practised intense meditation. Death was always close as he confronted starvation, the fierce elements and wild animals. Finally, his sadhana brought him to the ultimate "

The Four Steps To The Epiphany - Steve Blank

Neuromancer - William Gibson

Predictable Revenue - Aaron Ross, Marylou Tyler

The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand

The Ultimate Question 2.0 - Fred Reichheld‎

The Singularity is Near - Ray Kurzweil

Moonshot! - John Sculley

Zero To One - Peter Thiel

Republic - Plato

Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

The Mysterious Island - Jules Verne

Discipline of Market Leaders - Michael Treacy, Fred Wiersema

False Memory - Dean Koontz

NOS4A2- Joe Hill

Revival - Stephen King

Barbarians At The Gate - John Helyar and Bryan Burrough

Into Thin Air - John Krakauer

How To Measure Anything - Douglas Hubbard

and any collection of the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

From Ruby Rogues 184 RR

"JESSICA: Alright. So, I am going to echo one of Greg’s picks because it was on my list but for a different reason. ‘Seeing like a State’ is an amazing book. And I think it’s drastically changed the way I look at software, not for the same reason as Greg talked about but because it shows why what we do is hard. ‘Seeing like a State’ talks about all the subtleties of human systems and human interactions at the local context level. It talks about all the improvisation that everyone does on a day-to-day basis and how in real human communities, we’re constantly changing the system to adjust to a slightly different reality, to corner cases we hadn’t seen before but now we have. It’s shifting and it’s not well-defined. And suddenly it makes complete sense that the hardest part of software is figuring out what we want to do. That’s it. It’s a great book."


I just bought 4 books off of Amazon and got them today:

Mathematics: Its Content, Methods and Meaning. Highly recommended overview of math by some HNers so I figured I would check it out.

Venture capitalists at work. I didn't realize there were more "at work" series books other than coders and founders, so this one sounds right up my alley.

Information Rules, a book that's supposedly dated on economics and how it applies to the internet world. Recommended on Chris Dixon's blog and looked interesting. Thought I might get some new insights to bitcoin or something with it.

And Walter Isaacson's new book, the innovators.

I just started Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter, it's interesting.

Another vote of confidence for GEB

A masterpiece.

Any one book? Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan

Any one series? The Foundation series, Isaac Asimov

Other personal favourites include: The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho The Book of Disquet, Fernando Pessoa The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safron Foer Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

I'm really enjoying 7 concurrency models in 7 weeks. I'm about 2/3 through it. It has covered examples in Java, Clojure, and Elixir so far. As someone trying to learn a functional language (Clojure), I've found it to be a great introduction to the concurrency benefits of functional programming.

Books I imagine will have 'tremendous' (what a prior, lol) effect


Slavoj Zizek's Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism

Evgeny Morozov's To Save Everything Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism


William Gibson's Neuromancer

Vernor Vinge's A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought)

Rapid Interpretation of EKG's.

Really. It's fascinating. You not only learn how to read EKG's (obviously, after reading the book, you're still not qualified to argue with a seasoned practitioner), but you also learn a lot about how the human heart works.

Much more accessible than I thought.

Written by a confessed child pornographer as well! http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2001/12/07/fine-print-redux-be...

The Personal MBA - Josh Kaufman The First 20 Hours - Josh Kaufman So Good They Can't Ignore You - Cal Newport The 4-Hour Workweek - Tim Ferriss The 4-Hour Body - Tim Ferriss Stop Acting Rich - Thomas J. Stanley James Altucher - Choose Yourself

American Soccer Fans: Love Thy Soccer.


NO BULLSHIT guide to MATH and PHYSICS --- a calculus and mechanics textbook for adults; also covers high school math.

disclaimer: I'm the author

let me know if you guys find better replacements, but this is what I got on my list:

O'Reilly - Scott Murray - Interactive Data Visualization for the Web

Data Visualization with D3.js Cookbook

A First Course in Probability

Rails AntiPatterns - Best Practice Ruby on Rails Refactoring

Bayesian Data Analysis Andrew Gelma

The Pragmatic Programmer

Code Complete

Bishop - Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning

O'Reilly Mining The Social Web

Probability Theory: The Logic of Science


Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby

You can try "Steal like an Artist" if you are looking for a quick and easy read.

patti smith just kids

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