What I Read in 2016

2018-04-22 | 383 words

Another article from the archive secrets section is here.

  1. One Shot is Enough was a completely relaxing read - stories about how young men started some startup. Quote: “The value of a company is measured by how many problems you solve together.” - Daniel Ek, Spotify.
  2. Project Management - this was more of a textbook that I didn’t finish. I have only one excerpt from it - “solve problems while they are small”.
  3. Global Self-Service - I often compare this book to Happiness Delivered, and it comes out worse from this comparison. The main two takeaways:
    1. “Communication is a sign of dysfunction.”
    2. “Deploying reinforcements to solve complex software products => even greater delays”
  4. Paganini’s Contract (Lars Kepler) - a detective story from the north. Fun fact: “Lars Kepler is a pseudonym for a married couple Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril.”
  5. Initiation (Arnošt Lustig) - collected works on adolescence.
  6. 40 Days on Foot to Jerusalem - a funny travelogue by Ladík Zibura. Towards the end, he repeated himself a bit :)
  7. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (Milan Kundera) - my first Kundera book, I don’t remember it very well.
  8. The Stolen Artwork (Jan Baťa) - a very nice Baťa story. The factory survived two world wars, but it was only under the communists that it was successfully stolen.
  9. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera) - a beautiful book. “Sometimes the weight is equal to the experience and reality.”
  10. Krakatit - “Whoever lives, does both good and evil, as if crumbling.”
  11. Youth in Revolt - funny. Too bad I didn’t read it 10 years ago.
  12. Doing Business in the USA - a very good ebook by John Vaňhara.
  13. Thus Spoke Zarathustra - an ultra-heavy work. I read 10% and I’m proud of it.
  14. The Man in the High Castle - Japan and Germany ruled the world.
  15. The Hanging Girl - a thrilling Nordic detective story.
  16. Modern PHP - how to write PHP in a modern way.
  17. Twilight of Homo Economicus - I don’t have Sedláček’s order, but this slim book was good. “We believe that we don’t believe. Yet we believe much more than ever before; we believe in many more things.”

Now you can sleep peacefully knowing what I read in 2016! You can already look forward to the next part.