Book Recommendations

I’m not a big reader of fiction, preferring scientific and psychology books, along with the odd autobiography. Basically, I like to learn and expand my mind further. And, yes, autobiographies can do that too.

You can view my Goodreads profile, although I don’t update this as often as I should.

However, here are a few of my personal favourites.

Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case

We are surrounded by stationery: half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex are integral parts of our everyday environment. So much so that we never think about where they come from, why they are the way they are – or what stories they might have to tell.

As a stationary geek, this is a great book and I got some good recommendations too for purchases!

Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and the Secrets of High Performance

Black Box Thinking is a new approach to high performance, a means of finding an edge in a complex and fast-changing world. It has powerful implications for business, sports and politics, as well as for parents and students. In other words, all of us.

Drawing on an array of case studies and real-world examples, together with cutting-edge research on marginal gains, creativity and grit, Matthew Syed tells the inside story of how success really happens – and how we cannot grow unless we are prepared to learn from our mistakes.

I loved this book and learnt much from it. With lots of examples taken from real life this is a book that re-iterates a point without it getting tiring.

On the Edge: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore

On the Edge: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore tells the story through over 44 hours of interviews with former engineers and managers: Chuck Peddle, the digital God who created a revolution with the 6502 chip and designed the PET computer. Al Charpentier, the chain smoking architect of Commodore’s revolutionary graphics chips. Bob Yannes, the frustrated musician and synthesizer aficionado who designed the Commodore 64 and the SID sound chip. Bil Herd, the unruly engineer who created the maligned Plus/4 and later sought redemption with the C128. The Amiga engineers, who created the first true multimedia system even before the word multimedia existed. Irving Gould, financier and majority shareholder who rescued Commodore in the sixties, then allowed it to wither.

I cannot understate how much I like this book and I’ve read it cover-to-cover twice already 🙂 My first computer was a Commodore 64 and this book, with lots of geeky technical details, really brings the rocky history of Commodore to life. As with many of the books on my list too, it teaches a lot of lessons too.

Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English

The Naked Jape: Uncovering The Hidden World Of Jokes

Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry

The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail

The Coming Global Superstorm