I’ve never been a person to share what I’m reading on social media. Yet, friends and acquaintances still ask me what I’m reading frequently.
Typically, I’m always reading one book and listening to another. I walk about 75 minutes an evening and longer on weekends. That allows me to consume 40-50 audiobooks annually. Accordingly, I’ll break my reading into two buckets: reading and listening.
Last Updated: February 14, 2024
Next Update: March 15, 2024
What I’m Reading
I attended my state’s liberal arts school twice, receiving a B.A. in Communications (journalism emphasis) and a B.S. in Accountancy. I don’t know how, but I might have been the only student to have bypassed any psychology classes. My younger self wanted nothing to do with those classes.
This year, I’m turning to the social sciences as a major reading theme in 2024. The first two books I selected are physiology-centric, and I’m currently reading one.
Have you heard of the gorilla experiment?
This experiment tests for a person’s selective attention. I’ve always wanted to read the source material for this experiment in book form. The title is The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us. I’m only through chapter 2 and enjoying the book so far. It’s four-star good.
The book behind one of the most well-known psychology experiments ever created to explain a cognitive limitation few know we possess.
What I’m Listening To
When I pick a non-fiction title from Audible, I’m seeking new and interesting information. I’m always looking for best-selling books geared for those in other professions.
While writing Visual Basic code in Excel does not qualify me as a coder, I wanted to learn more about this craft by listening to the 20th anniversary edition of The Pragmatic Programmer.
The first six or seven chapters are great, and the authors provide career guidance to their readers. The following chapters are definitely a slog if you are not a programmer. I’m not quitting because many of the concepts apply to project managers overseeing the implementation of ERP solutions.
The ideal book for new coders, experienced programmers, or managers responsible for software projects. Even non-programmers can gain value from this book.