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Top 5 books in 2018
Dec 29, 2018

As the year comes to an end I want to go back and do a final review of all the books I completed this year, as a reminder regarding reading books every year I always want to achieve two things:

  1. Read more books than the previous year (26 in 2017), and
  2. Break my own record (31 in 2016).

Sadly, I wasn’t able to achieve either goal because I only finished reading 20 books (to be fair the other 3 in the queue are almost completed), I must commit next year and try again. Although I did not accomplish those goals I believe this time I was able to read some really cool ones, let’s get this thing started!


5: A Philosophy of Software Design

Released in April 2018, I finished reading A Philosophy of Software Design in September, I bought it because I saw a few people I follow on Twitter mentioning it, giving some nice reviews. It is a good academic book sprinkled with some concrete software mentions.

4: The 10X Rule

I finished The 10X Rule in February, this one is from 2011 and it is not technical at all, but still really relevant for what I’m trying to achieve. I like self-help-kind of books, they help me to improve my Soft Skills.

3: Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism was completed in September, I didn’t blog about it but I should have done it. I’m personally trying to become minimalistic, it is one of my 2019 resolutions because I do think it just feels better not owning a lot of material things. Cool book I got for free after borrowing it with my Amazon Prime.

2: Microservices in Action

Microservices in Action is legit! I read it in November, at the time it was still a MEAP. Really cool and complete Microservices book, I highly recommend it.

1: Designing Data-Intensive Applications

Designing Data-Intensive Applications is my top one! I completed this one in February and it is huge and a long read, but really it is worth all your time investment. It was released in 2017, but still in early 2018 it is really relevant, it includes the necessary theory to explain certain concepts and enough concrete software examples to help understand backend systems.


Honorable Mention: Get Programming With Go

It is so weird to see your name on the back of a book, even much more weirder seeing something you wrote there as well:

Perfectly organized for learning Go quickly, especially useful for inexperienced programmers

Get Programming With Go gets the honorable mention of the year, I’m so glad I was part of that project.


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