Being a relative noob just setting out in the industry it is a given that currently I am going through a phrase where learning shed loads is vitally important.
In general I learn a lot from reading blog posts and doing tutorials online but, for me when it comes to acquiring knowledge, there is no substitute for a book where the author can take you on a deep exploration of a subject. Reading these types of book at key to anyone’s development. Therefore I need to read lots. However this is causing me an issue or two, I have an ever growing reading list that I don’t seem to be able to make in roads into. I am being besieged by books. I think I am suffering from info-paralysis or from the modern problem of “information fatigue”.
I am struggling to find time to really get into these books. I seem to have developed a bad habit where I start a book, then for some reason don’t read anymore of it for a couple of weeks and then when it next comes to reading I pick something else up thinking maybe I’ll be able to get bits of this new book read more often and that I can revisit the other book at another time. Silly really but I can’t help it.
A prime example of this would be my progress with The Seven Languages in Seven Weeks book by Bruce Tate. I got it for Christmas, then at the first opportunity I picked it up, read the scene setter chapter then kicked off with the first programming language, Ruby. I completed day one, homework and all. The following weekend I attempted day 2. It took me a fair few hours to complete all the tasks and since that day I haven’t touch it again, often citing a lack of time as the reason why. A poor excuse really.
I suppose by writing this down I am stating what I want to do, which is read more books, so now if I don’t do it I can be held to account and I’ll only have myself to blame.
Here is a list of the books I having sitting on my bookshelf waiting patiently to be read:
- Don’t Make Me Think – by Steve Krug
- Web Standards Creativity – by Various
- The Design of Everyday Things – by Donald Norman
- The Smashing Book 1 – by Smashing Magazine
- Just My Type – by Simon Garfield
- Seven Languages In Seven Weeks – by Bruce Tate
- Designing With Data – by Brian Suda
- JQuery in Action – by Bibeault & Katz
That, for me, is a fair amount of reading and it is by no means a complete list. My virtual book list is longer still and is only growing by the day. This troubles me.
Anyway I have distracted you for too long. And I have some reading to do.
Have any tips on managing a giant reading list? Please pass them on in the comments below or if you are feeling cruel suggest a book I should add to the list.