Since I have a good library system near by, I tend to start a lot of books – sometimes I finish them, other times I get what I need from them and return them. I used to feel really bad about abandoning authors, but time is a scarce resource, so I am ruthless with dropping a book that isn’t providing either enjoyment or answers.
Below is a list of these books, complete with any notes that I may have kept while reading them.
The Sugar Brain Fix
This book has an interesting position on how the brain treats bad foods. In a nutshell, the reason why we reach for bad foods is the result of being deficient in Dopamine and Serotonin, which these bad foods trick the brain into releasing.
The Pragmatic Programmer
This is probably one of the most classic programming books that is frequently recommended to programmers by programmers. I catagorize this type of book as Programmer’s Self-Help. Some will find it helpful, others look for more actionable advice. I read this when I was about 2 years into my software engineering career.