Sunday, December 2, 2012

Best Books I Read in 2012

Here's a quick list of some of my favorite books this year.

1) Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

I started the year finishing this book over the holiday break.

The first 400 pages are a quick-read and a must-read. After that the 'modern' Steve takes over the book covering the last decade, which if you read any tech news, you'll already know most of it. Still, it's a great read and highly recommended.

Buy on Amazon.

2) Content Strategy for the Web by Kristina Halvorson.

I've written about this book before. It's a good manual for anyone working in the industry.

I was a bit disappointed that it didn't cover mobile but luckily Content Strategy for Mobile came out this year as well.

 Buy on Amazon.

3) How to Find Fulfilling Work by Roman Krznaric

In my search for the perfect balance I picked up this book at the School of Life.

A quick read with lots of insightful tidbits and encouragement. I was surprised to find myself quite inspired by the end of it.

 Buy on Amazon.

 4) Leonardo Da Vinci: The Flights of the Mind by Charles Nicholl.

One of the best and most detailed biographies I've read in a while. There is so much and so little that we know about Da Vinci. Nicholl does a great job of piecing together the artefacts of this life and weaving in and out between a historical account and a personal voyage. The book is a bit slow going at first, but worth the effort.

 Buy on Amazon.

 5) In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.
Ever since I read Larson's The Devil in the White City, I've been an avid fan. I love his writing and this book didn't disappoint.

Larson has an uncanny ability to write about anyone with such detail and compassion that you instantly relate to his characters.

 Buy on Amazon.

 6) Bossypants by Tina Fey.

I'm a big fan of Tina Fey so I had to read this book. Her years writing at SNL are so apparent in this book, with perfect timing and delivery, you can almost visualize her telling you the stories.

I wonder if this one might have been better as an audible book rather than text.

 Buy on Amazon.

7) Boomerang: The Biggest Bust by Michael Lewis.

Unlike many readers, I actually don't paticularly like Michael Lewis books. I find his writing a bit cutting (though not quite Hemingway-esque) and bland. I tend to prefer writing that is a bit more lyrical.

That said, I still picked up this book because even if I'm not taken with the actual writing, his subject matter is always fascinating. If you want a quick (ala Financial Crisis for Dummies) understanding of what has happened in each failed European country, this is it.

 Buy on Amazon.

If you are looking for some interesting books to read, here's a great list I found on Buzzfeed.

1 comment:

stacybuckeye said...

I listened to Bossy Pants and the audio was fantastic, especially for Tina fans.