My summer reading list for 2019 is underway. It features 18 books and 5 graphic novels, making one of the biggest ones since I started keeping a formal list 12 years ago. As usual, it’s heavy on science fiction (space opera and military SF in particular) but there is a fantasy novel and a horror novel mixed in.
Different this year is the number of non-fiction books as a number of titles for work find their way onto the list: Learning Agile and ITIL Foundation: ITIL 4 Edition. Another book for work is The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. The book is about a factory struggling to improve its processes so they can return to profitability and save everyone’s jobs. It’s set in the 1980s (the book itself was written during that decade) but it’s still relatable to folks who never stepped on a factory floor. The Goal directly inspired The Phoenix Project, a novel about process improvement in IT, and one of the major books associated with the DevOps movement. If you enjoyed The Phoenix Project, you owe it to yourself to read this book as well.
You can follow my progress on GoodReads.