My Book Buffer

I read a lot.  Let me rephrase that… I read A LOT!!! I’m actually a little bit obsessive compulsive when it comes to buying books.  I see a book, look at its cover, read the description and usually, I get this feeling that “this book might change my life!!!!”… So I buy it.

Unfortunately, my reading “rate” is much lower than my buying rate… so I accumulate books.  It got so bad that I had to create a system to curb my book buying impulses.

My system is quite simple:

I have reserved one shelf of one bookcase to house all the books that I have yet to read.  This shelf is about 2.5 feet wide by 1.5 feet high.  I do not allow myself to buy a book if I cannot store it in this shelf.  It’s that simple.

Software and Technology Books

  • Eloquent Javascript
  • Javascript Patterns
  • Elixir 1.2
  • Functional Web Development with Elixir, OTP and Phoenix
  • Designing for Behavior Change
  • Rails Test Prescriptions
  • About Face
  • The Information
  • Clean code
  • Design Sprint: A Practical Guidebook for Building Great Digital Products
  • The Inevitable
  • The fascinating world of graph theory
  • Turing’s cathedral
  • Thinking in systems

Business Books

  • Getting beyond better
  • Saving Capitalism
  • Capital
  • Smart Cities
  • The death of cities
  • Reality Checks
  • The Hard thing about hard things
  • The Dark Age Ahead
  • The Open Society and its Enemies
  • Citizenville
  • High Output Management
  • Political Order and Political Decay
  • My years at General Motors
  • Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination
  • Playing to win
  • Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices

Self Improvement Books

  • Fat for Fuel
  • Thinking Fast and Slow
  • Your new prime
  • The Organized Mind
  • Far from the Tree
  • Meditations” from Marcus Aurelius
  • Letters from a stoic
  • Dialogues
  • Start with Why
  • Influence
  • The Seventh Sense

Novels and Interesting Books

  • The Emperor of all Maladies
  • The graveyard book
  • Sapiens
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell
  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb
  • The Elegant Universe
  • We always lived in the castle
  • In the shadow of the Sword
  • Civilization
  • The Better Angels of our Nature
  • The Player of Games
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos
  • The Weather Makers
  • Moonwalking with Einstein
  • Use of Weapons
  • Neverwhere
  • Seveneves
  • The Great White North
  • Abyss Beyond Dreams
  • The art of asking
  • Regenesis
  • The Player of Games
  • The History of Canada
  • Turing’s cathedral
  • This is your Brain on Music
  • Corto Maltese
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
  • The Last Lion
  • SketchUp 2014 for Dummies
  • Dark matter and the dinosaurs
  • The Republic of Thieves
  • Red seas under red sky
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora
  • The Gene
  • Mindfulness
  • The view from the cheap seats
  • Antifragile
  • Voyage au bout de la nuit
  • The power of habit
  • Guitar Zero
  • Anathem

P.S.  I’m not too sure what to do about digital books.  I also buy a lot of those but since they don’t take any physical space in my buffer, I haven’t found a clear way to add them to this physical buffer.  I might use older books of the same general size to use as proxy for those.