I have recently been getting a lot of my leisurely entertainment from YouTube videos and podcasts (I do have a Netflix account, but rarely seem to watch these days). Although consuming YouTube or podcasts is not necessarily a bad thing, I am aware I am consuming content that has either: a) been in a very specific topic/area, or b) has been feed to me by an algorithm.
I wanted to expose myself to topics, opinions, stories and history I would otherwise not encounter. I thought a good way to do this would be to read more books. I think books are often curated in such a way that makes them a very diverse medium than the content I had been consuming more recently.
I decided to invested in an audible account as I could listen to books using my Amazon Alexa while doing other things around the house.
I also noted there is an interesting feature on Kindle called ‘whisper sync for voice ready’. Which essentially lets you read a book in kindle form, and then switch to audio if you need to get on the move and want to continue. This will be useful when I need to dash off in the car or gym and want to keep reading.
Below are sections on the book I am currently reading, the books I have read, and a few that are on my to-read list.
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss has been an entertaining and quite funny read so far, even in just the first few pages. I am looking forwards to the remainder of this book.
A list of books I have read in the past that I recommend.
The ultimate guide to naming your product or business. or in my case, next software project. I decided to read this book to help me with naming software and applications in my day job, which I have been really awful at in the past. This book is packed with useful tips and tricks which I find myself using day to day all the time, even years after reading the book.