Reading List

While this is a bit off topic from my general focus on technology, software development, and enterprise architecture, I was asked by some folks today about what I was currently reading and thought that it was interesting question. You can tell a lot about a person's personality and thought processes by what they read.

I love to read a varying amount of topics, however, I end up collecting more books than I get time to actually finish reading. The stack next to my bed needs some paring down.

I am currently reading three different books on three different topics -- two non-fiction, one fiction.

On Writing
WellThe most recent book that I have started is On Writing Well by William Zinsser.

As the title suggests this book is about improving one's writing. Written by a Yale English professor (and current Columbia School of Journalism professor), it is light and moving in its pace and practical in its instruction. I have found myself writing more and more as my career progresses either in writing specs and/or design documents, emails, etc. on the job and then outside of work in things like this blog and maybe eventually breaking into authoring articles and books eventually. I love the written word as a form of expression and persuasion.

Expert Business Objects in
C#The other work of non-fiction is a technology book from Rocky Lhotka, Expert Business Objects in C#. I am only 30 pages or so into this book now, and while some of it is a bit remedial for a more advanced user of C# and OO concepts in general, overall, I think this book will be an excellent source of ideas for middle-layer development and design.

His framework, CSLA.NET is covered in the book explaining his design decisions. This framework is freely available as well on his website.

The
AssassinsLast but not least is the pure entertainment book. It's the last from Oliver North in the Peter Newman trilogy, The Assassin s. Being a fan of Tom Clancy, I was a bit skeptical when someone told me these books were like Tom Clancy's, however, upon reading them I found them to be of the same "gripping quality" while remaining much lighter to read.

I probably finished the entire trilogy in the same amount of time it would take me to finish a typical Tom Clancy tome. However, they are equally enjoyable. I hope to see more fiction of Oliver North.

Tags: books, reading list, william zinsser, on writing well, oliver north, the assassins, rocky lhotka, expert business objects