Every night, before I fall asleep, I tend to read. That way, I read about 15 books a year. Some good ones, some not so good ones. I had the pleasure of reading some quite good ones I’d like to share with you all.

Scott Adams - How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

Do you know Dilbert? Scott is the guy drawing them. In this “kind of a self-improvement” book he explains his methodology for winning in life. In a short: it’s about having a system for success, rather than goals. And he repeats that mantra over and over again. What’s special about this book is the way the author is demistifying himself. Contrary to most authors of these kinds of books, he works hard at making at clear that he’s just an ordinary guy, with a bit of luck, good timing and a well designed talent mix.

Dale Carnegie - How to Win Friends and Influence People</a>

Well, the title is more creepy than the contents. Dale explains how to be good in making conversation and how to not be a jackass. This knowledge is invaluable when it comes to running a business, so I read this thing in a day or two – definitely one of the more funny books I read in a while.

Blaine Harden – Escape from Camp 14: One man's remarkable odyssey from North Korea to freedom in the West (English Edition)

A dramatic story, a nice thriller. Except: it’s real. A disturbing eyewitness account about growing up in a North Korean concentration camp, about trust, the will to live and the escape. In my opinion a must read. Took me about two nights of not sleeping much to get through this.

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win (English Edition)

Recommended to me by a very good friend, I though this was some kind of business-dominating-IT-bullshit. But it wasn’t. Actually, it’s a well written story about a failing IT department in a failing company and all the microsteps, management techniques and struggles involved in getting it back on track. If you are in IT (and chances are, you are if you read this blog), go read it.