What I’m Reading

In 2019, I plan on reading/listening to 18 books by the end of the year. I listen to books when I run, which makes for time best used.

You Don’t Know JS: Async & Performance – April 2019

This is Marketing – Mar 2019

You Don’t Know JS: Types & Grammar – Feb 2019

You Don’t Know JS: this & Object Prototypes – Jan 2019

This year in 2018, I made a goal to read 12 books by the end of the year. I have had books sitting on my selves collecting dust, so this year I finally took action. The 12 books doesn’t include the books I listen to on my runs. I’ve ran 2 marathons in the last year (2 years prior, I had never run further than 4 miles). I utilize the time running, learning and meditating. 

You Don’t Know JS: Scopes and Closures – Dec 2018

This book is focused on the Scope and Closure of JavaScript. The topics of discussion include: what is scope, defining lexical scope, function scope vs block scope, hoisting, and scope closures. 

The Obstacle is the Way (audio book) – Nov/Dec 2018

This book is inspired from the Greek philosophy, stoicism. Stoicism is the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher.

I have become an advocate of stoicism every since I first heard about it from Tim Ferriss. I look at every fear and obstacle in a objective view. I use as my fear as a compass, and as something I run towards instead of away from. To live with a complete stoic mind is my ultimate goal. 

Beginning Programming with Java for Dummies. – Nov 2018

I bought this book 4 years ago. I was didn’t know where to start so, I figured I could start anywhere. I started to read it, had no idea what any of it meant and quit. A year later, I started my computer programming career. 

I kept the book all these years, knowing one day I would dive into it. This was the time. I started reading it on the subway to and from work everyday. This time around, it seemed too elementary. Other than the tiny bits of Java code, I knew and understood everything and skimmed through the book in a couple weeks. Sometimes it’s good to realize how far we’ve come and looking at this book helped me tremendously.