Here are references to books I’ve particularly enjoyed reading. These span a wide range of topics but each has been wonderfully entertaining in its own right.

Personal Development

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey (Free Press, ASIN: 0671708635)

The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment, by Philip Kapleau Roshi (Anchor, ASIN: 0385260938)

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki (Weatherhill, ASIN: 0834800799)


Thinking in Java (4th Edition), by Bruce Eckel (Prentice Hall PTR, ASIN: 0131872486)

Joe Celko’s Data and Databases: Concepts in Practice (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems), by Joe Celko (Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc., ASIN: 1558604324)


The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement, by Eliyahu M. Goldratt (North River Press, ASIN: 0884270610)


Failure is not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and (Thorndike Paperback Bestsellers), by Gene Kranz (Berkley Trade, ASIN: 0425179877)

Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World, by Kevin Kelly (Perseus Books Group, ASIN: 0201483408)

The Case for Mars, by Robert Zubrin (Free Press, ASIN: 0684835509)

The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography, by Simon Singh (Anchor, ASIN: 0385495323)


Foundation (Foundation Novels (Paperback)), by Isaac Asimov (Spectra, ASIN: 0553293354)