2020 - The Year in Books

During childhood, books were my mentors, my friends, and my parallel reality. It played a significant role in my satisfaction for exploring the world. After college graduation, I finally have more free time to revisit my childhood hobby 🙃.

This year, 2020, I decided to make a wishlist of books I would like to read. I may adjust this list depending my free time and priorities. ✅ = Done, 📖 = Reading.

Career Development

  • Code Complete 2 - Steve McConnell, 2004.
  • Rapid Development - Steve McConnell, 1996.
  • Don’t Make Me Think - Don Norman, 1998.
  • The Design of Everyday Things - Don Norman, 2003.
  • Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship - Robert C. Martin, 2008.
  • Ship it! A Practical Guide to Successful Software Projects - Jared Richardson, William Gwaltney, 2005.
  • ✅Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future - Peter Thiel, Blake Masters, 2014.


  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams - Matthew Walker, 2017.
  • Emotional Intelligence - Daniel Goleman, 2005.
  • ✅Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill, 2005.
  • ✅A Gift to My Children: A Father’s Lessons for Life and Investing - Jim Rogers, 2009.
  • 📖Made in Korea: Chung Ju Yung and the Rise of Hyundai - Richard M. Steers, 1998.

Personal Finance

  • 📖Your Money Or Your Life - Vicky Robin et al., 2008.
  • ✅ The Total Money Makeover - Dave Ramsey, 2003.
  • ✅The Value of Debt in Building Wealth - Thomas J. Anderson, 2016.

Note to myself:

  1. What changed in how one accessed to info since 2000?

Formally, reading book or taking a class is a means to access information. In recent years, an interesting phenomenon about how one accessed to information is very different than 20 years ago. We have now blog posts, youtubers, and many other channels to access information.

  • College students can take courses online by famous professors.
  • Software developers can use StackOverflow to obtain quick hints on a solution.
  • Facebook allows users to obtain news faster than ever.

That is great! However, it is important for info consumers to be selective, and skeptical about what information to trust.