And when I talk with people about books, I usually have eight questions on my mind:
How many books do you read (on average)?
Which books did you read lately?
Why did you choose to read those books?
What is your (brief) opinion of those books?
What book are you reading now?
What is your opinion of that book so far?
Which books are you planning to read?
Why do you intend to read those books?
I noticed that some readers of this blog (and some followers on Twitter) had the same questions for me. So I devised a simple format that answers all questions in one stroke. I'm calling this format my "book slide". It's a book slide because: A) sliding from top to bottom you rapidly get a full picture of the kind of reading that I do; and B) the information would (possibly) fit on just one PowerPoint slide.
Here's my current book slide. I intend to update it regularly…
I like most of Joel's blog writings, so I wanted to read this "best-of" collection. The only problem is that there's no real structure to the book. You could read it back to front, and it wouldn't make a difference.
It is the best book on this topic, but it made me realize that rapid reading is just not my cup of tea. It's like watching a movie at three times the normal speed. I can still understand it, but I don't enjoy it anymore.
The most interesting concept for me was treating the organization as an organism (but I already knew about that). But I stopped reading halfway through, when I couldn't find any other interesting stuff.
I wanted practical tips for things to do in my job as a manager. And I got it. It's a very useful book, and you should buy it. Though I deduct one point, because I didn't like the stories with fictional characters.