Books I have read

The Pragmatic Programmer

This book has taught me to never stop learning, to know my audience, how to estimate, to remove dead code regularly and to finish what I start.

Clean Code A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

I've learned a lot about writing clean code from this book, namely that simpler is always better, to follow the boy scout rule and to always look for the root cause. I also found out about code smells and rules for declaring names and managing comments.

Explain the Cloud Like I'm 10

I've learned why Netflix is so good at delivering content - their CDN, moving to AWS. I explored concepts of scalable computing, cloud service, it was an easy read.

Algorithms to live by

I became familiar with various algorithms and their application to real-life problems, namely Optimal stopping - 37% rule, Explore/exploit, Sorting theory, Caching theory, Scheduling theory and Game theory.

Atomic habits

This book inspired me to make reading a habit, which I accomplished using habit stacking. Key takeaway for me was to build identity-based habits, because your habits are a reflection of your current identity.

Positive Discipline the first three years

Positive Discipline is a marvelous approach to raising children - be kind but be firm. I learned a lot about common behavior in children: anger tantrums, power struggles etc.

Lord of the Rings series

The Lord of The Rings is a timeless gem of fantasy genre. The series was among the first advanced books which I read in English.

“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

The Witcher series

Read 3-times over, this 7-book now 8-book series captivated me during my teenage years. In combination with the games, the world of Geralt of Rivia consumed me... for quite a few months.

20000 Leagues Under the Sea

This journey through the depths of the ocean told, told in a thrilling way was fascinating. I was fully immersed in the story, discovering unknown animals and long-forgotten ruins.

“We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.”

Animal Farm

Animal Farm helped me to better understand how people felt about socialistic regime (my country was ruled by socialists until the end of the 20th century).

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”


I enjoy fantasy, so reading about vampires, even in old english was fun. It was a different experience from modern vampires and that's what made it exciting.

“There are bad dreams for those who sleep unwisely.”

Heart of Darkness

Aboard the steamer I ventured into the heart of Africa and was exposed to the evils of imperialism.

“We live as we dream - alone. While the dream disappears, the life continues painfully.”

Lost World

Working on yourself to impress others is not worth it - do it for yourself, that was my takeaway. Also dinosaurs are cool.

“Life is wonderful. It's a gift to be alive, to see the sun and breathe the air. And there isn't really anything else.”

All Quiet on the Western Front

Depicting the western front during the Great War, this book has displayed the horrors of war from a completely new perspective, first-person.

“Bombardment, barrage, curtain-fire, mines, gas, tanks, machine-guns, hand-grenades - words, words, but they hold the horror of the world.”

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a classic sci-fi book with elements of horror. Good read overall.

“You start a question, and it's like starting a stone. You sit quietly on the top of a hill; and away the stone goes, starting others...”

Time Machine

Exploring the future of degenerated human race was a fun read.

“We should strive to welcome change and challenges, because they are what help us grow. With out them we grow weak like the Eloi in comfort and security. We need to constantly be challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence.”

The Handmaid's tale

Dystopian society where women are treated merely as servants to help around the house and to reproduce. This story, while set in future, draws similarities between the past and the present. I liked this story from a woman's perspective.

“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don't let the bastards grind you down.”