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I enjoy learning stuff about multiple disciplines. Here you will find the books I am reading now and the ones I already read.

Reading now

The Rails 5 Way

Author: Obie Fernández.

Language: English

Programming Phoenix

Author: Chris McCord, Bruce Tate, José Valim

Review: Great book for getting into Phoenix but it covers version 1.2. There has been major changes in version 1.3 affecting core topics such as project structure. Although it is backwards compatible, some explanations are obsolete, reading now the explanation why something was in that way and seeing it in the opposite way today is confusing. New version is scheduled for December 2017.

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Badass: Making users awesome

Badass: Making users awesome

Author: Kathy Sierra

Language: English

The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles

The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles

Author: Marianne Williamson

Language: English

Already finished

Programming Ruby 1.9 & 2.0

Author: Dave Thomas et al.

Language: English.

Review: The Pickaxe. This is a must read for every Ruby programmer. It isn’t only a very complete guide, it’s the Guide. I have read both this one and The Well Ground Rubyist. I recommend you to read both. If you ask me in which order, start with The Well Grounded Rubyist, which will give you a great overview, and continue with the Pickaxe, which will go deep in every topic. That’s what I did.

La semana laboral de 4 horas

Author: Timothy Ferris.

Language: Spanish. Original English “The 4-Hour Work Week”.

Review: I enjoyed reading this book because it gives you a complete different paradigm compared to the one you are used to live by. It also has great suggestions and roadmaps for testing and launching new products. As downside I don’t like when the author makes unethical suggestions like pretending to be sick, distorting work performance or tricking people. That doesn’t go with me.

Antes de renunciar a tu empleo

Author: Robert Kiyosaki.

Language: Spanish. Original English “Rich Dad’s Before you quit your job”.

Review: This book shows you how it looks like to be a business owner and tells you how to prepare for that. It has great value inside because it covers Robert’s whole process from employee to business owner. He tells you more about his missions in Vietnam, how he joined Xerox, more details about his first businesses and how he and Kim Kiyosaki designed and implemented Rich Dad’s company. The negative part for the Spanish version is the translation, it is too focused on Mexican readers and it is sometimes difficult to understand for Spanish speakers outside Mexico.

The everything store

Author: Brad Stone.

Language: English.

Review: Great book about Amazon. I personally wanted to know more about Jeff Bezos, as it says “Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon”. At the first chapters you get a taste of the founder’s childhood but then it focuses 100% in Amazon and inner stories about its executives and workers. Recommended.

El monje que vendió su Ferrari

Author: Robin Sharma.

Language: Spanish. Original English “The monk who sold his Ferrari”

Review: Five stars book. It is about Julian Mantle, a successful lawyer that left his job to find the true purpose of life. He went to India and Himalaya, where he found some Himalayan gurus that revealed him the secrets of an enlightened life. He comes back to tell a former colleague the teachings he learnt from the gurus and spread their message.

Los secretos de la mente millonaria

Author: T. Harv Eker.

Language: Spanish. Original English “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind”

Review: I really liked this book and its approach about reprogramming your mind. The analogy for software engineers is perfect. T. Harv Eker suggests throwing away your old wrong buggy files and copying the “rich” ones provided in his book into your hard disk (mind). It goes in the same line of Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad (which I reviewed below). As a negative part, the author makes too much promotion of his own seminaries and other products. Although you might expect that from this kind of books, in this one you particularly have the feeling of being at the start point of a sales funnel.

Elon Musk

Author: Ashlee Vance.

Language: English.

Review: I love Tesla cars, Space X and the philosophy of Solar City so I wanted to know more about the man controlling the strings. Although I would prefer the book to be written by Elon himself, in this book you get a very valuable information about his life (also early years) and how he managed and struggled to create his companies.

Piense y hágase rico

Author: Napoleon Hill.

Language: Spanish. English version: “Think and grow rich”.

Review: This book is a must read. Although it was published in 1937 most of the topics are still relevant. Napoleon Hill learnt directly from the lessons of the millionaire and industrialist Andrew Carnegie. He also spent 25 years of his life studying the richest families in the United States. The result of all his observations was distilled into this book.

Blockchain: La revolución industrial de internet

Author: Alexander Preukschat and others.

Language: Spanish

Review: This book gives you an introduction to the Blockchain technology and exposes several fields where it is currently in use or where it could be applied in the future. It is interesting to start educating yourself in this technology.

Nunca te pares

Author: Phil Knight, Nike founder’s autobiography.

Language: Spanish. Original English “Shoe Dog”.

Review: I loved this book. You can see and feel how Phil Knight created Nike together with Bill Bowerman. Some have said the style isn’t the best as it was written by a non professional writer, but as Phil is the founder I see it an advantage. Phil doesn’t present himself as a hero, as some professional writers do when they write about a successful businessman. He tells you about everything, not only about his successes, but also when he made mistakes and suffered in the process. Five stars.

RemoteRemote

Author: David Heinemeier Hansson, Jason Fried

Language: English

Review: Great book about the present and future of remote work. I already work remotely and can confirm everything said in it. A 10/10 for the Basecamp guys for always sharing their culture and for being always at the edge, not only in technology, but also in human aspects.

Agile Web Development with Rails 3.1

Author: Sam Ruby, Dave Thomas, David Heinemeier Hansson.

Language: English

Review: Awesome book. Although it may be focused for beginners, this book is a must even if you have already developed some Rails applications. It will provide you solid foundations on Ruby on Rails development. Current version is for Rails 5 which I may take a look to see how they have updated it.

The 10X Rule

Author: Grant Cardone.

Review: I really enjoyed this. This book is about having the mindset for achieving success. 10X Baby!!!

Programming Elixir 1.3

Author: Dave Thomas

Language: English

Review: Really awesome book. It covers every topic about Elixir, but it is not the intention of this book to be exhaustive about anyone in particular. I solved the exercises here.

Bolsa para dummiesBolsa para dummies

Autor: Josef Ajram

Language: Spanish

Review: I was curious about day trading and how it works. Josef Ajram explains in this book his day trading method in a way it is really easy to understand. I haven’t tested it by myself because it is not compatible with my daily job and goals but could be useful for you.

Elixir

Elixir: Getting started

Author: Elixir Community.

The Well-Grounded Rubyist

Autor: David A. Black

Language: English

Review: Great book to introduce yourself to the Ruby programming language. In my case I read the 2009 edition updated for Ruby 1.9.1. There is already a second edition from 2014 if you are curious about it.

Programming in Scala

Autor: Martin Odersky, Lex Spoon, Bil Venners

Language: English

Review: Perfect guide to understand Scala written by the creators of this programming language

Clean Code

A handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

Autor: Robert C. Martin

Language: English

Review: This book is an absolute must. You will learn about smells and how to solve problems from the daily work that uncle Bob already faced and distilled for you in this master piece.

Análisis técnico y velas japonesas para inversores de medio y largo plazo partiendo de ceroAnálisis técnico y velas japonesas para inversores de medio y largo plazo partiendo de cero

Author: Gregorio Hernández Jiménez

Language: Spanish

Review: Great book to understand stock market charting, technical analysis and Japanese candlesticks. It explains the theory and psychology of each figure and its interpretation for medium and long term investors.

La buena suerte

La buena suerte

Author: Fernando Trías de Bes, Alex Rovira Celma

Language: Spanish

Review: Narrated as a fairy tale, very easy to read. It leaves you a great feeling at the end. After reading it, you realize that you are the one and only responsible of your good luck and the man in charge of creating the opportunity so your good luck can happen.

El cuadrante del flujo del dinero

El cuadrante del flujo del dinero

Author: Robert T. Kiyosaki

Language: Spanish, original in English: Cashflow Quadrant

Cómo invertir en Bolsa a largo plazo partiendo de cero

Cómo invertir en Bolsa a largo plazo partiendo de cero

Author: Gregorio Hernández Jiménez

Language: Spanish

Notes: This book explains general stock market concepts oriented to long term investments.

El hombre más rico de BabiloniaEl hombre más rico de Babilonia

Author: George S. Clason

Language: Spanish, original in English: The richest man in Babylon

Notes: Narrated as a fable. Explains how a slave from the ancient Babylon learns how to be rich.

Educación financiera avanzada partiendo de ceroEducación financiera avanzada partiendo de cero

Author: Gregorio Hernández Jiménez

Language: Spanish

Notes: This book explains and compares several types of investions, with special focus on stock markets and real estate.

Padre rico, padre pobrePadre rico, padre pobre

Author: Robert T. Kiyosaki

Language: Spanish, original in English: Rich dad, poor dad

Notes: Bestseller about financial intelligence narrated as the lessons Robert Kiyosaki learned both from his rich and poor dads.