Joseph Jude

What I Have Been Reading

2013.12.31 / sdl / consume /

The best of books, blogs and newsletters (of 2013)

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I’m obsessed with reading. Reading is paramount to expand the horizon of your mind, as it’s through reading that I get exposed to interesting ideas. I read books, blogs, and newsletters; basically anything that I can get hold of, which can improve my knowledge.

Here I list the best of what I’ve been reading this year (2013).


I’m subscribed to more than 100 blogs on topics like technology, investing, and personal-development. Here are some of the best.

Another interesting aspect of his prolific blogging is that he breaks almost every rule of SEO experts. He ranks higher because of his ideas rather than idiotic SEO tricks. That is something to note for the aspiring bloggers.

Few years back, I started investing in stocks. For sometime, I invested based on tips from here and there. Not surprisingly, I lost money. Then I learned about value investing and started practicing it. Advantage of value investing is that the principles I learn in it, are useful in all areas of life and not just in investing. Below are two of the blogs that I regularly read to keep up with value investing principles.


I read 8 books this year:

  1. Zen & Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
  2. A Bank for the buck by Tamal Bandyopadhyay
  3. On Writing by Stephen King
  4. Responsive Web Design with HTML5 by Ben Frain
  5. Breaking Barriers by Janaki Krishnan
  6. The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
  7. Finding Favor by Lana Long
  8. Free as in freedom by Sam Williams

(I posted short summary of these books earlier. You can read them by clicking here.

Keeping up with the technology, I am switching to eBook readers. Out of the 8 books I read, only Zen & Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, was in physical book format. Ebook-readers are definitely convenient but taking notes with them is not as comprehensive as it is in physical book format.


This year (2013), I started subscribing to newsletters. I generally prefer to read through a RSS feed reader (I use Feedly on the cloud, Reeder on the iPhone & ReadKit on the Mac). But not all content is available via RSS and I found these newsletters to be valuable to subscribe.

My reading list is biased towards learning the topics that I’m interested in. Do you have a reading list? If you don’t have one, create one. If you already have one, share it.

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