My traditional summer blogging break is fast approaching. It's the time of year when I take a 4-6 week break away from it all and recharge my blogging batteries. It's something I've done for years and it really works for me.
One of the things I do during my break is try and read a lot of books. I mostly read fiction during the break, but this year I'm going to mix in a science auto/biography and a social media/new technology book. The trick is, I'm going to let you all choose which ones.
Below I have a couple of polls where you can vote on which book you want me to read. All the books are ones I have on hand right now so you won't be costing me anything depending on what you vote for. Some of the science books are relatively recent, some a little older.
Each list has at least one book that I know is a classic that I should've read but haven't. Now's your chance to correct the error of my ways.
Each poll is followed by a link to the book's Amazon pages for those that feel they need more information on the books in question.
- The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom by Yochai Benkler
- Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide by Henry Jenkins
- Long Tail, The, Revised and Updated Edition: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson
- Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block
- The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain
- Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton Christensen
- The Pirate's Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing Capitalism by Matt Mason
- A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life by J. Craig Venter
- Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
- The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul Hoffman
- Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick
- The Art and Politics of Science by Harold Varmus
- A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash by Silvia Nasar
- Time Lord: Sir Sandford Fleming and the Creation of Standard Time by Clark Blaise
I'm looking at taking at least 600 pages worth of this material, so if the top vote-getters are significantly less than that, I'll probably add another from one of the lists.
(I'll bump this post to the top of the blog every week or so, just to more people a chance to vote. I'll end the voting around July 24th.
And yes, I've done something like this before.)
Update 2009.07.09: Kicked to the top as a voting reminder.
Update 2009.07.21: Once again, kicked to the top as a voting reminder.