Rowland Carlson

Books I've read

Tiny summary but detailed notes for each. Use the ISBN to find it from your local library or anywhere else. This page will update as I read more, so bookmark it if you want to check back in a few months.

Inspired by Derek Sivers.

These notes are not a summary of the book. I'm saving ideas for my own future use. If you have any questions, you can email me.


Programming Phoenix >= 1.4 by Chris McCord, Bruce Tate, and José Valim

Programming Phoenix >= 1.4 by Chris McCord, Bruce Tate, and José Valim

Date read: 2022-07-22.
Recommended for: Developers who want to build resilient web applications.

An overview and tutorial on how to use Elixir's Phoenix web framework.

Read my notes, or buy it here.

The Coaching Habit

The Coaching Habit

Date read: 2022-07-10.
Recommended for: People who coach others.

Ask open ended questions. Listen to the reponses. Create a habit to do both with curiosity.

Read my notes, or buy it here.

The Mom Test

The Mom Test

Date read: 2022-07-08.
Recommended for: People with ideas they want to validate or who want to understand how others live.

Don't pitch your idea. Listen for how they live. Compliments are poison.

Read my notes, or buy it here.

Bluefishing - by Steve Sims

Bluefishing - by Steve Sims

Date read: 2022-04-03.
Recommended for: People who like doing adventurous things

Experiences matter. You can do everything you imagine if you're willing to break down barriers and listen.

Read my notes, or buy it here.

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual - by Michael Pollan

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual - by Michael Pollan

Date read: 2020-06-23.
Recommended for: People who fear diets.

Advice for humans that want to eat better. "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

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On Writing Well - by William Zinsser

On Writing Well - by William Zinsser

Date read: 2020-04-15.
Recommended for: Anyone who needs to convey information in writing.

Simple, actionable, great advice for non-fiction writing. Succint and blunt.

Read my notes, or buy it here.