Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink is all about motivation. It explains why the old way of carrot & stick does not work any more. And it shows the new motivation based on three pillars: autonomy, mastery and purpose.
When listening to talks during the last conferences I attended - ACE! Conference and GeeCON - I have noticed that there are some books which titles reappear here and then. I guess this is because they are worth reading. And I plan to read them in 2015 (omg, need some extra time for this!). I have added a short note to each of them to give you idea of what to expect of them.
I've been reading "Thinking in Systems" by Donella H. Meadows recently. A good book, definitely worth my time (and yours probably as well). Among many interesting things I have found three, which draw my attention, because of some IT/programming connotations.
This is a review of "Java 7 New Features Cookbook" book by Richard M. Reese, and Jennifer L. Reese (Packt Pub, 2012)
This is a review of "Selenium 1.0 Testing Tools: Beginner's Guide" book by David Burns (Packt Pub, 2010).
This is a review of "JSF 2.0 Cookbok" book by Anghel Leonard (Packt Pub, 2010).
This is a review of "Growing Object-Oriented Software Guided by Tests" book by Steve Freeman and Nat Pryce (Addison Wesley, 2009)
This book is so great that I could write tons about it, but I tried to keep it reasonably short. :)
This is a review of "Apache CXF Web Service Development" book by Naveen Balani and Rajeev Hathi (Packt Pub, 2009)
This rant is dedicated to code examples (found in books) that promote bad programming habits. Some of them can be counted among famous code smells.
...for God's sake, books should be educational in every aspect !
This is a review of "Apache Maven 2 Effective Implementation" book by Brett Porter and Maria Odea Ching (Packt Publishing, 2009)