“Live as if you will die tomorrow. Learn as if you will live forever.” -Gandhi

Background: I didn’t like reading until I finished high school. Being forced to read something of no interest to me really did nothing to inspire me to read. Eventually, however, I came to love reading, and for 18 months it was just about the only thing I did. Instead of going to college I spent my time reading books about various software applications and filmmaking techniques. Somewhere along the way I nicknamed it the “University of Barnes and Noble.”

The books found here all include a short review and a rating (on a scale of 1-5 foots. That’s right, foots. Stars are overrated.) The reviews are simply my opinion, designed to let you know if you should read it or not. I make no attempt at summarizing the books or going into detail. If you want to learn more, read the book; that’s why they were written. Here’s a rough overview of the rating system:

= This book rocked my world!
= I learned a lot, but wasn’t awestruck.
= I’m glad I read it.
= Only a couple helpful pointers.
= I want my time back.

As a self-taught individual, I understand the importance of learning from others. My hope is that you too can benefit from the books I’ve found helpful and avoid those that felt like a waste of time. Happy reading!

Enter the University of Barnes and Noble