Summer Holiday Reading List: The Perfect Books to Bring to the Beach, Bed or Bar

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We, The ORBIT team, know that during your high-paced semesters you do not have enough time to read as much as you would want.
This is where your summer vacation comes in handy – an opportunity to chill or travel with some nice reading material.
Some of these books help you reflect on the knowledge gained during courses, and some others prepare you for the unknown.


Here is a list that we suggest engineering students to read:

    • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  – Stephen Covey

Educational book in how to live life effectively and get closer to the ideal of being a ‘success’ in life.

Link to AU Library: https://www.statsbiblioteket.dk/au/?locale=en#/search?query=recordID:”sb_6167573″

    • The Four Hour Chef  – Tim Ferriss

Almost a cookbook for engineers, who daily go through the process of simplifying, complicated work.

Link to AU Library: https://www.statsbiblioteket.dk/au/?locale=en#/search?query=recordID:”sb_5918983″

    • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig

Still relevant today for the journey upon which all mechanical engineers go through.

Link to AU Library: https://www.statsbiblioteket.dk/au/?locale=en#/search?query=recordID:”summon_FETCH-LOGICAL-a1628-afccb312f824bdc39238df49d35150f5ee6846dc75f4f7c2620f7b9a5279d73d0″

    • The Design of Everyday Things – Donald Norman

Not just about the design process but also about people and the way they use products/services.

Link to AU Library: https://www.statsbiblioteket.dk/au/?locale=en#/search?query=recordID:”summon_FETCH-ingramdigital_primary_8873930″

    • Designing Interactions – Bill Moggridge

A truly magnificent book telling interesting stories about the history of technology, written by the man who is credited for inventing the first laptop, coining the term ‘Interaction Design’, and co-founding IDEO.
The book is full of inspiring interviews with for example the founders of Google, Douglas Engelbart who invented the computer mouse, Hiroshi Ishii who helped coin ‘Tangible User Interfaces’ and many more.

Link to AU Library: https://www.statsbiblioteket.dk/au/?locale=en#/search?query=recordID:”sb_3086665″

    • How To Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

This classic, best-selling book is a must read for anyone looking to improve their soft skills.

Link to AU Library: https://www.statsbiblioteket.dk/au/?locale=en#/search?query=recordID:”sb_3165489″

    • Agile principles, patterns, and practices in C# – Robert C. Martin & Micah Martin

A series of case studies illustrating the fundamentals of Agile development and Agile design.

Link to AU Library: https://www.statsbiblioteket.dk/au/?locale=en#/search?query=recordID:”sb_5451905″

    • Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software – Eric Evans

A book on how to fit the design of your software to the mental model of the problem domain you are addressing.

Link to AU Library: https://www.statsbiblioteket.dk/au/?locale=en#/search?query=recordID:”sb_4349066″

If you prefer working online and saving time from being in the queue for borrowing books, get the three-month free access to https://www.pluralsight.com/ via https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/dev-essentials/ .
Happy READING! 🙂