Matthew Lang

Family guy and freelance web developer specialising in Ruby on Rails.


What I've read, what I'm reading and what I'm reading next.


Coaching Better Every Season by Wade Gilbert - Perhaps an odd book for someone to read who’s not a coach, but I’ve been interested in this book since I first heard of it a few years ago.

La Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman - Back to Phillip Pullman’s fantasy world where humans souls exist as dæmons.

Traitors of Rome by Simon Scarrow - Another favourite series of mine, but I seemed to have lost my place here as there are 18 books now in this series and I’m pretty sure I have only read a handful of them. Might just start the whole series over again.


Dune by Frank Herbert - Confession time. I’ve never read this. Despite being a big fan of science fiction, it’s been one of those books that I just haven’t read. I want to read this though before the movie hits the big screen.

Super Thinking by Gabriel Weinberg - The founder of DuckDuckGo shows how mental models can aid our decision-making.


Darien - Empire of Salt (book 1) by C. F. Iggulden - Yes it’s the same Conn Iggulden that writes the epic historical books. As much as I love those books, I struggled with this to begin with. It is a new take on the fantasy genre which did make it stand out from other fantasy booked I’ve read though.

Atomic Habits by James Clear - Habits are supposed to be the key to being productive and efficient. There’s lots of great plans and tips in this book to get you started.

Shian - Empire of Salt (book 2) by C. F. Iggulden - The sequel to Darien didn’t take as long for me to get into it.

Modern Front-End Development for Rails by Noel Rappin - I read the beta of this book from the Pragmatic Publishers. The use of React.js for a front-end of a Rails application has opened my eyes a bit. I used to be dead against the use of React.js and Vue.js but there are cases where these libraries can make the front-end simpler for the end-user.

The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden - The story of Cyrus the Younger and his plan to claim the throne from his older brother at the Battle of Cunaxa. I loved this. A great read.