I thought it would be great to include books that have helped me along in my career and have increased my knowledge and skill set. Every resource I recommend here is on my bookshelf (physically or virtually.) I recommend each one.
At the bottom of the page you will find a list of novels which are not technical at all. I believe, a balanced mind should also include fictional novels that make our brain think in different ways. It's relaxing and entertaining.
Cisco CCNA R&S Official Certification Guide: This library includes both books for ICND1 and ICND2. Covers all the objectives for the exam. What I like most about this library is they follow the objectives very well. Contains extra materials – practice exams, flash cards, video training, and a simulator. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book if you’re studying for the CCNA. It’s an in-depth read.
CCNA Security 640-554 Official Cert Guide: This is the book that helped me pass the CCNA Security exam. Like other Cisco Press books, they follow the objectives for the exam very well. Each topic is touched on and explained in good detail. Keith Barker and Scott Morris are great instructors and very well known in the industry. Click here to read more about my notes on CCNA Security.
Routing TCP/IP Volume I: From Jeff Doyle comes the must have book on your shelf. Inside are detailed descriptions of interior routing protocols. With in-depth understanding and implementation, you’ll be sure to learn something new. Inside are many real world scenarios to help you understand the fundamentals through the advanced topics. This book is great for CCIE studies and for learning routing technologies for your engineering career.
Routing TCP/IP Volume II: Because one volume wasn’t enough. This book covers the exterior routing protocols in-depth. A recommended book for CCIE training and studies. Jeff Doyle is also the author of Volume I. Not only is this a good read for CCIE but it will assist in the CCNP R&S certification. Volume II expands where Volume I left off. The best part of the Routing TCP/IP volumes are the real world scenarios.
CWNA: The Certified Wireless Network Administrator Official Study Guide is a great resource if you want to learn more about wireless technologies. You’ll learn about the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrum. It is updated with 802.11ac technology. This study guide is the start to the CWNP wireless certification track which is vendor neutral. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book if you are considering becoming a wireless professional.
We need to get away from the normal day-to-day technical side of our lives. Reading too much technical jargon and gibberish will give you a throbbing headache. Take a break and read a novel for a change.
Ready Player One: Imagine if the world took their whole lives into virtual reality. In this novel, virtual reality is a reality for most people. Business is conducted mostly online through avatars, schools can effectively teach students through virtual reality, and lives are at stake in virtual reality. It’s a gripping read and a surreal science fiction novel. My favorite book so far.
Zero Day: A novel written by Mark Russinovich who also is the author of several Windows Internals books. Mark is the cofounder of Winternals and is currently the CTO of Windows Azure. Surprisingly, he writes technothrillers relating to technology. Zero Day is a novel that comes too close to home where the plot in this book seems like it could happen in real life.