Introducing Susan's Book Club

I've been searching for the perfect monthly book club for years, one that could send me new science, math, philosophy, and technology books every month. I contacted several publishers, reached out to various existing companies, and nobody seemed to be interested. Finally, earlier this year, after hearing another "no", I decided to start my own monthly book subscription service, and Susan's Book Club was born.  

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The 52 Books of 2016

One of my goals this year was to read a total of 52 books - one book every week. There were no restrictions on which books would qualify, as long as each book was something that I actually wanted to read, read carefully, and took notes on while reading...here are the 52 books of 2016: 

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The Ops Identity Crisis

A big theme in the keynotes and conversation during Velocity Conf in NYC a few weeks ago was the role of ops in an "ops-less" and "server-less" world. It's also been a big feature in discussions on twitter and in conversations I've had with coworkers and friends in the industry. There are several things that stand out to me in these conversations: first, that some ops engineers (sysadmins, techops, devops, and SREs) are worried that they will be phased out if developers and software engineers are responsible for the operational tasks in their systems; second, that developers and software engineers do not have the skills needed to take over responsibility for operational tasks; and third, that building reliable systems is impossible without an operations organization. 

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