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My Reading Notes of Books

I have read a lot of books, and on this page I am posting the ones I’ve read and of which I’ve posted my reading notes. Note: I don’t consider these “book reviews”, nor do I post my reading notes of every single book I read. I have categorized my posts by broad area (e.g. “water”, “waste”, “ethnography”, “academic writing”, “public policy”)

Public Policy

Engeli, Isabelle, Rothmayr Allison, Christine (Eds.) (2014) “Comparative Policy Studies: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges” Palgrave McMillan.

Mintrom, Michael (201) “Contemporary Policy Analysis” Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Hill, Michael and Hupe, Peter (2014) “Implementing Public Policy: An Introduction to the Study of Operational Governance” Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Ltd.


Van Maanen, John (2011) Tales of the Field. On Writing Ethnography. 2nd. ed. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press

Academic Writing

Belcher, Wendy Laura (2009) Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks: A Guide to Academic Success, Thousand Oaks CA, SAGE Publishers. 376 pages.

Bernoff, Josh (2016) “Writing Without Bullshit: Boost Your Career by Saying What You Mean“. Harper Business.

Boice, Robert (1990) “Professors as Writers: A Self-Help Guide to Productive Academic Writing“. New Forums Press.

Bolker, Joan (1998) Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis. Owl Books.

Davis, Gordon; Parker, Clyde and Straub, Detmar W. (2012) “Writing the Doctoral Dissertation: A Systematic Approach” Barron’s Educational Series.

Dunleavy, Patrick J. (2003) “Authoring a PhD Thesis: How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Dissertation Palgrave Macmillan.

Farkas, Dora (2009) The Smart Way to your PhD: 200 Secrets from 100 Graduates“.Your PhD Consulting.

Germano, William (2013) “From Dissertation to Book” Chicago, IL, USA, University of Chicago Press.

Germano, William (2016) Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Serious About Serious Books. Chicago, IL, USA, University of Chicago Press.

Graf, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein (2014) “They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing“. W.W. Norton and Company.

Goodson, Patricia (2017) Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing. 2nd Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA. SAGE Publishers.

Jensen, Joli (2017) Write No Matter What: Advice For Academics Chicago, IL, USA. University of Chicago Press.

Luker, Kristin (2010) “Salsa Dancing into the Social Science: Research in an Era of Info-Glut“. Harvard University Press.

Rabiner, Susan, and Fortunato, Alfred (2003) “Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction And Get It Published“. New York, NY, USA. W.W. Norton & Company.

Silvia, Paul (2014) Write It Up!” Practical Strategies for Writing and Publishing Journal Articles”. American Psychological Association (APA).

Silvia, Paul (2007) How to Write A Lot A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing”. American Psychological Association. 1st. Edition. 149 pages.

Single, Peggy Boyle (2009) “Demystifying Dissertation Writing: A Streamlined Process from Choice of Topic to Final Text” Stylus Publishing.

Sword, Helen (2017) Air & Time & Place & Space: How Successful Academics Write. Harvard University Press.

Sternberg, David (1981) “How to Complete and Survive a Doctoral Dissertation.” St. Martin’s Press.

Sword, Helen (2012) Stylish Academic Writing“. Harvard University Press.

Zinsser, William (2012) On Writing Well: A Guide to Writing NonFiction Perennial Harper.


Furlong, Kathryn (2016) “Leaky Governance.” Vancouver, BC, Canada. UBC Press.

Anand, Nikhil (2017) “Liquid”. Duke University Press.

Sanitation and Wastewater

Black, Maggie and Fawcett ( ) “The Last Taboo”.

George, Rose (2008) “The Big Necessity”.

Personal Habits, Productivity

Rubin, Gretchen (2015) “Better than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life. “Portland, Oregon, USA. Broadway Books.

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