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Petri is passionate about software development and continuous improvement. He is specialized in software development with the Spring Framework and is the author of Spring Data book.

10 Books Every Java Developer Should Read

I have read my share of software development books and I have noticed that it is very rare to find a book which I want to read more than once.

However, once in a while I find a book which teaches me new things every time when I read it. This blog post is a tribute to these rare gems.

And now, without further delay, I present to you ten books which have earned a special place in my bookshelf:

This list is based on my (subjective) opinion and it is very likely that your list will look completely different. If you think that I missed a book which should be in this list, share your opinion in the comment section.

Reference: 10 Books Every Java Developer Should Read from our JCG partner Petri Kainulainen at the Petri Kainulainen blog.
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Thanks for this list, I’m just looking forward to read some of them I didn’t even know.

Petri Kainulainen

You are welcome! I am happy to hear that this blog post was useful to you.


there’s been like 10 different lists like this out there already

Petri Kainulainen

Thank you for your comment!

I think that the most important word of your comment is: different. I have read quite many blog posts like this, and I think that the value of these blog posts is that they showcase different books. There are two reasons for this:

1) Different people value different books.
2) There are many tech books out there and it is impossible to read all of them.

I like these blog posts because they help me to add new books to my reading list.


Hi, I see that you mentioned it’s a subjective list based on your opinion. But I am curious to know what you think of Head first Java, SCJP by Kathy Sierra, Head first design patterns books. Thank you.

Nelson Garcia

Hi Petri. Great fan here. One highly recommended book is “Release It!” By Michael T. Nygard. Every developer should read it at least once in his life