Opinions will vary as to how good or important certain books are and I don’t like recommending books because what clicks with me won’t necessarily click with someone else. This list is therefore made up of books I consider the ones I found to be most influential on me.
In a number of cases, the context has changed and you might argue they are no longer current because they are older books. I would say they are still applicable and very much so because the ideas at the core of them still hold true. Here’s my list:
Web – usability, language, design:
Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become
(See my post: Ambient findability … Huh?)
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers