The few dead-tree books I like to keep close at hand when I’m working.
Nearly, but for some reason not, ordered chronologically. There is a bit of a progression over time, which pretty much goes: general programming, Java, Eclipse, Ruby.
There are a few oddities thrown in for good measure, and some I’ve borrowed. These include Darren‘s excellent loan of ‘Ants at Work’ (which I read on holiday in Portugal and inspired me to take macro photos of the little buggers hard at work) as well as Andy’s loan of ‘Everyware’ (short story: I liked it a lot).