As mentioned in our announcement last month of the winners of the 2011 Jolt Awards for books, the winner of the top prize, Continuous Delivery by Jez Humble and David Farley, was a run-away #1 choice. The remaining award winners, chosen from a pool of 15 titles (shrunk down from an original list of 51 nominations), were more closely bunched. In fact, in many cases, had one judge ordered his list slightly differently, one of the books in this article would have made that illustrious roster. Given the closeness of the vote, then, we felt it would be worthwhile to present these other titles that made it to the final round of consideration especially if they intersect with work you're currently doing. The reviews were written by Mike Riley.