Favorite Books of 2016

This week I read about Bill Gates' favorite books of 2016 and decided that I would like to give my favorite books of the year as well. I think even if nobody else finds this interesting, it is a good snapshot into my mind that I'm sure I'll fondly look back on one day. For my first iteration of this, I will give 4 books that stuck out to me this year. Pretty much all of them are 'classics', but hey, nothing wrong with that.

Non Fiction Book

Guns of August Book Cover
Guns of August - Barbara Tuchman

The Guns of August is a classic book about the start of World War 1. I love war books in general, and have been trying to read up a lot more about World War 1 this year as we are in the middle of the 100th year anniversary of the Great War. Sidenote, Elise (my fiancée) and I have been loving The Great War Youtube Channel, which covers WW1 week by week, as if it were happening right now instead of 100 years ago.

Fiction Book

Foundation - Isaac Asimov
Foundation Book

This is a classic that I have been meaning to read for years. I'm not the biggest science fiction guy, much more into fantasy, but I was able to really enjoy this book. Its a quick read, but is very thought provoking. I mean to read the rest of the series soon.

Programming Book

The Pragmatic Programmer - Andrew Hunt and David Thomas
Pragmatic Programmer Book

I loved the advice in this book and found that it was much more concrete in its tips than many of the other 'General Programming Advice' books that I have read. This book is included in almost every list I have read about great programming books, and it is easy to see why.

Business Book

High Output Management Book
High Output Management - Andrew Grove

One of my favourite business books of all time is The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz so when I read that this was his favourite book of all time, I quickly ordered it. The book is short and can be read in just a couple sittings, but there is a lot to digest. Andy Grove puts complicated concepts into easy to digest tips and anecdotes, and proves why he was so successful. I find many business books to be about 90% longer than they should be, taking 200 pages to say something that could have been said in 20, but this book is not one of those at all.