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

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

Foundation - Isaac Asimov

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

The Pragmatic Programmer - Andrew Hunt and David Thomas

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

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.

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