“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
In 2016, I was successful in completing my New Year resolution of reading as many books as I could, a hobby which had taken a backseat while I was in college. I used Goodreads and Santa Clara County Library Bestsellers lists to get recommendations on good books to read to broaden my intellect.
I am so proud that I could continue my resolution in 2017 and read as many as 20+ books as well as magazines.
Below are some of the books that I have enjoyed reading the most. These are a mix of fiction and non-fiction. Some of them have helped me self-learn and understand how I need to grow skills to survive the competitive world.
I hope you find atleast one of these books inspire you, transport you to a new world, or just simply make you smile!
By Malcolm Galdwell
I picked this book out of curiosity when I saw that it was in the book lists of many book readers including Bill Gates. The author talks about the famous and high-achieving people and analyses their work, which makes them stand out from the crowd. It is indeed a great read and I was able to incorporate some good advices in my everyday life.
So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
By Cal Newport
This book is outstanding as it is very engaging and questions the conventional thinking. The author, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice. Good examples that help understand what author wants to convey.
The Rosie Effect
By Graeme Simsion
This book is a sequel to “The Rosie Project”, which was one of my favorites in 2016. I liked the first book a bit more than this sequel part. However the second part manages to do well inspite of many repetitions. There are too many characters involved in this second part which can be harder to follow. However it makes a very good weekend read with its hilarious parts!
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
By Yuval Noah Harari
After reading Homo Sapiens from the same author, I had to pick up this book. Compared to the last one, this book is more fascinating as the author questions how to the world is progressing and what the future may hold by 2050. It is very comprehensive, thought engaging, however, which makes it difficult to grasp so much of information. The length of the book makes it tedious to complete the book though.
The Best We Could Do
By Thi Bui
Emotional and empathetic, this is a book of a journey that a daughter undertakes in her parent’s past lives. She learns about her parent’s childhood and their hardships through their stories. Indeed, a very powerful way of storytelling through graphics format. I enjoyed it thoroughly and would indeed recommend it to people who have migrated to different places in search of new opportunities.