I love reading books! Especially, philosophy. During my youth, I built a huge library consisting mainly of philosophy books of all times. Some of the writers that scarred my young mind and soul are Frederich Nietzsche, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Marquis de Sade, Plato and many more. Therefore, I absolutely recommend to any of you to start reading books ASAP if you don’t practice it regularly already.
There are more serious reasons why reading is useful to you apart from pleasurable. Warren Buffett is one of the most formidable readers on the planet! Here is what he says about this noble pastime:
The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, when asked once about the key to success, pointed to a stack of books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
*taken from here
If someone wants to get rich, eventually he has to start reading like crazy! START NOW!
Well, moreover I have read tons of blog articles suggesting that someone should keep a record of the books he reads, so he can measure his progress. So, I decided to jot down any books I will read from now on. In this article though I will list only the books I read during the last 4-5 months and up to this moment. Of course, all of these are listed by memory. Sigh… I wish I had known better, but let’s keep a positive attitude! At least, I have read a lot!!
- The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
- Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship ( Uncle Bob at his best! Made me rethink of my coding style and my principles and standards. Every time I write a function I feel guilty after reading this book! Comments should be banned from code forever! Talking about great revelations and moments of enlightment! MUST READ! )
- Soft Skills: The software developer’s life manual ( This book started it all! It is my main inspiration for this blog and I think it changed my career in general and in many ways! DEFINITELY READ THIS! )
- How to Win Friends & Influence People ( One of the greatest books I have ever read in my lifetime is the Dale Carnegie’s book on human relationships! It is more than a mere reading! I think of it as a life guide and I decided to follow and practice all the principles included in this book from now on as much as I can! )
- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
- The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime ( This book broadened my entrepreneurial eyesight I would say in many ways! IMPORTANT NOTE: The author of this book despises “Two dads” Kiyusaki because he believes that he did not get rich because of real estate as he says but from the book and the games he created! He thinks he is a fraud! To be honest after reading both books Kiyosaki’s book seems too out of place, chaotic and irrelevant! )
- The 33 Strategies of War (Joost Elffers Books) ( Robert Greene in a full of historical tales and teachings! )
- Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future ( This book was so interesting that I read it all while travelling by plane! )
- The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles ( Extremely interesting approach by the author of the infamous “Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae“. This one though is non-fiction! Interesting notion of “Resistance”! )
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers ( How business can be SUPER HARD stuff!! )
All in all, these books altered my perspective about my job and more important about my life! Keep reading like crazy! Do not stop learning! I sure promise not to!