On Books

Recently I read a post ‘I love book‘ by Flavio Copes. In the post, he discusses his book collection, book buying habit and how he sounds himself with books.

Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of the WordPress, posts his read lists of books every year (2017, 2018, 2019). In the post Mullenweg writes that his money spent on books is by far the best investment.

The money I spend on books is by far and away the best investment I make every year — books expand my mind and enrich my life in a way that nothing else does.

Matt Mullenweg

I like books too and surround myself with lots of books. Books are everywhere in my study room. I rarely give away my books to a Good Will store or a local library, even though I rarely use them. I have developed a special attachment to my books as each one has helped me in my career development. Yet, others have expanded my knowledge and helped to improve my life.

Most of my recent books are on web development (e.g. CSS, JavaScript, React, etc) though I still have some biological sciences books on my shelves. I have rarely finished my books cover to cover, they serve as my references whenever needed.

Reading Inspirations

Inspired by others, I also started developing my books to read list a couple of years ago. Often, books are covered in reviews in the New York Times, Washington Post or in blog posts in my reading list. I even brought a couple of them but rarely finished cover to cover except a few.

Last year, I came across The New York Times headline article ‘A New Luxury Retreat Caters to Elderly Workers‘. After research, I discovered Chip Colney‘s latest Times’ bestseller book “Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder“. The book is well covered in prestigious news & print media with glowing reviews.

The book made my reading list last year and I finished my first reading a couple of months ago. It is one of the most fascinating books that I have read and I plan to read it again one more time.

Surveillance capitalism

In a Washington Post op ed article ‘Surveillance capitalism’ has gone rogue, We must curve its excesses‘ Harvard Business School Prof Shoshana Zuboff writes that a lot of big tech companies are taking advantage of users’ ignorance to harvest their personal data, without permission and turn into big profits.

In the book, author Shoshana Zubof writes “surveillance capitalism undermines autonomy — and democracy”.

I brought “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” by Shoshana Zuboff late last year. The book is also well covered with glowing reviews. The book, which is a little thick, is still lying on my bookshelves, so I plan to complete it by the year-end.