5. ALTAR EGO – By Craig Groeschel
AMazing amazing book!! interesting fact about this book, i remember reading in a two day weekend in the Austrian Alps during our weekend off studying abroad in Europe!
6. Man’s Search For Meaning – By Victor Frankl
WOW, i remember reading this book and thinking how in the world did this happen? Like this jewish holocaust happened not so far away from many families who had no idea anything like that was actually happening.
7. IN THE HOUSE OF THE INTERPRETER – By Ngugi Wa Thiongo
Quick story about buying this book. So i’m all excited in Vienna, having spent almost three and half months in this beautiful city i decided to get something quite memorable from the Vienna that i could definitely keep with all time to remind me of the great memories. I had visited the Horfburgs Imperial Apartments at Neubuargasse area and got some really good souvenirs about Vienna. This time round i wanted to get something completely different, and so i visit this awesome bookstore on Landstasse. First thing noticed, many of the books were in german text but that didn’t change my mind about getting a book written by an african author. the fact that i was african, i definitely wanted to buy a book by an African author, and with it keep the memories thereof. Thing is, i finally landed on one, great book picture of which you saw above, written by one Kenya’s finest Ngugi Wa Thiong’o. He talks alot about… well read below;
More is on running the rift coming…
12. PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE – By Rick Warren
Amazing book, Came out many years ago yet i had never got a Chance to actually read it. most Probably read it at the right time after my college graduation later in May.
16. QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS – By Susan Cain
Learnt A LOT MORE about introverts. recently posted a theory i developed after reading this book; it goes .. “i find it hard to believe that God could have an outgoing and talkative personality.. thus recently came to an assertive conclusion that God could be an Introvert…”
18. DO LESS ACHIEVE MORE – By Chin-Ning Chu
Most probably my very first Asian author book read, and very glad i did. Meditation and gurus are two great beings/topics i admire alot. The book is GREAT, just read it please.
19. 7 HABBITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE – By Stephen Covey
This one is number #1 on my list of the best books ever read, i think its one of those books that should be read by anyone who knows how to read.
20. LONG WALK TO FREEDOM – By Nelson Mandela
I’ll just quote straight from the Boston Sunday Globe; “Should be read by every person alive.” After reading this book, i realized the patience is one great virtue and staying true to your purpose consistently makes a huge difference!
21. RICH DAD POOR DAD – By Robert Kiyosaki
Well, this one would absolutely be great for anyone in the working class, or as the Capitalist refer to it as the Middle Class. It definitely opens one to the world of business and makes one realize that its possible to actually retire at 45yrs of age. As a matter of fact, after reading this book, i set my retirement age at 40yrs. So help me God!
22. DIRECT FROM DELL – By Michael Dell
i got this book after a couple months working for Dell. Was just curious knowing their work philosophy and this book definitely allowed me to understand the history and philosophy of Dell since its inception! Great read overall. Once you work for Dell, you always will have the ‘Dell DNA’
23. THINK BIG – By Dr Ben Carson
Well, Ben Carson is one of the greatest surgeons ever; famously known for being the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate the Siamese twins. This book talks more about his success and the seemingly simple basics or fundamentals underlying that humble success! He’s one great man that i hope to meet some day!
24. CONSPIRACY TO MURDER – By Linda Melvern
The author of the book worked with the UN, and right after the genocide decided to come to document and investigate the genocide, on how and why it happened; She definitely did great on her research. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand the UN’s role the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi.
30. A GOOD AFRICAN STORY – By Andrew Rugasira
Yet another one of those great africans telling their own story. Andrew’s story of how he built a great coffee brand from almost nothing to an empire is very interesting. From growing Coffee in farms to manufacturing the final product all done at home in Uganda, and finally exporting it to the outside world. He mostly focuses on the hurdles he had to go through especially with the different government policies regarding export and import activity; and the fact that Africa needs Trade not Aid!
Definitely one of my favorite reads!
31. POSTERITY: LETTERS OF GREAT AMERICANS TO THIER CHILDREN – By Dorie McCullough Lawson
The story of how i got to buy this book is very interesting! so i had taken some free online class at Coursera about the Einstein Theory of Relativity; and the professor talks about Einstein’s life and how he wrote personal letters to his son! Out of curiosity i googled Einstein’s letter and boom… was led to some written by an American about Posterity; so i ordered the book right away on Amazon; book has lots of great american figures and the personal moving letters they wrote to their children/ letter topics included love, money, relationships, meaning of life and so many more! The Great americans included in this book are; A. Einstein, J.D Rockefeller, A. Carnegie, G.W Bush, and many other famous architects, preachers, athletes et cetera
32. THE SINGULARITY IS NEAR – By Ray Kurzweil
If not the best out there, Ray is definitely one of a kind Futurist; the books shows exactly that a time will come when humans will transcend biology. With the massive increase in big data and high computation technologies available, the machine learning rate and Artificial Intelligence have no limit to what capability they’ll have over biological humans! Patiently waiting!
33. CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT GOD – By Ravi Zacharias
I bought this book when i went to attend OC host Ravi Zacharias, his talk was very informative, lots of hardcore english and christian theological terms – enjoyed the talk nevertheless! right after his talk i walk to his book section on display to see what book i would buy from his massive pool. At the time, i had struggled with understanding the possibility of living without God and if that could even be possible.
It actually took me almost two months to finish the book; that should tell you how intense the book is;
35. GETTING THINGS DONE – By David Allen
I found interesting read on pocket about a PhD Computer Science student who entailed the experience and other tips on being effective, and one of the books he recommended that i hadn’t read before was this “GTD” book. right there and then went on Amazon… got the book and must say it was an ‘ok’ book nothing really new but rather refining the good old principles in a couple other books i had read earlier on. Nevertheless an interesting read i would recommend for anyone in a busy work life. #goodread
36. THE SOLITUDE OF PRIME NUMBERS – By Paolo Giordano
This was one read i just googled out of options to read; searching “top 10 books to read in your 20’s” and this was like 6 on the list, and the title itself was kinda captivating; .. the solitude of prime numbers – only to find out that the author themselves had a PHD in particle physics at 28 and was now also an author. great read Paolo is in fact a great writer: hats Off!!!
37. THE CODE BOOK – By Simon Singh
Out of curiosity in addition to the cryptography class i was taking, this was an inevitable read. Clearly explaining the history and evolution of cryptography. As the world gets more towards the information age and growing concerns over internet privacy and cyber security, this one book gives you a step ahead in understanding the dynamics of encryption and its importance in understanding world order. From the coded paper messages, to mechanical encryption and now digital public key encryption, this book tells of tales in all three evolution Amazing read and very highly recommended.
38. OF BEETLES AND ANGLES – By Selamawi Asgedom
A great read, and inspiration story of a refugee boy from Eritrea living in sudanese camps who luckily made it to the United States under refugee status. His parents, whom he came with gave him astounding values that helped him greater heights, and later in 1999 as he graduated from Harvard, giving the Valedictorian speech on his graduation. A great account of how he made it that far. inspiring narrative.
40. eXtreme Programming eXplained – By Kent Beck
Interesting read: understanding that XP is about a system or discipline of writing software [based on test driven development principles] in an efficient timely manner through short cycles of iteration [production releases] and clear communication between Business and development teams.
41. Software Craftsmanship – By Pete McBreen
Book does explain a clear distinction between [Software Engineering] and [Software Development], the former focuses on massive software/hardware applications or systems, while the latter focuses on only smaller software applications that take a year or less to develop:
Emphasis on Software Craftsmanship; which embodies the creation of small, hyperproductive development teams that can create robust and amazing applications:
Journey to Mastery begins at: Apprenticeship -> Journeymen -> Craftsman -> Master Crafter
43. APPRENTICESHIP PATTERNS – By Adewale Oshineye and Dave Hoover.
Understanding that attaining mastery in software craftsmanship is life long persuit! starting as an apprentice, into a journeyman and to mastery. But always being reminded that the becoming a master means having the ability to learn and adapt to new environments(technologies & programming languages) whilst compounding experience on the already learned environments. Literally – “a master is one who excells at being a great student”
47. LEONARDO DA VINCI – By Isaacson Walter.
By far one of the best well researched books by Walter. The life of Leonardo Da Vinci is worth knowing, such uttermost show of genius. A self taugh multi-displinerary genius. Leonardo was an architect, painter, artist, engineer, scientist. The most important trait Leonardo had was curiosity. Read this book and you’ll have a better understanding of what true curiosity is; and how Leanordo applied it in his time.