7 kick ass books to fuel a techie’s brain

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Dear techies, do you know what books you will be reading next year?

Winter break is coming for most of us. Some spare time can always be put to good use. Have you thought about what book or books you will be reading next? Or yet, have you thought about what to offer your friend in tech for Christmas? If your answer is “No”, don’t panick.
Over the past few days, I took the time to research some of the most amazing books to help boost your knowledge and your career in tech and that can also serve as your reading list for 2016. Some of the titles are self-explanatory but you can get more info by clicking on the images or links for thorough description. No matter where you are in the world you can benefit from this list which is why I made sure I get you a link to Amazon for easy shipping worldwide. Better yet, they are sold at a reasonable price. This list is in no particular order.

1. The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book (Full Color): A Beginner’s Guide to Building and Programming Robots by Laurens Valk


2. Getting Started with littleBits: Prototyping and Inventing with Modular Electronics 1st Edition by Ayah Bdeir , Matt Richardson

Take control of your luggage.

3. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 11, 2013 by Sheryl Sandberg

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If you are in college or fresh out of college, you might also want to check out Lean In for Graduates. It is an expanded and updated version that is exclusively for graduates just entering the workforce, this amazing edition of Lean In contains a letter to graduates from Sheryl Sandberg and six additional chapters from experts offering advice on finding and getting the most out of a first job; résumé writing; best interviewing practices; negotiating your salary; listening to your inner voice; owning who you are; and leaning in for millennial men.

4. Cracking the Coding Interview, 6th Edition: 189 Programming Questions and Solutions 6th Edition by Gayle Laakmann McDowell

This book is by far my favorite and has been has topped up as the #1 Best Seller list on Amazon. Cracking the Coding Interview, 6th Edition is here to help you through the recruitment process, teaching you what you need to know and enabling you to perform at your very best for an interview. Gayle has coached and interviewed hundreds of software engineers. She combines all her experience in this book.

5. Algorithms Unlocked – March 1, 2013 by Thomas H. Cormen

I have this book and it is awesome. It kills the boredom of my 50 minutes subway ride to and from school. It is an introduction and easy to read book about algorithms concepts which the author has written to prepare the not so algorithm savvy like me for this #1 Best Selling and very demanding book featured next. Even with no or very basic programming knowledge you can enjoy this book

6. Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Edition
by Thomas H. Cormen , Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest , Clifford Stein

Introduction to Algorithms, better known as CLRS after the initials of the authors, is widely used by many programmers. It is a # 1 Best Selling in computer algorithm books. It has become very popular and many school use it as a textbook. It is very rigorous but comprehensive. It is a programmer’s must have.

7. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
by Ashlee Vance

Get the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley’s most audacious entrepreneur provided by non other than the author Ashlee Vance also a veteran technology journalist.

I hope this list benefits many of you. I you are familiar with, have read, or just bought any of these books, leave you comments, your impressions about the book (s). Also please like my Facebook page, follow me at this blog twitter and/or my personal twitter account. Also feel free to add me on linkedin for professional networking purpose. I am working on some other great and helpful lists that will be published soon. You don’t want to miss them.

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!!!!!

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