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My Favorite Books of 2017

Over the years I've had trouble making time to read. The time was always there, I just didn't use it to read a book.

A few years back I made an effort to change that and since then I've read 13 books per year, on average. In 2017 alone, I read 16 books. I'm quite proud of this personal acheivement and I want to share with you the books I enjoyed most over this past year. So in proper Bill Gates fashion, here are my favorite books of 2017.

Note: These books weren't all released in 2017, that's just when I read them.

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

By far my favorite read of the year. I've always been interested and intrigued by aviation and learning about the origins of flight was very fun and informative. McCullough did a wonderful job with his research into the Wright Brothers and those surrounding them. His writing makes it feel like he was there in the early 1900s documenting the whole thing firsthand. After reading The Wright Brothers, I have a new favorite nonfiction writer.

Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines by Richard Muller

I have no aspirations to become President, but this was still an interesting and informative read. Muller touches on a number of important issues that affect most of us. Nuclear power and weapons, climate change, different sources of energy, the list goes on. Where this book does a great job is in explaining these topics and the potential ramifications of future decisions.

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

My favorite sci-fi author has a new series and it's off to a great start. John Scalzi might not impress the hardcore sci-fi/fantasy readers out there but I love his writing style and storytelling. The quick-witted dialogue, the fast-paced action, and the cutthroat politicking made The Collapsing Empire my favorite novel of 2017.

The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography by Simon Singh

I've been a fan of puzzles for as long as I can remember. It would appear Simon Singh can relate to that. The Code Book starts at the beginning of cryptography and takes us all the way up into today. He does a great job of breaking down the concepts and even has a few puzzles of his own in the back of the book if you want to get hands-on.