Preslav Mihaylov

Speaker, Software Engineer, Technical Trainer. Passionate about computer science, presentations and reading books

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The Books I Read in 2017

The past year, I was able to read 50 books. Some of which I read more than once.

Today, I will share with you what I think about all these books.

In general, I try to read books which I can directly apply to the things I am interested in – computer science, presenting, personal finance and personal development.

Apart from them, I read some fiction books as well, as I find some of them interesting. They help me sleep better at night.

But by the end of the year, I realized that there are lessons in some classical fiction books. That is why I tried reading some more uncommon books for me, such as “The Picture of Dorian Grey”.

I realized that you can learn all the things you read in self-help books, but they are hidden in the stories from fiction books.

The information is not so obvious, but if you look closely enough, you can see it.

So my goal for next year is to read some of those books as well.

Books from Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Hemingway. Bad thing is, I’m not very good in analyzing texts, so I can’t see the lessons those books show me. But, hopefully, at one point I will be able to grasp the gems from them as well.

Now, let’s look at the list from 2017.

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How to develop the habit of reading books

Throughout all of our lives, we hear people saying that reading books is essential to success. When we were at school, our parents used to tell us how we should read books in order to become smarter.

Well, books do grant us with a lot of knowledge. Surely, technology has provided us with other channels for gaining knowledge as well. Channels such as videos and online courses. But books still seem to be the main source for learning new things.

However, there seems to be some kind of obstacle, that prevents people from reading books, nowadays. It seems that young people prefer playing video games and watching movies instead. And I am telling this not from observation. I had always preferred to stay in front of my computer and play World of Warcraft all day. When I didn’t have a computer, I preferred staying in front of TV watching Cartoon Network.

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Is reading books going to make you successful?

When I was little, my parents used to tell me how reading books will make me successful. How I should stop playing games all day and start reading. Well, nowadays I am reading various books all the time and it really helps me out. I guess I should thank the old ones (No, I’m not referring to Cthulu) for this one, even though they didn’t put this idea in me in the best possible way.

However, there is a huge misconception in this philosophy.

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