This past year I've read a lot of books.  During college I read all the time.  Most of my books were scientific in nature.  I enjoyed books from Brian Greene, Michio Kaku, and Stephen Hawking, just to name a few.  However, this year I started reading more science fiction.  When I was a kid I loved science fiction.  Me and my Dad and brother, Jacob, would stay up on Wednesday nights watching Babylon 5.  It was geeky and the graphics were horrible (compared to today's) but it was fun.  I remember staying up watching the movies for Aurthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey series.  When you're 10 years old your imagination is a wonderful thing.  I thought I'd try to get back to those simple pleasures.  Here are a list of the books that I've read lately and what I thought of them.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs was one of the greatest revolutionary minds in technology.  His vision of the personal computer and how people interacted with it changed the course of the personal computer for the better.  This book is an excellent story of his life, his vision, and his passion.  As a software developer / designer I found it truly inspiring.  What I found surprising with this book is that it wasn't only about the history of Jobs and how he started Apple and Pixar, but it was about life and the journey we make for ourselves.  My favorite quote from Jobs was "The journey is the reward". 

Into the Fire by Dakota Meyer

One of New York Time's best sellers is Into the Fire by Dakota Meyer.  This book was a really good read.  The story of Dakota was often full of excitement and action,  and sometimes sad. Dakota was also from Kentucky, as I am, and it was interesting to read about his life growing up and his experiences.  Though I wasn't a football player there were similarities of life on the farm.   Even though Dakota may not recognize it he truly does deserve his Medal of Honor for what he did in Afghanistan.

Pines by Blake Crouch

This was a chilling type of book that kept me at the edge of my seat.  The main character, Ethan Burke, arrives at a town to investigate missing agents from the FBI.  What he finds is a mysterious town with secrets hidden everywhere he goes.  Not matter what he does to escape, he can't.  The ending really is a surprise.

First Shift by Hugh Howey

First Shift is a prequel to Wool, which is the first 5 books of the Silo Series. However, I'd advise to not read First Shift before Wool. Instead, you should read them in the order the author wrote them. It makes reading First Shift all the better.

First Shift is a story about a man who gets elected into Congress and gets caught up in designing something here feared would be used. In the future not only has man furthered nanotechnology enough to make drugs that can target specific parts of the body but they've also made the perfect weapon. Ultimately a weapon that can lead to the downfall of man and make them forget it ever happened. The story leaves you wanting more and fortunately Howey's already started his next book, Second Shift.

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