PotW: Mind Expanding Books Github List

January 24, 2021

I love to read. But, it wasn’t always that way. There was a time in my life when you’d have to tie me up and drag me to a library. Hold on, do libraries exist anymore? It’s been a weird year. I didn’t get out much.

Anyway, everything changed for me when I discovered the great science fiction writers that defined the genre, like Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov. It all started with a book lent to me by Jose Olaya. Many Engineers may recall that Jose has been on this show multiple times and we have mentioned him multiple times since then. But, back to the story at hand. It took me finding the right book and inspiring authors to finally fall in love with reading. Before that I had always just listened to audiobooks about the titans of our industry: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Steve Wozniak, etc… But, once I found the right books it was easy to read again and consume books faster than listening to them in audiobook form. Much faster.

That is what brings me to my pick this week. I found a great list on GitHub called Mind Expanding Books. The last time we talked about something similar was when I made the recommendation for a site called www.MostRecommendedBooks.com back in Episode 14 on July 26, 2020. That is still a great site, but this list is different.

First off, it’s so extensive. So many people have contributed to this open-source list. It doesn’t matter what you’re into, I think you’ll find something that you like. I’ve read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, but did you know he had another great book called Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success? It’s even rated higher than Think and Grow Rich. I didn’t know this until I found this list!

The list includes the name of the book, the author, the Goodreads Rating, and the year the book was published. The links all go to the Goodreads site when you click the rating number. It’s dead simple. There’s a hyperlinked index at the top, but no search. But, we all know how to get around that with Ctrl+F.

The list curator does have a site he or she made, which is also sourced from GitHub. You can visit it at books.vishnuks.com. The site shows you the cover art for each book and includes links to Amazon and Goodreads, so you can purchase them if you want. Each book also includes a brief description. It also has a Reading List feature that is maintained through a cookie. There is no sign-in. No search. No server-side tracking. It’s just a prettier list with the ability to sort.

So, if you are having a hard time finding your next book or would like to encourage someone else into loving reading again, this is a great list to check out. Tell us what you think of it in our growing Discord.

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