I've been reading books all my life. Many people stop reading books after school. They move on to video, movies, newspapers, etc. I enjoy other mediums as well, but I still like books.
I like e-books as well as physical books. I buy e-books when I want one fast or I don't care to shelve it. For classics, I like to have the physical book on my shelf. In addition to pure
entertainment reading, I have a large collection of computer knowledge books. Some tend to become obsolete and I trade them in for new ones, but I have a lot of computer books that will be
valid for years (i.e. software estimation, debugging techniques, etc.). Sometimes I come across a really good computer book and I blog about it (like this one
or this one
or this one
For entertainment I read a lot of Sci-fi. Yeah, I'm a bit stereo-typical. A computer nerd that can cite lines from Star Wars at the drop of a hat. I've read most of the classics,
Dune (everybody is right, the book is better than the movie or mini-series), I-Robot (a collection of good short stories), The Foundation Trilogy (I've read these books more than once, the
story is intense), The Hobbit (movies are almost identical to the book), and others that I can't think of off the top of my head. I have also enjoyed a few computer subject books based on
the history of the computer. One of my all-time favorites is "The Soul of a New Machine." I've read that book twice, and it's the kind of story that I can't let go of. Another is "The
Cookoos Egg" which is about a university computer technician who discovers the trail of a hacker that put a backdoor into their Unix server. This story ends at an espionage case from a spy in Germany.
Touring's Cathedral was an interesting historical reading. This book details the intense computer building effort that took place during World War II, when scientists were researching the
atomic bomb. The book is broken into separate, but overlapping stories about each scientist who worked on computer projects at Princeton, New Jersey. There are a lot of interesting stories
about the technologies they were attempting to use to solve the problem of performing a large amount of complex calculations in a short time.