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A Year of Books

Mark Zuckerberg's A Year of Books

Mark Zuckerberg had a busy year last year. On top of all his usual responsibilities, the Facebook founder and CEO became a father, read 23 books and lunched a Facebook community called “A Year of Books”, where he posted a new book (that he was currently reading) every two weeks. He encouraged others to read along and share their thoughts and comments.

Throughout the year he read and featured these 23 books:

#1 The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be

by Moisés Naím

#2 The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

by Steven Pinker

#3 Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

by Sudhir Venkatesh

#4 On Immunity: An Inoculation

by Eula Biss

#5 Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

by Ed Catmull

#6 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

by Thomas Kuhn

#7 Rational Ritual: Culture, Coordination, and Common Knowledge

by Michael Chwe

#8 Dealing With China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower

by Hank Paulson

#9 Orwell’s Revenge: The 1984 Palimpsest

by Peter W. Huber

#10 The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Michelle Alexander

#11 Muqaddimah

by Ibn Khaldun

#12 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Harari

#13 The Player of Games

by Iain Banks

#14 Energy: A Beginners Guide

by Vaclav Smil

#15 Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

by Matt Ridley

#16 The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature

by William James

#17 Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day

by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford

#18 Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

by Daron Acemoğlu, James A. Robinson

#19 The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

by Matt Ridley

#20 The Three-Body Problem

by Liu Cixin

#21 The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

by Jon Gertner

#22 World Order

by Henry Kissinger

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#23 The Beginning of Infinity

by David Deutsch

Zuckerberg came up with the idea as part of his New Years Resolution for 2015, and in the first post he announced that the purpose of the community would be to “emphasize learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.”

The Facebook page also featured many live discussions and Q&As with the authors of the aforementioned books, such as Jon Gertner, author of The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation; and Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist, and many others.

Click here to visit the Facebook page for A Year of Books.

Latest News in Writing – Nov. 2015 Edition

We’re going to be starting a new post series called ‘Latest News In Writing‘ where we highlight some of the most interesting current writing-related news content that we personally curate. Without further ado — here is the first edition!

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The last film installment of the Hunger Games Trilogy of books released this weekend to a $101m box office, which was apparently a “disappointment”. Forbes wrote an interesting assessment of why, essentially concluding that the series of films (and books) lost hoards of fans after the glitz, glamour and violence of the characters competing in the Hunger Games ended and the real, gritty, slow war with the Capital began — “What if much of the appeal of this politically angry and unconventionally cynical fantasy franchise was merely embraced as a crowd-pleasing example of the things it most detested?” Alanis Morisette would be pleased.

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An Unpublished Charlotte Brontë poem has been discovered and is being sold for $300,000 to The Brontë Society. “The poem was found along with a sliver of prose, folded into a book that belonged to the author’s mother, Maria. The book had been on a boat carrying her belongings that was shipwrecked off the coast of Devonshire, England, in the early 1800s. It was one of the few artifacts belonging to Maria Brontë that survived.”

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J.K. Row–Ahem– Robert Galbraith released a new novel on Oct 20, the third in a mystery/crime novel series, called “Career of Evil”. J.K. Rowling is finally doing interviews to promote the books, since the whole world is well aware of her pseudonym (and we have been for a while now).

 

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Three YouTube stars are now bestselling authors. Yes, you read that correctly. YouTuber “PewDiePie” has over 40 million subscribers (regular viewers) to his channel. That’s more than most print magazines, and most TV shows. Every video that he puts out immediately has about a million views.  YouTuber Shane Dawson has only 5 million subscribers, but that was enough to land him a bestselling book.

 

book shonda rhimes year of yes

Shonda Rhimes is awesome. Yes, this is news. As if creating 3 critically acclaimed (and wildly popular) TV shows while raising 3 children as a single mom wasn’t enough, she said yes to everything for a year and then somehow found time to write a book about it.

 

iBooks Spotlight Roundup

We love the iBooks spotlight. It’s an Apple newsletter that features new and noteworthy books. It’s a great way to discover the next book on your reading list. We rounded up some recent books iBooks highlighted:

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 Set for July release, “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee is back at it.

Gabriel Allon is on the hunt for the murderer of a controversial British Royal.

Renowned blogger and video blogger, Felicia Day, releases her endearing memoir.

A brand new Thunder Point romance where emotions run high.

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