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My Top Books in 2023

My Top Books in 2023 I'm looking forward to surpassing my goal of reading 50 books again for the Goodreads 2023 Reading Challenge! This year I've had a large number of books I gave 5 stars, so I took extra time to enjoy them. For many years I gave myself the excuse that I didn't have the time to sit down and read, and barely read 1 book a year. So how did I do it? Well listening to audiobooks while driving or training for sports to stay in shape definitely helps. Luckily books in Amazon Kindle format can also be read by Echo devices and even using the Alexa app. My top books by category read in 2023 were: Data & AI • Power and Prediction • The Signal and The Noise Business/Technology • Chip War • Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making • Sandworm Mindset/Motivational • Motivational Legends

Geeking out Data AI

Geeking out on Data & AI I tend to obsess over at least one subject to keep me always learning new things, and this time it is Data & AI: Data - it is all around us, & tools like Microsoft Power BI allow us to harness that power. Since it is one of our main tools used at work, I knew I needed to use it more. Luckily, Microsoft Learn offers free hands-on labs that walk you through all the basics. After completing their cloud skills challenge at one of their recent events, I was offered a discount to take the Power BI Data Analyst (PL-300) exam. After attempting the exam, I'm glad to share that I passed! AI - I'm also amazed by how powerful AI tools can help us out with daily tasks. My main go-to is ChatGPT for generating content, summarizing content, & much more. And if you have Microsoft Edge, Bing Chat is built into the browser & lets you do things like summarize articles & generate images. I enjoy sharing what I'm learning, so I'm putting toget