Don't call it a resolution, but I aim to read more books in 2017.

A plan:

  • Read more books!
  • Plan my reading (loosely), to ensure a healthy varied diet of fiction, non-fiction and "work" titles
  • Keep track and keep myself honest by posting progress
  • Reflect a little.

Fiction and non-fiction read so far(updated Apr 16th)

Bold = enjoyed. Italics = abandoned

  • The Burning Page, "Librarian spy Irene and her apprentice Kai return for another 'tremendously fun, rip-roaring adventure'"; an improving genre romp, I wish they'd spend less time in dreary Steampunk London and make more use of the multiverse setting.
  • Sleeping Giants. Gave up on it when the thin characterization wore all the way through.
  • The $100 Start-up. Turned out to be more about starting your own lemonade stand than tech-startups. Skimmed and returned.
  • All in startup, Diana Kander. Startup stories in the form of a long parable. Cheesy but educational.
  • Men Explain Things To Me, Rebecca Solint. Solid gold cringe.
  • A Jack Reacher book, abandoned after 5 chapters. There's been ... a murder!
  • My Dog Is A Carrot, John Hegley. Hilarious and poignant short poems.
  • Stories of your life, Ted Chiang. Short sci-fi stories, including the one that went on to become Arrival. Most of the stories are excellent, and some are genuinely brain-bending. One tickled me particularly, a modern take on a A. E. van Vogt style of story: Understand.
  • Indivisible. "Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen". Practical tips for participatory democracy at the friend & neighbor level - even if your current reps are already pulling in the right direction, as here in NH. Free, short, and online.
  • Golden Son, Pierce Brown. Mars is revolting! The author's site has some nifty extended universe stuff. I think I'd probably have been an Orange.
  • Speaking of boys. Hoped it had answers about how to raise brothers, but I didn't really take anything away from it.
  • Mr Wilsons's Cabinet of Wonder. A+. Keep things weird and never break character.

Business and design books read so far

  • Designing Connected Products, Claire Rowland and others. I met Claire at UX In the City and saw her talk on this, which was fantastic. This tome is ginormous though. I've been dipping in here and there.
  • About Face 4th Edition: update to the clasic interaction design manual.
  • Design for Real Life, on A Book Apart.

Non-fiction to read

  • Between the world and me
  • Cooler, Smarter, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Edible. I'm very much in favor of adding bugs to our menus, chiefly on environmental grounds (plus, it's cool). I haven't convinced that many folk to give it a try, but perhaps this will arm me with better pro-bug patter.
  • That octopus book
  • Atlas Obscura
  • Happier, by that Harvard happiness person.

Design / biz to read

Fiction to read

  • The Fifth Season, NK Jesimin.
  • His Bloody Project. Mystery set during the Highland Clearances.
  • The Quarry, Iain Banks. I've had this on my shelf for years. I think it's his last book? Perhaps that's why I haven't read it - once I have, there won't be any more new Iain Banks for me to read, ever again. That, and I don't fancy it much.
  • Area X sequence. Our library has a nifty scheme where they'll surprise you with a tailored recommendation, based on your recent favorites. This is what they picked.
  • Anything new by
    • Neal Stephenson. No new solo works but he is co-authoring The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. this year. It sounds a bit Dan Brown-ish but I'll pick it up week 1. In the meantime, let's enjoy this short story about a paranoid chip (from 1997).
    • William Gibson. The Peripheral is now 3 years old, so perhaps we'll get a new one this year.
    • China MiĆ©ville