Don't call it a resolution, but I aim to read more books in 2017.
- 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
- Mapping Experiences, Jim Kalbach
- Design with Intent, Dan Lockton (coming later 2017)
- Hooked, Nir Nyal
- UX Strategy
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 Miéville