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 on what I've read by writing short notes and reviews
This page lists what I've read and what I plan on reading. I'll add to it as I go.
Books I've read so far (updated Jan 16th)
- Men Explain Things To Me, Rebecca Solint.
- Some Jack Reacher book, abandoned after 5 chapters.
- My Dog Is A Carrot, John Hegley.
- 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. Recommended. "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.
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
- Speaking of boys. Hopefully has answers about how to raise brothers minus the Cain and Able.
- Mr Wilsons's Cabinet of Wonder, L Weschler
- 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
- 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 OR tome is ginormous though, so I've been putting it off.
- 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