Second half reading (procrastination notes)

I’ve always written one post per book, but now I’m ending up with a round up so I can start my 2014 reading and posting fresh. Here are some quick notes on my reading in the second half of the year.

I read two short story collections I really liked: The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories by Ethan Rutherford and Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee.

I spent a lot of time with Uta Barth’s The Long Now in preparation for Utata’s Homage project.

The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit made me realize I need to read more of her work.

I’m also growing more interested in illustrated but not for children work. Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology by Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNoughton fell into this category — if you are a pet person, you’ll probably enjoy it.

I read several good things primarily for work: Victor Lombardi’s Why We Fail, Jeff Gothelf’s Lean UX, and Jan Chipchase’s Hidden in Plain Sight: How to Create Extraordinary Products for Tomorrow’s Customers. That’s right, I’m a user experience geek.

I read many illustrated children’s books — which in tend not to write about, though I think that will change next year. Standouts include My Father’s Arms Are A Boat, written by Stein Erik Lunde and illustrated by Øyvind Torseter and Lion vs Rabbit by Alex Latimer.

I have the feeling I am forgetting something. This is one of the problems in not writing about what I’m reading soon after I’ve finished it; something I can work to change next year. I’m already surrounded by books I want to read!

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