Keep reading

I started this blog back in July 2002, so that my musings on what I’d been reading would have their own place on the web to live. That was far enough back I didn’t originally include any pictures on the site, because load times really mattered.

I read Life of Pi that summer. Over time, I could tell when students were assigned books I happened to read, because I’d get desperate pleas in the comments for help with reports. I received a few comments from authors (always a thrill) and even became a blurb on the back of Peanutbutter and Jeremy’s Best Book Ever, which was awesome.

Looking back over the list of more than 450 posts, I can see how my reading changes over time. Ten or twelve years ago I was reading a lot of graphic novels; now I’m reading poetry.

Blogrolls used to be a thing, it was an important way we liked-minded geeks could find each other. Over the years, mine kept getting shorter and shorter as the book blogs I followed stopped.

Now seems like a good time to recognize this one is stopping, too.

I’m still reading, and I expect posts about that will be part of whatever I do next online. I will keep this site up as an archive. Until the next thing starts up, you can reach me on twitter or over at LibraryThing.

May you find the books you need, when you need them.

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!