Reading List

Because… you know… books are awesome!

I like to read books. A lot of books. I also like to keep track of what I have read… partially so that I can refer to them later and partially because I will forget that I have read something before. All of the books that I have read (since 2010, at least) are listed here.

I feel the need to apologize for 2020. And 2021. And… also 2022. I could blame a lot of things, but it simply boils down to pure exhaustion. Apparently, pandemic + raising a toddler/pre-schooler + publishing a book + (oh right) my actual full-time job that pays me was too much and something had to give. That being said, I did read and am still reading a huge amount of picture books and kid lit. (Having a preschooler helps with that!) One day, I will log all of those books, but that day is not today. Perhaps when I have more free time. You know, like when my kid is 20.

Books Read in 2023

(Total: 1)

Book Thoughts Date Read
Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things
Josh Clark & Chuck Bryant
This book is interesting, informative, and funny, just like the SYSK podcast, except, you know, in book form. There were even many (many) parts of the book where I could hear Josh or Chuck’s voice as I was reading. January

Books Read in 2022

(Total: 3)

Book Thoughts Date Read
We Are Not Like Them
Christine Pride & Jo Piazza
I am still processing my feelings about this one. I read it in a day. Scratch that. An evening. I never binge-read because, frankly, I do not have the time or energy, but this book captivated me. An important must-read. August
Fortunately, The Milk
Neil Gaiman
A super quick YA read by my favorite author. It’s silly, quirky, and so much fun to read. August
Cosmic Blackout! (Galaxy Zack #16)
Ray O’Ryan
It has definitely been a rough couple of years for reading, so I eased myself back in with a YA. This was a fun one! February

Books Read in 2021

(Total: 1)

Book Thoughts Date Read
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky
Hey books! It’s been a while. Again. Honestly, the only reason I have time to read anything recreationally now is because my 3 year old won’t sleep alone and I can’t fall asleep at 8pm, so I lie down on her floor and read under a blanket. Reminiscent of my teen years, to be honest. Regardless, this book was captivating, relatable, and done in 3 days. (Well, nights.) August

Books Read in 2020

(Total: 2)

Book Thoughts Date Read
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
Judy Blume
Hey 2020. This is embarrassing, but it’s been almost a year since I’ve read a grown up book. I decided to start with an “easy” one. Loved it. I wish I read it sooner. December
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
John Carreyrou
This book made me so angry, but I could not put it down. Definitely worth the read if you have any interest in startup culture, healthcare, and what not to do. January

Books Read in 2019

(Total: 10)

Book Thoughts Date Read
Version Control
Dexter Palmer
I did not really engage with this book until the second half. After that, I was compellingly curious. I feel like the book was a little too soap-opera-ish at times (too many characters), but I really enjoyed how it all came together. October
The Immortalists
Chloe Benjamin
Back to fiction. This story was about a family and a bunch of predictions. I was more interested in some family members than others. And I have so many questions. September
Michelle Obama
Continuing with the autobiography streak. Love, love, love this book. Michelle Obama’s life is amazing and her writing is beautiful. September
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Neil Patrick Harris
I have not read a choose your own adventure book since I was a kid. This was a delight. Definitely the most fun I’ve ever had reading an autobiography. August
Clara’s War
Clara Kramer
I have no idea where I picked up this book, but I could not put it down. August
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Taylor Jenkins Reid
Book club may be the only reason I find books. My first novel in a while. I could not put it down - I just wanted to keep going at the end of each (very short) chapter. Definitely not for babies. August
Dreams From My Father
Barack Obama
This book took a while to read, but it was worth it. Great book about race, family, and finding yourself. August
Bridge to Terabithia
Katherine Paterson
I am not sure how I missed reading this book growing up. It made me cry. It’s been a while since a book made me cry. June
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Yup. It’s been a while. #kids This book was a great dive back into reading a whole book because it is such short snippets at a time. Great bedtime reading. June
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
Thank you to my book club for finally motivating me into reading again. I actually read this out loud to my baby (after her books, that is) at night (and this put her to sleep). But, it did not put me to sleep. RBG is truly amazing! March

Books Read in 2018

(Total: 10)

Book Thoughts Date Read
Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
Finally read this classic. Another book club book. October
Cloud Atlas
David Mitchell
Nested stories that are all connected to each other. Very clever. I read this book because of the movie trailer. (I have not seen the movie yet. I am a terrible movie watcher.) September
Accessibility for Everyone
Laura Kalbag
Great, well rounded overview of web accessibility from all perspectives, from design to development to testing. Much of it was review for me because I’ve also been doing a ton of work in this field, but I also learned a lot from this book. September
The Last American Vampire
Seth Grahame-Smith
The sequel to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which I read years ago. I loved that book, but this book was even better. It goes through American history, but in a world where vampires not only exist, but are a critical part of history. So well written. August
Einstein’s Dreams
Alan Lightman
A bunch of stories of fictional worlds that follow the theory of parallel universes. Loved some; others not so much. August
The Nanny Connie Way
Connie Simpson
My first parenting book. I’m sure it won’t be my last. There is some great advice in this book, but it is mixed in with a lot of self-promotional text. I skipped past the testimonials, straight to the good stuff. July
32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line
Eric Ripert
Another book club book (after a long book club hiatus.) I had a lot of feelings while reading this book. June
Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
Ryan Holiday
Interesting read about the Gawker / Hogan case, through the lens of conspiracies in general. There is also a lot of content about conspiracies throughout history that is not particularly relevant to this case, but this book definitely makes you think about power, free speech, privacy, and the state of our legal system. June
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed
Alan Alda
I love biographies and Alan Alda is amazing. April
The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy
Vicki Iovine
Several friends recommended this book to me after I announced my pregnancy. Great advice about all aspects of pregnancy - and way more interesting to read than typical pregnancy books. January

Books Read in 2017

(Total: 25)

Book Thoughts Date Read
Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy!
Bob Harris
I love Jeopardy and this book was both insightful and hilarious. Loved it! December
Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee
I was debating myself about whether to read this or not. I don’t remember much of To Kill a Mockingbird, but that did not matter too much. Loved it! November
When We Were Animals
Joshua Gaylord
A very compelling and haunting coming-of-age story about a teenage girl, told by her adult self. I’m still processing this one. Loved it! November
The Sleeper and the Spindle
Neil Gaiman
Short and cute, but to be honest, not my favorite. Then again, I might be over the whole fairy tale thing. October
Scott Semegran
Don’t be fooled by the title. Girls can read this book too. Loved it. Loved it! October
After Alice
Gregory Maguire
To be honest, this book was very hard to follow, but then again, so is “Alice in Wonderland”. I wanted to spend some more time with some of the characters, but overall, I enjoyed it. October
The Price of Salt
Patricia Highsmith
Loved this book. I don’t remember when or why I picked it up, but I felt the main character’s life so much. Loved it! October
On Beauty
Zadie Smith
I’m undecided on how I feel about this book. It’s a very well-written story that drops you into the life of an academic family. However, I only truly liked one of the characters. September
Lord of the Flies
William Golding
Yet another book club book that I somehow never read as a child. I didn’t hate it. The character development was very compelling but the ending annoyed me. August
The Man Who Could Be King
John Ripin Miller
To be honest, a little slow at the beginning, but towards the end it was very compelling. The events are all fact, but sadly, the narrator is fictional. (I really wanted him to be real.) August
Neil Gaiman
Another book I read forever ago. It was definitely time for a re-read since I am seeing a theater production of it in a month. Loved it! August
American Gods
Neil Gaiman
I originally read this book forever ago, but I figured it was time for a re-read. Love. This. Book. Loved it! August
The City of Towers (Eberron: The Dreaming Dark Book 1)
Keith Baker
I started playing D&D again after a very (very!) long time and this book was suggested to me. No regrets. July
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
Joel Dicker
Another book club book! I normally do not read mysteries, but once I got into this one, I literally could not put the book down. Loved it! June
Dead Trees Give No Shelter
Wil Wheaton
Quick read. Mildly freaky read. So good. Loved it! May
Animal Farm
George Orwell
Re-read this book for my book club. Very interesting reading it after 1984. There are some interesting parallels between the two books. Loved it! May
The Kassa Gambit
M.C. Planck
Another sci-fi book! The sci-fi and political aspects of the book were great; the romance parts were less great. There’s a reason I don’t read romance novels. May
A Darkling Sea
James L. Cambias
It was nice to stretch my sci-fi reading muscles with this one! Great book about alien life, conflict, and research. Loved the fact that the alien life was not humanoid, for a change. April
The Blind Contessa’s New Machine
Carey Wallace
I keep reading books about relationships. Very quick read. Good story. I plead the fifth on my feelings about the ending. April
The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwood
This month’s book club book! I was angry the entire time I was reading it. Very much worth the read, but I am ready for a less dystopian book now. Loved it! March
The Signature of All Things
Elizabeth Gilbert
And the staying single theme continues! Very compelling book, despite all the biology. (Not my favorite science.) Both Henry’s and Alma’s lives were fascinating to the point where I did not want to put this book down. March
Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own
Kate Bolick
Interesting take on staying single… or rather women staying true to their personal ideals. I wish I was more familiar with the poets she references in the book. March
Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell
Rereading this book. Not just because of the current state of affairs and certainly not because everyone else is… but because my bookclub is. Scary, but worth it. February
How To Make Sense Of Any Mess
Abby Covert
Very basic book on information architecture. Great for beginners. February
The Gemini Effect
Chuck Grossart
Creepy, messed up, and really compelling. January

Books Read in 2016

(Total: 13)

Book Thoughts Date Read
Orson Scott Card
Possibly more compelling - and definitely more confusing - than “Ender’s Game”. Didn’t realize it was a series at first. Loved it! November
Miramont’s Ghost
Elizabeth Hall
Very quick and compelling read, but this book made me really angry. Undecided if that is a good or bad thing. November
A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson
A book about the author and his friend hiking the Appalachian Trail. Fun, but opinionated read. While “Wild” made me want to start hiking, this book kind of makes me want to stop. Not sure what that says about the book or me. October
The Last Woman Standing
Thelma Adams
Very engaging story about the life of Josephine Marcus, the woman who married Wyatt Earp. October
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Lisa See
Beautiful story, but hard to read at times. I actually almost put this book down early on because of one particular chapter (reading about foot binding is clearly not for me), but really glad I finished this one. Loved it! October
The Wise Man’s Fear
Patrick Rothfuss
Finally finished book 2! Arguably better than book 1. Really, really (really) can’t wait until book 3. Loved it! September
You Don’t Know JS: Scope & Closures
Kyle Simpson
I finally understand closures! You have no idea what a big deal this is to me (unless you are also a JS developer). Loved it! September
Tina Fey
Another book from my bookclub. Seriously funny and talks about just about everything. Loved it! August
Ready Player One
Ernest Cline
Literally the best geeky, gamer, 1980s-nostalgia book I have read. Ever. Loved it! August
Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS
Jonathan Snook
Reading this for work, actually. The specifics in the book are quite dated, but the overall theory is really great. August
Modern Romance
Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
Book from my book club. Great insight into how dating has changed over the past few generations. I am not sure if I prefer the old or the new paradigm. Loved it! June
Kitchen Confidential
Anthony Bourdain
Finally got back into reading after a very chaotic few months. Interesting (and very opinionated) read about the restaurant business and food in general. May
The Name of the Wind
Patrick Rothfuss
My friends have been trying to get me into Patrick Rothfuss for years now. They finally succeeded. So good. Starting the next book in 3… 2… 1…. Loved it! January

Books Read in 2015

(Total: 25)

Book Thoughts Date Read
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
Felicia Day
So, so good. To be honest, I knew very little about Felicia Day but saw this book in the store and it just spoke to me. And it’s still talking. Loved it! December
Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro
Creepy. Wonderful. Disturbing. This is a book about a dystopian alternate reality. I don’t have a better description than that, but it was a really good read. Loved it! December
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mark Haddon
Fantastically written story about a teenager who thinks a bit differently. Loved it! November
The Circle
Dave Eggers
Well… that was creepy. This book is very well written, engaging, and hits a little too close to home (at least on the social media and life online fronts). Totally worth the read. Loved it! November
Me Talk Pretty One Day
David Sedaris
Fun read. Personally, I identified more with the first half of the book but definitely enjoyed the whole book. October
Zoe’s Tale
John Scalzi
Really quick, captivating read, set in the Old Man’s War universe. October
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Junot Diaz
I completely identified with Oscar, or at least him in his youth and the awkward unpopularity of being a teenage geek. I know that’s not the primary focus of the book, but it kind of is anyway. October
Start Something That Matters
Blake Mycoskie
I love (love!) the idea of combining business and giving. I already knew that TOMS combines the two as their business model, but reading about the specifics and its impact was huge. Definitely a must read - if you are an entrepreneur or not. Loved it! September
The Casual Vacancy
J. K. Rowling
I was really undecided this book in the beginning, but the characters really grew on me in the end. These folks are seriously quirky (and sometimes horrible), but in a fascinating way. September
The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson
This book was fabulous. The art and construction behind the World’s Fair was interesting enough, but coupling that with such a dark parallel story made this book fascinating. Loved it! August
The Einstein Prophecy
Robert Masello
Interesting fantasy / horror book. July
Amin Maalouf
I am usually not one for historical novels, but I was really intrigued by the first part of the book that focused on Omar Khayyam’s life and the Rubaiyat. I suppose I am staying true to my preferences for books that focus on people, rather than events. July
The Woman In Black
Susan Hill
Creepy. Good, but creepy. Good quick read if you like ghost stories. June
The Mermaid’s Sister
Carrie Anne Noble
Just another story about a girl (who might be a stork), her sister (who is very definitely a mermaid), and a boy (who… it’s complicated). May
Cheryl Strayed
Love, love, love this book. I envy her journey, her courage, and her strength. I picked up this book because I have been craving a change in my life and an idea to figure out what it should be. Loved it! May
Helen of Sparta
Amalia Carosella
A really intriguing and realistic-feeling book about Helen before she was Helen of Troy. (It helps that I am fascinated by ancient Greece.) Loved it! April
Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
This book is from 37 Signals. A great source of not-so-traditional, but completely practical business advice. As a newly minted manager, I really appreciated it. Loved it! March
The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman
I don’t know why, but I was not expecting this to be a children’s book. However, it is Neil Gaiman, so it was awesome. Loved it! March
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street
Michael Davis
I loved Sesame Street growing up. That show taught me to read. Seriously. Reading about its beginning - the characters, the actors, the CTW - was utterly fascinating. Loved it. Loved it! February
October Sky
Homer H. Hickam
I watched the movie forever ago, before I knew the book existed. Loved the book - both the historical and scientific parts. Loved it! January
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells
Andrew Sean Greer
This one is about exploring yourself and how you would live your life if you had been born in a different era. The geek in me has some issues with the time travel aspects of the book, but overall, this was a fabulous book. Loved it! January
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
Someone recommended this book to me a while ago. I can’t believe it took me so long to read it. Loved it! January
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman
I love Neil Gaiman. This is a great fantasy novel about immortals and other worlds. Loved it! January
Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience
Jeff Gothelf
Yes. Yes. Yes. Just yes. If you are in UX, you should read this now. January
Alice McDermott
I love stories about people. This reads like a biography (sort of), but it is fiction. I really enjoyed it. January

Books Read in 2014

(Total: 21)

Book Thoughts Date Read
The Awkward Human Survival Guide
Adam Dachis & Erica Elson
I got this book somewhat randomly and decided to finally read it because I really am the definition of awkward. December
Dragonfly in Amber
Diana Gabaldon
It’s about time I read another book, right? I started this one in October, but I have been busy and it was long. Like, seriously long. Good book, but I enjoyed book 1 more. December
Once A Runner
John L. Parker, Jr.
I have been doing quite a bit more running lately, so I decided to read a book about competitive running. Holy. Cow. Runners are crazy. September
Blue Willow
Doris Gates
Yes, this is a kid’s chapter book. I read it in about an hour. Another story about family and home. Very different from the last book I read. September
Take This Man
Brando Skyhorse
This book is a great memoir about the author’s search for family, in a very philosophical sense. There is a large cast of characters here, which at times was a little confusing, but worth the read if you can keep everyone straight. September
Learning Responsive Web Design
Clarissa Peterson
I know quite a bit about responsive design already, so most of this book was a review. However, there were some key points that I did learn more about. Great book for a beginner to RWD. September
Life of Pi
Yann Martel
I do not mean to be cliche, but this one is definitely a modern classic. Slow start, but loved it once I was hooked. The end left me with lots of thoughts…. Loved it! August
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
Oh my goodness! This book was so good. But so sad. But so good. I just finished it and I have no words. But I want all the words. Just read this. Loved it! August
The Long Earth
Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
Parallel worlds, a soul transplanted in a machine, alternate societies. What’s not to like. Nothing! Except the ending. The ending made me angry. But this book is still totally worth reading. Loved it! August
Neil Gaiman
I am clearly on a Neil Gaiman kick. This is a fantasy and a love story. And I don’t mean in the 50 Shades way. This is so much better. July
Smoke and Mirrors
Neil Gaiman
Well that was different. I very rarely read short stories, but I do love Neil Gaiman. July
Team Geek
Brian W. Fitzpatrick, Ben Collins-Sussman
Good book about working as a team in a software development environment, how to deal with other people, and how to lead other people. Also applies to non-geek jobs, but definitely more geared towards geeks like me. July
Diana Gabaldon
Several friends recommended this series and I finally got around to reading the first book. Oh my goodness. So much love for this book. I need book 2 now. Like, immediately. Loved it! June
The Light Between Oceans
M. L. Stedman
A book has not captivated me like this in a really long time. I love and kind of hate the story - or at least what happened to some of the characters. That’s all I’m saying. Definitely a must-read. Loved it! May
Javascript: The Good Parts
Douglas Crockford
I work with Javascript every day, so I pretty much just skimmed this book. Really good review of lots of JS concepts. Most was review. Parts were new… which was awesome. This would be really useful for beginners. May
The Astronaut Wives Club
Lily Koppel
Life sort of got in the way reading this book, but it really is a good one. Great look at the lives of the wives of the astronauts through the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. Loved it! April
100 Diagrams That Changed The World
Scott Christianson
Really fantastic overview of major diagrams, drawings, and inventions from cave paintings to the iPod. I skimmed through some parts and was fascinated by others. February
Smashing Book #3 1/3: Redesign the Web, The Extension
Smashing Magazine
A series of essays about website redesigns. I found the essays about information architecture and the Smashing redesign (to a responsive site) the most interesting. February
Stephen King
I vowed a long time ago to not read Stephen King again because his books kind of creep me out. This one is completely different. Yes, it is 800 pages long, but it is completely captivating. Though perhaps a little frustrating too, depending on your views on time travel. Loved it! January
Old Man’s War
John Scalzi
Classic sci-fi novel that was recommended to me by way too many friends. Totally worth it. This book is a fascinating story about second chances. Loved it! January
Nassim Assefi
This book broke my heart. That is all. Loved it! January

Books Read in 2013

(Total: 19)

Book Thoughts Date Read
The Design of Everyday Things
Donald A. Norman
Yes, again. I re-read this book for book club. December
And The Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini
This book tells an incredible story about a family. The story itself jumps around enough that I think I need to reread it - mostly because I kept picking up and putting down the book over the course of this month. But definitely worth the read. I cried. In a good way (if that’s a thing). Loved it! November
How to Be an Adult
Nerissa Nields
I am a Nields fan, which is how I heard about this book. I am not exactly her target audience (i.e. my 20s were a while ago), but I did gain a lot of insights from this book. Definitely a good read for this not-quite-20-something who doesn’t always feel like an adult. October
The Other Typist
Suzanne Rindell
This was a very fun book, for varying definitions of the word “fun”. I will not give anything away, but I definitely had different impressions of the book between the first chapter and the last. Very good read. It helps that the 1920s completely fascinate me. October
A Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin
The first book is almost word for word season one of the show, which was amazing. I usually read books before seeing their TV / movie counterpart, but this was an exception. Love both the show and book. Loved it! September
Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights
Steve Portigal
This is a very insightful book filled with advice on conducting any sort of user or consumer interview. This is something that I feel I should be doing at work, but am often too knee-deep in code. Looking forward to trying out his advice! August
No Frills Magento Layout
Alan Storm
Yes, I know. Another tech book. I have been reading (and re-reading) this book to prepare for the Magento Front-End Developer Certification exam at the end of the month. Incredibly helpful book. Wish me luck! July
JSTL in Action
Shawn Bayern
I have been using JSTL for a while now at work. This book offers a really great summary of the most commonly used tags and includes practical examples. Much of this book was a review, but I still learned quite a number of useful tips and tricks. July
The Woman Upstairs
Claire Messud
A much lighter read after that last book, but not exactly a “light” read. I totally get Nora. June
Team of Rivals
Doris Kearns Goodwin
It actually took me two months to read this book. This book is incredibly dense, but it is an amazing and well-written chronicle of Lincoln’s political career. I have been a life-long Lincoln fan (really!); this was well worth the read. Loved it! June
The Calligrapher’s Daughter
Eugenia Kim
This book was fascinating and frustrating all at the same time - fascinating because Korea is very much in the news now; frustrating because I was hoping for so much more for the main character. Loved it! April
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
Stephen L. Carter
This was a really interesting “what-if” book about how Lincoln would have fared if he had survived the assassination attempt. A bit law-ish for me, but completely fascinating. Loved it! March
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
Sharon Creech
An In2Books pen-pal book and my first for this school year. (Our schedule is a little off.) Great story about friendship. March
The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster
Really cute, pun-filled children’s novel that was recommended to me by a friend. March
Developing Backbone.js Applications
Addy Osmani
Great introductory reference for Backbone.js. I am still a newbie to it. It is a difficult read as a book, but has lots of great examples. Definitely need to re-read this one, preferably while developing something. February
George Orwell
Another book in my quest to read the classics I missed. Not how I expected that to turn out. February
The Sandalwood Tree
Elle Newmark
Beautiful story about 2 families in India - one in the mid-19th century and one in the mid-20th. January
Holidays on Ice
David Sedaris
Yes, I read a holiday book after the holidays. That is weird. The book was weird. But good weird. January
Learning Javascript Design Patterns
Addy Osmani
After a 1 month + reading hiatus, I started off the new year with a tech book. Why not? This book was hard to read as a narrative, but will be a fantastic resource. January

Books Read in 2012

(Total: 26)

Book Thoughts Date Read
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot
The story of Henrietta Lacks and her cells is incredible and unbelievable. Just read this. Loved it! November
The Marriage Plot
Jeffrey Eugenides
This was a cute story and a fun read, but nothing special. November
The Happiness Project
Gretchen Rubin
This book is about how one relatively happy woman spent one year trying to become happier using a very systematic, organized approach. An approach I can relate to. Some great ideas in here. November
Smashing Book #3: Redesign the Web
Smashing Magazine
This book is a must-read if you are a web developer… or if you work with web developers. Eleven articles by eleven authors covering all aspects of a modern redesign, with lots of great tips! Loved it! November
The Sandcastle Girls
Chris Bohjalian
This is an incredible historical love story about a world I really know nothing about. It is beautiful and a little heart-breaking. Loved it! October
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
Charles Yu
This book was a riot. Part philosophical; part funny; part sad. Fairly plausible science fiction physics. October
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley
Yes, I just read this book; somehow I missed reading this in school. Fantastic and fascinating book, but it really freaked me out. October
Mobile First
Luke Wroblewski
Read this for our UX book club at work. This book has a lot of good ideas about designing for mobile devices and sparked some great discussions in our group. October
Neil Gaiman and Dave Mckean
OK, I know this is supposed to be a children’s book, but it was so creepy! Really good story, though. September
Responsive Web Design
Ethan Marcotte
Read this for our UX book club at work. A great starter book for developers starting to work with responsive websites. Not a complete how-to, but has some great advice. September
Sarah’s Key
Tatiana de Rosnay
This book was just heart-breaking. I could not put it down, actually. Just read it. Loved it! August
Just a Geek
Wil Wheaton
I liked Wil Wheaton before reading this, but I like him more now. A great look into his life after (and during, in a way) Star Trek. Would love to read a follow-up. July
The Long Run
Mishka Shubaly
It amazes me how someone can go from being so messed up to fit enough for ultra-running. What a journey. July
2084: An Oral History of the Great Warming
James Powell
Global warming is real, people. I do not think this because of this book, but I think this book illustrates a very real possibility for our future. Very scary. June
The Passage
Justin Cronin
This book was amazing. Long, but amazing. It is a combination of a sci-fi, vampire, and post-apocalyptic genre; it is nothing like I have ever read before. June
Tim Kring & Dale Peck
This book reminds me of “Heroes” (go figure). I do love those kinds of TV shows, but I’m not loving that genre as a book. May
Neil Gaiman
While I do love Neil Gaiman, this one was not quite my favorite. Still really good, though. I mean, what’s not to like about traveling across multiple parallel universes? April
Jeff Burk
I do not usually read fan fiction, but I heard about this book and I do love William Shatner. That being said… very strange. Entertaining, but strange. April
Plants Bite Back!
Richard Platt
An In2Books pen-pal book for the fables unit. March
Suzanne Collins
Book 3. Better than book 2. Not as great as book 1, but really good. I want to say something about the end here, but I wont. Loved it! March
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Philip K. Dick
It’s “Bladerunner”, at least in voice and premise, but not quite. Crazy futuristic world; worth the read. February
Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson
A very honest book about a fascinating man. A must-read for Apple fans (and non-fans for that matter). Loved it! February
Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins
Book 2… almost as good as book 1. So many twists and turns… I need book 3 to come in now! Loved it! February
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Jon Scieszka
An In2Books pen-pal book for the fables unit. February
Comfort Food
Kate Jacobs
A good read, but kind of predictable. I liked “Friday Night Knitting Club” better. January
The Paris Wife
Paula McLain
Hemingway got around… I had no idea. This is fiction, but based on fact and a great read. January

Books Read in 2011

(Total: 32)

Book Thoughts Date Read
The Tortilla Curtain
T. C. Boyle
So heartbreaking. It’s sad that the way the characters think about immigration is very real. Loved it! December
Who Was Daniel Boone?
Sydelle Kramer
An In2Books pen-pal book for the biography unit. December
Three Cups of Tea
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
I had heard about the CAI before, but reading about it in biography form is just inspiring. Loved it! December
Great House
Nicole Krauss
Great 4-part book about the history of a desk. Still trying to put the pieces together. December
What did The Ancient Egyptians Do For Me?
Patrick Catel
An In2Books pen-pal book for the history unit. November
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
This is a must-read for all geeks; it is so captivating. Must read the others now! Loved it! November
The Help
Kathryn Stockett
Such a great story, and very well written! Loved it! November
The Friday Night Knitting Club
Kate Jacobs
This book is marginally about knitting; it is more about family and support…. Great book! Loved it! November
My Life with Charlie Brown
Charles M. Shultz
I love “Peanuts”! Reading Shultz’s articles so much insight into his philosophy and work ethic. Loved it! October
Planting Dandelions
Kyran Pittman
Great book about the author’s emigration to the US and her adventures in family life. October
First Year Letters
Julie Danneberg
An In2Books pen-pal book for the fiction unit. October  
How I Killed Pluto And Why It Had It Coming
Mike Brown
Yes, Pluto did need to go down. Intriguing book around the drama of astronomy research. September
My Sister’s Keeper
Jodi Picoult
This book broke my heard so many times, but totally worth the read. Loved it! September
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs
Chuck Klosterman
This is probably one of the most sarcastic books I have ever read. August
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog
John Grogan
This book was incredible and heart-breaking. Almost makes me want a dog. Almost. Loved it! August
Writing Out The Notes: Life in Great Big Sea
Bob Hallett
Interesting insight into the music world (not just GBS), but so many references I just did not get. July
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
Max Brooks
This was pretty intense - a “real” account of the next world war… against zombies. July
Diary of a Mad Fat Girl
Stephanie McAfee
Another super quick read. And yes, quite mad. June
Declaring Spinsterhood
Jamie Lynn Braziel
Super quick read. Declaring spinsterhood almost sounds like a fabulous idea. June
Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen
Gorgeous love story. I have not seen the movie yet; hoping it is as good as the book! Loved it! June
The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton
Harrison Geillor
This may be my favorite zombie novel (so far, at least). Loved it! May
The Wizard of Menlo Park
Randall Stross
Great bio of Thomas Edison, including some very interesting (and amusing) stories here. Loved it! May
It Could Be Worse. You Could Be Me.
Ariel Leve
This is one of the more depressing books I have read this year. Wow. April
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest
Stieg Larsson
Book #3 is the weakest book of the trilogy, but I needed to see how the story ends. Great ending! April
The Girl Who Fell From The Sky
Heidi W. Durrow
Fantastic story about a girl who survives a horrible family tragedy… based on a true story. March
What Will the Weather Be?
Lynda DeWitt
An In2Books pen-pal book for the science unit. March
The Girl Who Played With Fire
Stieg Larsson
Holy cow. I’m in love with this series. Another amazing mystery that made me literally scream. Loved it! March
Elizabeth Gilbert
This book reviews so many philosophies on marriage. This book was very eye opening. February
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
Gerald McDermott
An In2Books pen-pal book for the social studies unit. February
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson
A great mystery… and I normally don’t like mysteries. February
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
I did not care for the original, but really enjoyed this version. Zombies make the story better. January
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Doreen Rappaport
An In2Books pen-pal book for the biography unit. January

Books Read in 2010

(Total: 10)

Book Thoughts Date Read
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom
I’m not sure if I believe this is what heaven is really like, but I like the idea of it. December
Joyce Milton
An In2Books pen-pal book for the history unit. December
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
C.S. Lewis
I tried to read this book when I was much younger and just could not get into it then. Glad I finally read it now. November
A Short History of Women
Kate Walbert
Fantastic book that follows a family of women through different stages of their lives. Loved it! November
Donovan’s Word Jar
Monalisa DeGross
An In2Books penpal book for the fiction unit. October
Neil Gaiman
I’ve loved every Neil Gaiman book I’ve read so far. It definitely reads like a movie (and I believe it is one). Loved it! September
Foundation and Empire
Isaac Asimov
Book 2 of the Foundation series. Not bad, but not as good as book 1. September
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Seth Grahame-Smith
My favorite president and my favorite fictional subject matter. It doesn’t get better than this. Loved it! August
Designing the Moment
Robert Hoekman Jr.
This was a fabulous, and very obvious, book on website user experience. Loved it! August
Stern Men
Elizabeth Gilbert
I may be Ruth… at least partially. August

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