Summer 2012 Reading Snippets

Here are my summer reading snippets. Hopefully I’ll write in depth about a few of them.

Excellent Stuff

Fun, Sci-Fi – Fiction

  • Zero History, by William Gibson (audio and text ) – I finally got to this. What was I waiting for?! This is an amazing book. I’m still a Gibson fan-boy. I loved the whole series: Pattern Recognition, Spook Country and now Zero History.
  • Ender’s Game Series – Speaker For the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind, by Orson Scott Card. – I re-read this over the summer. Pure joy šŸ™‚ The only bad thing about this series is — “that it ends”. I didn’t want it to end.
  • Chomp, by Carl Hiassen– A great addition to Hiassen’s “teen” fiction books: Hoot, Flush, and Scat. Flush is still our family favorite. We read this aloud at our cottage. Loads of fun.

Science, Psychology, Design, Drawing – Non-Fiction

  • Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don’t Work, by Dan RoamMust Read I’ve always been a firm believer that in the engineering world drawing on the whiteboard is a key communication medium. So I loved this book. It takes communicating via “sketches” to a whole new level. Wow!
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain I really liked this book. I got it because it was heavily tweeted and blogged. It seemed very interesting and it didn’t disappoint. I can say that I’m part of the target audience. It was also interesting that this book got picked up and read at the cottage a lot { kinda makes sense since introverts are usually readers šŸ™‚ }
  • Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation, Tom Bissell I picked this via a ringing endorsement by Maria Popova’s blog Summer Reading List 2012: 10 Essential Books for Cognitive Sunshine | Brain Pickings This is way off my usual radar. But it was supremely good reading.
  • Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design, Bill Buxton Wow! Wow! Wow! I found this in the Bibliography of Business Model Generation. This is not an easy read, so I find it hard to make it a must read. That said there are so many good ideas that are well developed and explained thoroughly. If you’re into innovation then this is a must read. I really like how much time Buxton spends relating and positioning design with respect to the other disciplines like marketing and engineering. The whole concept of sketching vs. prototyping took a while to sink in for me. I’m hoping to write more on this book. It has a good history of the iPod in it too.
  • The American Scholar, Ralph Waldo Emerson – again a Brainpickings recommendation. Fascinating. Happy Birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright: 10 Thoughts on Education and Learning | Brain Pickings. More info The American Scholar – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


  • Unconscious Putting: Dave Stockton’s Guide to Unlocking Your Signature Stroke, Dave Stockton, Matthew Rudy No wonder I can’t putt. This book is very thin in every way except one thing. His points on “finding the line” and “keeping the line in one’s mind” are absolutely amazing tips!!!!