Books I Read 2015 edition

I decided I should post this list before we are into 2017. For the past few years I have kept an active list of the books I read in the current year. I believe I got this idea from Patrick Rhoneoriginally though I have seen many people do the same. 

Over the course of the year if I see something that I might be interested in I throw it in a list (this year it in an Apple Notes), then when I ready for a new book I generally grab one from the list that strikes my mood at the time. 

The books are in the order I finished them. I usually have at least two going at any point in time, I blame this on my NADD. I have notes and thoughts on all the of them but this is not meant to be a review, just a collection.

A few years ago I converted to an all digital format, the list links to an authors site directly, Amazon Kindle or Apple iBooks depending where I purchased that item. 

Without going into specifics the ones that are bold are the ones I enjoyed the most.

Books I read in 2012

I love to read but almost all of is non-fiction -much like Justin Blanton. I am fascinated with books that offer examples. case studies and practical elements. Most of my reading is around business and marketing books. I get a lot of flack for this.

This year I read 29 books – all of them on an iPhone or iPad. One of the reasons for using an “i”Device is I can have several with me all the time. If I hit a lull in a book I can stop and start another and go back to the prior one later. It cuts down on weight in my bag and it makes me feel like I am doing something better for the environment by not cutting down trees (this may or may not be true).

There were a few other books I started but was not able to get through because they jsut did not capture me enough to get through. The books are in no particular order but first four were by far my favorites.

Book reading on iPhone just got 23% better — macfilos

Michael at MacFilos beat me to writing about this.  I resisted reading on the iPhone for a long time before I took the leap.  My first foray was purely due to laziness of not wanting to get out of bed to get my iPad, I had my phone next to me as an alarm clock.  Ever since then I have been reading at least 70% on my phone.  The new screen makes a very big difference – Michael demonstrates with nice screen shots

Thanks Michael

Design is a Job

 

Design is a Job 

I just finished reading Mike Monteiro “Design is a Job” book. This book is the seventh that has been publised by A Book Apart. The tag line of a A Book Apart is “Brief books for people who make websites”.  Mike is the cofounder of Mule Design. And a host of the podcast called “Let’s Make Mistakes“.

The book is certainly geared toward those running design firms.  But I would not say running a design firm it mandatory to read this.  There are many points in here that could be used by a project mananger or a small business owner.  A lot of it is common sense but Mike backs it up with great examples that everyone should be able to relate to regardless of what they do. This certainly should be required reading for anyone in the design field today.  Some real obvious takeaways:
  1. Communication
  2. Contract protection (but not to be used as shield)
  3. Clear project goals

Mike blends the rules  and lessons learned of running a design firm with great humour. His case studies are on point. Considering I don’t run a design firm I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it for others.

Bartending: Memoirs of an Apple Genius

 

I had read Stephen’s announcement about his first book called ‘Bartending: Memoirs of an Apple Genius’ and had made mental a note to myself to read this when it came out. To my knowledge there has not been another book from a retail employee let alone a genius. I was so looking forward to this book that I added a reminder for myself to get the book on the 10th when Stephen originally thought it would be available. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up his site tonight and saw it was already available.

A quick download of the ePub file and I was reading it in iBooks. The book is a collection of customer interactions and Stephens personal thoughts and comments. The stories are short and well written. I imagine that it must have been difficult time narrowing it down to the few that we’re selected. The book is a quick read and gave me some insight to the amount of stress the geniuses go through day after day. If you are interested at all in a small piece of the inter working of the support staff and wha they have to go through I recommend you buy this book. I have never really had a bad experience at the Genius bar but the next time I am there asking for help I will be sure to thanks the men an women behind the counter even more.