2020 Reading Goals

I’m posting this here so I can hate myself if I’m not still reading when I come to this site. It’s self-nagging, “accountability” (ugh), and hey maybe a couple of fun book recommendations. Maybe not, I have a lot of non-fiction I hope to read before this year is out. As it’s been a while since I’ve read prolifically, I’m only going to hold myself to a minimum of one book a month.

Mindfulness in Plain English
by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Mindfulness Meditation, because yes. (I’m counting it! I’ll be done before this goes up. Scheduling this to feel good about myself.)

Overcoming  Multiple Sclerosis
by Professor George Jelinek MD

The one and only OMS diet TOME of doom and peril. I think the print/spacing is big and the paper she thicc. I’m hoping this is deceptive. I somehow don’t think it is… This might be a long-hauler.

Leviathan Wakes
by James S. A. Corey

It can’t all be nonfiction. Literally, I’d suffer. I can’t do it. Though I suspect this is gonna be like some Pringles® crap where I’m gonna have to power through the rest of the books because I’m some freak for The Expanse. Will update the reading list as Expanse obsession intensifies.

Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited
by Steve Krug

“Since Don’t Make Me Think was first published in 2000, hundreds of thousands of Web designers and developers have relied on usability guru Steve Krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject.”

The Design of Everyday Things
by Don Norman

“The Design of Everyday Things shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.

The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how — and why — some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.”

Undercover User Experience Design
by Cennydd Bowles and James Box

“Undercover User Experience is a pragmatic guide from the front lines, giving frank advice on making UX work in real companies with real problems. Readers will learn how to fit research, ideation, prototyping, and testing into their daily workflow, and how to design good user experiences under the all-too-common constraints of time, budget, and culture.”

I’m studying UX (not that it’s shown here, but I hope to write some on the matter).

The Last Wish
by  Andrzej Sapkowski (Yes, I pasted this.)

…as the games AND Netflix series were somehow not enough and books are usually better?

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
by Nick Bostrom

“Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life.”


by Philip K. Dick

I can’t tell you why I haven’t read VALIS. By all rights, I should have already. PKD is everything.  Sometimes. I CAN say I’ve never quite had regrets.

The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss

Apparently I simply must read this. For some reason, the cover keeps making me think it’s military fiction. I’ve been assured it’s not.

Sony A6300  Manual
by, I assume, Sony

I’ve had this camera forever now and it’s not a Canon. As it’s not a Canon, but instead a tiny PC with an unfamiliar OS it’s not being used.  I need to stop using stock photography for all of these posts, and also probably use this  $1000 (ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?! 😱) lens my Mom gave me for Christmas? (Incoming SUPER macros of succulents, apparently.)

I love you Mahme.  😭

I hope I’ll add more to this list in the future… just keeping it low pressure (ahahahaha low pressure after that lens) for now.

If you reading this have any recommendations, especially for fiction, I’d love to hear them.

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