Calling All Readers

Are you a reader either of the dead tree (book) or electron (kindle) variety?  I am, but until a few months ago I had too much going on to do much reading for pleasure with the exception of magazines…  Thankfully back in August I finally caught up with enough stuff that I was able to start reading again…

The biggest problem I have as a reader though is that I’m a pretty fast reader, during the 8 days I was in Florida I managed to read 3 books each almost 300 pages long.  As a result I tend to always be looking for new books and have signed up over at Goodreads in the hopes of discovering new books.  I love the concept of Goodreads, it’s like Facebook for readers – the trouble is it can be absolutely maddening to navigate.  Dispite this I encourage you to sign up, friend me up and share your libraries – hopefully we’ll all get some good recommendations.  I’ve got some pretty notable folks who are friends of mine on Goodreads including Patricia, Mrs. Todd (as in wife of Todd from White Roof Radio) Molly Wood from CNet, Veronica Belmont from Tekzilla, and Vince Patton a former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard.

As for book recommendations so far:

Non-Fiction – The Pentagon: A History by Steve Vogel.

Sci-Fi – Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds.  This is a trilogy of books

Dauntless by Jack Campbell.  This is the first of a 6 book series.  Book 5 is scheduled to be released in April.

So share some books…

By Don

Lead bottle washer at, host at and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.


  1. Here are some tried and true recommendations:

    Life of Pi (probably the best "story" I’ve ever read and had one of the best endings I have ever read.

    <b>Non Fiction</b>
    Freakonomics (some very interesting information about everything in our lives. one notable case study is about the relationship between first names and socio-economic status- ie, "jasmine" vs. "jazzmin")

    700 Sundays (yes, this is technically non fiction but cut me some slack. this is the biography about a true comedy great- Billy Crystal)

    I read a lot of photography books and I’ve picked up a few things. Probably the most helpful was The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby. Very easy to read, very straightforward, and not very technical. However, if you want more technical photography books I can make a few recommendations there as well.

    If you haven’t guessed it already I’m a bit of a geek. Here are a few recommendations on some books that will help you geek out:
    The Complete Manual of Typography (by James Felici. ever want to know what a serif is? where did helvetica come from? do you ooh and ah over then this is your book!)

    The Design of Sites (interesting case studies on different types of sites and how people interact with them. one interesting example is an ecommerce site- people are used to using a "cart," having the login/logout button at top right of the page, and love confirmation screens while purchasing something. anyone who’s designing a serious website has to check out this book)

    Apple Pro Training Series: Aperture 2(learning photography is hard throw in photo editing and management and you’ve got yourself overwhelmed. this book is great in learning Apple’s Aperture software with great examples, tutorials, and photos. highly recommended)

    Ok, I think that’s enough for now…I’ve got an addiction to amazon and I’m not afraid to use it (that reminds me, I do have an extra amazon prime "family" account I can delve out…)

  2. I’ve got Digital Photography Book 2 from Scott Kelby- it’s a good book as well, unlike some of the other photography books I’ve tried to read – I actually made it through that one!

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