I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Read Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1) (James S.A. Corey)

Leviathan Wakes is James S. A. Corey’s first novel in the Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction where humanity has colonized the outer planets.

Author: James S.A. Corey
Book published: 2011
Rating: 4
Finished on: 26/03/2019

Read Assassin’s Fate

Author: Robin Hobb
Book published: 2017
Rating: 5
Finished on: 21/01/2019

Read Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

Author: Michael Pollan
Book published: 2008
Rating: 4
Finished on: 2019/01/07

The follow up to the book and film documentary which gives a few practical hints. I still like the main premise the most:

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. This was the bottom line, and it was satisfying to have found it, a piece of hard ground deep down at the bottom of the swamp of nutrition science: seven words of plain English, no biochemistry degree required.

My Year in Books, 2018

For the past few years I’ve taken part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge setting myself the target of reading at least 25 books over the course of the year. This year I haven’t quite hit my goal, but I’ve still enjoyed a good year of reading. The books have mostly been fiction this year, with a couple of non-fiction books finding their way in. This is the first year I’ve managed to make some kind of a log of the books I’ve read on this blog which I wanted to round up in a single post for easy reference in the future.

Read The Screwtape Letters

Author: C.S. Lewis
Book published: 1942
Rating: 4
Finished on: 2018/11/19

Read Wool (Silo, No. 1)

WOOL is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the people who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

Author: Hugh Howey
Book published: 2012
Finished on: 09/08/2108
Rating: ★★★★☆

It took me a bit to get into this book, but once I did I found it becoming more and more engaging. An enjoyable read.

Read The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet No.1) by James Ellroy (James Ellroy)

In this fictionalized treatment of a real case, Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard, both L.A. cops obsessed with the Black Dahlia, journey through the seamy underside of Hollywood to the core of the dead girl’s twisted life.

Author: James Ellroy
Book published: 1987
Finished on: 2018/06/30
Rating: ★★★★☆

Read Deputy

Author: E.R. Dallow
Book published: 2018
Rating: 4
Finished on: 2018/05/13

Author: Pierce Brown
Published: 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆
Finished on: 31/03/2018

The third book of the original trilogy – which has now turned into a saga with book 4 published and 5 on the way – was a an interesting read. I enjoyed some of the plot twists and particularly liked the ending. As a trilogy, I’d say they are definitely worth a read if you enjoy the fantasy sci-fi genre.

Author: Pierce Brown
Published: 2015
Rating: ★★★★☆
Finished on: 07/03/2018

Unusually the second book in the Red Rising series kept up the pace of the first one. I’ve read some other series of books which involve revolutions, and the second book is often a slower read acting as a cue for the third books final battle. Less so with Golden Son, and it included a few twists which I didn’t expect.

Author: Susan Cain
Published: 2012
Rating: ★★★★★
Finished on: 13/02/2018

I don’t normally read psychology related books, but this one caught my attention and intrigued me a great deal. I’m an introvert, multiple Myers Briggs tests tell me I’m an INFJ—the rarest of them all—and for a few years I’ve struggled with how to harness my personality to work for me as a freelance designer.

The book is a fascinating read and one which I recommend introverts and extraverts read, it will help both personality types understand each other a bit more. What was most interesting to me is some of the chapters about the effects of our culture on introverted children and how that affects their ability to learn and progress in life. Also of real interest were the chapters about faking extraversion to help overcome some of the issues many introverts battle, I’m still mulling over some of the strategies that were highlighted, especially those in regard to running your own business.

This is a book I will be returning to in the future, I’m already looking to grab a copy of my own for such a time.