The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde
Amazing illustration of the principles of one method of using pictures and typography to take better notes to capture ideas. I definitely want to use some of these techniques in my own notes, although not just from audio presentations.
Collaborate or Perish by William Bratton and Zachary Tumin
Clearly laid out book providing techniques for accomplishing something important - collaboration between diverse groups with competing interests. Interestingly enough, a number of the stories involve police departments and situations that involved a lot of emotional tension due to the background of the authors.
Living the Creative Life by Rice Freeman-Zachery
I enjoyed seeing what some contemporary artists were thinking and doing.
It felt really good to finish my latest reread of this series. I'd never really processed a lot of the final battle portions before, but this time they were clearer to me, partly because their detail stood out in contrast to the movie treatment and partly because it was inherently more interesting to me than it had been in the past. I even read the appendixes, which I'd never done before.
The Serpent in the Glass by D.M. Andrews
An acceptable fantasy story with obvious roots in Harry Potter and the Celtic and high fantasy traditions. I would have liked it better if the pacing hadn't been so odd, more like the first in a trilogy than a complete book by itself.
Success Under Stress by Sharon Melnick
I thought this was a strong book with a balanced collection of mental and physical tools for moving through the stress that we all face. It was primarily focused on business stories with some references to more personal ones.
The Power of Negative Thinking by Bob Knight
Very interesting read from a very successful basketball coach. I wouldn't call it about negative thinking. Most of his "don't"s could be reworded to "do"s with good effect. It's more about effectively using "if - then" situations and removing the possibility for fatal mistakes as far as possible. Like making sure the basic skills are down cold before building on strengths.
Later Bloomers by Debra Eve
This was a very inspiring book, succeeding very well in the author's mission to showcase a range of people, many well known, who didn't achieve success, and in many cases didn't even obviously reach for success in the area they eventually achieved it, until after they were 35. My appreciation for the book is likely highly enhanced by being 36.
Nanocosm by William Ellsey Atkinson
Well-written popular science review of the possibilities of science at the nanoscale. The tech is seasoned with stories.
Graphic Novels Read:
I love how the first one begins - acknowledging that Clark could have done absolutely anything he wanted to with his brains and strength. And he chose the pursuit of truth. The second was a good follow-up as well, if not quite as memorable.
The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West Vol 1 - Over the Rainbow
Really nifty re-interpretation with Toto as a horse, ruby ammunition and spurs instead of slippers, and the ability to create portals in reality.