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Book Shelf 2013

This will be a yearly post, listing all the books I am planning to read through the year. Hopefully it’ll give me some accountability and encouragement to actually do some of that reading.

The books I planned on covering in 2013 included the following:

  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Work for Money, Design for Love by David Airey
  • Einstein – his life and universe by Walter Isaacson
  • Buzz Aldrin – Magnificent Desolation with Ken Abraham
  • Why Does E=MC2? (and why should we care?) by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw
  • Farmer Buckley’s Exploding Trousers & Other Odd Events on the Way to Scientific Discovery edited by Stephanie Pain
  • Every Good Endeavour by Timothy Keller
  • Driving Theory Test by DSA
  • James May Car Fever by James May
  • Driven to Distraction by Jeremy Clarkson

As you can see, it was mostly graphic and web design related stuff with some mind stretching science books and a few recent biographies.

Not a very ambitious list, agreed. But at least it meant it was more realistic that I might cross some of them off by the end of the year!

So, that was my list for 2013… and here are the books which came out top of the list:

Book of the Year

It’s gotta be “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson.

I’ve never read a book as fast, ever. Everything about this book can be described with one word: BIG. It’s got big drama, big family issues, big money and business, big love and hate.

Steve Jobs Book Back Cover
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

This was not what I expected from a biography by Walter Isaacson. And I’ll most definitely be giving it another read soon.

Recommended Design Book

Work for Money Design or Love Book Cover
Work for Money, Design for Love by David Airey

If you are an artist, graphic or web designer, you love what you do and would like to know how to do it best practically — David Airey’s “Work for Monday, Design for Love” book is very much recommended.

Work for Money Design or Love Book Spread
Work for Money, Design for Love by David Airey

It’s full of useful advice and examples from like-minded people. And it is a must read for those who you are new to the design industry, freelancers and small design businesses.

Have you ready any of the booked mentioned here? If so, do let me know if the ones I haven’t crossed out yet are worth reading at all please.


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