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What's in my reading list right now

As I wind down some work projects and look ahead to December, I've started to think about getting caught up on all the books I've wanted to read over the last little while. The fall has been so busy I've had very little time to do any reading!

Library closed Yeah, my library basically has been closed for the last three months. Will be fun to open it back up! ;-)

In my current reading list are:

An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth by Chris Hadfield. I started the book this past spring, but just haven't had enough spare time to finish reading it. And it's a great read so far! If you're interested in how exactly one becomes an astronaut, or even just a cool story about having a goal and striving for it no matter what, I recommend picking this up.

On Web Typography by Jason Santa Maria and Designing for Emotion by Aarron Walter, both from A Book Apart. The first is a great basic book on web typography. I'm also thinking of getting a copy of Responsive Typography by Jason Pamental; if anyone's read it and liked it, can you let me know? Anyhow, the second book, on emotion in design, is a useful read for anyone who does online marketing and wants to make sure the websites they design are not just functional and nice to look at, but actually connect with the person reading the content.

Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter, MD. This book I got as a 'second thought' when I bought David Hadfield's book, because it was on sale. As someone who struggles with gluten intolerance, I was curious to see what this medical professional had to say about eating grains and your health. I think I'll read this one over the holidays.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. I love historical fiction and had this one recommended to me. It's a fictional account of Ernest Hemingway's first marriage and what it was like living in Paris in the 1920s.

Burn Your Portfolio by Michael Janda. I got this book free by attending Web Unleashed and filling out lots of feedback cards. A solid book with lots of short chapters on various topics relevant to creative professionals - everything from how to build relationships with clients and collaborators to how to work more effectively to produce awesome work in a shorter time.

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka. Another historical fiction work, about Japanese Americans during WWII. This was the time when anyone of Japanese heritage was considered 'the enemy' and forced to evacuate their homes in California, being transferred to internment camps in Utah. I've already read Ms. Otsuka's newer book, The Buddha in the Attic and was captivated (and saddened) by the stories of young Japanese women coming to America with the promise of a new life, only to find things usually weren't as they seemed.

And last but certainly not least, by attending Web Unleashed 2014 I got a free copy of Building Web Apps with Ember.js by Jesse Cravens and Thomas Q Brady. As far as JS MVCs go, Ember is one that I've wanted to play around with for a while, so looking forward to finishing reading this one.

So what's on your reading list?