Friday fun: what are you reading? Edited

I was traveling this week, so spent a lot of time reading on airplanes. I read The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket, which are "new" Agatha Christies written by a different author. They were fun airplane reads but didn't hold up against the classic Christies. (Read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd if you haven't yet, and avoid spoilers.)

I also finished Lost City of the Monkey God, a nonfiction book about the search for a lost city in Honduras that I'm reading with @Ashley Elder and @Stephanie Grice.  And finally, I'm making my way through 100 Years of Solitude, which I've been trying to read for years and have never managed to finish.

So, what are you reading? 

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Susan Hauth Community Champion Sep 22, 2017

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer.  Pretty farfetched but was addictive.  Since I was a twilight fan (yes I admit it), always curious to see what she's writing these days.  The Host was better.

Currently reading the ever controversial Jodi Picoult - Small Great Things.

One of the best reads in the past year has been Defending Jacob by William Landry.  VERY GOOD.

I read all the Twilight books! No shame, no shame. :)

I will add Defending Jacob to my list, sounds interesting. 

Currently reading The Age of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil 

Next up is Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

 (Lost City of the Monkey God looks cool! Added it to my To-read Trello board!)

Oooh, I'm intrigued by The Age of Spiritual Machines.  How is it so far?

And is your Trello book board public? ;) 

Erica Moss Community Manager Sep 22, 2017

Love the idea of using a Trello board to track your to-read list. 😄

Mark Askew Atlassian Team Sep 22, 2017

^^ That's a really good idea. I may have to try this.

Here's a public Trello board I created based on this discussion.

Feel free to add books and share :) 

Erica Moss Community Manager Sep 22, 2017

Blair, for the WIN.

@Blair Johnson that's awesome! Can you add me? I'll add some stuff to the Fiction section which is sadly lonely right now. Come on, Fiction!

(Some awesome fiction: The Hate U Give, The Sympathizer, Americanah, Version Control, IQ, 11/22/63.) 

@Monique van den Berg added you and updated the link so everyone can join! :llamayay:

John Collins Atlassian Team Sep 22, 2017

In the Atlassian office in Austin, our book club is reading the classic The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman. I read the first version years ago, and the revised version is quite updated—almost a new book.

On my own, my latest fun read (started this morning) is Die Trying of the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.

Does it hold up, @John Collins? I've never read either version.

I love that we all have our fun reads.

I'm in chapter 4 of The Design of Everyday Things right now @Monique van den Berg. It's a great book for anyone who's ever been frustrated when something didn't work as expected.

The updates are good and go along with the maturation of the design field.

Peter DeWitt Community Champion Sep 22, 2017

Just finished:

SCRUM - The art of doing twice the work in half the time

Jeff Sutherlan

- nice easy read.  gets into the origins of scrum and the core process.

Sounds like a good book for this crowd especially. 

Leslie Lee Atlassian Team Sep 22, 2017

This is cheating since I listened to it on CD, but it was the BEST "book" I've listened to - Trevor Noah's Born a Crime. His story is amazing and I loved listening to Trevor Noah narrate it.

As someone who commutes via audiobook, I don't think it's cheating! I am listening to A Place of Execution right now and looking forward to Behold the Dreamers, which supposedly is great on audio. We should swap audio CDs.

I had to give up on the audiobook of Wild (loved the book, hated the narrator, read it on my Kindle instead). 

And thanks for the Trevor Noah tip! I will add it to my list. 

Mark Askew Atlassian Team Sep 22, 2017

I just finished "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" and have started the following:


  • World War Z by Max Brooks (I've heard it's best to listen vs reading)


  • Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century
  • On the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio

Thanks for the suggestion on World War Z.  I think it's a zombie apocalypse oral history which would definitely make for a good audiobook.  Let me know how it is!

Mark Askew Atlassian Team Sep 22, 2017

Will do!

I had a lot of time to read while sitting in airports and aircrafts (the entertainment system broke down, so there were no distractions...) and I read "The Girl in the Spider's Web" by David Lagercrantz (Book 4 of the Millenium Trillogy by Stieg Larsson). I almost finished the book.

I'm also reading "A song of ice and fire" by George R R Martin. Game of Thrones based on these books. Now reading  book 7 ( I think in the US it's book 4, in Germany the books were divided in two).

Another awesome experience was "S" by J J Abrams. Not easy to understand, a book with a lot of different levels, stories nested into each other (at least four of them), inserted to the books are fotos, postcards, plans, letters, everything is a gigantic riddle, I did not totally understand, but it was great. Really great.

Wow, hadn't even heard of S. Sounds interesting!

It is, but you have to read the real book, no ebook, no audiobook. This would be just half the fun.

The story is about an old library book (the book S) and two students who communicate with each other through writings into this library book. They put things into the original book, comment the book and try to detect the big secret about the original author - and get into danger themselves...

Duly noted -- I will definitely get the real book, on paper and everything. :)

After finishing reading all these Ikea assembly instructions this week, I am returning to "The Perfect Bet: How science and mathematics are taking the luck out of gambling". 

Next on the list is Charlie Stross's "Wireless" (I'm way behind - it's 8 years old), "Written on the Skin" by Liz Porter, or a re-read of a pTerry Pratchett.

I'm going to bring you with me next time I hit the blackjack tables, then, Nic!

Ahh, good choice, Blackjack is the game you're most likely to be able to "beat" in a casino.

Don't even touch the roulette wheel - the opening chapters in the book are about people who could beat them, and the only way to do it was to collect data on each individual wheel's "personality".  They ended up building tests for casinos to ensure more modern wheels are truly random, and hence impossible to beat.

I'm definitely not bad at blackjack, but I'm not good at counting cards.  You might say I know when to hold em, know when to fold em. I know when to walk away. And when to run.

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(Yes I know this is poker, but Kenny Rogers didn't write a song about blackjack. "You gotta know when to split em... know when to hit em... know when to double down... and when to stand...") 

Fun reading has taken a back seat lately, as I study for certs, So it's been a lot of Jira Admin books, papers, blogs, etc.  But I'm about due for some light reading, which means I need to pick back up the YA reading and finish the Series of Unfortunate Events books.  :-)  They are wonderfully dark and yet light reads all at the same time.

I loved those. :)  Lemony Snicket did a children's book called 13 words that I've been reading to my daughter since she was three. The words are like bird... goat... baby... despondent.... haberdashery....


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