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2017 Reading Challenge (Goodreads)

January 2, 2018 11:34 am

Well, I didn’t make it…

The success of the reading challenge from 2016 didn’t carry over into 2017—but I think I’m allowed a gimme on this one. Life happened in a big way in 2017 and reading (for fun) was just not a priority.

A few positive takeaways:

  • I read to my son for the first time! There couldn’t have been a more appropriate book than Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I can’t tell you how excited I am to make reading a big part of our lives together and a major part of his development and bonding time with me.
  • I dipped my toe into parenting books in 2016 and entered 2017 feeling confident that I didn’t need to obsess over that area of the book store. I’ve gained more and more confidence as a parent and know that I can make a safe, informed decision on how to handle X without needing to read 5 different resources on it. I appreciate that they exist and might browse them at different points in my parenting journey—I just don’t need to go overboard with it.
  • I’ve rekindled my love for non-traditional books with This Book Is a Planetarium: And Other Extraordinary Pop-Up Contraptions by Kelli Anderson. What an amazing piece of art. I can’t get over the Ah-ha moments I’ve had with this book and how wonderful it will be to explore it with my son when he hits the right age.
  • Lastly, I’ve established a new tradition at Christmas time. With a new family comes an opportunity for new traditions. I decided I want to read The Night Before Christmas Pop-up by Clement Clarke Moore every Christmas Eve to my family. An added bonus to this tradition is the absolutely amazing pop-up book version I was able to find illustrated by Robert Sabuda and published by Little Simon. The ingenuity that goes into pop-up books is so humbling and creative—it doesn’t get much better in the world of children’s literature.


List of books I read in 2017

It all started with a simple “hello”

September 17, 2016 4:55 pm

I am a lot of things. By profession, I’m a Professor of Art & Design and Freelance Graphic Designer (Visual Communicator). In my free time, I’m a guy who gets nerdy about retro gaming, board games, monster movies, collectibles, Cleveland sports, and everything with an Apple logo on it—but you might’ve guessed that already.

Most of all, I’m a student. I could definitely get super cheesy right now and call myself a “student of life” or something like that (ugh, I sort of gagged a little just typing that)—but I genuinely consider myself a lifelong learner.

Blogs are intimidating ventures. There are lots of opportunities for things to lie dormant. Life gets in the way and you put “writing a blog post” at the bottom of your to-do list. I plan to treat this space like a free-flowing conciousness of the things I’m exposed to, things I enjoy, things I’m experimenting with, and things I’ve learned along the way. I think if I treat this space like a digital parking lot, I’ll never run out of things to talk about.

Lucky you.

The “hello” graphic you see featured on this post comes from the launch of the Macintosh in 1984. As a child of the 80s and an unapologetic Mac fanboy, I felt it was appropriate to launch my blog with the iconic “hello”. I especially love the marketing that launched with the first Macintosh.

It can store vast amounts of yesterday. It can tell you what’s in store for tomorrow. It can draw a picture, or it can draw conclusions.

Is it super lame or super clever that I think this marketing tagline could easily be my manifesto? I vote for the latter…