Top Authors and Books from My 2016 Reading Challenge

In 2016, I wrote 3 books and read 237. I haven’t decided whether reading that many books in one year is good or bad. There are some that I don’t really remember reading. I look at the titles or read 5-10 pages and think to myself, “it feels like I read this already…” or “did I really read this one?” I have only the record on Goodreads to tell me that I did.

Some books were great. I don’t think I could have read as many as I did if I hadn’t found books and authors that resonated. There is at least one book that I want to find (so I can share it with others) but can’t because it was the side-plot not the main plot that resonated with me. I can’t remember the main plot or the title. Regardless, I read a lot and discovered a host of skilled writers that I’d never read before.

This is the list of the best authors or books that I read 2016. If a book or author made it into this list, I either: Continue reading “Top Authors and Books from My 2016 Reading Challenge”

Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?

Technical writers are starting to pay more attention to UI/UX because documentation is part of the user experience. Technical writers, who explain user interface elements and design how-to documents for user tasks and procedures, know when a design choice will have repercussions. We can recognize when a design choice is similar to one we’ve encountered previously and that we know will result in additional documentation to compensate.

Our experience in writing documents to explain odd, weird, and outside-expectation placements and behaviors gives us insight. We are part of the UX continuum:
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Liz Asks: How many books did you read last year?

Late last year, I saw an article in the Atlantic that talked about the Decline of the American Book Lover.

The Pew Research Center reported last week that nearly a quarter of American adults had not read a single book in the past year. As in, they hadn’t cracked a paperback, fired up a Kindle, or even hit play on an audiobook while in the car

At the time, I noted the article for two reasons: Continue reading “Liz Asks: How many books did you read last year?”