August reading list!

AUGUST

This month, I’m checking my library for books I haven’t read. Being the hoarder that I am, clearing the backlog will be the theme for the rest of the year.

Week 1: Smaller and Smaller Circles

I’m starting the month with murdered children and crime-fighting priests.

Smaller and Smaller Circles is about two Jesuit priests trying to stop a serial killer who murders children and dumps them in Payatas.  I bought this book last year and I haven’t read it yet. (Boo!)

The award-winning book is regaining traction because of a movie adaptation set to be released this year.

Week 2: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

While every other 5th-grader was busy reading Harry Potter, I was…not. Weird, I know.

I’ve only read all the books when I was a wee age of 22. It’s a good thing all the other Potterheads grew up to be…just bigger kids.

In the spirit of being late for all the Harry Potter things, I’m only reading this now, almost a year after the movie came out.

Week 3: Ideas into Words: Mastering the Craft of Science Writing

Every month, we should make room for the boring stuff, like honing our skills to advance our careers. I’ve always wanted to be a science writer, looking up to Ed Yong, Carl Zimmerman, Carl Sagan, and Bill Nye. I’ve just now realized that they’re all guys. I’ll work on diversifying that later.

This month, I’ll be re-reading Ideas into Words.  In part because I have a science writing subject this semester and in part because I read it years ago and wrote a whole lot of nothing.

Week 4: My Friends in the Barrios

The late senator Juan Flavier is my favorite Philippine politician. I never thought I’d have one of those, but here we are.

Flavier was a doctor and author who served the government as a health secretary and senator. In My Friends in the Barrios, Flavier tells funny (but never condescending) stories about the people he met when he was a doctor to the barrios.

Week 5: Field Guide to Human-Centered Design

From the introduction:

“Embracing human-centered design means believing that all problems, even the seemingly intractable ones like poverty, gender equality, and clean water, are solvable. Moreover, it means believing that the people who face those problems every day are the ones who hold the key to their answer.”

Isn’t that beautiful? This book can be downloaded from IDEO.org if you want to read it too.

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