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The Smashing Book #2

Mmk, so I’m a bit happy about this. No, wait. That’s not true. I AM OVER THE MOON!

I got featured in The Smashing Book #2 😀

“The Smashing Book 2 is a printed book about best practices in modern Web design.”

This book shares valuable practical insight into design, usability and coding. It provides professional advice for designing mobile applications and building successful e-commerce websites, and it explains common coding mistakes and how to avoid them. You’ll explore the principles of professional design thinking and graphic design and learn how to apply psychology and game theory to create engaging user experiences.

And if you have a look in the first chapter, “The Principles of Great Graphic Design”, written by one of my design heroes, Matt Ward and the supremely talented Alexander Charchar, you’ll see … MEEEEEEE!

Isn’t that cool? I think so, heh.

What Matters Now – get the free ebook


From Seth Godin’s blog:

Now, more than ever, we need to shake things up.

Now, more than ever, we need a different way of thinking, a useful way to focus and the energy to turn the game around. I hope a new ebook I’ve organized will get you started on that path. It took months, but I think you’ll find it worth it the effort. (Download here).

Here are more than seventy big thinkers, each sharing an idea for you to think about as we head into the new year. From bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert to brilliant tech thinker Kevin Kelly, from publisher Tim O’Reilly to radio host Dave Ramsey, there are some important people riffing about important ideas here. The ebook includes Tom Peters, Jackie Huba and Jason Fried, along with Gina Trapani, Bill Taylor and Alan Webber.


My top reads for September

Mmk … I’m a day late in writing this up – sorreh, I’m a busy gal, y’know!

As usual, if you want to buy any of these books, please click through to order from and support my Holiday Savings Fund 😀

Blindness - Jose Saramago

Blindness – Jose Saramago

A driver waiting at the traffic lights goes blind. An ophthalmologist tries to diagnose his distinctive white blindness, but is affected before he can read the textbooks. It becomes a contagion, spreading throughout the city. Trying to stem the epidemic, the authorities herd the afflicted into a mental asylum where the wards are terrorized by blind thugs. And when fire destroys the asylum, the inmates burst forth and the last links with a supposedly civilized society are snapped. No food, no water, no government, no obligation, no order. This is not anarchy, this is blindness.

OMW, this is a frightening book! The idea of society breaking down after a disease of white blindness is a horrific concept but it’s brilliantly captured by the author. It took me a little while to get used to his style of writing – the exclusion of any punctuation to denote dialogue was a bit unsettling at first – but after I fell into the rhythm of this sparse writing, the book was completely absorbing and thrilling to read. I watched the movie afterward and although it was “OK”, it certainly didn’t evoke the same tension and horror as the book.

A Special Relationship – Douglas Kennedy

A Special Relationship – Douglas Kennedy

Sally Goodchild is a thirty-nine year old American journalist who suddenly finds herself pregnant and in London, married to an English foreign correspondent, Tony. Sally’s adjustment problems are soon overshadowed by a troubled pregnancy. When she goes into premature labour, there are doubts whether her child will survive unscathed. She is then hit by an appalling post-natal depression and when she manages to extricate herself from this personal hell, she finds herself in a fresh new nightmare – as she discovers that everything can be taken down and used against you.

The single most amazing thing about this book is that it was written by a man. Seeing as the story is narrated by woman and involves the depiction of deep emotions connected to motherhood and post-natal depression, I found this fact absolutely astounding. And quite brilliant. I really thought this was going to be a real “chick book” but it took me by surprise and turned out to be an intense psychological thriller, loaded with shock factor. For me, this was a compulsive read – I absolutely *had* to know what was going to happen next. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

My cure for insomnia

This book has successfully lulled me to sleep every night this week.
For that purpose, I highly recommend it.


My top reads for August

As you can tell from My Library, I read a LOT! I guess I get through about 3 or 4 books a week most of the time, depending on the length of the book of course, and how much time I have.

Anyway, I thought it may be a good idea to start sharing with you the books that I rate most highly for the month, and why.

Oh, and if you want to buy any of them, please click through to order from and support my Holiday Savings Fund 🙂

The Time Traveler's WifeThe Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger


This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare and Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. His disappearances are spontaneous and his experiences are alternately harrowing and amusing. The Time Traveler’s Wife depicts Clare and Henry’s struggle to lead normal lives in the face of a force they can neither prevent nor control.

I loved this book! Not only is the story interesting and the characters complex, but it’s brilliantly written. It’s narrated by the two main characters, who obviously age over time (backwards AND forwards) and the author has managed to capture their voices at their various ages just perfectly – from a 5 year-old boy to an 82 year-old woman. At its core, this book is a simple boy meets girl love story but the twists that time travel throw into the plot make it an engaging read and one that I highly recommend.

Shantaram - Gregory David RobertsShantaram – Gregory David Roberts


Greg Roberts turned to heroin when his marriage collapsed, feeding his addiction with a string of robberies. Caught and convicted, he was given a nineteen-year sentence. After two years, he escaped from a maximum- security prison and became Australia’s most wanted man. Hiding in Bombay, he established a medical clinic for slum- dwellers, worked in the Bollywood film industry and served time in the notorious Arthur Road prison. He was recruited by the Bombay mafia for whom he worked as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler, and fought alongside a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan. His debut novel, SHANTARAM, is based on this ten-year period of his life in Bombay. The result is an epic tale of slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison torture, mafia gang wars and Bollywood films.

After reading the synopsis and discovering that Shantaram was a true story, I just had to read it. The author has an incredible story to tell and I was far from disappointed. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that this is one of the best books I’ve ever read and I can’t recommend it enough. Don’t let the nearly 1000 pages put you off in any way – Gregory David Roberts is an extraordinary writer and his tale is indeed epic. This book has everything – romance, suspense, humour, mystery, and brutal truth. I know a lot people, from all walks of life, who’ve read Shantaram and every one of them agrees that this book is a “must read.”

Whoever you are, Thank You


Somebody visited My Bookshelf, clicked through and bought some books 😀


And I *do* keep it up to date with everything I’m reading, so come back soon, mmk?