Strategic Writing for UX by Torrey Podmajersky (O’Reilly | Safari)
When you depend on users to perform specific actions—like buying tickets, playing a game, or riding public transit—well-placed words are most effective. But how do you choose the right words? And how do you know if they work? With this practical book, you’ll learn how to write strategically for UX, using tools to build foundational pieces for UI text and UX voice strategy. UX content strategist Torrey Podmajersky provides strategies for converting, engaging, supporting, and re-attracting users. You’ll use frameworks and patterns for content, methods to measure the content’s effectiveness, and processes to create the collaboration necessary for success. You’ll also structure your voice throughout so that the brand is easily recognizable to its audience.
  • Learn how UX content works with the software development lifecycle
  • Use a framework to align the UX content with product principles
  • Explore content-first design to root UX text in conversation
  • Learn how UX text patterns work with different voices
  • Produce text that’s purposeful, concise, conversational, and clear

Started and Finished Reading: August 13, 2019

The Batman Who Laughs by Scott Snyder
Left rattled by the events of Dark Knights: Metal, Bruce Wayne must come face to face with the ultimate evil spawned from the Dark Multiverse. One part Batman one part Joker. The Batman Who Laughs. "A Batman who laughs is a Batman who always wins." The Batman Who Laughs not only survived his fight with The Joker at the end of Dark Nights: Metal, but is now enacting a sinister plan across the Multiverse--something both terrifying and oddly familiar. When Bruce Wayne realizes the only way to stop this madman is to kill him, he must consider violating the very rule Batman can't ever break ... the rule that created this insatiable villain--the Batman Who Laughs! As Bruce begins to deduce that his current life is somehow wrong and that all the mistakes he's made are somehow connected, the Batman Who Laughs unleashes a brand-new evil. Enter one of the most punishing Batmen of the Dark Multiverse: the Grim Knight! Collects The Batman Who Laughs #1-7 and The Grim Knight #1.

Started Reading – June 25, 2019
Finished Reading – August 3, 2019

Aquaman/Suicide Squad: Sink Atlantis by Dan Abnett (DC)
After Aquaman's undersea kingdom rises to become a world power of the surface, the Suicide Squad must infiltrate the city and send it back to the depths or die trying. The epic crossover event is collected here in Aqauman/Suicide Squad: Sink Atlantis!

Task Force X's objective: take out Aquaman's kingdom. But that's not their only job. There's something buried there that Amanda Waller wants, and this is her chance to claim it. Will the Squad realize this before it's too late? Or will Aquaman clash with Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc and co. and destroy everything around them in the process?

Written by Dan Abnett and Rob Williams with art from a crew of today's best illustrators, this crossover event is a must-have for Aquaman, Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad fans alike! Collects Aquaman #39-40 and Suicide Squad #45-46.

Started and Completed Reading: July 25, 2019

Amazon.com: Young Justice Vol. 1: Gemworld by Brian Michael Bendis
Superboy! Wonder Girl! Robin! Impulse! Amethyst! All united in Young Justice! The hottest new super-team, written by award winning author Brian Michael Bendis for his new imprint Wonder Comics!

When the nightmare dimension known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, teen heroes will unite to deal with the situation--but they're quickly shocked to discover the battle may be the key to the return of Conner Kent, a.k.a. Superboy!

This mix of fan favorites and new legacy heroes will be the center point for some of the biggest goings-on at DC! As if that weren't enough, Brian Michael Bendis (Superman, Action Comics, Pearl) reunites with all-star artist Patrick Gleason (Superman, Action Comics, Green Lantern Corps) to bring the new heroes of DC's Wonder Comics to life!

Aimed at providing readers with honest and innovative reading experiences, Brian Michael Bendis' Wonder Comics is a celebration of the moments of in life when discoveries are made - when purpose and meaning are revealed and destinies are defined. Featuring the young heroes of the DC Universe as penned by all-star creative teams in exciting new adventures that will celebrate the wonders of life, love and comics.

Collects issues #1-6

Started Reading – July 14, 2019
Finished Reading – July 16, 2019

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 10: Mythology
The Arkham Knight has arrived in Gotham City with an entire round table of deadly allies, and their first encounter will leave Batman shaken to his core! Alfred Pennyworth...attacked at Wayne mansion! Who's hunting those closest to Batman? The monstrous shadow plaguing Gotham City gains the upper hand when two of the Dark Knight's most ardent allies fall prey to a violent vendetta! Commissioner Gordon calls in the Dark Knight Detective when there's a murder at the Gotham City Aquarium--staged to look exactly like Thomas and Martha Wayne's crime scene, right down to the playbill and pearls. How does this bizarre homicide tie into the shadowy monster that attacks Dr. Leslie Thompkins? This creature looks to wage a war on Batman--and it's using Joker Gas to do it! Collects Detective Comics #994-999

July 13, 2019 – Started Reading
July 14, 2019 – Finished Reading

Batman: Detective Comics, Vol. 9: Deface the Face (DC)
Once upon a time, Harvey Dent was the best man in Gotham City. Now he's two of the worst as the bifurcated criminal called Two-Face. Harvey's devilish duality is a painful reminder of the force for good he once was as Gotham's district attorney...and as the close friend and ally of Batman and Jim Gordon.

But when a series of double-themed crimes breaks out and a sinister terrorist organization slithers back into town, the Dark Knight must turn to Two-Face to unravel the mystery and stop the invasion.

For Harvey, it's a chance to crack the one case he could never solve...if he can keep his dark side under control. If he wins, his unlikely partnership with Batman could pay off, and mark a turning point in his tragic life.

But when the balance between good and evil can be decided with the flip of a coin, all bets are off. Some scars run deep. And the conspiracy Batman, Gordon and Two-Face are about to uncover runs even deeper...
Collects issues #988-993!

July 3, 2019 – Started and Finished Reading

Fantastic Four, Vol. 3: Herald of Doom by an author
The Fantastic Four faces the Herald of Doom! Galactus has returned to devour Earth, and only one man can save us. No, not Reed Richards - Doctor Doom! But where are the FF in this conflict? Locked in battle against the brave new hero of the Latverian people, Victorious! Thanks to the benevolence and ingenuity of their beloved leader, Victor Von Doom, Latverians will soon know a new age of peace and prosperity, and Latveria will take its rightful place on the world stage - as long as four nefarious foreign invaders are punished for their crimes! Death to the Fantastic Four! But one cruel act will forever change the relationship between the FF and Doom. The fate of Latveria and the world - and the balance of cosmic power in the universe - all rests on one decision!
Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (2018) #6-13.

Fantastic Four Vol. 2: Mr. And Mrs. Grimm (Trade Paperback) (Marvel Entertainment)
Collects Fantastic Four (2018) #5, Fantastic Four Wedding Special (2018) #1 and Fantastic Four (1961) #8.
It’s the wedding that’s been years in the making — and you’re all invited! Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters say “I do!” No bait. No switch. Not a hoax. Not a dream. And we swear, not a single Skrull! This is really happening! From the book that brought you the first, best and longest running super hero marriage in comics, we give you…the wedding of the Thing and Alicia! And don’t forget the bachelor and bachelorette parties! Plus, the happy couple’s classic first meeting, as only Stan Lee and Jack Kirby could tell it! When the Puppet Master uses his niece to exact revenge on the Fantastic Four, he unwittingly sets her on a romantic collision course with one of his greatest enemies!

Fantastic Four Vol. 1: Fourever (Marvel Entertainment)
Collects Fantastic Four (2018) #1-4.
The wait is over! The Thing, the Human Torch, the Invisible Woman and Mister Fantastic — the first four heroes of the Marvel Age of Comics — are about to be reunited! Experience the grand return of the greatest family in the Marvel Universe! As an event occurs that will radically alter the Fantastic Four, Reed and Sue Richards return home with their children. But things have changed! And while Alicia Masters and the Thing ponder a big change of their own, the next chapter begins in the life of Victor Von Doom! Plus: Who are the Marvel Universe’s newest fabulous foursome — the Fantastix?! How did they come into possession of the Baxter Building? And what does that mean for the original FF? The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine is back — and better than ever!

It had been a while since I read the FF. And this seems to be a good place to start afresh.

This volume is the definitive collection of the best science fiction novellas published between 1929 and 1964, containing 11 great classics. No anthology better captures the birth of science fiction as a literary field. Published in 1973 to honor stories that had appeared before the institution of the Nebula Awards, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame introduced tens of thousands of young readers to the wonders of science fiction and was a favorite of libraries across the country.

This volume contains the following:

  • Introduction by Ben Bova
  • Call Me Joe by Poul Anderson
  • Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell Jr. (as Don A. Stuart)
  • Nerves by Lester del Rey
  • Universe by Robert A. Heinlein
  • The Marching Morons by C. M. Kornbluth
  • Vintage Season by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore (as Lawrence O’Donnell)
  • And Then There Were None by Eric Frank Russell
  • The Ballad of Lost C’Mell by Cordwainer Smith
  • Baby Is Three by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
  • With Folded Hands by Jack Williamson

February 25, 2019 – Started Reading
June 25, 2019 – Finished Reading