The Reading List: loved, hated and currently reading

I’ve been branching out a little more in my reading these past few months, and have been trying to incorporate more non-fiction and memoirs instead of staying in my comfort zone, also known as the fiction section. So shout out to all the great recommendations from my fellow bookworms! And without further ado, here is a quick summary of all the books that I’ve read along with my (highly) subjective reviews of each.


Three books that I loved

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Thoughts On Traveling Alone

Thoughts on Traveling Alone

A few months ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the ForwardJS conference in San Francisco. If you’re interested, you can watch my talk on using Omniscient, Immutable and Immstruct with React here.

It was my first trip to San Francisco, first time speaking to a packed audience, and it was also the first time that I was traveling solo in a new city for a long while. Of course, it’s a small world so I met up with a friend for lunch and ran into an acquaintance who was also attending the conference, but that didn’t change the fact that I spent the majority of my time alone. Also, the cell towers for T-Mobile were down so I was relying on snatches of stolen wifi for navigating and email checking.

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Five of my Favourite Apps

Almost three (!) years ago I shared five apps that I use to keep my sanity, so I figured it was time for an updated list of my favourite apps. Since, as everyone knows, three years is basically an eternity in tech.

Some of those apps still earn their keep on my phone such as Remember the Milk, Google calendar and Google drive, but I’ve swapped out a few other apps for more updated versions and added a few that I didn’t know I needed before.

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Five Piece French Wardrobe: Update #12

five-piece french wardrobe update #12

White tank top, Everlane $20 / Silk pants, thrifted / Tali wedge pump, Cole Haan $170 / Pearl earrings, Etsy $16

Woohoo, a real live OOTD photo! As I’ve mentioned before I’m not usually in front of the camera (and I never know what to do with my hands or face in photos, thank god for pockets) but these pants were such a find and a flat layout just wasn’t doing them justice.

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6 Reasons to Consider a Career in Technology

6 reasons to consider a career in technology via Pixel Perfect
6 reasons to consider a career in technology via Pixel Perfect
Recently I’ve had a lot of discussions with other women who are thinking about getting into the tech space (come on in, the water’s fine, the jobs are plentiful and the salaries are good!) and one of the things that everyone seems to vocalize in one way or another is that they don’t want to be stuck in a corner, be ordered around and just be another solitary cog in the machine. They visualize development as pasty white dudes huddled silently in a basement somewhere and are turned off by the idea of tech. Hell, I would be too if that was the reality.

I want to dispel the myth that every dev shop is like that (obviously there are exceptions, and the stereotype had to come from somewhere, but I prefer to avoid those). While most dev teams are full of people who are a little… eccentric (and certainly I’m lumping myself in that category) in general they tend to be one of the best teams to be on in a company and are incredibly creative and collaborative.

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