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The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Notetaking
Mike Rohde
The Antidote
Oliver Burkeman
The Kind Worth Killing
Peter Swanson
Data Points: Visualization That Means Something
Nathan Yau
James Buchanan
Jean H. Baker, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

City of Thieves: A Novel

City of Thieves: A Novel - David Benioff Upon finishing this book I am planning to read everything [a:David Benioff|120401|David Benioff|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1253149312p2/120401.jpg] has written. He really is such a wonderful storyteller. That a character can be simultaneously heroic and unbearably annoying (intentionally so) is a mark of craftsmanship.

I loved this passage on talent too much to keep it to myself:
Talent must be a fanatical mistress. She's beautiful; when you're with her, people watch you, they notice. But she bangs on your door at odd hours, and she disappears for long stretches, and she has no patience for the rest of your existence: your wife, your children, your friends. She is the most thrilling evening of your week, but some day she will leave you for good. One night, after she's been gone for years, you will see her on the arm of a younger man, and she will not recognize you.