I really love to read. I also really want to get better at CSS, so I decided to make that process feel a little more fun by trying to style my favorite book covers in CSS. This has been a really fun project, and I'll probably check back in and add more covers from time to time. In the meantime, there's a brief review and summary of each book, plus links to Goodreads and Amazon if they sound like they're up your alley! Read more of my book reviews on my blog at Desi Does or add me on Goodreads.

Need help picking out your next book? Let me share some of my faves!

My Own

True Stories
from the Road on
Music, Science, and
Senseless Love


My Own Devices by Dessa

Dessa’s creative non-fiction book of essays is well-written, touching, and thought-provoking. She strings one story thread throughout the book – through different essays and sections, the story of her long-term relationship and how she finally used science to get over him. She gave a talk here a few weeks ago and I got to ask her some questions. If you’re anywhere near the book tour, I definitely recommend going – Dessa is super intelligent and I felt so inspired throughout.

I also made a Spotify playlist of many of the songs she references, or songs that are about this time period of her life, here on Spotify.

Women in Tech by Tarah Wheeler, et al

This was one of the first books I read when I started thinking about more of a "hands on" technical career beyond my support experience. Initially I expected it to be more technical than I'd grasp, but I liked it a LOT more than I expected. I think it's important for both men and women to read - men are likely not even to realize all the emotional labor women have to put in or how the Second Shift is a real thing. Great book.

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The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet

Claire L. Evans

Broad Band by Claire L. Evans

This book was amazing. I can’t say enough how highly I recommend it. I’ve heard Grace Hopper’s name, but I never knew she was essentially responsible for modern programming. I didn’t know that “computers” were actually a job at first, all computations done manually, and usually by women. I had never heard of the ENIAC 6, or about so many other things in this book, and so many women who kind of blazed a path and a place for women on the internet, in computer science, and technology.

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden


T Kira Madden

Long Live
the Tribe
Fatherless Girls

a memoir

You love me

Tell Me Lies

You need me

Tell Me Lies

I'm yours

Tell Me Lies

It's not over

Tell Me Lies

You'll change

Tell Me Lies

A Novel

Tell Me Lies

Carola Lovering

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

Tina said in her review of this book that fans of it would fall into a specific niche, but that people who love it would love it – and I loved it. It’s told from alternating viewpoints of two people in a relationship over several years of being together and not. The male is an entirely irredeemable character, and as someone who was in some pretty crappy relationships, I saw a lot of parallels (hence being the target for this book.) There’s a twist in I even I didn’t expect, and I really liked the full circle storytelling – I normally don’t like happily ever afters, but they worked for me here. I totally loved this book and I can’t wait to read more by Carola Lovering.