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Arciform’s Summer Reading List


One of our favorite design blogs, Remodelista, recently inspired us with a post of their summer reading suggestions. Arciform’s design team have a few ideas of their own- feel free to borrow a few of your favorites for your next “lazing about in a sunny corner” afternoon.

Senior Designer Kristyn Bester has an ambitious nightstand. Here’s what she’s reading this month:


Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed… Jared Diamond.
She explains, “It’s about the fates of past societies that have collapsed for ecological reasons, and how the collapse might have been prevented. I’m a non-fiction junkie so it’s been really interesting.”


On the Road….by Jack Kerouac.
“Good ol’ classic American fiction. Can’t go wrong. I’m reading the original version.”

Outliers: The Story of Success….by Malcom Gladwell.
“Love anything by him.”

Summer reading

Junior Designer Jeffrey Kelly reveals some hidden talents in his reading selections.

The Complete book of WESTERN HATCHES

The Complete Book of Western Hatches by Rick Hafele.
What’s this? He explains, “Entomology for fishermen and how to mimic regional and seasonal insect hatches to catch more fish.”

Now you know who to invite as your ringer on your next Deschutes River trip…

Next on Jeffrey’s list?


The Spider’s House by Paul Bowles.
“A novel set in 1950’s Fez, Morocco, that explores the social impact of the French occupation during this era.”

Charred and Scruffed by Adam Perry Lang. A revolutionary approach to cooking methods regarding the grill and cooking by fire.


Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris.
“This man and his musings should need no introduction,” says Jeffrey. But just in case you need a bit of an explainer, see Portland Center Stage’s annual production of Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries.


Design Assistant Marty Hegg‘s daughter Brigitta does most of the reading selections for her, making her the office’s reigning expert on all things Beatrix Potter.

“I’ve been trying to finish Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie since Birgie was born,” she explains. But when midnight is the earliest you have any time to yourself…

Should she get a moment to spare, she’d love to revisit some of her favorite magical realism classics. Here’s what’s next in her queue:


The House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende


The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel


Senior Designer Chelly Wentworth just joined the team and we are so happy to have her!

She’s evidently experiencing some wanderlust… and her summer reading list is giving us wanderlust too!


She’s reading In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Her take: “A very entertaining armchair travel book about Australia.”


Next on her list is The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin, which she describes as “a historical novel that takes place in the Pacific Northwest”

Last, but surely not least, she’s picking up some travel books about France and Scotland, “since I am going there in September.”

Maybe we can sneak into her suitcase and hitch a ride?


Senior Designer and co-owner Anne De Wolf seems to be prepping to go undercover with her cloak and dagger themed list:

Gang leader for a day
She is currently in the midst of Gang Leader For A Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets (by Sudhir Venkatesh) and will read Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (by Steven D. Levitt) next.

“Very interesting,” she explains, “They were both recommended to me by (Arciform client) Jim Hardison.”

Hmm. We wonder what roguish impulse inspired those two selections?

Anne continues, “I also read The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, and am planning on reading The Man Called Intrepid which is a book about the actual James Bond.”


Anne’s husband, Arciform co-owner Richard De Wolf has one brief but telling suggestion:


Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City, a true story about the architect behind the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and  the serial killer who used the fair for his own nefarious ends. Richard relates to the architect, of course- not the serial killer!

What’s on your nightstand these days? And how can Arciform help you ready your perfect summer reading nook?

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