Mia Larsen

 The sugar-coated, sweet books aren’t for me. I like the darker, more mature, and moving pieces 

For Mia, reading is about grounding herself. Although her books often take her to worlds and universes outside of her own, they allow her to see her own life in a new light. She’s able to draw learnings about others, which helps her better understand her own situation.

Position at Agillic:

Product Specialist

Area of Expertise:

Agillic UI

Favourite  Genre:

Fantasy

How will you be spending your Summer 2018?

This summer I’m going to Spain with my boyfriend and my mom. We’ll be in an apartment in Costa del Sol, so we’ll be going to the beach, swimming, and reading a lot. When it gets too hot, we’ll stay inside and hide away with a book… I don’t want to grill (haha). When I get home, I look forward to having a few weeks where I don’t have anything planned and can just relax.

What sort of topics do you like to read about?

I like so much and it really depends on why I’m reading. When I want to learn, I like non-fiction books and reading about other cultures. Right now, I’m actually reading about different afterlife ceremonies and if they celebrate it or not. When I want something easier, I like fantasy with its magic and drama because it’s fast-paced and easy to digest. If I want to continue on with easy reads, I go for young adult and romance because they don’t take as much effort.

You’re an expert in Agillic and the user interface,  what will you be reading this summer in order to stay informed?

I don’t come from a coder background, so I want to get more involved in that aspect of my job.  I’m planning on starting A Friendly Introduction to Software Testing soon. Otherwise my colleagues are great resources for when I’m stumped.

What do you read on the days you want to relax?

When I relax, I read young adult because they’re easy. They’re not too long and I don’t have to think. I also like fantasy books if they’re targeted to a mature audience.

What is your favourite book? Why?

I have a few favourites actually. The first one is Vicious. It’s written by one of my favourite authors, Victoria Schwab. It’s a darkish fantasy book, kind of similar to the X-Men series, but with a darker twist. There’s this world where if you encounter a near death experience, then you might develop X-Men-like powers, but you lose part of your humanity. It’s so good! Another book in the series is coming out in a few months and I’m so excited!

I also like Nothing to Envy. It’s a book made of interviews from North Korean refugees, so it’s got a historical background and it’s divided into the smaller stories of people’s lives.

The last one (Night) is about a Jewish family being taken to a German concentration camp and how the boy survived the ordeal. I know that it seems that I only like dark, sad books, but I like when books leave me with a certain feeling afterward. I want to be moved and these books reaffirm that we have a good civilisation. Sure, it could be better, but it also could be much worse.


Summer 2018 Recommendations

Vicious

by: V.E. Schwab & Victoria Schwab

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same ambition in each other. A shared interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl with a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge but who will be left alive at the end?

A List of Cages

by: Robin Roe

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian – the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years…

We are Legion (We are Bob)

by: Dennis E. Taylor

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it’s a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he’ll be switched off, and they’ll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty. The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad — very mad.

A Friendly Introduction to Software Testing

by: Bill Laboon

As the title states, this is a friendly introduction to software testing. It covers the basics of testing theory and terminology, how to write test plans, and how defects are found and reported. It also goes over more advanced testing topics such as performance testing, security testing, combinatorial testing and others. Written by a software engineer with more than fifteen years of software development and quality assurance experience, this book provides an industry-focused introduction to the field of software testing.

A Monster Calls

by: Patrick Ness

The bestselling novel about love, loss and hope from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness, soon to be a major motion picture. Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.