What I Will Be Reading #16

I came across a slew of books I want to add to my “To Read” list, so it’s time for another “What I Will Be Reading” post. This one has lots of links back to the original posts that intrigued me in the first place.

First off, I have the Tripod Trilogy by John Christopher, starting with The White Mountains. This is a YA book I picked up on via a discussion from Underwire via SFSignal. The trilogy takes your typical post-apocalyptic world and finds a kid who’s not the best in the world, engineered to save us all, to be the protagonist. It’s older, but still sounds worth seeking out.

Next up is The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature, by David George Haskell from Not Exactly Rocket Science . According to Ed Yong:

[This] is the best science book I’ve ever read, and I say that without hesitation or exaggeration. Haskell spends a year trekking to the same small patch of Tennessee forest to watch life. It is flush with beautiful scientific observations rendered in achingly beautiful prose. It encapsulates everything that I love about science and science writing: the deep understanding that they can bestow upon the invisible and mundane; the sense of connection across scales minute and vast; the poetry that suffuses the world around us. It is magical.

The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism by K. Barnett was suggested by this Simple Homeschool post. The post states the book helps you find and fan that spark of interest in your child. I’m trying really hard to do that in our homeschooling adventures, and any inspiration and direction I can get is helpful.

Finally, a couple of books for the kids. First is a set of biographies by Kristine Krull from a Gathering Books Nonfiction Wednesday post. They’re all about 100 pages long with some pictures and interesting information. There’s lots of topics (everything from scientists to athletes to pirates), and the titles all follow the same naming convention: Life of … (and What Their Neighbors Thought). I’ve requested a couple from the library as “light” reading over the holidays for the kids.

Last, but not least is A Force of Nature: The Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford (Great Discoveries) from Uncertain Principles based off this story that led to this book review. Rutherford was an important chemist, so this book is really for Mr. Curiosity (although I might read it as well).

As I said, lots of new books to check out. Any you want to suggest I add as well?

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