Octopus! by Katherine Harman Courage

Subtitle: The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea

Published: 2014

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 256 pages

Interest: My aunt had given the book to me after she read it because she thought I’d be interested. I needed a book from home to read (I was out of library books and the library was closed) and this looked good.

Summary: The book is all about octopuses. It starts with our fascination with octopuses, especially in the culinary sense. She also goes into details about the biology of octopuses – their arms, color-changing skin, and reproduction. She recounts some of the research being done on octopuses and the difficulties of working on them.

Final thoughts: Not surprisingly, I enjoyed this book since I’m big into marine biology. I knew a bit about octopuses (although I have to admit I like to call them octopods instead of octopuses), but this went much deeper than my knowledge. I found the inclusion of recipes and different ways to eat octopus a surprising but enjoyable addition to a book that was mostly about the biology of octopuses. She included many interactions she had with octopuses, from fishing for them in Spain, to research labs, to eating them. Overall, an enjoyable book.

Title comes from: The subject

Reading challenges fulfilled: 49/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and an O in my Title Alphabet Challenge

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