While the libraries are closed during this pandemic, that certainly hasn’t stopped me from finding new books I want to read. For some reason, nonfiction has been appealing to me lately. Here’s my new collection of books for my TBR list:
First up is Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases by Paul A. Offit. The Last Word on Nothing did a post about Maurice Hilleman recently. He was instrumental in developing 40 different vaccines, 14 of which are still in common use today. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of him and the book is all about him. I also find it fitting in our current pandemic. There’s also a short video about Hilleman on Vimeo if you’d rather watch your science than read it.
Shifting gears from science to the city, I would like to read Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck from I also enjoy urban planning books for some odd reason. Anne Bogel has mentioned this book multiple times and each time I want to read it. I’m finally going to record it. I am oddly drawn to urban planning books (I’ve also read A Pattern Language from her list of urban planning books.)
While I’m outside, I might want to create a nature sketchbook, following in the footsteps of Explorers’ Sketchbooks: The Art of Discovery & Adventure by Huw Lewis-Jones and Kari Herbert. I was looking for Margaret Fountaine’s journals in my library system, and this is as close as I can get. It looks like a visual treat, so probably not something I want to read on my black and white Kindle. I was sent into the library catalog after listening to Deanna Raybourne discuss Margaret Fountaine as the inspiration for Veronica Speedwell in her mysteries. She was doing a Stay at Home book tour discussion for her newest Veronica Speedwell book, A Murderous Relation. (Scroll down on that link to the week two interviews to find Raybourne.)
Since I doubt I’ll be doing much traveling this summer with all the Covid-19 floating around and no way to stop it, I’ll have to travel vicariously instead. Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris promises to fulfill that wish. Bonus, it’s about traveling via bicycle, one of my favorite ways to see the world. We’ve done short trips (three days and 180 miles), and I have dreams of longer trips when the kids are out of the house. It was part of a post on Tor listing books considered unputdownable, which gives me high hopes for readability.
Next up is Falter by Bill McKibbon. I want to read this less for pleasure and more for work. I recently read a webcomic that mentioned Bill McKibbon wrote one of the first climate change books for the general public. I’m always on the lookout for a good climate change book for my basic science classes. This is his latest book, and I’m interested to see what he has to say.
Finally, is a book is a book for sheer pleasure that even Mr. Curiosity thought sounded fascinating: Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color by Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker. Gretchen Rubin mentioned it in her What I Read in April post. Again, I’ll wait until the libraries reopen because it definitely needs to be enjoyed in all its colorful splendor.
And those are my latest additions to my TBR list. Anything look good to you? Anything else I should add?