I heard an interview with the author on the podcast 99% Invisible. I found the interview so fascinating, I had to go and get the book right away. Even Miss Adventure was interested.
Genre: nonfiction art/history
Length: 281 pages of text, 320 pages total
Summary: Short version: The sources and uses of different colors and shades of colors Continue reading
I’m still looking for a textbook for my Environmental Science or Environment and Society in a Changing World classes. I want something written for nonscientists that covers many of the current environmental issues with a focus on climate change. Bonus if it was written in the last few years, since the science on climate change is changing so rapidly. It’s a pretty specific set of characteristics that I want, which is why I don’t have anything I’m satisfied with yet. I picked up this book from a Wired article on empowering women to reduce climate change.
Subtitle: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
Genre: nonfiction climate science
Length: 256 pages
Summary: Short version: The subtitle covers that Continue reading
This is the fourth book in the Memoir of Lady Trent series.
Genre: historical fantasy
Length: 350 pages
Setting: Akhia, a Middle Eastern equivalent country, soon after the events of Voyage of the Basilisk
Summary: Short version: Off to the desert to study dragon rearing Continue reading
I’m not sure how this came to my attention in the first place (it’s been on my TBR list too long). I read it now because it gives me a letter in my Reading the Alphabet Challenge.
Subtitle: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Genre: nonfiction science
Length: 201 pages of text, 229 pages total
Summary: Short version: Read the subtitle Continue reading
I’ve been saving up new books for my reading list. I’ve been doing a good job of reading down my TBR list – time to add some new ones.
First up is If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating by Alan Alda. It certainly wins an award for the longest title. I listened to Alan Alda on the ID10T podcast. The book seems to be all about communicating science to non-science people. That’s basically my teaching job. I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my teaching, so on the list it goes.
My next addition is Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling. I learned about this one when doing some research for a new class I’m teaching in the fall about environmental issues and geography. For one of their assignments, I want my students to play around with data on Gapminder. When I went onto the website, I saw they had a book. It sounded interesting, so I’m putting it on my list.
One more nonfiction book for my reading list is Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story by Michael Rosen. I found this one in my library catalog as I was looking for versions of Beowulf that the library had. (I thought there was a graphic novel version of Beowulf, but if there is, my library doesn’t have it.) I love origin stories and learning about the origins of all of the Arabic letters sounds right up my alley.
And one last book, this time some fiction: Black Widow by Daniel Silva from The Modern Mrs. Darcy post on long novels. (I can’t write a post about new books without mentioning The Modern Mrs. Darcy at least once.) I don’t really care that it’s a long novel. I’m interested in it because it’s recommended as a high quality spy thriller (which is a genre I haven’t been reading much lately but do really enjoy) AND it gets me an S author (which I don’t have yet this year).
So, anything look good to you? Anything else I should add to my reading list?
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I picked this book up from the library as a possible resource for Miss Adventure. She’s doing a project on the different sources of fabrics and their history. I read the pages on cotton to check and see if it would work for her, and got sucked into reading the whole book.
Genre: science nonfiction
Length: 217 pages of text, 224 pages total
Summary: Short version: read the title again