Books and Reading, v. 2014
Continued from v. 2013.
Friday, 1 August 2014
Life, the universe, pies, hot-pink bunnies, world domination, and everything
Continued from v. 2013.
Why no posts on this thread yet?
I finished Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie this afternoon. It’s my school’s summer reading book for first-years and anyone else who wants to read it. I enjoyed it, and I think it was a good choice. It will make for some good discussions at the start of the year about race, immigration, and privilege which are important issues on our campus right now as well as in the country as a whole. As a novel, I couldn’t put it down at times, and I liked both the characters and the argument, but in the end I wished for a little more from both.
The other book I’m currently reading is Life Unfolding: How the Human Body Creates Itself by Jamie Davies, which I picked out without a plan by pulling interesting titles off the “new nonfiction” shelf at the library and deciding this one sounded best. It’s about how the human body develops from a fertilized egg on, meant for a general audience even though it definitely pulls no punches with the science. One big theme is how all of this happens from small molecules and cells receiving local signals and assembling themselves into a whole, not from an “engineer” overseeing the construction. As the author would say, it’s as though bricks and steel and pipes and wires suddenly assembled themselves into a state-of-the-art, fully-functional building. As someone who understands mRNA and mitosis but hasn’t yet seen that whole arc of development laid out from beginning to end (and in fact wrote a college essay wishing I could do just that), it’s very interesting.
The other non-school novel I’ve read recently, over spring break, was The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.
I’m waiting for The Silmarillion and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy to come into the library.
Do any of you use Goodreads? Though I am carefully wary about mentioning the else-Internet, this is a really excellent social networking site for readers that can help you keep track of the books you read, get suggestions based on how you rate them, and find out what your friends are reading.
I really like Goodreads, but none of my friends use it (the only people I have on my account are a few people who used it for a couple of weeks and quite, and two of my high school english teachers), which kind of defeats the purpose of it.
I’ve been reading Watership Down by Richard Adams
Also have been reading Seeds of Hope by Jane Goodall.
I finally got around to reading Daniel Handler’s grown up novels. And do you know what? I think they might actually be better then a Series of Unfortunate Events.
Especially The Basic Eight. I love The Basic Eight.
The Science of Discworld was finally published in America! Yay! It’s really good. I ordered Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson on Amazon, that’s coming tomorrow. I bought Capital and have been chipping away at that for a while. I have a bunch of Brandon Sanderson I bought and need to get around to read.
And then there’s all the comics I’m reading and why do I keep buying all these books and comics when I can’t keep up.
And my Library card is completely filled…
I recently finished reading John Dies at the End by David Wong and just started This Book is Full of Spiders. I don’t really know what to say about these books other than just… WHAT. They’re like total insanity condensed into book format and published, and it’s amazingly weird and hilarious and terrifying.
Bryan Fuller (creator of NBC Hannibal) is on board to co-direct a TV adaptation of American Gods!!!!!!!