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Not so much a blog; just lots of books

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The Grace Year
Kim Liggett
The New Voices of Science Fiction
Jamie Wahls, Sarah Pinkser, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Rebecca Roanhorse, S. Qiouyi Lu, Darcie Little Badger, Kelly Robson, Nino Cipri, Amal El-Mohtar, Sam J. Miller, E. Lily Yu, Alice Sola Kim, Suzanne Palmer, Alexander Weinstein, Rich Larson
Progress: 13%
Engineering Animals: How Life Works
Alan Mcfadzean, Mark Denny
Progress: 125/314pages
The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization
Nicholas P. Money
Conservation of Shadows
Yoon Ha Lee
Progress: 22%
Le premier jour
Marc Levy
Progress: 180/496pages
Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics)
Herman Melville
Manifold: Time
Stephen Baxter, Chris Schluep
Progress: 99/480pages
The Long War
Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett
Progress: 68/501pages

The Story of English in 100 Words

The Story of English in 100 Words - David Crystal I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but what I got was a history of the English language based on 100 words. Crystal explores the origins of each of his 100 words in chronological order based on when they first appear (a few entries are more conceptual e.g. #60 Species is about the species naming system devised in the 18th century rather than the origins of the word itself). So for example, you have #3 and (8th century), #11 bone-house* (10th century) through #63 Hello (19th century). [Aside: hi (15th century) is older than hello and hey (13th century) is even older.] It keeps going through the 20th and 21st centuries with words like #89 PC, #97 Muggle, and finally #100 Twittersphere.

I've also apparently picked up some "eastern" emoticons according to #94 LOL without even realising it. o.O

*bone-house: a living human body