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Not so much a blog; just lots of books

Currently reading

The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions
Thomas McNamee
Progress: 72/235pages
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

Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe

— feeling nerd
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words - Randall Munroe


Really I’ve been flipping through this for a while (it’s not generally something you read cover to cover), but I restarted at the beginning and read through it more systematically so that I could count it as one of the Summer Bingo Books.  I’m counting it as “Beach, sand or sun on the cover” because check this out:



I know it’s the back cover, but that’s still the sun!


Overall, it’s quite fun seeing a bunch of different concepts explained in the most commonly-used thousand (ten hundred, actually, since thousand itself didn't make the cut) words, although I was tempted a few times to refer to diagrams with the proper names of things to help work out what it was talking about.  I did cave for the periodic table because I don’t know the bottom rows that well.