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text 2017-07-13 04:39
Science Buddy Read Book Club coming soon!
Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind - Richard Fortey
Atoms Under the Floorboards: The Surprising Science Hidden in Your Home - Chris Woodford
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World - Mark Miodownik
The Science of Everyday Life - Marty Jopson
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History - Cynthia Barnett
The Inheritor's Powder: A Tale of Arsenic, Murder, and the New Forensic Science - Sandra Hempel
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - Oliver Sacks
What Really Happens If You're Swallowed by a Whale, Get Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling Over Niagara...and Then You're Dead - Cody Cassidy,Paul Doherty
Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life - Matin Durrani,Liz Kalaugher
My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs - Brian Switek

Our current buddy read of The Invention of Nature is going well enough that when it's finished, we're going to convert the book club into a general science buddy read club.

 

We definitely need a snappier name for it.

 

In the meantime, the current members are going through their shelves and coming up with possible titles for future reads; we'll likely read one book every two months, as non-fiction is generally a more time consuming read and we don't want to burn anyone out with too much of a good thing.  

 

I've gone through my Planning to Read shelf and shelved all the science books onto the science shelf (something I generally don't do until I've read the book - more out of laziness than anything else) and I've included a few here to see if any of them look interesting to anyone else, or are maybe already on their shelves.  

 

I have 16 all up; if anyone has any interest in seeing them all, I have confirmed that if you go to my shelves (or anyone else's for that matter) and click on Planning to Read, and then click on my Science shelf, you'll only see the Science books I have that I haven't yet read.  BookLikes has a bit of boolean searching power it's been keeping under its hat.

 

I've stuck with hard sciences (left out philosophy for example), but as a member of the group I'm open to interpretations.  

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review 2016-11-13 17:23
Mark Miodownik - "W rzeczy samej"
W rzeczy samej. Osobliwe historie wspaniałych materiałów, które nadają kształt naszemu światu - Mark Miodownik,Dariusz Żukowski

Dla tych którzy lubią czytać tradycyjne książki z kubkiem w ręku i czymś słodkim pod ręką doskonałe rozdziały o papierze, porcelanie i czekoladzie. Ale uwaga, tekst w mocny sposób wzmaga apetyt na kosteczkę czekolady, lepiej przygotować zawczasu ;-)

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text 2016-04-01 05:06
Premiery i zapowiedzi - kwiecień 2016

 

 

Zapraszam do subiektywnego wyboru nowości kwietnia.

 

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text 2016-01-21 07:35
TBR Thursday - January 21, Part Deux
The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted - Mark Forsyth
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World - Mark Miodownik
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language - Mark Forsyth
My Life and Hard Times - James Thurber

These are the books that came this week without the fanfare of a big blue Belgian bag.  Despite their quiet arrival in their nondescript, brown cardboard envelopes (which sounds lewd when I write it like that) I am incredibly excited about each one of them:

 

The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the Delight of Not Getting What You Wanted - Mark Forsyth - I've already gushed about this perfect little joyous ode to bookshops; it's my first 5 star read of the year - all 31 pages of it.

 

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World - Mark Miodownik - I've been seeing this in my local bookshops, but a review by, of all people, Bill Gates was the tipping point for me (I say 'of all people' because I'm all Apple, all the time). He wrote a very good review of this one and he liked What If? so I'm going with it.

 

The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language - Mark Forsyth - he who wrote The Unknown Unknown.  If this one is half as good as that one, I'm gonna be a fangirl.

 

My Life and Hard Times - James Thurber - this one is an upgrade of the slim paperback I currently own and an eBay bargain.  I'm in love with the Folio editions with their individual slipcovers; eBay has become a dangerous place for me...

 

Total books received: 17

Books read: 6

Total physical TBR: 194

 

Oh boy, I'm gonna break the 200 book barrier soon... must read faster (and shop slower)!

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review 2015-06-05 03:44
Stuff Matters
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World - Mark Miodownik

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik starts with a stabbing ends with the ability to "rebuild" man. The book leaves the reader with a sense of wonder about what amazing materials surround us and a sense of reflection on things to come. A casual, conversational writing style combines with hard-core science to make an informative but easily read book.

 

Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2015/06/stuff-matters-exploring-marvelous.html

 

Reviewed for GoodReads First Reads program

 

Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2015/06/stuff-matters-exploring-marvelous.html
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