Midyear Tidbits


Amy Poehler and Tina Fey at the premiere of Ba...

Gratuitous picture two of my favorite comedians. Image via Wikipedia

My blog started with a bang in 2011, when some “Freshly Pressed” fame, but alas no fortune, came my way.  Predictably, my blog visitor stats have a monumental peak in January, followed by ever decreasing numbers since.  The post that garnered me 15 nanoseconds of ‘Net fame concerned the number of books I had read in 2010.  Despite working very hard at my job, and filling in my free time with online public health classes at UNC, I’ve been able to keep my reading marathon going.   But, I have found it near impossible to keep up with posting once a week on my blog, something I hoped to do this year.

But, I’ve managed to squeeze in a few minutes to add a few updates lately.   I’ve added a form for suggesting a book, and I always appreciate good recommendations.   You can tell from my reading lists what kinds of books I like, I’m sure: mostly non-fiction, with a few high quality fiction titles thrown in once in a while.

And speaking of reading, I’ve also completed updating my book list so far for 2011, running on at a blistering pace of 35 books so far this year.  Some of the exciting finds so far this year are

  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean – a fascinating romp through the periodic table of the elements.
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey – It’s on the bestseller list for a reason.  It’s funny (well, of course) but also thoughtful, with on-target comments about feminism, and the role of working women in our society.  Fey’s remarks about Sarah Palin’s rise and the media-driven controversy about some of her own comedic barbs sent Bristol Palin’s way are very thoughtful, emphasizing how much Tina, Sarah, and Bristol have in common as women, despite the political gulf between them.
  • How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming  by Mike Brown – a must-read for any amateur astronomer, especially for parents.  Brown passion for astronomy comes through on every page, and I hope will inspire young people to pursue science.

Also, I’ve recently started receiving books through LibraryThing‘s Early Reviewers group.  Through this group, you can sign up for access to pre-retail copies of new books, as long as you promise to give a review on LibraryThing or on your own blog.  It doesn’t even have to be a positive review.  Look for a review soon of Indigo by Catherine E. McKinley, the first book I received through this program.

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