Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday Musings

Every Monday, Should Be Reading posts a list of questions people can write on as they like. I don't think I've ever participated before, but I usually enjoy reading others' responses. The questions are:

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

I recently purchased The Plain Reader: Essays on Making a Simple Life, and anticipate it arriving in the post sometime this week. I first heard about it on The Sprocket podcast, which covers bikes, beer, music, and 'simplifying the good life'.   I have on order, through Interlibrary Loan, two books: Frans de Waal's Chimpanzee Politics, and a bit of historical fiction by David Liss called A Spectacle of Corruption.   Last year I purchased eighty books, which is waaaaaaaaaay too many,  and right now I'm trying to declutter.

I currently starting two books, Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and Michael Shermer's The Believing Brain. I've read both authors before; in fact, I read Shubin just a few weeks ago. I enjoyed his The Universe Within Us, but haven't posted comments yet.  Your Inner Fish has been on my to-read list foreeeeeever, and I bought it a few weeks ago because I wanted a science read.


  1. Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish is very good indeed.

  2. Oh my heavens, do not get me started on the book clutter!!
    that simple life sounds good and I will be interested what you think of the book.

    BTW, congrads on your first MM post!

  3. Ooh, they all sound very interesting.

  4. Enjoy your books and have a great week!

  5. Definitely need to declutter here - my reading room - enjoy your books. Here's my musing:


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