SChant's NF reads for 2018

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SChant's NF reads for 2018

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jan 1, 2018, 6:08am

History, culture: The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu - a lightly-told tale which includes the history of European attempts to reach the "fabled" city, and modern-day ingenuity and heroics in the face of gun-wielding jihadists.

jan 6, 2018, 9:06am

History: Viking Britain by Thomas Williams

jan 24, 2018, 7:35am

Feminism: Bitch Doctrine by Laurie Penny

jan 31, 2018, 4:01am

History, mythology: Myths of the Pagan North: the Gods of the Norsemen by Christopher Abram. A study of how Norse mythology grew and developed.

feb 1, 2018, 5:37am

Feminism, childrens: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo. Mini biographies of various women. It's an American book so a few too many US examples but overall a good spread. The illustrations are generally a bit cartoony, though there are some exceptions, especially the excellent one of Astrid Lindgren. I was especially disappointed that the section on Artemisia Gentilesci didn't use her brilliant "Self Portrait as the Allegory of Painting" as a basis.

All in all quite entertaining for kids.

feb 6, 2018, 4:49am

Politics, society: The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla. Essays by BAME people living in Britain today.

Redigerat: mar 6, 2018, 6:00am

Science, biology: Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith. An investigation into how consciousness works in cephalopods and how it might then work in humans.

Redigerat: mar 8, 2018, 5:30am

Biography: Eleanor Marx: A Life by Rachel Holmes. A bit too detailed for the casual reader like myself, but I now realise how tirelessly she worked for socialism, feminism and the working class. A great woman.

mar 8, 2018, 6:07am

Childrens, Women in science: Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky

mar 13, 2018, 6:39am

Biography, technology: Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance.

mar 21, 2018, 9:06am

Physics: Ripples in Spacetime by Govert Schilling. I'm only a few pages in and already it's got the clearest explanation of space-time and gravity I've ever read. Think I'm going to enjoy this one.

mar 28, 2018, 4:34am

Zoology: Spirals in Time by Helen Scales. The biology and evolution of seashells, and also how humans have used shells throughout the ages.

mar 28, 2018, 6:15am

History: The King in the North by Max Adams. A history of 7th century Northumbria.

apr 10, 2018, 5:20am

Art, History: Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith by Mary Beard. I hoped it would be an expansion of the TV programme but so far seems exactly the same.

Redigerat: apr 11, 2018, 3:57pm

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apr 11, 2018, 3:02am

>15 vwinsloe: I think you should have added this to the generic thread - this is my specific list, and while I don't mind comments I'd rather not have other people's reads on it. Cheers ;)

apr 11, 2018, 3:56pm

>16 SChant:. I thought I did. Apologies!

apr 12, 2018, 4:02am

apr 15, 2018, 10:02am

History, science, women in science: A Galaxy of her Own by Libby Jackson

apr 17, 2018, 5:01am

Fantasy, media: The Definitive Illustrated Guide to Fantasy - highly entertaining overview of fantasy media in the 20th century.

apr 19, 2018, 4:17am

History, women in science: A lab of one's own : science and suffrage in the First World War by Patricia Fara.

apr 21, 2018, 11:05am

History, feminism, childrens: Rebel Voices: the rise of votes for women. Superficial, even for kids.

Redigerat: apr 28, 2018, 10:02am

Politics, feminism: Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard - an exploration of ways in which women's voices have been and are still being silenced in the public arena.

maj 25, 2018, 12:51pm

Geology: Northumberland Coast Rocks! - a delightful guide through the geology of Northumberland from Holy Island to Alnmouth. Clear, concise, and very helpful to the enthusiastic amateur.

maj 26, 2018, 8:41am

Science, physics: The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli.
Science, environmentalism: The God Species by Mark Lynas

Redigerat: jun 19, 2018, 5:20am

Science, space flight: Chasing New Horizons by Alan Stern and David Grinspoon, about the first spaceflight to Pluto. Very good.

jun 19, 2018, 5:21am

Politics, feminism: Women, race and Class by Angela Davis. I know I read it when it first came out (the eighties?) but can't remember a thing about it - hence the re-read.

Redigerat: jun 28, 2018, 3:59am

Science, forensic anthropology: All That Remains: a life in death by Sue Black. Some of the details are gruesome but so far she's very interesting and thoughtful. An absolutely stunning book - highly recommended.

jun 28, 2018, 4:00am

Art, feminism: Seeing Ourselves: Women's Self-Portraits by Frances Borzello. Worth the price for the illustrations alone.

jul 4, 2018, 6:19am

Science, genetics: Who we are and how we got here by David Reich. Ancient DNA and human population flows.

Redigerat: aug 8, 2018, 3:51am

Science, robotics, AI: Max Tegmark Life 3.0

aug 26, 2018, 5:33am

History, feminism: Rise Up Women! by Diana Atkinson - a vast and detailed tome about the lives and work of the Suffragettes.
Physics: Black Hole Blues by Janna Levin - a rather confusingly written work more about the people than the science.

sep 19, 2018, 5:55am

Science, environment: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. An easy to read discussion of past and current extinction events.

sep 30, 2018, 5:48am

Science: The Brain: The Story of You by David Eagleman.

Redigerat: okt 4, 2018, 10:14am

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okt 20, 2018, 11:24am

Science, genetics: the Book of Humans by Adam Rutherford.

okt 25, 2018, 7:17am

History, archaeology: Pagan Britain - a look at what religious and magical practices can be understood from remains found in pre-christian Britain.

dec 7, 2018, 9:06am

History, women in science: The Rise of the Rocket Girls - the enlightening and uplifting story of the female computers and engineers of JPL who did so much for space exploration. Loved it!
Art, feminism: Art and Feminism edited by Helena Reckitt. Couldn't quite get on with this book. The introduction was too "art historian" for my level of knowledge and many of the works were performance pieces represented by still photos with descriptions which made them sound juvenile and pretentious. Images of some of the static pieces and more obviously political work did resonate with me, but again the descriptions often seemed to refer to a closed-in art world aesthetic.
History,women: Women in the Viking Age by Judith Jesch. An attempt to piece together the position of women in the Viking Age using archaeology, meagre contemporary sources, and the later Sagas.

dec 18, 2018, 4:51am

Paleontology, dinosaurs: Steve Brusatte The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs - enthusiastic, wide-ranging, very informative.

dec 26, 2018, 6:52am

2018 reading stats
Total NF read: 37
Total fiction: 52
Total DNF: 17

NF categories most read:
Science: 15
History: 8
Feminism: 8