It's book week 26 in our 52 Books Quest and we are half way through the year. We're half way through the year and Summertime has arrived in our neck of the world, and Wintertime for those on the other side of the world. And I've got nothing. Well, not really. I've got a song crashing through my mind, an unfortunate earworm that I can't identify which will drive me loopy until I figure it out. In the meantime, let's dip into a bit of half time randomness.
Once a year I watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi's The Danger of a Single Story and get something different out of it every time. I love her books.
I just finished reading The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk so the Ted Talk about The World's Most Mysterious Book fascinated me. While the story was interesting and full of an odd collections of characters, I really didn’t like the lead character until she managed to redeem herself in the end.
And while wondering through Ideas.Ted.Com came across 70 books to make you feel hopeful: A special reading list. You're welcome!
While falling down some rabbit hole about 25 Beautiful Literary Maps, it lead me to Kenocartographobia. No, I didn't know what it was either. The fear of Maps. And wouldn't you know it, Goodreads has a list.
I just discovered the newest book by A.J. Jacobs, The Puzzler, which I of course, had to get instantly. If you haven't read any of his books, start with The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible) and also check out Jacob's favorite recent reads.
I’m in the midst of several books. Don’t know why I do that to myself. Brandon Sanderson’s 3rd book in the Stormlight Archive Oathbringer as well as rereading Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s first book in Cemetery of Forgotten books with Shadow of the Wind. Puzzler’s also on the virtual nightstand and I’ll be getting back into Middlemarch soon.
And no I haven’t figured out the name of the song yet!