This past week I tried planning my reading around English culture, but unfinished business with Jules Verne and the inability to resist a history of modernization in the Islamic world meant I only read two of the three English-themed books I’d planned to read. I did make progress in Schama’s history of Britain, but gave most of my attention to trying to finish The 70 Great Mysteries of the Natural World. I didn’t finish that, but I did make more progress than I have in four weeks. (The trick was skipping the section on how various forces in the earth’s core create a magnetic field and going to the first section that interested me, then reading from there). Now I just have ten or so sections in the middle to finish, but I had to return the book to the library today and will tend to that unfinished business next week.
Next Week’s potentials…
- I’ll be finishing Schama’s history of Britain (to 1600).
- The Confessions, St. Augustine; as per a friend’s request.
- The Last Kingdom, Bernard Cornwell; a tale of Vikings and King Alfred.
- Mapping Human History: Discovering the Past Through Our Genes, Steve Olson
- Frank: the Voice, James Kaplan. FRANKIEEEE! Readers who know me personally know of my fondness for Frank Sinatra, and I use an icon of him everywhere online except for here (where I use Robert Ingersoll). The icon is cropped from a poster I have hanging on my bedroom door, where he stares across the room at another poster of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road. This was just released at the start of the month.