What do you get what you put cozy mysteries, British fiction, detective stories and Agatha Christie-esque crime into one teapot, add boiling water, let steep for five minutes and pour?
The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan was a strong contender for the December’s science read; however, in the end, Seeing Further won out because it focused on a greater variety of science subjects which I felt was more appropriate to rounding out the year of the science reads.
However, if I do have enough time (and I’m not sure if I would for, as I mentioned in the last post, December tends to be a busy month), I plan to try my hand at Dragons of Eden, mainly for two reasons: 1) Carl Sagan is an amazing scientist and 2) everyone always has such rave reviews for this book. If I don’t manage to get to this book this month, I’m not too fussed though as I can always tack it on as a bonus January read instead!
Well, we’re here! We’ve made it to December!
When I first made a resolution to read a science book a month for 2016, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to stick to my pledge. However, I’ve stuck to it and now I’m just down to the final science book of 2016!
So what’s going to be December’s 2016 science read? READ MORE
Second last science read of 2016!
I definitely learned a lot more about DNA, gene expression and proteins (not the type you add to your salad) in The Epigenetics Revolution by Nessa Carey. In this book, Carey takes fascinating questions such as why identical twins aren’t actually identical, why tortoiseshell cats are always female, why we age, how it is decided which genetically identical larva grow up to become queen bees while others become sterile worker bees, why mammals require both a male and a female parent to procreate, and why, despite each cell in our bodies carrying the exact same DNA, we don’t have teeth growing in our eyeballs or kidneys growing out of our heads. The answer to all of the above – epigenetics. READ MORE
It’s time for a little YA paranormal!
It’s been a long time since I’ve read YA urban paranormal, mainly because the market was so saturated with the genre since the popularity explosion of Twilight. Like Twilight, debut indie author J.M. Muller’s book is set in the Cascade Mountains and is the story of a high school teen who stumbles upon supernatural creatures living in our midst. However, in Colors of Immortality, the story is that of 16-year-old Daniel Thatcher. READ MORE