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Book List 2013

I didn't forget! Book lists been happening for several years now...

January:
Riddled with Life

February
Curious Behavior Yawning, Laughing, Hiccuping and Beyond

March
Weird Life: The Search for Life that's Very, Very Different from our own

April:
Drunk Tank Pink

May:
Fake Science 101
Gulp (Adventures in the Alimentary Canal)
The Genius of Dogs

June:
A Curious Man (Ripley's biography)
Frankenstein's Cat


July:
Spook
Why is the Penis Shaped Like That?


August:
The Stuff of Life: a graphic guide to genetics and DNA
How to Make a Zombie


September:
The Universe Within
Zombie Birds, Astronaut Fish, and Other Weird Animals

October:
Science of Fear
Bonk by Mary Roach


November:
The Wisdom of Psychopaths
The Smartest Kids in the World

December:
Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth
Dreamland
--> OK TECHNICALLY I finished this in 2014, but whatever, it's close enough.
Pinnochio

Book Goal: 22 (new goal!) Read: 22

I'm not sure I'm going to make it. Nonetheless, 2013 is turning out to be a good book year. A lot of great books have come out! :)

The very good, the so-so, the tons of Mary Roach. Looking back, I shake my head a little at my lack of progress in the beginning of the year. I will do better next year.

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I just scheduled two interviews for some very prestigious summer programs geared toward gifted children.

If either one works out, I would be very excited! I had a really rough, depressing summer last year and I really cannot repeat that this year. It does not seem like I will have to now.

Let's hope I interview well. Yaaay!!

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Book List 2012

Same goal: 16. Here goes!

January:
Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat
Kanzi: An Ape on the Brink of the Human Mind


February:
The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris

March:
Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku

April:
The Upside to Irrationality by Dan Ariely

May:
Survival of the Sickest

June:
The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer
The Intelligence Paradox

July:
What a Plant Knows
The Rational Optimist

August:
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Mockingjay


September:
The Violinist's Thumb
The Disappearing Spoon


October:
Gifts of the Crow

November:
Life Ascending: Ten Great Inventions of Evolution
Perks of Being a Wallflower
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


December:
The Epigenetics Revolution
Death from the Skies!
(to read)

Goal: 16 books Read: 22  To Read: 1

Wow... I may even reach 24 (which is on the higher end). I guess that's good except it means my life is pretty damn boring.

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Book List 2011

Ok so book list 2011 has begun! Here are my goals for book reading this year:

January
Half the Sky

February
Molly's Zoo

March
God is Not Great

April
Packing for Mars

May
Stiff

June
The Bond
The Truth Behind the Rock

July
Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Merchants of Doubt


August
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

September
Genome

October
How to Build a Dinosaur

November
Revolutionary Road
How We Decide

December


Goal: 16 Books Read: 14

Ok.... two books shy of my goal. 14 isn't too bad. A little disappointed. Less TV more reading. The latter half of the year was rather stressful and I did not spend a lot of alone time this year. Oh well, I will try for 16 next year

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Book List 2009

Alright, here is book list 2009. My goal is only 18 this year. This is to accomodate the hardships of student teaching and, well, teaching this fall. ;-) I'm covered with books through July and then I have to get some more apparently!
Booklist 2009Collapse )Goal: 24 Completed: 24 Books to go: 0

W00t! Finished my book goals. Will I get in 25? No idea. Depends if I get a book for Christmas. I really want/need a new one.

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Book List 2010

Here it is folks... Book list 2010...

This list has been hard this year. Work has been stressful and it is hard to find the energy to read the complex books I like. I'm easing toward lighter scientific reads, which has helped. Complex books can be piled on come this summer. :-P

January:
None

February:
Writings on an Ethical Life by Peter Singer
Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species: a Graphic Adaptation by Michael Keller and Nicoelle Rager

March:
Generation Me By Jean M. Twenge
Why We Make Mistakes  Joseph T. Hallinan

April
How to Talk so Teens will Listen and Listen so Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber
Don't be Such a Scientist by Randy Olson

May
Animal Investigators
No Right to Remain Silent

June
Unscientific America
13 Things that Don't Make Sense

July
The Face on Your Plate
The Year of Living Biblically


August
Hope for Animals and Their World

September

October

November
The Hidden Brain

December

Eating Animals
Your Inner Fish



Goal: 24 books Completed: 12  To Read: 12
New goal: 16 books Completed: 16 To Read: 0

It's very clear that I am not completing my goal this year. 12 books is just too much to read in a little over a month. I am not feeling very bad or guilty about this. I've been happy with my progress the previous two years. I feel that my time spent in love was well spent. I suppose I would have been happiest with 20, but I think 16 books is still an admirable goal when you are a working professional.

Looking back, I wish my list was a bit more challenging than some I've completed in previous years. I have to attribute that to feeling exhausted, burned out, and depressed at my job and needing some escape. Still, they were all non-fiction books which makes it a book list some people would aspire to complete. Getting 4 in by the end of the year will be challenging... no doubt. But I am 30% through one book in November and I think over half done with the other one. I feel serious about taking on this challenge so I will be trying to decrease my TV time to reach my goals. :P I can do it. You'll see.

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Patrick Stewart on violence against women


This is an amazing and poignant video...

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