Yesterday I finally finished 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke after losing my copy of it, then having to go to the library and pick up their copy there. Ironically, it was the same edition. I previously mentioned how I wasn’t overwhelmed by the work — at least, not as far as I had read. I’d probably change that assessment, based on the last half of the book. It was pretty overwhelming. I’m not sure if I agree with Clarke’s view of the universe, but it still made a very good read.
In that regard, of not necessarily agreeing with the author’s view of the universe, I think of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy. I won’t say that I was all too enamored of his humanistic views there either, but I enjoyed the story nonetheless.
On Friday, I finished How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had Coming by Mike Brown, the Caltech professor whose discovery of what he first thought might be another planet sounded the death knell for Pluto. I have my own thoughts on the book, but in this case I defer to Swapna Krisha’s review over on her blog. She pretty much captures what I would have said, especially about how he writes simply for the lay reader. I don’t know if I thought that Pluto had it coming, though. Personally I was fascinated by all the battles that go on behind the scenes in astronomy and was clueless that at one time there were more than the eight planets we know now (oops, spoiler, sorry).
With those two books, I now have finished six books this year, but jumped from two books to four books last month. If I can double the number of books each month this year, by the end of the year, I will have read 4,096 book. I think that’s completely doable, don’t you? 😉 The other two books I read this month were Terra Incognita by Ruth Downie and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I highly encourage you to pick up a copy of Unbroken as soon as you can, as I have no doubt it will be the best book I’ve read this year.
As for what I’ll be reading today, in keeping with my joining Amy of My Friend Amy for Frederick Buechner Week February 28 through March 4, I’m reading The Eyes of the Heart: A Memoir of the Lost and Found. At 183 pages, I have no doubt I should be able to finish this one today. Although I also originally agreed to review one other book of his and write an essay on his influence in my life, I don’t think I’m going to get to that review of one other book of his, because our library doesn’t have any copies of his books and neither does our local bookstore. However, I will get to the essay, which probably will be more like a blog post than an essay, to be honest. I can’t seem to write lengthy pieces anymore. I think my attention span has been killed by Twitter and Facebook.
So how did your reading go this past month? What was your favorite read of the month? And, of course, what are you reading today or planning to read this week?