59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman -- the self help book for
What's mine is yours - How Collaborative Consumption is Changing the Way we Live by Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers -- I'm reading this because I found it in a tube carriage coming out of Westfield Shopping Centre wrapped in clingfilm like a
The Wisdom of Birds - An Illustrated History of Ornithology by Tim Birkhead -- the best picture in the introduction is entitled "Aquatic warblers in their extraordinarily protracted sexual embrace." Get in!
Dr Echener's Dream Machine - The Historic Saga of the Round-the-World Zeppelin by Douglas Botting -- The writing style was irritating for the the first couple of chapters but now it just feels like being lectured about interesting stuff by someone with a funny voice. Go human brain!
Gardens of Illusion by Sarah Maitland and Peter Matthews -- This, I fear, is Wrong Maitland, and I'm really only looking at the pictures, only some of which are nice.
Owls of Europe by Heimo Mikkola -- Again, I say reading, but really I'm just skimming and squeeing. Fascinating facts, masses of technical detail and excellent illustrations, though.
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook -- It's a library book, and I neglected to get out Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain at the same time, so I can't draw in the book and I'm having to guess what the exercises are from the instructions. I'm finding it heavy going, but our local library is currently closed while they replace the librarians with robots (I have very mixed and confusing feelings about this, being a fan of both) so I can't remedy the situation any time soon.
aaaand here's what I was reading last and next to round out the list:
Lost Pages by Paul di Phillipo - This is a countercounterfactual anthology of short stories set in a world where Science Fiction never took off, where a set of fictional authors have been given the task of imagining what science fiction would have been like, had it existed. Two words: President Heinlein.
Kraken by China Mieville -- An impossible theft! A legendary beast! A holy war! Looking forward to this :)
I'm also helplessly stalled on: The Decadent Handbook (I made the mistake of reading the introduction, and images of the chummy yummy mummy who edited it keep intruding into the darkness) The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan (would make an awesome comic but is a bit much like going back to college) and The Long Goodbye, which only gets read when I'm in the worst throws of insomnia (which I've not been for over a year).
It's not World Comic Day (when is world comic day? Does anyone know? jinty?) so I won't go into the rest. Today!