When it comes to books, I’m afraid I must confess to be non-monogamous. I usually like to be reading some combination of a variety of types of books: fiction, non-fiction, some sort of self-improvement (yoga or philosophy or something), and some sort of textbook. And now that I have a nice queen size bed as a result of a very nice Christmas gift from my parents last year, the side I don’t sleep on is often full of books (and dog!) Especially since I’d been sick recently and spent essentially two days in bed, a lot of books piled up there. So in case you’ve ever wondered who a librarian shares her bed with, they are:
1. Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich: despite its salacious title, this is actually the true tale of the theft of moon rocks, evidently “the most audacious heist in history.” Haven’t started this one yet.
2. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan: only just started this one too, but it takes place in a dystopian future in which people’s skin is dyed a color to match the crime they’ve committed. Bought this one at the Tattered Cover when I was in Denver – love that place!
3. The third book in the stack is actually my journal, but it was in the bed so I tossed it in the stack so it wouldn’t feel left out. 😉
4. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche: a good friend is always quoting Nietzsche to me so I decided to give it a try, and so far I love it. Going all former-English major and highlighting my favorite passages. This is why I can’t generally check out library books!
5. Neurogastronomy: How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why It Matters by Gordon M. Shepherd: this is very science-y and probably wouldn’t appeal to your average foodie, but for the nerdiest of foodies, it is quite fascinating. It’s very complicated, but the way I’d very briefly summarize it is to say that flavor is actually mostly neurologically occurring in the nose, though we perceive taste as being in the mouth. It’s complicated but very interesting.
6. Basic Neurochemistry by Siegel et al: well, you know, a girl needs a little light reading too. 🙂 In my work as a medical librarian I’ve become very interested in neurotransmitters and am learning all sorts of interesting things about research going on in this area, so I figured why not see what I can find out for myself. So far some of it is over my head and I skip it, but I’ve learned some interesting things about how neurotransmitters work.
So that’s what I’m reading! What are you Internet folks enjoying these days? I’m always looking for a good book to add to the list!