The Soul of an Octopus

Author: Sy Montgomery Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness Published: 2015 I read it: June 2018 I finally read the octopus book. I’ve had this one on my list for a few years, and it stayed in the back of my mind…

Killing Monsters

Author: Gerard Jones Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence Published: 2002 I read it: December 2017 The first character that my son made me portray while running around the backyard was Captain Hook. I chased him around with my finger-hook on many afternoons, snarling…

Why Dinosaurs Matter

Author: Kenneth Lacovara Type: Non-fiction, single subject Part of series: TED Books (#17) Published: 2017 I read it: March 2018 Apparently TED talks sometimes expand into books, which is handy for someone who finds it easier to read 156 pages than to watch a 20-minute video. That’s just the way it works for me these…

In the Garden of Beasts

Author: Erik Larson Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin Published: 2011 I read it: September 2017 This book kept calling to me from the shelf, staring me down with its grand and stern coloring, complete with swastika right on the spine.…

You’re Saying It Wrong

Authors: Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: You’re Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse Published: 2016 I read it: May 2017 I received a free copy of this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. My second…

On Tyranny

Author: Timothy Snyder Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century Published: 2017 I read it: August 2017 We seem to lack a consensus on the acceptability of referring to Adolf Hitler in the course of argumentation. Most of us are convinced that even using the name or historical…

Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Authors: Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz Type: Non-fiction, single subject Full title: Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue Published: 2015 I read it: June 2017 I’ve been reading Sam Harris and listening to his Waking Up podcast for a while now, so I’m familiar with his thoughts on Islam. His concerns haven’t changed…