I’ve had a pretty good day. Got in a workout, a trip to the bank, trip to 2 grocery stores (Trader Joe’s & Sunflower Farmer’s Market), and read a good 50 pages of this giant book I just got from the school’s library.
I do a lot of reading! I used to be all about the fiction/drama when I was a kid (ummm….Sweet Valley High, anyone?), but my interests have definitely evolved over time! Now I read a lot of historical/anthropological-type books where I get to learn something – nerd alert!
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Friedman. It’s all about the globalization of our world and how technology has impacted the world market and economy. Pretty interesting. I got it through interlibrary loan and its due on July 11th. Being that its 700 pages I’m not sure if I’ll be done by then but we’ll see…
Other books that I’ve been reading lately include:
Keeley’s War Before Civilization: The Myth of the Peaceful Savage. It points out that most historians have pacified human history, when archeological evidence actually suggests a much more brutal history than most people would like to concede.
Wrangham’s Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human. This book clarifies human ancient history, discussing the “turning point” in human ancestry as being related to the use of fire for cooking because of how it transformed our food source to be more nutrition and less hazardous for our health. Wrangham argues that this allowed humans to gain intelligence and eventually led to modern man.
I have a goal to read 5 books in the next 7 weeks. I read a lot, but during this time I’ll also be going out of town for 4th of July Weekend as well as continuing to work and teach summer classes….so we’ll see. *fingers crossed* Summer is just such a good time for reading I try to pack in as much as possible!
Do you like to read? What’s your favorite genre?