It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 7.0

It’s hard to believe another week has gone by! School is keeping me busy–especially since I am a teaching assistant this quarter. There are 62 students in the class…thank goodness I have a co-TA. In other news, my family is coming to visit me memorial day weekend! I’m so excited!!!!!!

Since a new week has begun, it’s time for another installment of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Last week I finished:

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Synopsis adapted from Goodreads:

A work of popular science in the tradition of Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan, this 20th-anniversary edition of James Gleick’s groundbreaking bestseller Chaos introduces a whole new readership to chaos theory, one of the most significant waves of scientific knowledge in our time. From Edward Lorenz’s discovery of the Butterfly Effect, to Mitchell Feigenbaum’s calculation of a universal constant, to Benoit Mandelbrot’s concept of fractals, which created a new geometry of nature, Gleick’s engaging narrative focuses on the key figures whose genius converged to chart an innovative direction for science. In Chaos, Gleick makes the story of chaos theory not only fascinating but also accessible to beginners, and opens our eyes to a surprising new view of the universe.

I FINALLY finished this! Yay! Even though this book took me a long time to read I am really glad I finished it. For starters I knew almost nothing about chaos theory before I picked this up, and now I feel like I have a (very) high level understanding of it. Also, the images and diagrams in the book really helped illustrate some of the important concepts, which isn’t always the case in popular science textbooks. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone looking to learn more about choas theory or anyone interested in reading a popular science book. It’s written at a very high level (so you don’t have to have a degree in physics to understand it) and is very engaging. 4/5 stars.

This week I am reading:

Clash of Kings

Synopsis adapted from Goodreads:

Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who held sway over and age of enforced peace are dead…victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky—a comet the color of blood and flame—six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard’s son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King’s Landing. Robert’s two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.

Only a few more chapters left! I’m really really excited to get to the next book since it will be completely new for me (as I’ve managed to not watch any of Games of Thrones season 3 thus far).

This week I am listening to:

Wolf Hall

Synopsis adapted from Goodreads:

England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?

I’m really really enjoying this book. I’ve read many books about Henry VIII’s reign, but I’m still learning new (and interesting) things this time around. Most of the other books I’ve read focus on the wives or on King Henry himself, but I’ve realized throughout this book that I didn’t actually know that much about Thomas Cromwell. I frequently find myself stopping the audiobook to go look up a fact or historical event. I love it a book intrigues me so much that I want to do extra research to understand it better. It’s a pretty long book, so I’m not sure that I’ll finish it this week…but I’ll enjoy the parts I do get to read!

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What are you reading this week?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. heather
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 07:42:22

    I started listening to Game of Thrones on audio this week. I like the tv show and I figure the books have to be even better.

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