27 June 2010

Book Review Sunday

I recently read Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. (Chavalier is most well known for her book The Girl with the Pearl Earring, which later became the motion picture of the same name.) I personally really enjoyed this book due to the subject matter: archeology. The story is Chevalier's fictional account of the historical figure Mary Anning who is credited with discovering the earliest fossilized remains of plesiosaur and ichthyosaur. The book is a great blend of historical truisms and the classic tale of the ordinary human condition. For me it was very appealing since the topic of choice is pretty nerdy, but I would recommend this as a great read for pretty much anyone. The fact that you learn a bit about history is just a bonus.

Another book I looked at, though I can't really count it as "read" for the challenge since I cherry-picked the relevant bits, is The Complete Compost Gardening Guide by Barbara Pleasant and Deborah L. Martin. I read it as a baseline for my composting research and it turned out to be pretty much all the resource anyone would need to get started, and be successful, composting. The authors cover everything including the technical details, types of compost/composters, how to build what you need, what you can compost and how to best make compost to match your garden contents. I can see that this has major obsession potential!

I also signed up for the Summer Reading Program at our local library. Both the girls are signed up so I did the adult version. I am hoping that will provide a bit more incentive to keep up with the challenge.