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Jayp

jayp@bookwyrm.social

Joined 1 year, 1 month ago

I love to read but many of the books I 'read' these days are audio books because of how much I travel for work. My reading habits are a bit chaotic, and it seems I either binge a book in a couple weeks or take years of stopping and starting. I love to learn about and read history, science fiction, biographies, essays, politics, philosophy, popular science, and more. Recently I've become interested in reading classics too.

I consider the day a book is acquired to be when I start reading it. This is mostly for motivational purposes, otherwise I will get distracted by new books.

I love the concept of Bookyrm, and after tracking my reading in spreadsheets for the past 5 years I have now moved it all to Bookwyrm.

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2024 Reading Goal

23% complete! Jayp has read 7 of 30 books.

Fred Hoyle: The black cloud (1957, Harper) 4 stars

The Black Cloud is a 1957 science fiction novel by British astrophysicist Fred Hoyle. It …

Dated but excellent sci-fi story

4 stars

I don't recall where I heard of this book, but what drew me to it was the fact it's a hard sci-fi book written by a well-known astrophysicist. For a book written almost 70 years ago, it holds up fairly well. Although the writing may not always be the best, this can easily be forgiven since the story is enjoyable and the author was not a professional fiction writer. I would love a miniseries adaptation of the story.

Adam H. Domby: False Cause (2020, University of Virginia Press) 5 stars

Great Book

5 stars

I was stunned by how bad post war records are. Not only for individuals but also the "official" histories for entire units. Adam Domby's book is essential reading for anyone interested in post civil war American history and those who wish to understand the current politics of civil war memorials.

Anna Marie Roos: Martin Lister and his Remarkable Daughters (Hardcover, 2019, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford) 5 stars

Great Book

5 stars

Anna Roos gives a delightful history of the early modern naturalist and scientist Martin Lister and two of his daughters, Anna and Susanna. During the same period as Newton, Hooke, Linnaeus, and Huygens Sir Martin Lister pioneered the study of invertebrates and fossils, becoming the first arachnologist and malacologist. His work and the scientific illustrations by his daughters not only taught others the value of art in scientific study and classification, but also that even the creepy crawly things are worthy of study and things of beauty in themselves.

I very much enjoyed learning about an early modern scientist that is now largely forgotten. I only wish there was more documentation on the Lister sisters lives. Their illustrations are stunning works of art, and the fact that they were creating scientific illustrations in their early teens for the Royal Society is remarkable. If you enjoy the history of science you …

Michelle P. Brown: Bede and the Theory of Everything (Hardcover, 2023, Reaktion Books, Limited) No rating

This book investigates the life and world of Bede (c. 673–735), the foremost scholar of …

This book investigates the life and world of Bede (c. 673–735), the foremost scholar of the early Middle Ages and the “father of English history.” It examines his notable feats, including calculating the first tide tables, creating the Ceolfrith Bibles and the Lindisfarne Gospels, writing the earliest extant Old English poetry, and composing his famous Ecclesiastical History of the English People.