Hello hello! I feel as though I have been slacking on the posts in this space, but watcha gonna do about it? I'm still reading a lot and keeping up with my 52 books goal. Hopefully I can be more consistent with my "reviews" (aka where I list quotes from the books I read) and link posts. So, May reads! Here we go...
Book 18/52: Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman
This book was a surprise pick-me-up. I bought it on a whim from my neighborhood bookstore and read it in a single evening (there are a lot of pictures). After reading State of Change I have been more than inspired to learn more about the natural world. I even looked at a few naturalist programs in the Pacific Northwest and I am seeking out internship opportunities at the University of Washington's botanical library and natural history museum. And I found out about Emily Graslie and the Brain Scoop. So inspired doesn't really cover it, perhaps obsessed would be a better word.
Book 19/52: by Marilynne Robinson
Made me weep. Reviewed it here.
Book 20/52 In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
I was inspired to read this book after reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Like The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, In the Time of the Butterflies is set in the Dominican Republic focusing on the dictatorship of Trujilio. In the Time of the Butterflies is a fictional story based on some non-fictional truth about the Mirabal sisters who were a big part of the Dominican Revolution. It was a beautiful book, I would highly recommend it.
Book 21/52: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
I found this book by doing my job! How cool is that? I catalog all of the new books that come into the library I work at. That means I get first dibs! (Not necessarily, but in this case I got permission to get first dibs!) It felt special to know I was the first person to read this book from the library. But besides all that... Lab Girl was soooo gooood. Like I mentioned above, I am a bit obsessed with all things science right now. This is Hope Jahren's memoir about her life as a female scientist, specifically with a focus on ecology, and even more specifically with a focus on trees and soil. She weaves in intriguing, real-life stories with beautiful and poetic chapters on trees. All my words feel inadequate, read it for yourself and find out how wonderful it is. This is why I like to feature quotes from the books I read because my words tend to fail me. So here are a few from Lab Girl:
“...being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life.”
“Each beginning is the end of a waiting. We are each given exactly one chance to be. Each of us is both impossible and inevitable. Every replete tree was first a seed that waited.”
“A seed is alive while it waits. Every acorn on the ground is just as alive as the three-hundred-year-old oak tree that towers over it.”