WWW Wednesdays

Inspired by Taking on a World of Words

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading Storm in a Teacup by Helen Czerski. It’s a book about the physics of everyday life. So far I’m on chapter three or four. But I’ve come to see popcorn with a fresh insight of just how miraculous an explosion it really is in terms of the science behind it. Also, I’ve learnt a lot about the complexity of the oceans (because that happens to be Helen’s specialist field). I think this honestly is a book for everybody. The writer does a great job of explaining scientific concepts in a chatty and accessible manner. If you’d like to see her in action you can check out her TED talk here.

A book I’ve recently finished reading… A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. I fell in love with this book. It’s possibly my favourite book of the year. Perhaps influenced by my previous encounters with meditation and buddhism, but I was enchanted by the grandmother figure in this novel. I have a tendency to enjoy stories that span across the years and form a connection between different generations of the same family, so this was a great book for me. I’d recommend it if you like coming of age stories and you enjoy books that are at times slightly surreal, for example in the style of Haruki Murakami.

Hmmm, what to read next? Well, my to-read list is seemingly forever lengthening. But a book I heard about during the summer is probably next on my list. It’s called When Breath Becomes Air. It’s about a doctor that was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 36. It doesn’t sound like a cheerful read, but I think it would be fascinating to hear his opinions about life and how they might have been transformed by his diagnosis. We live in a culture of “knowledge = power” and “knowledge = informed consent”, but I sometimes wonder if knowing so much about disease and illness in some ways makes it more terrifying. Have you read it? Let me know your thoughts!

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