2017 Reading Challenge

In 2016, I read 19 books and reviewed 18 of those which means that I accomplished my goals for that particular year. For 2017’s reading challenge, I plan on upping the ante by reading 40 books. This is quite an increase in reading, so, I carefully planned out what books I was going to read last year by using the website GoodReads. I also counted up how many pages I would have to read for this year. 

What are your reading goals for this year? Do you think you can read more than 40 books for 2017?


Naked Ape

4 stars out of 5

naked-ape-cover  Pro: This can be a thought provoking book for some individuals. Readers may enjoy how Desmond Morris compares humans to other primates when it comes to both anatomy and behavior. The author questions older theories like the aquatic theory and dives into how we went from tree dwellers to ground dwellers. He discusses coitus, rearing, fighting, and feeding in his book.

Con: This book was published in 1967. So, there are a lot of facts that need to be updated. The first page, for instance, says there are “one hundred and ninety-three living species of monkeys and apes”. This is not correct anymore. There are more than 260 known species of monkeys, 4 types of great apes, and 2 types of lesser apes.

Join the Science Book Club on Goodreads

     I’ve created a brand new group on Goodreads called the “Science Book Club”. Anyone may join as long they are courteous to anyone else who joins. Since this is a new group, anyone who joins has the opportunity to suggest books for the upcoming year. We can vote to read certain science-related books, create events for reading, and have fun together. I hope to “see” some people participating. I can’t wait to start this book club! 

Here is the link to the page in case you’re interested in joining a science book club. 




3 stars out of 5

2515729  I thought that this was a good reference book for Dublin. It captured and celebrated some of Dublin’s past. I can definitely see a lot of work went into the photographs shown.

Pro: This book contains a lot of great pictures of different tourist attractions. It provides background information for the photos and gives you some history about Dublin. The back of the book has a short timeline from 8000 B.C. to 1998 to reference to. It also has a map on the last page of the places that were mentioned. If you want a quick read about Dublin, this might be the book for you.

Con: This book seemed to me to be more of a quick reference book. Meaning, if you’re looking for a novel or something to quench your history buff’s thirst this may not be for you.

Angela’s Ashes

4 out of 5 stars

Angela' Ashes book  Pro: This book is an eye-opening memoir about Frank McCourt’s childhood. Some common themes include poverty, alcoholism, religious beliefs, society, class, and most importantly perseverance. I really enjoyed this memoir.

Con: It does paint a poignant picture of what it is like to be in rags and have to feed your kids sugar water instead of nutritious food. It’s brutal and honest. Which is what I love about it, but some readers may not like reading about such desperate times.

The Black Death: A History from Beginning to End

4 stars out of 5

the black death a history from beginning to end.jpeg  The kindle edition has 45 pages. It took me about 20 minutes to completely read it. It consists of multiple explanations for why the Black Death started. It also talks about plague doctors and literature works that resulted from the plague. It briefly discusses persecution due to religious beliefs. Most importantly, the timeline goes through different outbreaks.

Pro: The structure of the book starts with the Black Death, then the second pandemic, and ends with the third pandemic. This allows the reader to understand that there was more than one outbreak. Great book for those wanting to learn a little about the Black Death.

Con: While this little book is comprehensive, some of the events mentioned are very brief. So, if you are looking for a book that is more in-depth when it comes to different pandemics then this book is not for you.

Work, Energy, and Power: An Introduction to Basic Energy Physics (Stick Figure Physics Tutorials)

4 stars out of 5

work,energy, power   The title says it all. This book is strictly for beginners learning physics. This book has 57 pages of stick figure drawings that illustrate what the different types of energy are. It shows you how to calculate gravitational potential energy using the equation PEg = mgh. It shows you how to calculate kinetic energy using this equation KE=1/2MV^2. There are more basic equations used in this book.

Pro: The problems are suitable for beginners. The stick figure drawings make learning easier and more fun.

Con: This book felt like a mini lesson. So, if you are searching for a book that covers more topics for beginners than this is not the book you are looking for.