Once Upon a Time at the Library

Once Upon a Time at the Library

Over the past year, I have tried to broaden my reading horizons to discover a variety of new topics. Of course, there is the internet, but it is too easy to lose focus and end up watching comic animal videos, which are entertaining, but uneducational. My favorite place is thus the library. Plus, it’s free!

So, that’s what I’m sharing with you today. Here is an glimpse at the variety of my readings in 2017-2018 (including audio books), some of which inspired posts on this blog.

  •  A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Brison : A book that literally tells the story of the universe and the evolution of our understanding of it, moving from the Big Bang, through plate tectonics, to DNA and many other topics. The author is an excellent popularizer and his way of telling the story of nearly everything is very engaging.
  •  Code ton jeu vidéo by Sean McManus  (Similar to How To Code): I used this book to teach coding to my little Yourinaut and the readers of this blog.
  •  A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen: The book which inspired the challenge I undertook for 30 days.
  •  Philosophy by Stephen Law: A good introduction, covers multiple perspectives, from ancient greeks to modern thinkers.
  •  L’Atelier des bracelets by Anne-Sophier Fournel (French only, but this book could do): This is where I learned about the kumihimo braiding technique.
  •  Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time from Tanya Lee Stone: A gripping book that tells the true stories of many girls for whom school is difficult to access. So many obstacles for these girls: forced labor, child marriage, poverty. Well documented, it informs us about living conditions in environments that are very different from North America. Truly inspiring.
  •  Wire Bugs: How to Make Your Own Menagerie by Odile Vailly: With which I made some pretty bugs.
  •  GEO Book – 110 pays, 6000 idées: Bien choisir son voyage (French only, but I’m sure you can find something similar in English): From South Africa to Zimbabwe, this book provides concise and practical insight on a multitude of countries. I learned all kinds of information on countries I knew nothing about. Makes you want to explore the world…
  •  Caribbean Style by Suzanne Slesin: A book that makes us travel through the architecture and layout of Caribbean homes.
  •  Voyager au Moyen-Âge (French only): Linked to the exhibition of the same name that was presented at the Cluny Museum in Paris a few years ago, this book presents the artifacts of the exhibition and explains the context of journeys in the Middle Ages through these.
  • A whole series of historical novels by Juliette Benzoni (many were translated in English) taking place in the Middle Ages or the Renaissance. She is a fabulous author. Even though these are fiction novels, we learn a lot of historical information.
  • Not even counting the children’s story books and comics for bedtime reading; and several other novels and documentaries that do not come back to me right now.

Challenge for YOU

Go read! Expand your horizons and learn from books. Select books about random topics you know nothing about. Enjoy fiction too! Did you find anything worth sharing with us in the comments?

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