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Along with my blogging slowdown as of about a month ago, I’ve also been reading less.
The good news is that I’ve been enjoying what I’m reading more than I did when my list of finished books was longer.
Here are my ten most recent reads.
1. The Fact of the Matter by Madeleine L’Engle (My review)
My Favourite Part: The twist ending.
2. Ambush Predators by Marina Ermakova (My review)
Genre: Science Fiction
My Favourite Part: A scene involving the main character hiding in a car. It made me jump!
3. Clocking Time by Mark McClure (My Review)
Genre: Young Adult
My Favourite Part: All of the time travel. It would be amazing if such a thing were truly possible.
4. People Count: Contact-Tracing Apps and Public Health by Susan Landau
Genre: Non-Fiction, Science, Epidemiology
My Favourite Part: The comparisons the author made between previous epidemics and our current one. Human behaviour patterns have remained so consistent over the centuries when it comes to how we respond to invisible threats like disease.
5. A Story of Us: A New Look at Human Evolution by Lesley Newson
Genre: Non-Fiction, Science, Anthropology
My Favourite Part: Learning about how children were raised throughout human evolution, especially once our distant ancestors began trusting each other to watch the baby while mom went off to gather food.
6. Apeiorn – Tales of an Argonaut 1 by M.P. Cosmos (My Review)
Genre: Science Fiction
My Favourite Part: Meeting the same narrator in every story even though they were set in very different places and times. It was such a unique way to connect those worlds.
7. Searching for Sam by Sophie Bienvenu
My Favourite Part: The descriptions of how emotionally draining it is to be homeless. I’d never thought about how difficult the mental part of homelessness must be when you have no idea where you’ll sleep at night or when your next meal might come.
8. Boo and the Boy – A Ghost Story by Wayne Barrett (My Review)
My Favourite Part: The heartwarming ending. It was something I was hoping for but really didn’t think the audience would get.
9. Fragments – A Collection of Short Stories by Jachrys Abel (My Review)
Genre: Science Fiction
My Favourite Part: Figuring out the speculative fiction angles to some of these stories. Not all of them were readily apparent.
10.Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age by Annalee Newitz
My Favourite Part: Reading the most recent theories about why Çatalhöyük was abandoned. It’s the first city humans ever built (that we know of), so I’m thrilled to see how much effort has been put into understanding who lived there and why they eventually moved elsewhere.
84 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Most Recent Reads
The epidemiology book sounds interesting.
It was very good!
Great list! A Story of Us sounds interesting.
Thank you. Yeah, that was a great read.
The lost cities sounds intriguing.
I think you’d love that one.
3 and 5 sound really good to me!
I think it’s great that you’re enjoying so many of the books you’re reading. I also didn’t have to go back very long to make my list just because so many recent ones have been great.
Thank you! It’s awesome that you’ve been enjoying your recent reads, too.
I’ve not read any of these, but I’m glad you’re enjoying your reading!
Thank you. 🙂
I would definitely read A Story of Us. I’ll add it to my reading list.
Are both those images of the Toronto Reference Library? It’s so grand, definitely need to visit Toronto some day just for that. 🙂 And I’ve seen some mention of Four Lost Cities, very, very intriguing.
Only the bottom one is. It’s a beautiful library, though, and well worth visiting.
What a lovely review of yll your last books. I think I would like “People Count” the best. And “Four Lost Cities”, they both sound very interesting.
Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.
You’re welcome, Marianne! I hope you like those books if you read them.
I have fond memories of Madeleine L’Engle’s books.
She’s written a lot of good ones!
I love time travel stories so I might have a look at Clocking Out! You have such a great range of genres here.
Also I totally agree that reading fewer books can mean enjoying what you read more — totally the same for me atm.
Thank you! It’s cool that the same thing happens to you. Hope you like Clocking Out.
Clocking Time sounds like it could be a really good read.
I hope you like it if you read it! I’m glad I gave it a shot.
People Count and A Story of Us are definitely titles I’ll have to read!
I hope you like them!
Great post! I have not read any of these because I don’t really read those genres.
No worries there. 🙂 And thanks.
I’ve never heard of any of these, but the Toronto library is gorgeous!
Yeah, it’s amazing!
Enjoying what you read is really important. That Lost Cities book sounds neat!
My TTT: https://bookwyrmknits.com/2021/05/04/top-ten-tuesday-quotes-from-my-ten-most-recent-reads/
Thank you. Yeah, The Lost Cities was really good.
Interesting books–and I really like the way you structured this.
Thank you very much!
I’d say that I’d rather read more books that I like better than to read fewer books that I like less.
I love how you shared your favorite parts with us. It was fun to read.
Thank you! I’m glad you liked it.
Boo and the Boy sounds like a great read!
It was so much fun!
What a great list!
Thank you. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier https://books.thetechchef.net/top-ten-tuesday-57-recent-reads/
I like how you include a favorite part with each read. Searching for Sam sounds interesting.
Yeah, Searching for Sam was excellent.
I’ve only read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, but should really take a look at her other work. Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!
Yeah, L’Engle has written a ton of great stuff. I definitely recommend branching out in her work if you have the time/energy to do so.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your week, too.
The Story of Us sounds really good. My husband is an evolutionary biologist — might have to get him this one!
I hope he enjoys it! I sure liked it.
These all sound really good! Glad you have some enjoyable reads!
Thank you. 🙂
Really like the sound of 1 & 3!
Thank you! They were great.
I’m happy for you that you’re getting more out of your reading lately. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and slow down. Four Lost Cities looks interesting. I love history.
I think you’d like Four Lost Cities. Happy reading (if you choose).
I’ve also been reading less since I just left the world for a bit. I think a lot of us are just needing some sort of break to recuperate and refresh. I hope you’re feeling up to reading more books in the near future.
Thank you! I’m glad you get it.
I’m going to check out that Madeleine L’Engle short story, it sounds interesting. Nice list, Lydia.
Thank you. I hope you like that story.
It’s good you’ve been enjoying your reading! I really need to read The Fact of the Matter. Boo and the Boy also sounds interesting.
Thanks. I hope you like those books.
“A story of us” is on my tbr already and can’t wait to get on it
Awesome! Happy reading. 🙂
People Count sounds interesting. I love to see how people in the past have gone through epidemics. One of the reasons I’m not concerned with covid-19 lasting forever is because people have experienced epidemics before and eventually they all go away.
In that case, I think you’d really like People Count.
The Four Lost Cities sounds really interesting!
It was very good.
These all sound so interesting! Great list!
I love how you included your reviews in the post! I have been reading a bit less as well and I took a week off of blogging because I just felt that I needed a bit of a break!
Great post 🙂
Good for you for taking a blogging break.
I love that you included your favorite part of each book. That’s a fun way to review them!
Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!
Thank you very much! Happy TTT on a Wednesday!
I’m glad you’re enjoying the books you read more even if you are reading less. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!
Clocking Time sounds really good. I love time travel books.
It was a fun read for sure. I hope you like it if you read it.
I think I will read A New Look at Human Evolution. It definitely caught my interest. I think I’m intrigued as to what the book has to say about the topic. 🙂 Anyway, great list.
Thank you. I hope you like that book!
I haven’t read any of these books.
I’ll have to check them out!
Don’t think I recognize any of these, but I’m glad you enjoyed these recent reads! Here’s to ten more reads that you enjoy too. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland, Lydia.
You’re quite welcome!