Reading project, week 6

What have I read this week?

The King’s Justice (A Stanton and Barling Mystery) by E.M. Powell

This is a historical crime novel set in the 12th century during the reign of Henry II of England. Stanton is a messenger and Barling is a law clerk. They are sent to look into a murder. I enjoyed this book a lot – several times I thought I knew who the murderer was, but I was wrong, so it managed to surprise me. I definitely plan to read other books by this author.

The 1,000-Year-Old Boy by Ross Welford

This is a children’s book aimed at readers 10 and up about a boy who gains eternal life at the age of 11. It’s told partly from his point of view and partly from that of another boy that he meets. I enjoyed this book – it was a fun read and I thought the idea was well-executed. I’d definitely read other books by this author.

The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head Is Really Up To by Dean Burnett

This is a nonfiction book about the brain. I was pretty sure I’d enjoy this book after I read the opening sentence of the introduction:

This book begins the same way as nearly all my social interactions; with a series of detailed and thorough apologies.

Things I have learned:

  • the olfactory nerves are one of the few nerves in the human body that can regenerate

My favourite quote?

Overall, personality tests would be more useful if our personalities didn’t get in the way.

This book is both amusing and educational; I would definitely recommend it. I’ve never laughed this much reading a book on neuroscience.

© bardofupton 2018

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