I just finished reading two books.  The nonfiction, Dreamland, which I mentioned a month or two ago, followed by Fishbones, a fiction I bought on kick started because I like the author as an artist.

Dreamland was a fun, easy, interesting, scientific read.  I enjoyed the research that went into it; I enjoyed the articles the author reviewed.  But I didn't learn anything I didn't already know from taking science of sleep class (its PHYL 160 at KCC: but i took it from herve, not the current instructor.  i also see there is a sleep lab being offered now too?!?!!?!?!!!!), besides the history of sleep and sleep style/furniture.  I was kind of hoping to get more info on sleep walking- not because I do it (I mean, at least I don't think I sleep walk...?) but because the topic fascinates me.  I am going to try some of the things that the author recommends like lowering your body temperature to fall asleep and getting more sun (or simulated sun) light upon waking up.  But sadly, most of the other recommendations are not feasible for people with shifted sleep schedules or people who get <4 hrs if sleep per day on a regular basis. (Typing that sounds so horrible, I am ashamed.). Anyway, I would still recommend this book! It's easy to digest- not too technical but still has the science background that I like.  If you've never studied sleep before, you can learn some basics here about REM and the other stages of the sleep cycle, hormones involved (melatonin/cortisol explained!), and sleep apnea's connection to snoring.  If you already know some if these things, you'll be delighted by the case studies (there is a machine that prevents rats from sleeping, no grad student with a stick required) and the unusual ways sleep study has been useful (dropped murder charges and winning sports competitions).

get this!
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It took me a while to get through this book because I've been busy reading other science articles and by the time I was finished I was ready to read something crazy and fun.

I was reading on my ipod at the bus stop so I immediately switched to my next book, Fishbones, as soon as I finished dreamland. And I didn't put it down until I was done. Just four days! (I know that's nothing to all you speed readers, but I've been busy and haven't finished a book that fast since Under the Dome first came out;I only had a week since it was on the library Hot Pick list)
As I mentioned before, I got this book from kickstarter and originally heard about it because I've been following the author, as an artist!  Jisuk is one of my favorite artists, I have several of his prints and also his art book.  (And I have a commission from him too but it may or may not be lost on my old hard drive. I'm going to scrounge around for it hopefully i'll find it for this post.  OMG, it still exists!  i was once immortalized by the hand of jisuk! ) I had such a good time with this read because I already knew the characters from his art and from the web comic.  I was thrilled to learn the background and little details of the lives of these characters.  There were a few parts that I normally would have considered too self indulgent, but I was so excited to have my favorite drawings come to life that I didn't mind.  Do you like action? Mafia? Childhood friendships and pop culture? There's a little teenage angst in there too but the snarky dialogue helps it along.  I admit I can't stop gushing about this book, I was really disappointed when I finished it because I didn't want it to end- a great feeling that I haven't had in a long while. And if that's not convincing enough, take a look at this art and tell me you aren't curious about the fantastic story behind it...
get the ebook:
and if you are the type that only reads books with pictures:

Summer is soon. I will have my regular job plus another part time job but no homework since I can't take summer school. I want more books!  What should I read?!  Taking suggestions now, please leave your comments. :)

PS- i also take suggestions of movies to watch and albums to listen to!  if it can be found at the library, it will be in my hands... 


  1. Have you read Neil Gaiman's _The Graveyard Book_? I don't know why, but I have a feeling you'd like it. It's a book for children and it begins with a murder. Good stuff. Also, that drawing of you is terrific. :)

    Good luck with finals!

  2. Also like a lot of Gaiman's work, and a lot of Stephen Brust's stuff, though I'm now behind several books in his series. Neal Stephenson's _Diamond Age_, _Cryptonomicon_ and _Anathem_ were pretty good (was kind of an effort to get through his _Baroque Cycle_). Nick Harkaway's _The Gone-Away World_. Have had several folks recommend Charles Stross to me. There's also classic SF, like _Dune_ and the _Foundation_ series, if you've never gone there.

    Non-fiction: McPhee's _Annals of the Former World_ was way more interesting that I expected, and Tufte's occasionally controversial _The Visual Display of Quantitative Information_ is thought provoking useful. Not sure it's really a "read", but McGee's _On Food and Cooking_ is a terrific resource. Carl Zimmer is a pretty good science writer. You already know about Mary Roach...





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