Karavansara

East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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Help me choose a book

OK, let’s try and do one of those things that the cool bloggers out there do and, like, get cartloads of hits, and so on.

I’ve got a stack this thick of ebooks on my reader, and I will (hopefully) read a few in August and relax and be happy and all that.
But what about you decide at least one of them?
What about non fiction?

So here’s the choice:

  • Richard Holmes – Falling Upwards
    A history of the pioneers of baloon flight, and the book that allegedly inspired the movie “The Aeronauts”
  • Stefan Buczacki – Earth to Earth
    Described as “A Natural History of Churchyards”.
  • Mary Dobson – Murderous Contagion
    A general history of epidemics and human history
  • Ernle Bedford – Mediterranean
    Being a history of the most trafficked sea in the world.
  • Cox & Forshaw – Why E=mC2 (and why should we care)
    A book about physics and our place in the universe.

All five books are on my to-read list, and all are asking for my attention.
Have your say, and help me decide.

The comments are open, cast your vote.


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The Karavansara summer reading list for students (and everybody else)

I don’t know how it is there where you are sitting, but hereabouts schools are about to close for summers, and teachers are busy assigning homework and projects and stuff.
One of the things that hit the kids every year is the dread read at least five books from this list list.
I always hated that when I was in high-school – I usually approached summer with a stack of a dozen big books I wanted to read, and here I was forced to slip more dull novels in the mix. And now I’m told that with the lowering standards of our school they are reducing the required reads to three, but you get the idea.

SummerReading

And I thought, why not put together my own suggested reading list?
For kids out there, high-school level, to broaden their horizons, and provide some much-needed food for thought.
I’ll also do a list in Italian for my blog, as a form of service – but putting together a list of English-language titles is easier, and I’m told list posts are quite popular.
But with a twist: I’ll focus on a list of books in theme with the usual topics of this blog. Books that talk about science, nature, philosophy, literature, history and imagination.
With an eye for adventure, exploration, and a modicum of swashbuckling – because this is, after all, Karavansara!
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