The space readathon ended on Thursday the 21st of September. It was short, but I still managed to read a reasonable amount of pages. I didn’t get to all of the books on my TBR, but I finished two of them and started a third. And guess what, I didn’t even stray from my planned TBR. I feel like I deserve to be a little proud of myself. Before I start praising myself too much, here are the books I read during the space readathon.
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson
This one was certainly interesting as it dived deeper into the vastness of the cosmos than Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, which I finished right before starting Death by Black Hole. But for some reason it did not hold my attention as well as the aforementioned book. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re interested in astrophysics and you don’t know where to start, it’s a good book.
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
I can honestly say that this is a new favorite. It’s a short book, yet it explores some very deep subjects. I’m trying to gather my thoughts enough to write them down and hopefully write a review at some point. Right now I just know that I loved it. The thing about it that makes it hard for me to describe my experience, is that it’s a very straight forward story. But in some ways it isn’t. The questions and topics explored are very abstract, which is partly why I loved it so much.
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
During the space readathon I read the first 100 pages and it was really interesting. It’s captivating, but it’s also a bit slow. Since the readathon I’ve finished it and it was indeed very interesting. It spans several thousand years and deals with evolution, which makes for a pretty awesome story.
457 pages read.
It’s been a lot of fun, very casual, but fun none the less. I love space, and I’ll continue reading both sci-fi and science non-fiction for ever. Right now I’m reading it more than ever and I’m very happy about it. If you’ve read any great sci-fi books that are based on actual science, I’d love for you to share them with me. I’m always on the lookout for awesome books to pick up. If there’s going to be a second round of this readathon, I think I’ll only read non fiction for a change. Who knows. Anyway, I’ve learned a lot of interesting science and discovered a new favorite during this readathon. What more can you ask for.