Book Haul & Reading Update – February 2020

Time is moving so freaking fast, I cannot believe we are already in the third month of the year. I’m not complaining though, because this means that SPRING IS COMING!

In case you didn’t notice, I am pretty excited about spring and warmer weather and all that fun stuff. But that is not what this post is about, this post is about books. Another thing I always get pretty excited about.
February was a good month for me, reading wise. I feel like I definitely read a lot more than I maybe expected and I am quite happy with that, as I feel I’ve been in a little bit of a reading slump over the past few months. I’ve just been motivated to read again and that feels really nice. I also have made a few exciting book purchases this month, things that were on my wish lists and things that I feel I will very much enjoy.

The reading update

The Idiot Brain – Dean Burnett

Motion sickness. Nightmares. Forgetting people’s names. Why did I walk into this room?

For something supposedly so brilliant and evolutionarily advanced, the human brain is pretty messy, fallible and disorganised. In The Idiot Brain neuroscientist Dean Burnett celebrates the imperfections of the human brain in all their glory, and the impact of these quirks on our daily lives. Expertly researched and entertainingly written, this book is for anyone who has wondered why their brain seems to be sabotaging their life, and what on earth it is really up to.

You are probably sick of seeing this book in my reading updates every month but you guys, I did it, I finally finished it! Oh, the joy. It took me about 3,5 months of reading this on and off, and this month I finally worked my way to the end. And I have to say, I now truly can’t wait to get my hands on The Happy Brain. Even though it did take me a pretty long time to read this book, I did like it a lot. It made me laugh so many times, it was interesting and I do feel like I did learn some things about the workings of the brain. There was just a lot to process whilst reading this book. All the scientific information and therms were a bit much for my brain sometimes and I had to put it down every now and again to let it all sink in, which is why I think it has taken me all that time to read this. I am so glad I did though, and I gave it 4 stars. Expect to see The Happy Brain in a book haul coming up soon, because I really really want it.

Tomorrow – Damian Dibben

A winter’s night, Venice, 1815. A 217-year-old dog is searching for his lost master.
So begins Tomorrow, a story of love that spans the centuries. Tomorrow is a dog who must travel through the gilded courts of kings and the brutal battlefields of Europe in search of the man who granted him immortality.
Tomorrow befriends both animals and humans, falls in love and marvels at the human ability to make music while despairing at their capacity for war. But Tomorrow’s journey is also a race against time. Danger stalks his path, and in the shadows lurks an old enemy. Before his pursuer can reach him, he must find his master – or lose him forever.

This is the book I started (well, continued) reading once I finished The Idiot Brain. It is the second one from my 2020 TBR I believe, and ticks off one of my reading goals for the year as well, which is work my way through my Currently Reading shelf on Goodreads. I started reading this about a year and a half ago and maybe read a few pages here and there during that time, but now is the first time that I am actually making an effort get past the 30 pages mark, and in February I did very well on that. I am actually about halfway through now, and I will probably finish it in March, at least that is the plan. My thoughts so far: I really like it! I was afraid that it would take some time for me to get into the story, as I couldn’t really remember what had happened in those first 30 pages, but I got sucked right in. The writing is beautiful and I am liking the story a lot so far, although I did expect it to work its way through the period after the master disappears a bit slower. We pretty much dive into the story in 1815 and kind of skip over the 120-something years in between. I don’t mind though, it is still a beautiful book so far and I cannot wait to finish.

The book haul

A Short History Of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can’t contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History Of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened, from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization – how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, it is the biggest-selling popular science book of the twenty-first century, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

Another one of my bookish goals was to read more non fiction books, and now that I’ve finished The Idiot Brain, I am all out of those in my collection (I had a total of 2 sooo..). When I spotted this book in my local bookstore I knew I had to pick it up. I’ve heard great this about this book and Bill Bryson’s writing in general so I am very excited to give this a try. I actually also saw another one of his books, something about the human body, that sounded interesting as well so if I like this one, I might pick that up as well. First though I will have to work my way through these 600-something pages.

False Value – Ben Aaronovitch

Peter Grant is facing fatherhood, and an uncertain future, with equal amount of panic and enthusiasm.
Leaving his old police life behind, he takes a job with Silicon Valley tech genius Terrance Skinner’s new London start-up, the Serious Cybernetics Corporation.
Drawn into the orbit of Old Street’s famous ‘silicon roundabout’, Peter must learn how to blend in with people who are both civilians and geekier than he is. Compared to his last job, Peter thinks it should be a doddle. But Magic is not finished with the Met’s first trainee wizard in fifty years…
Because a secret is hiding somewhere in the building. A technology that stretches back to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and forward to the future of artificial intelligence. A secret that is just as magical as it is technological – and twice as dangerous.

Uhm, yes, OF COURSE I ran to my local bookstore the day this newest book in the Rivers Of London series was released to order it. Well, it was the day after actually because I was working all day on the day it was actually released, but the point is I had to get my hands on it right away. I am so so excited to start reading this very soon, and I am honestly quite proud of myself for not starting it the day I got it but I just want to finish Tomorrow first. To be honest, I liked the previous book but didn’t love it, so I am hoping I will love this one again, like I did all the other books. I am very interested to see what’s in store for my favourite wizard, I am pretty sure it’s a whole lotta mess.

This month has been an exciting bookish month for me, with some great purchases and some great reads. I hope March will be the same! Although, maybe without the book shopping.

Thanks for stopping by ❤