A post over at Reporting on a Revolution earlier today reminded me that there was a summer reading list meme started — maybe last week (?) … I forget where now.
At this point in my life, I know myself pretty well. I know how long it takes me to get through books. So … this list contains both books I have already started and hope to finish as well as ones I’d like to start (and not finish until next year sometime):
- Sand: The Neverending Story — Michael Welland (check out his blog Through the Sandglass)
- Out of Control — Kevin Kelly (have been reading this for a while, it is thick and quite dense)
- Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate — William Ruddiman
- Thinking in Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation — Paul Berliner (this is also very thick, might be studying it for years to come)
- Stories in Stone — David Williams (check out his blog Stories in Stone)
- The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism — Naomi Klein
- Flowers for Algernon — Daniel Keyes (this in the read-in-high-school-but-need-to-reread category)
- BLDGBLOG — Geoff Manaugh (I haven’t picked this up yet, but I like his blog of the same name a lot)
- Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free — Charles Pierce
Feel free to leave a link to your list in the comment thread below.
UPDATE (6/10/2009): See a much longer list of popular science books on ScienceFriday’s website here. They asked for suggestions with Twitter and got a lot of great suggestions.