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Comments for On My Wishlist: May 14, 2011

On My Wishlist: May 14, 2011: 05/13/11

On My WishlistAll of my assignments are now turned in and I'm on a three week vacation. By vacation that means: freelance writing, doing some web design work for clients and looking for a job. But when I'm not doing any of that stuff I'm reading or having fun.

This week I managed to finish from my wishlist to be read pile: Wesley the Owl by Stacy O'Brien, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo, Spork by Kyo Maclear and Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan. Of those books, Wesley the Owl was my favorite. When I was a newlywed I lived in Caltech married student housing and being literarily across the street from the university got to hear all sorts of stories about the animal research being done there. So O'Brien's memoir rang true for me.

I am currently reading Books Do Furnish a Room by Anthony Powell. It's a book from the middle of a long series. I don't remember why exactly I added the book to my wishlist but I do like the title. So far the book is good. I would probably get more out of it if I had read the previous books in the series.

Upcoming wishlist reads include (they are in my hands waiting to be read):

  • The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
  • Rebecca's World by Terry Nation
  • Treasure Hunt by John Lescroart
  • Glimmering by Elizabeth Hand
  • The Road to Oz by Kathleen Krull
  • Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh by R.L. LaFevers
  • The Naked Mole-Rat Letters by Mary Amato
  • Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman

The Featured Wish for May 14, 2010:

cover artRadioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss (Recommended by the California Academy of Sciences)

"In 1891, 24 year old Marie, née Marya Sklodowska, moved from Warsaw to Paris, where she found work in the laboratory of Pierre Curie, a scientist engaged in research on heat and magnetism. They fell in love. They took their honeymoon on bicycles. They expanded the periodic table, discovering two new elements with startling properties, radium and polonium. They recognized radioactivity as an atomic property, heralding the dawn of a new scientific era. They won the Nobel Prize. Newspapers mythologized the couple's romance, beginning articles on the Curies with 'Once upon a time ...' Then, in 1906, Pierre was killed in a freak accident. Marie continued their work alone. She won a second Nobel Prize in 1911, and fell in love again, this time with the married physicist Paul Langevin. Scandal ensued. Duels were fought. "

I went to an elementary school named for Marie Curie so she was a popular topic in science and history. I'm curious to read this book.

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Comment #1: Saturday, May, 14, 2011 at 16:54:10

Grace Fonseca

Very different choices. Yet interesting. Thanks for stopping by my blog as well.

Comment #2: Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 20:35:05


My reading tastes tend to be all over the map. I'm very quixotic with my reading.

Comment #3: Saturday, May, 14, 2011 at 17:25:16

Jennifer B.

Thanks for visiting my blog...I'm a new follower #292...I like history...this book looks like it might be pretty good I hope you get it soon..
Thanks for sharing

Comment #4: Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 20:36:02


Thank you and welcome to my blog. I am making an effort to read books from my wishlist. I'm currently reading through last year's wishes. So "soon" might not be until next year.

Comment #5: Saturday, May, 14, 2011 at 17:26:09


Cool picks. The Road to Oz sounds very interesting. :) On My Wishlist

Comment #6: Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 20:41:02


The Road To Oz is a picture book biography. I will get it read in the next week or two.

Comment #7: Saturday, May, 14, 2011 at 18:14:37

Scarlet Kira

I remember the name Marie Curie and her radioactivity. I take it this book is non-fiction then?

Comment #8: Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 20:44:21


It's a nonfiction done in the style of Nick Bartock's novels. So it has graphic novel elements but is primarily a nonfiction.

Comment #9: Saturday, May, 14, 2011 at 19:11:10


Now thats a wishlist! lol a big one at that. I havent heard of most of these but Glimmering I am interested in reading I might give that one a try. Great bundle of picks :) Thanks for visiting my blog.

Comment #10: Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 20:46:31


All of the books on the bulleted list are former wishes that I've found via my library. I have them at home and will be reading them in the next couple of weeks. Once I've read them, I will review them.

Comment #11: Saturday, May, 14, 2011 at 22:31:14

Heidi@heaven is a bookstore

I ordered The Owl book but am waiting for it to come in. I know we said we'd review it, but what'd you think on a scale of 1-5?? Lol I can't wait to know. So excited for you to have down time. Best thing is reading. Yes, I am boring.

Comment #12: Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 20:47:47


If you mean Wesley the Owl, I gave it a five on GoodReads.