A Reader's Diary

Friday, July 04, 2008

June Books Recap: The Ghost Map and Bones to Ashes

Other than my academic books, this month I only read (and all due to having time on airplanes):

(non-fiction) The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World, by Steven Berlin Johnson. Very good, I recommend it. It corrects a lot of misconceptions previous published about the story of John Snow and the Broad Street Pump. And it's well-written.

(fiction) Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs. Not bad. Interesting bits about Acadian history. Not enough suspense if you know much paleopathology and can guess things ahead of time, but if you've read the series so far it's worth reading to keep up; Devil Bones comes out in August.

I'm looking forward to hopefully squeezing in a little more novel-reading this summer, in between the stacks of academic articles and books (very interesting academic articles, but still. I miss fiction).