SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #17 & 18

Book #17 was "What Is My Cat Thinking?: The Essential Guide to Understanding Pet Behavior" by Gwen Bailey. This is a short book, only about 100 pages, with lots of illustrations, so it was easy to read in one day. Negatives: the book could have been more carefully edited. I found a period in the middle of a sentence, and a grammatical error that was repeated a couple of times. The positives: I liked all the photos of cats in different poses and the explanation of what the pose (or ear and tail movements) were likely to signify: friendship, aggression, fear, etc. I think it'd be a good book for anyone who is thinking of getting a cat, anyone who has a cat with behavior problems or anyone who wants to introduce a new cat to an existing cat already established in the home. It's written by a woman who is head of the humane society in the UK, and she seems to really know her animal behavior science.

Book #18 was "God is Not Great" by Christopher Hitchens, as an audiobook read by the author. I liked this book a lot, but he was preaching to the choir in my case. I listened to it on a road trip with my husband, through the Bible Belt where there are homemade billboards with "Jesus Loves You" and the 10 commandments posted near the highway. Hitchens explains why all the major sacred texts are fiction, why all religions are corrosive and corruptive to human dignity and progress and highlights a few beacons of reason and enlightenment through history. I knew a lot already about what he had to say about Christianity and Judaism, but I learned something from his critiques of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and a few other minor sects. I think the book would not sway any firm believer, but it would be an informative read for anyone on the fence or a budding atheist who isn't sure how to counter objections from believers. It's also an entertaining read for an established atheist such as myself.

1. Blue Light [fiction]- Walter Mosley
2. Titus Alone [fiction]- Mervyn Peake
3. "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" [non-fiction]- Beverly Tatum
4. Never Let Me Go [fiction]- Kazuo Ishiguro
5. The Jehovah Contract [fiction]- Victor Koman
6. When the Phone Rings, My Bed Shakes: The Memoirs of a Deaf Doctor [non-fiction/memoir]- Philip Zazove
7. The Foreign Student [fiction]- Susan Choi
8. V for Vendetta [fiction/graphic novel]- Alan Moore and David Lloyd
9. City at the End of Time [fiction]- Greg Bear (unabridged audiobook)
10. Figuring: The Joy of Numbers [non-fiction]- Shakuntala Devi
11. Towing Jehovah [fiction]- James Morrow.
12. Black Apollo of Science: The Life of Ernest Everett Just [non-fiction]- Keith R. Manning
13. The Finster Effect [fiction]- Wednesday Lee Friday
14. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America [non-fiction]- Ronald Takaki.
15. The autobiography of my mother [fiction]- Jamaica Kincaid
16. Death du Jour [fiction]- Kathy Reichs (unabridged audiobook)


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