Good tidings and well-wishes!
Having been inspired by a recent post over at Dinochick blogs, I’ve decided to create my own tentative list of books that I’m either currently reading or planning to during the next three months.
Why Evolution Is True by Jerry Coyne.
I’ve been a big fan of Jerry’s blog of the same name for quite a while now, but have only recently begun working on his book. Currently, I’m about a third of the way through and am quite impressed with what I’ve found thus far. The volume breaks down several concepts such as adaptive radiation and biostratigraphy quite nicely and I look forward to completing it with great anticipation (I’ll have to be rather prompt, as I’m borrowing it from my fellow MCC paleo student Donny Price)!
Pterosaurs: From Deep Time by David Unwin.
I know, I know. I’ve already cited this in an earlier post about Cearadactylus. However, though I’ve skimmed it repeatedly, I haven’t actually started reading this one from cover to cover yet. Having become a dedicated follower of David Hone’s Archosaur Musings and Mark Witton’s photostream, I daresay that I’m transforming into a regular pterosaur fanboy (much like how Zach is starting to favor ceratopsians) and they are now my favorite group of diapsids next to mosasaurs.
A Sea Without Fish: Life Of The Ordovician Sea Of The Cincinati Region by Richard Davis and David Meyer.
Though I’m well aware that this book will, as the title suggests, feature very few vertebrates, inverts are rather cool too. Furthermore, it’s freakishly difficult to locate any books which deal with specific Paleozoic periods (excluding the end-Permian extinction), especially when compared to their Mesozoic and Cenozoic counterparts, so I’ll gladly snatch up any upon arrival.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
I hope to polish off this classic novel for two reasons, the first being that I absolutely adore the musical adaptation (I can frequently be found singing ‘Master Of The House’ through the museum’s prep lab and collections area) and the second being that my father, with whom I share very similar literary tastes, loved reading it after I purchased a copy for him a few years back. I realize that, due to it’s respectable length, I may not complete it in time to qualify it as ‘summer reading’, but I’ll certainly make the attempt.
May the fossil record (and Victor Hugo) continue to enchant us all!