Monday, January 24, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

Witness to Extinction: How We Failed to Save the Yangtze River DolphinI finished up The Search for the Giant Squid last week, as evidence by my review post. And since then I've picked up Witness to Extinction by Samuel Turvey. It's a book about the Baiji, or Yangtze River Dolphin, which was driven to functional extinction in the last century. Turvey was actually the lead author of the report that declared that probable extinction back in 2006.

I'm only about 30 pages in to the book, but so far its been a really fascinating read. It's hard to use positive adjectives to describe a situation that is so sad, but the book is interesting and well written, and tells the tale of an amazing animal with a tragic history.

Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?What's Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew?
On a happier, lighter note, I'm also looking at Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? and What's Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew?, both by Robert E. Wells. I technically read them last week, since they are children's books that take about ten minutes to go through. However, I haven't written up reviews for them yet, so that's one of my plans for the week. I also need to get my darn bibliography page restructured, but that's a whole other issue entirely. Baby steps... baby steps.


  1. Interesting books! I will need to check out your reviews. have a great week. My Monday:

  2. Witness to Extinction sounds heartbreaking! I have such a soft spot for animals.... I wonder if I could read that one.

  3. It is really sad so far, but sheds a lot of light on how we can avoid similar tragedies in the future.


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