Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme over at The Broke and the Bookish.  Today’s topic is

TOP TEN BOOKS AT THE TOP OF MY SUMMER TO-BE-READ LIST.

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1. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness | The third book in the Chaos Walking trilogy.  I’m reading it right now, and I can’t wait to review this series for my blog!

2. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay | The early reviews of this book were so phenomenal that I pre-ordered it MONTHS ago, and it just arrived in the mail this week!  Can’t wait!

3Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

4. Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi | I loved the first book in this series, although I had thought it was a standalone book, so I was frustrated by the ending of the first book.  But now I’ve built my bridge and gotten over it and am ready for more adventures with Perry and Aria!

5Golden by Jessi Kirby

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6. UnWholly by Neal Shusterman | Gosh, Unwind was so just thought-provoking and engaging, I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to read the next book.  It’s been on my shelf for a bit, and I can’t wait to get to it this summer hopefully!

7. Science Set Free by Rupert Sheldrake | I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but after watching this banned TEDtalk, I requested this book from the library immediately.

8. Son by Lois Lowry | This is the final book of the Giver series!

9. Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli

10. The Book of Everlasting Things by Arthur Mee

How about you?  What’s on your summer TBR list?

10 thoughts on “Summer TBR List

  1. I just finished Monsters of Men a few weeks ago. What a fantastic series! I sort of wanted to finish the last book and start at the beginning again.

  2. I realize I am (about a year) late on this, but research takes time. I would very much like to have a long conversation with you about Sheldrake’s book, but for now I wanted to comment on the aspect of his talk that most caught my attention. He claimed that the uncertainties in the measurements of Newton’s gravitational constant (“big G”) implied that it might vary with time.

    He further claimed scientists unfairly and dogmatically assume that G is constant without real proof. After a bit of thought, I realized that if G varied with time, we could detected these variations as instabilities or anomalies in the orbit of the moon, since G is one of the factors determining the period and shape of the moon’s orbit. This is actually true for any orbiting objects we can observe, but thanks to the laser reflectors left by the Apollo and Lunokhod spacecraft, we know the distance to the moon to within 2 cm. This is so precise that even tiny variations in G would be detectable.

    This line of thought formed the basis of an exam question I am writing (and dedicating to you). In the course of my research for this question, I discovered that many scientists have, in fact, tested for the stability of G using the moon’s orbit! Müller and Biskupek find that G has varied less than 0.2 parts per *trillion* per year over the course of the 35 years we have been making lunar ranging measurements.

    Furthermore, I found that multiple astrophysical methods are used to constrain the variability of G over much longer timescales. Mould and Uddin use distant supernovae to “set an upper limit on its rate of change” in G “of 0.1 parts per billion per year over 9” billion years. See also Table 1 of their paper for a nice collection of other methods and their results.

    These constraints are at least ten thousand times smaller than the errors about which Dr. Sheldrake is speaking. They also show, contrary to his accusation, that scientists are actively testing the hypothesis that these constants of nature are actually constant. So far, for G, the hypothesis has been validated.

    References
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    Jürgen Müller and Liliane Biskupek, “Variations of the gravitational constant from lunar laser ranging data” (2007) Class. Quantum Grav. vol. 24 p. 4533 http://iopscience.iop.org/0264-9381/24/17/017/

    Jeremy Mould and Syed A. Uddin, “Constraining a Possible Variation of G with Type Ia Supernovae” (2014) Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia vol. 31 http://arxiv.org/pdf/1402.1534v2.pdf

    • That is fascinating, Luke. Thank you for your diligence in following up. I didn’t end up getting to Sheldrake’s book, but I did so enjoy his TED talk that I still remember it. It’s good to hear from someone I trust more details on the situation.

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