Friday, October 20, 2006

From Harry Potter to Encyclopedia Brittanica

I haven't posted lately, but that doesn't mean I haven't been reading. I recently finished the latest in the Harry Potter series, The Half Blood Prince. I enjoyed the book quite a bit, but I feel like an idiot for not figuring out who was the Half Blood Prince sooner.

On a slightly more highbrow level, I also just finished The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs. It is exactly what the title says it is, a recounting of A.J. Jacobs' quest to read the Encyclopedia Brittanica from A to Z. The book is organized in encyclopedia fashion with alphabetical entries of varying lengths. This makes it a good book to read in spurts, because you always have a convenient stopping point. Jacobs shares with the reader the knowledge he acquires about each topic as he reads it, in particular, the weird and strange facts buried within the Brittanica. It was a surprisingly funny read.


Holly said...

I read about this one in Bookmarks and thought it sounded interesting. Thank you for reviewing it. I'll have to add it to my list of books to get to someday. I know some of you also like Bill Bryson. I think his latest book (something about the Adventures of the Thunderbolt Kid) sounds like it might be an good read.

allisonmariecat said...

I didn't figure out the HBP, either :)

The Jacobs book sounds really interesting! Thank you for reviewing it.