Some of the best books I’ve ever purchased.
You know when you just get a really good batch?
Me. Today. Best batch ever.
Plus, I was wandering around Seaside with my grandmother, and it is home to my favorite bookstore of all times, and I’m talking all times, Sundog Books. I’m honestly smiling ear-to-ear.
- The Cosmic Web by J. Richard Gott
This is the first time I think I’ll ever say this: I bought this primarily because of the title. Who doesn’t want to read a book called The Cosmic Web???
Plus, I’m obsessed with the universe, and for some reason I feel a lot closer to space when I’m in Florida. I can’t for the life of me tell you why that is. All I know is that it’s extraordinary.
J. Richard Gott was among the first cosmologists to propose that the structure of our universe is like a sponge made up of clusters of galaxies intricately connected by filaments of galaxies—a magnificent structure now called the “cosmic web” and mapped extensively by teams of astronomers. Here is his gripping insider’s account of how a generation of undaunted theorists and observers solved the mystery of the architecture of our cosmos.
The Cosmic Web begins with modern pioneers of extragalactic astronomy, such as Edwin Hubble and Fritz Zwicky. It goes on to describe how, during the Cold War, the American school of cosmology favored a model of the universe where galaxies resided in isolated clusters, whereas the Soviet school favored a honeycomb pattern of galaxies punctuated by giant, isolated voids. Gott tells the stories of how his own path to a solution began with a high-school science project when he was eighteen, and how he and astronomer Mario Jurič measured the Sloan Great Wall of Galaxies, a filament of galaxies that, at 1.37 billion light-years in length, is one of the largest structures in the universe.
Drawing on Gott’s own experiences working at the frontiers of science with many of today’s leading cosmologists, The Cosmic Web shows how ambitious telescope surveys such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey are transforming our understanding of the cosmos, and how the cosmic web holds vital clues to the origins of the universe and the next trillion years that lie ahead.
- Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar
Well, this one pretty much went straight onto my TBR list, especially because the dude at the checkout counter like wouldn’t let me leave he wanted to just keep gabbing my ear off about how out of this world the read was.
Plus, this has to be the strangest premise I’ve ever decided to invest my time in.
I love passionate booknerds.
Orphaned as a boy, raised in the Czech countryside by his doting grandparents, Jakub Procházka has risen from small-time scientist to become the country’s first astronaut. When a dangerous solo mission to Venus offers him both the chance at heroism he’s dreamt of, and a way to atone for his father’s sins as a Communist informer, he ventures boldly into the vast unknown. But in so doing, he leaves behind his devoted wife, Lenka, whose love, he realizes too late, he has sacrificed on the altar of his ambitions.
Alone in Deep Space, Jakub discovers a possibly imaginary giant alien spider, who becomes his unlikely companion. Over philosophical conversations about the nature of love, life and death, and the deliciousness of bacon, the pair form an intense and emotional bond. Will it be enough to see Jakub through a clash with secret Russian rivals and return him safely to Earth for a second chance with Lenka?
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow, I have all your books now even though I didn’t particularly love Fangirl. The way I see it, you have to be famous for a reason…
As far as time machines go, a magic telephone is pretty useless.
TV writer Georgie McCool can’t actually visit the past — all she can do is call it, and hope it picks up.
And hope he picks up.
Because once Georgie realizes she has a magic phone that calls into the past, all she wants to do is make things right with her husband, Neal.
Maybe she can fix the things in their past that seem unfixable in the present. Maybe this stupid phone is giving her a chance to start over …
Does Georgie want to start over?
From Rainbow Rowell, the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, comes this heart-wrenching – and hilarious – take on fate, time, television and true love.
Landline asks if two people are ever truly on the same path, or whether love just means finding someone who will keep meeting you halfway, no matter where you end up.