The lucky winners of “A Girls’ Guide To Hunting and Fishing” by Melissa Banks are….
Congratulations! Email me your address! Now on to the new contest…
In the sixth grade, I remember my quirky teacher with the thick British accent and love for Laura Ashley flowing dresses talking about the idea of what piece of art would best represent our world. More specifically (and far less lofty), we were talking about what we’d send to outer space in a care kit in case aliens stumbled across it. I remember being absolutely stumped.
Twenty years later, I have my answer. (Or part of it)
I’d send out “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson.
STAY WITH ME.
It’s a book that shows humans how we came to be and all the science that we’ve learned along the way. It’s filled with gorgeous photos, funny anecdotes and memorable comics. Every time I pick it up, I learn something new. Like the fact that 98% of everything that exists (in terms of the Earth) was created in the first 180 seconds of its existence. Or that “the term supernova was coined in the 1930′s by an odd astrophysicist named Friz Zwicky- a fitness fanatic, who would often drop to the floor of the Caltech dinner hall and do one-armed push ups to demonstrate his virility”. It’s far more clever than any book could attempt to be and it’s full of charm.
Even if you hate science, there’s funny stories and breathtaking pictures to make everything far more entertaining than your grade 10 Science teacher ever attempted to be. And even if THAT doesn’t convince you of the greatness of this book, isn’t it great to have a book like this around to impress those assholes who scan your bookshelves at parties looking for something to negatively comment on? They will be in awe of you owning such a kick ass book. It’s the one book I think everyone should own. In short, I have a crush on this book. Want to join the cool club and to look pretentious by having a fancy science book on your shelves?
Leave a comment sharing who is your blogging crush/idol/inspiration. Share a link and name of someone who has made a positive impact in your life, who has inspired you, who has prompted you to start taking pictures of your food before you eat it, who makes you laugh, who has prompted you to try something new, whatever it is. Share their name and explain why they give your heart a boner. Contest will close next Thursday (June 30th) and I will pick TWO winners to receive this book and will be sharing one last giveaway (hint: It’s a book someone has mentioned in the “summer reading” comments!). Good luck everyone!