Sand and Sea

November Book Reviews:

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery

“Assessing the mind of a creature this alien demands that we be extraordinary flexible in our own thinking.”   -Sy Montgomery

This book has been thoroughly enjoyable to read. I have a particular affinity for ocean life, especially cephalopods! I find them to be incredibly fascinating. This book is chalk full of scientific information on them. However, the book is not purely scientific. There is also a lot of speculation about the way they think. Montgomery uses a lot of anthropomorphism in her thinking and writing about octopuses (and, yes, it is “octopuses” not “octopi” – she explains it on the first page). So even though we should not take everything in this book as fact, Montgomery’s exploration into what it is to be an octopus expands our thinking not only about other species on our planet but also about what it means to be human. I loved the way she made me think about the world differently. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves sea life or just loves to think! Metacognition for the win!

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

So far this book is breathtakingly beautiful! At the moment, it is probably my favorite of Khaled Hosseini’s three books. However, I’m not quite finished with it yet. Review coming soon…


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