The Object Lessons series from Bloomsbury is a collection of short non-fiction covering everything from dust to whale song to potatoes, so there’s bound to be a topic in the collection to interest everyone. I was lucky enough to get hold of three via Netgalley for review.
Overall, from this taster of the series I think an Object Lessons book would make a great gift for anyone with a specific interest or hobby. I’m thinking maybe a Secret Santa in the office for someone you don’t know all that well or for a relation you’re really struggling to buy for because you have no idea what they already own. They’d also be prefer for extracting bits of trivia for quizzes or “catching up” with someone elses interests so you have a few more conversation starters?
Environment ~ 179 pages ~ ★★★☆☆ ~ Netgalley eARC
This crams a lot into under 200 pages, the environment is such a wide topic, how the author whittled this down to under 15 chapters I’m not sure. What I enjoyed about this is its written by a scientist but at no point did this feel inaccessible.
Coffee ~ 174 pages ~ ★★★☆☆ ~ Netgalley eARC
Coffee is a part of a lot of people’s daily lives; as someone who’s been working from home a lot more recently a recurring comment from colleagues is that they miss the coffee in the office (we’re very lucky, we have a barista in our canteen). This covers a variety of aspects around coffee, memories, routines, favourites, emotions all based around the key point that coffee is more than just a drink.
Snake ~ 160 pages ~ ★★★☆☆ ~ Netgalley eARC
Given that I had to read this book with my feet off the floor, I’m not sure why I requested this. Snakes creep me out a little bit, nethertheless this was full of really interesting and really highlighted things I’d never thought much about before like how a snake is often seen as a dangerous, potentially deadly creature, yet it features on many medical logos.