Reading: Born on a Blue Day

I read through several back issues of Pregnancy and FitPregnancy magazines that friends had given me, so that took up the bulk of my reading time this week.

Finished reading:

Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet – I vaguely remember flipping through a random book at Borders about synesthesia, a neurological condition where one sense is connected to another sense (okay – wikipedia says it much better: “a neurologically based phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway”). Daniel Tammet, in his memoir, allows us to enter his experience as someone with Asperger’s syndrome who because of his synesthesia is also a mathematical savant. Daniel describes his childhood and growing-up in a quiet, precise manner, and his story is inspirational because of how he learned to function and eventually exceed all expectations in his personal and professional life (one example: Daniel holds the European record for memorizing pi to over 22,500 digits).

With a bookmark:

(Books I just started reading, or books I’ve been “reading” for ages. Most recent first.)

  • The Simplicity Reader by Elaine St. James
  • Sacred Attitudes by Erica Ross-Krieger
  • Body, Soul, and Baby by Tracy Gaudet
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, and Sandee Hathaway
  • The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
  • A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson

In the library book box:

  • Who Lies Here? by Ellis Peters
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D.
  • So That’s What They’re For! by Janet Tamero

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