January 1st, 2020

Happier than...

2020 book: Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave...

Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans by John Marzluff Ph.D., Tony Angell
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



Usually when I rate a book dislike or hated, it's because it's a bad book. Poorly written, poorly edited, unrealistic story, etc. But in this case, this book was none of that. It was a very good book, well-written, full of details. I was just not the target audience for it.

Nonfiction (which I so rarely read), it spent the first 10% (about an hour of reading) covering the physical structures of a crow's brain. To be honest, before this book I hadn't even known that this level of detail of a crow's brain exited at all.

The rest of the book continued in that trend. Ultra-dry (to me), it was like reading a text book from college. I do like crows a lot (I have a group I feed every day), but this was just too heavy of a book for me.

This book was a gift from my mother, she spent a lot of time trying to find one I would like. I so appreciate her effort, and I really wanted to finish it, but I have to give up and admit it's not for me.

I got to about the 25% point, but a lot of that was skimming, and I skipped a big part of the brain section.

Partial book credits:
Point reached in this book: 25%
Previous abandoned book total: NA
New total: 25%