Why make New Year’s Resolutions you don’t want to keep? This year the Very Short Introductions team have decided to fill the gaps in their knowledge by picking a VSI to read in 2016. Do you agree with their choices and reasons below? Which VSIs will you be reading in 2016? Let us know in the comment section below or via the Very Short Introductions Facebook page.
“This year I’m going to read Algebra: A Very Short Introduction. An unlikely choice for a History grad but author Peter M. Higgins convinced me of its importance in his article on mathematical literacy. Bad math can lead to silly mistakes and poor choices that are easily avoided otherwise!
—Katie Stileman, VSI Publicity
“This year I’m going to read Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction. I have an embarrassing lack of knowledge in this area so it’s definitely time. It will also help me to hold my own in conversations with my classics loving chum Malcolm!”
—Julie Gough, VSI Marketing
“This year I’m going to brush up on my Shakespeare in time for the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death by reading William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction by Stanley Wells and eagerly anticipating Shakespeare’s Comedies: A Very Short Introduction after enjoying Much Ado About Nothing at the Bodleian last summer.”
—Amy Jelf, VSI Marketing
“Next year I want to find the time to read Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction. My interest was first piqued by reading the top ten facts about Buddhism, and I look forward to learning more about meditation and mindfulness in the new year. Any tips I can glean to remove the stress from my life would be welcome too!”
—Dan Parker, VSI Social Media
“After working on VSIs for a number of years, not having them as part of my day-to-day life for the first time this year meant some pretty serious withdrawal symptoms from this incredible series. In 2016, I plan to fill the gap by reading Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction. The same author wrote the VSI to Sleep, which I think we’re all fascinated by – not getting enough, getting too much, and the quality of it.”
—Chloe Foster, VSI Publicity (2012-15)
“Next year I am going to read Exploration: A Very Short Introduction which was recommended to me by Nancy Toff, who commissions VSIs from the US office. As a VSI commissioning editor in the UK, it’s really nice to read a VSI from the other side of the pond!”
—Andrea Keegan, VSI Editorial
Wishing you a happy new year from everyone in the VSI team!
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