For the last week or so I’ve been slowly making my way through a book called “1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off” by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin, the team behind the hugely successful BBC show QI, starring Stephen Fry. I read this book purely because I felt a sudden desire to deviate away from fiction for a while, and I finished it this afternoon, thereby fulfilling the 2015 Reading Challenge category #5 A book with a number in the title.
My Goodreads Review
“As far as a book of facts goes, this book covered an interesting selection. There were sections on the etymology of words from many different languages, and facts about people, places, animals and artefacts. They all linked together excellently, usually bouncing off the previous fact – for example “Asteroid 1,227 is called Geranium” leads to “The ozone layer smells faintly of geraniums” – thankfully that’s where the geranium related facts end.
Unfortunately, very few facts (precisely zero in fact) blew my socks off. I read this book on my Kindle and I highlighted a number I thought were interesting so that I can locate them easily in the future, should I so desire. On a couple of occasions whilst reading this book I found that I had new found knowledge that I was able to insert into conversation at suitable times, so some facts must have become ingrained in my brain.
If you want a quick, interesting, purely factual book, this is excellent. Although why you’re going to need to know that “A newborn giant panda weighs less than a cup of tea” I have no idea!”
Whilst I felt it was entertaining enough, it felt as though a great number of the facts included were fillers, to pad out the truly interesting ones – I still enjoyed it though, and feel as though I’ve learnt something which may be useful one day. Or not.
#5 A book with a number in the title – 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin (6/10)
Thirty-four down, sixteen to go. (Forty-eight read)
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