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by SHKarlson Thu Jul 7th, 2011 at 02:21:56 PM EST

The summer session is a good time to make some headway toward meeting the Fifty Book Challenge. In the second quarter report, the links go to the review at the Challenge. Some books are particularly good (+); others particularly bad (-).

  1. Elsewhere, U. S. A.: How We Got from the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, Blackberry Moms, and Economic Anxiety, 24 April 2011.
  2. The Last Jew of Treblinka, 3 May 2011 (+).
  3. A Glorious Army: Robert E. Lee's Triumph 1862-1863, 19 May 2011 (+).
  4. In the Basement of the Ivory Tower, 25 May 2011.
  5. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War, 1 June 2011.
  6. Methland: The Death and Life of An American Small Town, 12 June 2011.
  7. Don't Vote: It Just Encourages the Bastards, 19 June 2011.
  8. Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con that is Breaking America, 20 June 2011.
  9. This Land is <s>Your</s> Their Land, 22 June 2011 (-).
  10. Water for Elephants, 24 June 2011.
  11. Against All Enemies, 28 June 2011.
There are additional books stacked and ready for review, and the bookworm will continue to grow as summer progresses.


(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops and 50 Book Challenge.)

No matter how many of your links I clicked through, I've yet to find any description of what exactly the 50 book challenge is.  Are the set books chosen for you, or just a general number to set as a target?

50 books in a year doesn't seem like that huge of a target, but then again I read fast.  I think I probably manage round 15-20 a year.  Or so.  Let me think . . . actually . . . what have I read this year?

So far, at any rate

Legionnaire, Simon Murray
When I was a Soldier, Valerie Zennati
Starship Troopers, RH
Effectively re-read Space Cadet for the Xth time, as I'm teaching it
The Wise Man's Fear, Rothfuss
The Hunger Games, Collins
Catching Fire, Collins
Mockingjay, Collins
Strength of Her Regard, Tim Powers
Hull Zero Three, Greg Bear
One of our Thursdays is Missing, Jasper Fforde
Career Diplomacy, by I forget
Management for Dummies
Washington, Ron Chernow
Some Star Trek novelization
Several issues of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science fiction, each of which is 300+ pages
The City and the City, by China Mieville (think it was this year, might have been late last year )
Kraken, by China Mieville (same, can't remember the season well enough)
Some book with a magical airship and gangs of feral kids, whose name I can't remember

I think that's about it, but I may have left off a few. So, 15 to 18 books or so, more if I include the issues of F&SF.  Not too bad, I suppose.

by Zwackus on Mon Jul 11th, 2011 at 12:47:43 AM EST

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