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by SHKarlson Sat Apr 14th, 2012 at 09:31:55 PM EST

The Fifty Book Challenge has welcomed a goodly number of new members, and some of them have been ambitious at getting their fifty books for 2012 read in the first quarter.  I continue to play along, and there's a realistic hope of fifty by the end of the year, but if not, well, that's a mountain I've already climbed.  Herewith the first quarter summary, with links to detailed reports at the Challenge.  Some books are particularly good (+), others particularly bad (-).

  1. Locked On, 11 January 2012.

  2. Death of the Liberal Class, 12 January 2012.

  3. Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train: Errant Economists, Shameful Spenders, and a Plan to Stop Them All, 29 January 2012.

  4. Degrees of Inequality: Culture, Class, and Gender in American Higher Education, 30 January 2012.

  5. A Nation of Moochers: America's Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing, 12 February 2012.

  6. Five Days That Shocked the World: Eyewitness Accounts from Europe at the End of World War II, 3 March 2012 (+).

  7. The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters, 13 March 2012.

  8. The Hunger Games Companion, 23 March 2012.

  9. Last Day on Earth: A Portrait of the NIU School Shooter, 29 March 2012.

I'll start a new bookworm.


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

I'm surprised to see "The Hunger Games Companion" on here, since, as per the review I read on the link, it has almost nothing to do with The Hunger Games, and includes much violent material with how-to's for killing people.  

Any thoughts on why bad books are recommended?

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Mon Apr 16th, 2012 at 08:58:57 AM EST
The "Fifty Book Challenge" is simply an opportunity to read books and keep track in a Live Journal community.  My "good" or "bad" ratings are something introduced by me response to a question on an earlier diary entry.  They're my impression, completely independent of popular opinion.  I tend to buy books because the title or subject matter interests me, often without use prior to purchase of any of the commercial or consumer reviews that are available online.

As far as the Companion, well, I picked that up to read on a train, and it is uneven. There is no explanation of some of the oddest features of that society, such as a technologically advanced Capitol with no evidence of industry and engineering, and more advanced districts that provide higher-end goods having Career Tributes (imagine high school jock culture to excess) but no evidence of a nerd counterculture.  The recitation of evil things that governments have done over the year did fit in, though, as Susan Collins took a lot of her material from Roman and medieval tyrannies.

Stephen Karlson ATTITUDE is a nine letter word. BOATSPEED.

by SHKarlson (shkarlson at frontier dot com) on Mon Apr 16th, 2012 at 10:23:00 AM EST
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