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February and March 2021: Reading Recap

Well, go figure.  The first quarter of 2021 is already behind us, never mind that I’m still having to remind myself on occasion to write “2021” instead of “2020” … (and we’re even a week into April already, but let that go). Anyway, since I never got around to doing a “February in review” post, […]

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2020 in Facts and Figures

I already posted my main 2020 in Review and Looking Ahead to 2021 posts a while ago — only on my new blog (separate post to come) –, but I held back on my 2020 reading statistics until the year was well and truly over.  And for all my good intentions when posting my mid-year […]

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2020: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We’re still a month away from the end of the year, but my reading will probably consist mainly of Christmas books in December, and I hope and pray that life won’t come up and throw anything else at me in the final month of the year, either.  So I might as well post my “Year […]

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The Millions: 28 Books You Should Read If You Want To

Source: 28 Books You Should Read If You Want To – The Millions   Image via Abee5/Flickr By Janet Potter Earlier this month Amazon released a list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. It joins Esquire’s 80 Books Every Man Should Read, The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read, Huffington Post’s more manageable […]

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2019 Reading in Review — Nonstandard Edition, Part 1: The “Book Titles” Self-Interview

A few years ago, Olga Godim came up with a fun “reading year in review” version in the form of a self-interview, where the only answers permitted were book titles.  I instantly decided to copy it and add a few more categories of my own.  While I didn’t have time to do this again in […]

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2019 Reading in Review — the Nonstandard Edition, Part 2: The Bookish Academy Awards

The Bookish Academy Awards / Book Oscars is a questionnaire I found a couple of years ago on the Blogger blog of Ashley / Read all the things and decided to steal it for my then-recent and all-time favorites.  Most of my “all-time” answers are still true; however, here’s an edition specifically for my 2019 […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — Supplemental List

Off my shelves as listed there and without regard to topical overlaps etc.: WOMEN Freya Stark: The Valleys of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels Freya Stark: Perseus in the Wind: A Life of Travel Stacy Schiff: Cleopatra Kara Cooney: When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt Elizabeth Norton: Elfrida: The First Crowned […]

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Essential History Reading List

Reblogged from Chris’ Fish Place   Well, we have reach 1040  books (Thanks TA).  Yeah! Thanks to everyone. Extra thanks to Themis Athena who became my co-organizer with this list.   You can find it:  here   Original post: http://ethiercn.booklikes.com/post/1927487/essential-history-reading-list

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Essential History Reading (NF): State of the List

The list is now up to 897 books — 104 more to get to 1001.  Surely we can do that?? So, calling for contributions once more.  Non-U.S. / non-European still preferred, but really … anything goes!     Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1926108/essential-history-reading-nf-state-of-the-list

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@Elentarri, Lillelara, Linda Hilton, Markk, Murder by Death, Obsidian Blue, SirSurly, Tea Stitch Read, and Tigus

I’ve gone through Moonlight Reader’s 1001 books list and identified those entries that are historical nonfiction but currently not yet also on Chris’s History Nonfiction list.  Please have a look at the below books you contributed to MR’s list and let Chris and me know whether you want them to be added to Chris’s list […]

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Essential History List

Reblogged from: Chris’ Fish Place   Thanks to the wonderful Themis-Athena, we have been able to enter all the books so far.  We have a total of 629.  You can see the complete list here.   We are putting out another call out for books.   In particular, we are looking for more books about religion […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — Miscellaneous Further Addenda

TRAVEL HISTORY * Colin Thubron – The Lost Heart of Asia (Central Asia; post-USSR trip with historic sidelights) * Mark Twain – A Tramp Abroad (19th century; Germany, Austria, Italy) * David Dary – The Santa Fe Trail: Its History, Legends, and Lore (19th century; US) * Terry Townsend – Jane Austen’s Hampshire (19th century; […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 10: Stragglers and Addenda

* 5 books that didn’t seem to fit onto any other list, and * 3 addenda which will also go, retroactively, onto the “first hand accounts”, “women’s history” and “literary and cultural history” lists.   THE STRAGGLERS * David P. Silverman: Ancient Egypt * Linda Schele & David A. Freidel: A Forest of Kings: The […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 9: Primary Sources

This is largely a recap; most of these have already appeared on one or several other lists.  So instead of cross-referencing, this time I’m just going to put the new entries in bold. (Note: These are primary sources other than first hand accounts.) * Cicero: An Attack on an Enemy of Freedom (Philippicae) * Suetonius: […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 8: At Home and Abroad

Cross-references to my other topical lists, as always, marked with the addition “cf.” AT HOME: REGIONAL AND LOCAL HISTORY * Peter Ackroyd: London: The Biography (London through the ages, from Roman times to present day) * Anna Quindlen: Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City (London through the ages — cf. list […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 7: Literary and Cultural History

Literary biographies and other works on literary history — as opposed to literary criticism. Cross-references to my other topical lists, as always, marked with the addition “cf.” LITERARY HISTORY Stanley Wells: * Shakespeare: For All Time * Shakespeare: A Life in Drama * Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide * The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare * Shakespeare […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 6: American History

Cross-references to my other topical lists, as always, marked with the addition “cf.” * David McCullough: 1776 and John Adams (Wars of Independence / Foundations of Nationhood / First Presidents) * Joseph J. Ellis: Founding Brothers:The Revolutionary Generation and American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson (Wars of Independence / Foundations of Nationhood / First […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 5: WWII / National Socialism

Cross-references to my other topical lists, as always, marked with the addition “cf.” * Milton S. Mayer: They Thought They Were Free * Joachim Fest: Hitler and Der Untergang (Inside Hitler’s Bunker) * Eugen Kogon: Der SS-Staat (The Theory and Practice of Hell) * Guido Knopp: Hitlers Helfer (Hitler’s Henchmen) * Hannah Arendt: Eichmann in […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 4: History of the British Isles

RECAP: ALL BOOKS BY … * Antonia Fraser (women’s history, Tudors & Stuarts) * Ian Mortimer (British history, particularly Middle Ages) * Dan Jones (ditto) * Stanley Wells (Shakespeare; everything from biography and history to criticism) * Christopher Hibbert (British and Italian history) * John Julius Norwich (British and Mediterranean history) — for all of […]

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Crowdsourced History Reading — TA’s List No. 3: First Person Accounts

Memoirs / autobiographies, diaries, correspondence, and journalism. Again, cross-references to my other topical lists are marked with the addition “cf.” * Plato: The Last Days of Socrates * Pliny the Younger: Letters * Pierre Abélard: Historia calamitatum (Histoire de mes malheurs / History of My Misfortunes), and Abélard & Heloise: Correspondence * Samuel Pepys: Diary […]

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