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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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January 2021 Reading Wrap-Up

I only finished eleven books in January, which isn’t a lot by my standards as of the last couple of years, even taking into account that two of the books were decidedly on the long side (all the more as I balanced out the two long books by two extremely short ones).  But I decided […]

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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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My Reviewing and Rating Philosophy / Use of (Half-)Star Ratings

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – World Philosophy Day, Task 1 & Bonus Task: Task 1: What is your reviewing / rating policy?  Do you accept book review requests? Bonus Task: Half star ratings or not?  Tell us what you think and whether you use them. My rating philosophy is set out HERE — tl;dr […]

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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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2017 – 2019 Three-Year Reading Stats

Three years ago I took a look at my reading stats for the then-just-finished year (2017) and decided they were off in several respects: Too many rereads Too many mysteries — i.e., too much comfort reading — AND way too few books by female authors. Also, the ratio of books read vs. new, unread additions […]

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My Reading, Rating, and Reviewing Philosophy

24 Festive Tasks: Door 9 – World Philosphy Day, Tasks 1 and 2: Share your reading philosophy with us – do you DNF?  If so, do you have a page minimum to read before you declare it a DNF? And: Share your reviewing philosophy with us – how do you rate a book?  Do you […]

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Halloween Bingo 2019: Tracking Post — Blackout! (And bingos Nos. 12 and 13.)

  Many thanks to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for hosting this game for the fourth year in a row, bigger and better than ever before! Witih today’s call, I’ve blacked out my card, in addition to collecting my final bingos (nos. 12 and 13). Somewhat to my surprise, after completing my books for my […]

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Halloween Bingo 2019: Tracking Post — Bingo No. 3 and Reading Blackout

* Triple Bingo Happy Dance * Well, that went by much faster than I had anticipated … Many thanks to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for hosting this game for the fourth year in a row, bigger and better than ever before! I’ll continue tracking my bingos of course — and since we now have […]

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Bingo Call: 9/20/2019 – Read by Flashlight or Candlelight

Reblogged from: Obsidian Blue   Read by Flashlight or Candlelight: Back by popular request! Any mystery, suspense, supernatural or horror book – the trick here is to spend an hour or so reading by flashlight or candlelight. Take a picture and share it with us, if you want to! Non-genre-specific square.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1955182/bingo-call-9-20-2019

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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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