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2021 Mid-Year Reading Statistics

I didn’t think of grabbing my stats graphics on June 30, so the first books of July 2021 have already crept into the stats, but FWIW, here we go.  Still plenty of mysteries — no wonder, what with two reading projects dedicated to Golden Age mysteries alone — but by and large I’m happy with […]

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Looking Ahead to 2021

Since I posted my 2020 Year in Review post yesterday, I figured I might as well go ahead and follow up with the preview post for next year — again, taking the relevant “Festive Tasks” items as my cues.  So, without further ado:   24 Festive Tasks: Door 19 – Hanukkah, Task 1: Time to […]

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To my new followers …

I see I’ve picked up a number of new followers since I started sprucing up this blog last month: First of all: Welcome! Up until mid-July 2020, this used to be my backup blog for my online activity, most of which primarily happened on a book blogging site called BookLikes.  That website, alas, took a […]

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2020 Mid-Year Reading Review and Statistics

What with the pandemic still very much ongoing, BL acting up again, MR’s and Char’s resulting posts re: BookLikes, the BL experience, and moving back to Goodreads, this feels like a somewhat odd moment to post my half-yearly reading stats.  I hope it won’t be the last time on this site, but I fear that […]

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February and Mid-March 2020 Reading Update

I never got around to doing this at the end of February, so what the heck … I might as well include the first two weeks of March, since that month is half over at this point already, too.  But then, February was such a universal suck-fest in RL that I didn’t even make it […]

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January 2020 Reading

January turned out a bit of a roller coaster in RL, continuing the course things had already taken in December: not quite whiplash-inducing, but with several sickness-prone twists and turns (for however much I’d expected them to materialize) surrounding one major glorious event (which was, however, truly glorious; even if this, too, was something I’d […]

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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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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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