October 9th, 2011

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During the last two days, especially while we rested between religious services at my mother's home, I finished reading two books.

First was What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor?, a series of annotated sea chanties, in all their uncensored glory.

Second was Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain, which I read on my iPhone. It took me quite a while to finish it, what with the tiny amount of book on the screen at any time, but it was a good read. I had picked it up to read when I was twelve and couldn't get into it at the time. As an adult, it made much more sense.


Lots of opportunities to play outside during the second half of the summer, and then comes football, and some unexpected developments in the pennant races, and the Fifty Book Challenge gets crowded out.  In this shortish third quarter report, the links go to the review at the Challenge.  Some books are particularly good (+), others particularly bad (-).

  1. Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America10 July 2011 (+).

  2. Burma-Shave: The Rhymes, the Signs, the Times, 16 July 2011.

  3. The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture, 24 July 2011 (-).

  4. When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession, 25 July 2011 (-).

  5. Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys, 29 July 2011 (-).

  6. Gettysburg, 30 July 2011 (+).

  7. High and Mighty: SUVs: The World's Most Dangerous Vehicles and How They Got That Way, 5 August 2011.

  8. We All Fall Down, 17 August 2011.

  9. The Final Storm, 3 September 2011.

  10. Reckles$ Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon, 5 September 2011.

  11. Winter of Frozen Dreams, 30 September 2011.

The second quarter report is available here, or at the Fifty Book Challenge, or on the European Tribune.

The first quarter report is available here, or at the Fifty Book Challenge, or on the European Tribune.

There are more books stacked for review, and the bookworm will grow some more segments by year's end.


(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops and European Tribune.)
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