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September Biblioloust

I think this month’s list is a bit short because I’ve been spending so much time reading review copies. I’m not complaining but it makes it hard to think about what I want to read just for the heck of it. Still, I came across a few interesting items since the last installment.

American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America, David O. Stewart — I’ve been a quasi-fan of Aaron Burr since reading Gore Vidal’s Burr 30-some years ago. An opportunity to get an advance copy of this new biography moved this from fandom to lustdom.

The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944-1945, Ian Kershaw — A glowing review in one of the British papers led me to see if the library was getting this. It is so I am now on the reserve list.

What It Is Like to Go to War, Karl Marlantes — I can’t say I was as impressed with Marlantes’ Vietnam War novel, Matterhorn, as some. Still, it was a good enough read that the fairly good reviews of this nonfiction work led me to jump on the reserve list at the library.

Report Card:

Year to Date (January-August 2011)

Total Bibliolust books: 38

Number read: 28 (73.7%)

Started but did not finish: 3 (7.9%)

Cumulative (September 2008-August 2011)

Total Bibliolust books: 183

Number read: 145 (77%)

Started but did not finish: 12 (6.4%)

Read, and take your nourishment in at your eyes, shut up your mouth, and chew the cud of understanding.

William Congreve, Love for Love

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