I can't even remember what I read in 2007.
Well, there were the books for school, which I don't know if they count. I didn't keep anything from spring semester, but I later bought Seven Pillars of Wisdom
, which I wrote a paper on for WWI. This semester I kept King Leopold's Ghost
by Adam Hochschild and Confederates In the Attic
by Tony Horowitz, which are like investigative-journalist-history.
I read everything in the Journal Of North African Studies special on the Tuareg, which were all written by Jeremy Keenan. I kind of hated researching for Chiang Kai-Shek, because it had to be so condensed and the resources were really dense, but which the stuff I used the stuff I hated least reading was Generalissimo
by Jonathan Fenby and The Man Who Lost China
by Brian Crozier. I know everyone finds this stuff as interesting as I do.
From my ILL record I can tell that I read Mornings on Horseback
by David McCullough and and My Reminiscences of East Africa
by Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, which would have been a good opportunity to practice my German but I didn't think of it at the time.
I read Collapse
by Jared Diamond over the summer, which I liked and later bought at the summer Half-Price binge, along with The Pessimist's Guide To History
, which is what my AP World teacher called "sexy history" and I call "the good parts". I reread Shogun
, mostly because my copy is very portable and easy to stash at work.
I started Team of Rivals
but didn't finish it, along with the Onion's Our Dumb World
. I got the Onion book for Christmas and the Tao Te Ching, which is super cool because I just loved it when I had to read it for philosophy. Mom looked very pleased with herself, so obviously she thinks I could benefit from reading it. It was the same look she had when she got me Atlas Shrugged
last year. I'll have to move out completely before I can sell them off, or else she'll ask what happened to them.
And what do I read at work? Fark, obviously, but also MeFi and Mental Floss. FourFour
for America's Next Top Model recaps. JMac's blog
for MU basketball but mostly for the occasional pep band shoutout. The Comics Curmudgeon
for the FOOBocalypse, and The Epi-blog
, which is usually a bad idea, because then I remember that I forgot lunch.
The point of the meme, I think, is to recommend stuff. In my case, I'm just thankful I haven't forgotten how to read.