July's posting began with high hopes for completing the Fifty Book Challenge for 2012.  January has almost passed, and only now, the lack of progress report for the second half of the year.  The links at the dates point to the reviews posted at the Challenge.  Some books are particularly good (+) and others, particularly bad (-).

  1. Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War 1941-1945, 12 July 2012 (+).
  2. Race, Class, and Gender in the United States, 13 July 2012 (-). 
  3. Man of War: My Adventures in the World of Historical Reenactment, 15 July 2012.
  4. The Baby Boon: How Family-Friendly America Cheats the Childless, 25 July 2012 (-).
  5. Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance, 8 August 2012 (+).
  6. No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden, 4 November 2012.
  7. War on the Waters: The Union & Confederate Navies, 1861-1865, 18 November 2012 (+).
  8. Bloodlands, 22 December 2012 (+)
  9. Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941, 23 December 2012.

Although it might appear from the gaps in Book Challenge posts that the day job is getting in the way, it is more accurate to note that the model railroad is crowding out the internets during down time.  That, and the Orange Bowl excitement ...

For this year, there is a first quarter report at Cold Spring Shops and at the Fifty Book Challenge, and a second quarter report filed on the first of July, also at Cold Spring Shops and the Fifty Book Challenge.

The bookworm ended this year a little shorter. Blame it on the drought.


There are a few books awaiting review, although those reports carry no presumption of making the fifty in 2013.

Cross-posted to Fifty Book Challenge.

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