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text 2015-01-02 22:31
Master post for my 2014 Reading Challenges both Finished and not

Since I'm going to be clearing out my pages to make way for my 2015 goals and challenges, I wanted to make a master post I can go to and find all my challenges for 2014. This is mainly for my own housekeeping.


2014 Audiobook Challenge / Wrap Up Post


2014 Wimpy Challenge


Bookish Bingo - Oct, Nov, Dec / Wrap Up Post


Mary Russell Challenge


Narnia 2014 Challenge


Read It Again, Sam 2014 / Wrap Up Post


Sail To The Past - 2014 History Reading Challenge / Wrap Up Post

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text 2014-12-31 22:17
A Sail to the Past 2014 Wrap Up Post
I'm glad I set this at Scholar, as I did manage to read five books, which puts me firmly in that category. I'd hoped to read seven, but that just didn't happen. So I did manage to complete this one...but I'm still a bit disappointed as I'd hoped to read more.
I need to try harder next year to take time for non-fiction books.
1) Gettysburg by Stephen Sears : Review here. Analysis post: here.
2) The Civil War in 50 Objects: Review here.
3) The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects: Review here.
4) Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History: Review here.
5) Dawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends: Review here.
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review 2014-05-14 21:08
The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects - A weighty read (in more then one way) but worth it
The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects - Richard Kurin

This book was written for me. Seriously, all my life I seemed to be the only person I knew who not only wanted to know the provenance of each object I saw but also the story behind the acquisition and the thoughts of the curators to boot. All this the book has and more.

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review 2014-03-24 22:36
The Civil War in 50 Objects - Do you think they'd notice if I never take this back to the library?
The Civil War in 50 Objects - Eric Foner,Harold Holzer,New-York Historical Society

I loved studying history in college and nothing caused me more pleasure then learning from and about primary sources. There is something about reading a handwritten letter from someone long dead or holding (with gloves!) an item of importance that was owned and cared for that can not be described. You simply have to experience it for yourself.


However, most lay historians and popular history books focus on secondary sources, aka other history books. Other then autobiographies or diaries, there was no good way for the average person to connect to or even see these priceless artifacts...until some brilliant person came up with these History of ______ in X objects. I don't know for sure who that person is but bless them.

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text 2014-01-25 11:02
Gettysburg: Analysis Post for Optional aspect of Sail To the Past History Challenge
Gettysburg Part One and Two Unabridged - Stephen Sears

Note: This is for an optional part of the Challenge. I may not do this for every book, but I felt like for this one, I want to write out a more historical and analytical review for it. If you are not interested in a more in depth look at the writer's historical work, feel free to ignore.

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