I had some fairly ambitious reading plans for 2021, and while I'm pretty happy with what I did, I still wish I'd done more. I guess that's always the way. I felt like I had a hard time focusing on my reading this year. Still, I had plenty of great titles! Let's see how my challenges turned out... The World War II Reading Challenge at Becky's Book Reviews : 12/12 Choosing WWII as a focus this year was fascinating (although not cheerful) and cut my WWII reading pile almost in half. I wanted to read 12 titles, one each month, and though I am on about page 3 of my December pick, I still got 12: The Coming of the Third Reich, by Richard P. Evans Ordinary Men, by Christopher Browning Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich, by Alison Owings Midway: the Battle That Doomed Japan, by Fuchida and Okumiya Last Witnesses: An Oral History of the Children of WWII, by Svetlana Alexievich For Two Thousand Years, by Mihail Sebastian Book Smugglers, by David Fishman T
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