October-December 2019 - Modern History (1946-present day)
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This is the last quarterly topic we've selected. If we want to do the same again, we need to decide. Or, do we want to try some other way of looking at things.
At any rate, any books set 1946 - present.
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I love the format of this group, especially the quarterly reads. It forces me to read time periods I might otherwise tend to ignore. I am hoping we start over again next year so that I will read "early" literature! I have many many books that will fit this time period. I think I will wait till I'm done with September before I make my choice.
I just joined this group in January and I like the format. As tess_schoolmarm says, it has helped me branch out in my reading. I like this group very much and will be happy to go along with whatever the group decides.
I'll be happy with both formats, even if I do not always manage more than one book.
My comfort zone is 19th century forward. I am happy to be "forced" back in history. I've had some good reads when I have ventured there. I wouldn't mind the push. I just started in this group last year so that would all be new to me. I'm on board with whatever the group decides. This is a very pleasant group with interesting recs on each thread.
My first book for this period is Halali, where an 82-year old woman looks back on her younger days, when she was a typist in the interior ministry of the recently established Federal Republic of Germany. It's the Cold War, Soviet bloc spies roam idyllic Godesberg, and our heroine and her best friend stumble across a dead letter cache, illegal money and a corpse...
This was a very entertaining look at what it meant to be young and female in the early fifties, and it was even more interesting because the author was also 82 when she wrote this, and it is probably much like her own life at the time (except the spies): living on your own, earning your own money, having fun, being able to afford a holiday.
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