First book I finished was Lord of the Flies. I know, most of you read this probably in junior high school, but it was never required of me and I just recently got around to it. In it, for those of you who don't already know, a bunch of English schoolboys in an aircraft crash on a deserted island without adult supervision and they rapidly lose all veneer of civilization. I can see why it's a book for discussion.
Next was Osprey Elite #55: Marine Recon 1940 – 90; how do you make an elite from an elite? The history and honors of this subset of the US Marine Corps.
Then I finished reading Osprey Fortress #70: Strongholds of the Border Reivers: Fortifications of the Anglo-Scottish Border 1296 – 1603 in which they not only talk about the various forms of defended buildings, but also how some of them were taken.
Following that I read Osprey Men-At-Arms #71: The British Army 1965 – 80 which was essentially a mere description of the various unit uniforms. Meh.
Next book was Osprey New Vanguard #37: Sturmgeschutz III and IV 1942 – 45, a rather good description of this weapon system. Worthy of a look if you're into WWII armored vehicles.
Then, Osprey Vanguard #41: The M1 Abrams Battle Tank, a discussion of the onset of the present American main battle tank.
Still reading, I finished Normal by Warren Ellis, a somewhat frightening novel about our future lack of privacy.
And then it was Osprey Warrior #79: US Doughboy 1916 – 19, a portion of our nation's history that's not exactly forgotten, but not held up as an example the way the American Civil War or WWII is. Worth a read for a student of US military history.
On to the next book!