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Four. I read all of four books in September. And only the shortest one is even worth talking about here.

Books BoughtHow To Win An Election by Quintus Tullius Cicero.

Books Read: The End Of Tsarist Russia by Dominic Lieven – How To Win An Election by Quintus Tullius Cicero – The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian – A Dictionary Of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton.

Well, little brother Quintus (obviously frater to the more famous Marcus) wrote a practical handbook to help his idealistic brother win the Roman consulship. Think Karl Rove to…to…to…well there wasn’t really an upright shrinking violet in the Bush administration. But you get the idea. Marcus loved the Republic and its mos maiorum. I’m sure Quintus did as well, but he knew what it took to get elected. Which included smiling, lying, promise-breaking, and a little ancient negative advertising. A wonderful little book in both Latin and English.

And what about the rest of the month? Well I started three tomes in August and am still plugging through them. But once I’m done, I won’t be assigning myself non-fiction for bedtime reading again.

And then I was given reading at work for a committee which interrupted everything.

And then I spent a lot of time closing out the summer with friends. Which I suppose is, occasionally, an acceptable excuse for not reading.