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review 2018-06-21 01:56
My One and Only: A Holiday Novella - Book One in the Harper's Corner Series by Christina George
My One and Only: A Holiday Novella - Christina George

 

The wrong choice broke her heart. The right choice upended his world. Having reached that fork in the road, which direction will they take? My One and Only is a tale of love lost, hope found and finding the courage to begin again. Jessica gave her heart to one brother and her friendship to another. Five years on she's a jilted bride living in a small town with a thriving business and a ton of hidden regrets. Matt is the one guy who has never let her down. He's a shoulder to cry on, someone to laugh with and perhaps the guy, she can't live without. A winter wonderland with the warmest of results.

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text 2018-06-20 00:45
Reading progress update: I've read 106 out of 280 pages.
Lloyd George: Statesman or Scoundrel - Richard Wilkinson

Part of me really wants to like this book. Wilkinson isn't a terrible writer by any stretch, and he is quite good at deploying telling quotes, even if they are from previous biographers. But I can't like a book that manages to be so tendentious, especially when its arguments are so poorly grounded

 

A case in point is his section on Passchendaele. Wilkinson summarizes the challenge facing Loyd George nicely, describing how after the failure of the Nivelle Offensive Lloyd George's credibility was shot, depriving him of the ability to resist further the demands of Haig and the other generals to mount their next big offensive. The result was 300,000 casualties for no real gain.

 

And yet, after explaining both Lloyd George's efforts to rein in Haig and the odds that ultimately opposed to him, Wilkinson goes on to declare that it is Lloyd George who should be regarded as the butcher of Passchendaele for failing to stop the offensive. It's as though Wilkinson didn't bother to read his own account explaining why he was thwarted in his efforts to do so. Moreover, Wilkinson provides zero examples of what he might have done further. Was he supposed to dismiss a publicly popular general who had the support of the king?  Announce a unilateral surrender? Run through No Man's Land waving his hands in the air while begging for peace? Wilkinson provides no answers, just a label which he already demonstrates Lloyd George had done the least of all the possible candidates to deserve.

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text 2018-06-19 14:59
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 280 pages.
Lloyd George: Statesman or Scoundrel - Richard Wilkinson

Two chapters in, and I'm already finding myself at odds with Wilkinson's argument. In his early chapters he's referred to Lloyd George as both a "sex-pest" and a sexual predator, yet provides no evidence of this beyond references to his well-known philandering. Does philandering make someone a sexual predator? Perhaps in the most literal sense of someone who actively pursues sex partners, but the use of "sex-pest" suggests that Wilkinson intends a far more pejorative application than that. The problem with that, though, is that he doesn't cite any examples (let alone sources) that Lloyd George's sexual advances were unwanted by his partners; to the contrary, he follows his use of the label by describing Lloyd George as "irresistible to women." It amounts to guilt-by-conjecture, and it's pretty disappointing to see in a book that aims for scholarly credibility.

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text 2018-06-18 05:08
Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
A Dance with Dragons - George R.R. Martin

Tyrion! Dany! Jon! Bran! It's like a family reunion, GoT style, complete with arguing villagers, that weird neighbor you all try to avoid and the occasional murder. And you're sure this is roast beef that we're eating, right? :D

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review 2018-06-14 02:56
Lincoln in the Bardo (Audio)
Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders

I think I need to read this book. I know the audiobook has won award after award (as has the book), but it never really grabbed me. I couldn't keep my brain attached to the story. I got annoyed with it and kept rewinding, so I'm going to get an actual book copy of this from the library and try again. I love George Saunders. Honestly, the subject matter didn't interest me a ton from the blurb, so I waited. I'm a fan of his shorter work, though I quite liked Pastoralia (and don't really understand why that's not called a novel, but I digress.) 

 

So---this is a preliminary rating. Some books just don't work for me in audio. I've figured out that my brain likes to create its own sounds and sights etc, so I usually don't do audio on fiction unless it's fairly easy-breezy. Oddly I learn better from listening, but I don't like to read fiction this way as much (however, I adore audio for essays, nonfiction and many memoirs.) 

 

Honestly, I'm not all that pumped, now that I know the story, to read the book, but I feel like I owe George Saunders a decent chance. And I can't believe everyone on earth likes this book except me, so I'll read it eventually and redo this little review.

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