logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: Joyce-Carol-Oates
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-08-19 18:18
I Am No One You Know ★★★☆☆
I am No One You Know - Joyce Carol Oates

This is my first experience with Joyce Carol Oates, so I’m not sure if this is typical of her work. I found it both compelling and frustrating. The stories were mostly character portraits, and those characters were usually damaged, isolated, seeking to explain or understand themselves. Pretty grim reading, in other words. As for frustrating, they were structured almost like flash fiction, where there is no narrative arc. Every story just… stops. I could have been okay with this through a handful of stories, but I was weary of the whole thing long before I got through all nineteen.   

 

eBook, purchased via kindle.

 

 

Previous Updates:

6/24/18 – 1%

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2018-07-13 14:43
I Am No One You Know - 9%
I am No One You Know - Joyce Carol Oates

I've read 2 of 19 short stories so far. It's... different. I love her writing style, and I love the way she creates her characters, even if those characters are themselves not very likeable. But both stories don't *feel* like complete short stories. They're more like fragments of stories - longer than flash fiction, but incomplete. It's a little maddening. And I'm not entirely certain what the point is of these stories. If they have a point? 

 

Curly Red: Being exiled from a family of terrible people is worse than being a terrible person to belong?

 

In Hiding: A woman can comfortably expose herself through her poetry while hiding from real people when they seek her out? 

 

To be continued...

 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-07-12 19:32
Living and Dying
The Bright Hour - Nina Riggs Jones
When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi,Abraham Verghese
The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
Blue Nights by Didion, Joan 1st (first) Edition [Hardcover(2011)] - Joan Didion
A Widow's Story - Joyce Carol Oates
Missing Mom - Joyce Carol Oates
About Alice - Calvin Trillin
How We Die: Reflections of Life's Final Chapter - Sherwin B. Nuland

So, I've been off BL for a long, long time. A lot has happened, I got pregnant and had a daughter. My mom got sick and passed away. I had to clear out and sell my childhood home and all the contents while trying to balance all of that and my full time job. It's been...something.

 

For a while, not long after my mom died (3 days before Christmas 2016 when my daughter was only 5 months old) I started searching out and reading books that dealt with death and grief. I read a lot of Joan Didion The Year of Magical ThinkingBlue Nights. I read When Breath Becomes Air and About Alice and A Widow's Story. I started Missing Mom and couldn't go any further because it was too hard and How We Die.

 

The Bright Hour is one of the most beautiful books I've read, ever. I can't possibly describe it except to use it's full title--The Bright Hour: a memoir of living and dying. It is so full of life, all the messiness and happiness and tragedy and humor and it faces death and mortality head on, unflinching. 

 

I recently reread it, now a year and a half since my mother passed, it still has such power and peace. I can't recommend it enough.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2018-06-27 18:45
NIGHT GAUNTS AND OTHER TALES OF SUSPENSE by Joyce Carol Oates
Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense - Joyce Carol Oates

NIGHT GAUNTS sounded so promising to me when I requested it from Edelweiss months ago. (And just look at that alluring cover!) 

 

Since then, I've only managed to complete one story, and it's one that I already read in another collection. I've repeatedly attempted to read two other stories and I just couldn't get into them, so I'm calling it quits. No rating, no review.

 

Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for letting me take a shot at this for free. I'm sorry it didn't work out.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2018-06-24 14:35
I Am No One You Know - 1% (and ebook thoughts)
I am No One You Know - Joyce Carol Oates

Starting over. I started this book back in January and never got past the first couple of pages. Not because the story was terrible, but because reading in the ebook format feels like trying to make myself like brussels sprouts. Keep trying different recipes, I tell myself. You just haven't found the right one yet, and think of the benefits if you can like them!

 

Anyway, I've finally decided that I really can't keep 3 books (1 audio, 1 bound, 1 ebook) going at once, and my rationale for trying to do it is invalid. After all, whenever I expect to have time to read when I'm away from home (waiting at doc office, DMV, etc.), I pack a real book, and when I don't expect it, I read my Twitter timeline or news articles on my phone instead. 

 

So from now on, I'll read only 2 at a time - 1 audio, 1 bound *or* ebook. That should help me get whittle down my TBR mountain a little better, and relieve the sense of guilt over books started and left hanging. 

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?