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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. 

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text 2018-06-22 13:57
REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Owned by the Sea by L.M. Somerton
Owned by the Sea - L.M. Somerton

Storms pass and, in their wake, new beginnings can be found.

 

Talented young artist Jonty Trelawn paints the sea as self-inflicted punishment. For almost a year he has hidden away from life, survivor’s guilt consuming him, but the time has come to move on. He conceives the idea of a charity art auction in support of the local lifeboat station and the men and women who saved his life. He hopes the tribute to his family will release him from the sea’s invisible chains.

 

Carpenter Jed Curnow is bound to the water in a different way. As deputy coxswain of the Govenek, the local lifeboat, his world revolves around the close-knit crew. He thinks nothing of risking his life to save others. Saving Jonty is less dangerous but just as important to him. He wants nothing more than to give Jonty the love and security he needs.

 

Jed’s dominant personality calls to Jonty’s more submissive nature but will he ever allow himself to be happy? It’s up to Jed and his best friend Marmite to help Jonty put his tragic past behind him and live for the future.

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/05/15/Owned-by-the-Sea-by-LM-Somerton
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review 2018-06-20 22:31
The Outsider ★★★★☆
The Outsider - Stephen King

The best and worst of SK: Great characters to invest in, author violating your trust and investment in those characters, awful events fantastically described, wildly uneven pacing, strangely dissatisfying ending. Subtract a star for placing at least part of the events in some bizarre version of Texas where entirely distinct geographic regions are mishmashed together in a way that is completely unrecognizable. Add a star for

bringing back Holly from the Mr Mercedes trilogy.

(spoiler show)

Add another star for an outstanding performance by Will Patton.

 

Audiobook, purchased via Audible.

 

Previous Updates:

6/3/18 – 2%

 

6/3/18 – 17% (pause)

 

6/17/18 – 34%

 

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review 2018-06-17 15:35
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo★★★★☆
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo - Jeff Long

I might have paid more attention if my Texas History lessons had been more like this book. But then, I suppose such a candid examination of the characters and motivations of the real people who created our history would not have been considered suitable subject matter for junior high school students.

 

Despite its subtitle (The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo), Duel of Eagles is really about the Texas revolution, covering a period of history from Andrew Jackson’s inauguration in 1829 to Santa Anna’s death in 1876. It could be considered a revisionist history, using original sources that proponents of a heroic Texas origin story may disregard or consider unreliable. Some critics of the book claim the author is pro-Mexican, but it seems to me that he is simply giving equal weight to Mexican sources and doesn’t hesitate to skewer the characters and actions of Mexicans and Tejanos as much as the Anglo-Americans. He notes where there are conflicting accounts of events and provides the reader with 71 pages of footnotes and bibliography to document his sources.

 

Altogether, it’s an entertaining and horrifying account of the Texas journey from Mexican province to independent republic to annexation into the United States, blowing up myths of heroic deeds and high-minded Texians seeking freedom from oppression along the way. At some point, it got a little wearisome, because, yes, we get it, this was really just a combination of speculative land-grabbing by non-residents and a push to preserve the slave state and part of the precursor to Manifest Destiny, but I started to feel as though we were beating a dead horse by the time Santa Anna surrendered at San Jacinto.

 

Hardcover, received as a gift from my father in 1994, who was an amateur Texas history buff. And a little surprising that he gifted it to me, as the views of the author don’t seem to fit his. How I wish I had actually read this when he was living, so I could have asked him about it. But history and the Wild West mythos didn’t interest me then, and I forgot I even had this until he passed away in January. Now it’s too late, and I can only read his books and remember him.

 

Previous Updates:

2/11/18 – page 11/431

 

6/3/18 – page 52/431

 

6/5/18 – page 63/431

 

6/9/18 – page 93/431

 

6/9/18 – page 109/431

 

6/11/18 – page 129/431

 

6/12/18 – page 151/431

 

6/12/18 – page 202/431

 

6/15/18 – page 259/431

 

6/16/18 – page 267/431

 

 

 

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text 2018-06-17 14:35
The Outsider - 34%
The Outsider - Stephen King

AAAAAARRRRRGGGHHHH

 

He did it again. Sometimes I really hate Stephen King as much as I love him. 

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