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text 2017-11-18 19:10
Reading progress update: I've read 148 out of 268 pages.
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth: A Novel - Lindsey Lee Johnson

I do not ever remember high school being this damn dramatic. And I was bullied like no tomorrow. But this? This is ridiculous. 

 

I am glad Molly was mortified by Ellison's manuscript, though. Good God, the little excerpt we were given was a lesson in misogyny. Not to mention it wasn't even a veiled attempt to write about himself as the main character. He just did, right down to the belt he wore. That's bad writing 101: never make the main character you. They can have a couple of your traits, but never make them you. It's sloppy and boring. Ellison was a creep anyway so it figures he would be egotistical enough to write himself like that. What a dick.

 

This book is better than All at Sea but about on par with The Mothers so far. Meh.

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review 2017-11-14 22:08
All At Sea
All at Sea: A Memoir - Decca Aitkenhead

This book is a step-by-step in how not to behave like an adult. This woman did nothing a rational grown up would, and so I had no ability to connect with her. She left her marriage, which is fine, but she left it for a coke dealing crack smoker. And then she wants you to believe that being a dealer is boring and not all that dangerous. They play house, have 2 children and never marry (because marriage is only a piece of paper). And then it turns out he's still married to another woman. When he dies, she seems genuinely shocked she has a nightmare of logistics on her hands. Yes, honey, that's what happens when you don't marry a man but instead just intertwine your lives. His will left everything to his legal wife.

 

Plus, most of this book was just circling the drain of her constant sorrow. With pretty words. Lots and lots of pretty words. Over 200 pages, and there wasn't much substance. Just "my love died and my life is over and my kids are out of control". She had a down-her-nose view of anyone of faith, she wouldn't let the kids call her Mum, and she epitomized the idea you can be educated and still be dumb.

 

I'm proud of myself for finishing this.

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text 2017-11-14 03:28
Reading progress update: I've read 175 out of 225 pages.
All at Sea: A Memoir - Decca Aitkenhead

This isn't "haunting", as I was told it would be. Nope. It's mostly lots of superfluous words and talking in circles. While I feel terrible this woman lost her husband  (I would crumble without mine), I am just not connecting with Decca. Her entire relationship with Tony was built on not-so-up-and-up behavior, and I cannot quite feel for a woman that supported living with a cocaine dealing crack addict. 

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text 2017-11-13 03:59
Reading progress update: I've read 46 out of 225 pages.
All at Sea: A Memoir - Decca Aitkenhead

The moral ambiguity of her husband Tony is leaving me feeling unsure of this book. 

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text 2017-11-03 15:12
Books I Read This Month (October 2017)

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Couple days behind my monthly books read post. I read 25 books this month. Two of the books were DNFs. I have read 324 books out of my goal of 337 books and I am at 96 percent completion. 


5 stars

 

Between Sisters by Cathy KellyAlpha and Omega (Alpha & Omega, #0.5)Iron Kissed by Patricia BriggsFuriously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Miss Marple 3-Book Collection 1 by Agatha ChristieTales of the Peculiar by Ransom RiggsA Murder Is Announced by Agatha ChristieA Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

 

 

4 stars

 

 

Hangsaman by Shirley JacksonThe Cruelest Month by Louise PennyWhispers Under Ground by Ben AaronovitchA Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

The Little Stranger by Sarah WatersBetter Off Wed by Laura Durham

 

 

3 stars

 

It Started with Paris by Cathy KellyBury Your Dead by Louise Penny

 

2 stars

 

Wild Seed by Octavia E. ButlerWith Malice by Eileen CookThe Secret Woman by Victoria Holt

 

1 star

 

Stinger77 Shadow Street by Dean KoontzInto the Water by Paula Hawkins

 

DNF

 

Interior Darkness by Peter StraubWoman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

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