December 30th, 2013

Big Bad Wolf

Where to come to get all your Duck Dynasty news... (Ugh!)

With as much as I post about it, one might think I like Duck Dynasty. Anything but. I'm just trying to help spread the word about how awful the head of the family featured on it is.

Today's story: Phil Robertson, banned for homophobic and racist comments and later brought back because Dynasty is too much of a money-maker for A&E, thinks men should have relationships only with girls 15-16 years old.

"“Look, you wait ‘til they get to be twenty years-old and the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they’re about fifteen or sixteen and they’ll pick your ducks.”"

Let's see how A&E reacts to this, if at all...

Edit: Some fun facts about Phil!
Phil began dating his wife when she was 14 and he was 18.
He impregnated her when she was 15 and he was 19.
Their oldest son, Alan, is 48 years old – born in 1965.
They married in 1966 when she was 16 years old.
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2013: A Year of Books

I suspect I'm not going to get my current book done by tomorrow night, so I'm going to post this now.

Total books read in 2013: 53. Goal was 50/50bookchallenge, so yay!
"Read" counts as reaching at least the 50% mark (ebook readers usually display a percent instead of a page number, so it's easy to judge that).

Of the 53 I finished:
Loved: 21
Liked: 5
Okay: 6
Disliked: 7
Hated: 14
(For 2014 I want to post a rating, 1-5, when I do the review. For this year, I had to reread my review and make my best guess as to liked/loved/etc.)

New this year:
1) "Book 30" a catch-all "book" for all books I didn't finish, all books too short to count as a real one (like graphic novels), children's books, etc, so I'd get credit but not too much credit for them. 26 books fall into book #30.

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2) "Challenge books". On 50bookchallenge, someone posted a challenge her library was doing. Collapse )

I did:
Read a book published in 1913: The Iron Trail: An Alaskan Romance
Read a memoir by someone you've never heard of: Letters of a Woman Homesteader
Read a book where one of the main characters is an animal: Call of the Wild/White Fang
Read an award-winner: A number of this year's books won or were nominated for something.
Read a debut novel: The Narrowing Path
Try a new format (listen to an audiobook, read a graphic novel) : Read a few graphic novels.

So I succeeded at the challenge, but only by chance. After the first two books, I decided my reading time was too short to read books I didn't really want to. I'm not going to do this sort of thing again.

So! Now, the big part of the post. All 53 books I read, a quote from my review of each, and a link to the full review.

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I think that covers everything! There are a ton of links, so if something is broken, let me know and I'll track down the right one.

2014 goals:
1) 50 books. I had quit WoW and RPing for a while early in 2013, so I had a lot of reading time for a couple months, which gave me a big leg up on hitting 50 for the year. I suspect it will be more of a challenge in 2014.
2) Accept fewer books for review. Often they come with deadlines to get reviews in, which makes reading them less fun and more like work.

I hope everyone read some great books in 2013 and will get to read even more in 2014!