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Everyday History

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  554 ratings  ·  230 reviews
If you woo, win, and walk away, a second chance is going to cost you.

Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can’t convert to a speed bump. He’s used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. After months of persuasion, he scores a dinner date with Henry Normand that morphs into a
ebook, 290 pages
Published June 29th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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Nick Pageant
Jul 03, 2016 added it
Shelves: m-m
No rating.

This was incredibly well written... I think. I'm not quite sure because while the language was stunning and poetic, I didn't feel there was a gift inside the exquisitely wrapped package. I was bowled over by the beauty of the author's phrasing many times while reading, but ultimately I don't feel I ever understood either MC. This is just one opinion and I do recommend that people give this book a go. I will read more from this author.

I should also mention that the age gap here gave m

I finished this book two hours ago and then attempted to go to sleep. By way of this review, I'm still awake. Still thinking about this book.

Quietly brilliant.

There is no flash or bang to this book. It is simply a story. A beautiful, eloquent story that wrapped itself around my heart.

Consciously, we teach what we know;
unconsciously, we teach who we are.

Henry meets an eighteen year old Ruben when he's a high school senior and Henry is a museum curator and educator. There is no
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jan by: Katerina
Shelves: lgbtq

If you have read this book you will get the meaning of my first pic.

I have pinned this quote for awhile now. I thought it was witty and funny.
Not anymore. My perspective of that quote changed completely after reading this story.
It's quite sad.

Everyday History is an exquisite experience.
We feel, we smell and taste this tale.

We hear talks around an oven in a room smelling apple pies,

we watch the stars in the silence of night,

we hear whispered secrets,

we learn the everyday history of ordinary p

4,5 stars

A perfect book doesn’t exist. A perfect book that readers of various ages, backgrounds, genders, social status, with different tastes in books and genres will find equally well.
I become aware of this fact especially when I come across a book that touched me in a special way, that hit the right buttons and pulled the right strings in my perception of a good read, but I kinda not sure whom I can recommend it to.

Everyday History is one of those books.

Some of you might find it odd and fr
Suanne Laqueur
I read this on Katerina’s recommendation. I now review it with Katerina’s words: “I thought I’d read all the beautiful stories. I was wrong.”

Mind-blowing. Perception-altering. Life-changing. One of the best fucking books I’ve read in my life.
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Oh my gosh. This book was absolutely epic! I'll never forget Henry & Ruben! ❤❤❤

Ms.Archer, you're bloody amazing. 🤗🤗🤗
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?"
- Carl Jung-

I loved it all. The history porn, the heartfelt romance, the staccato, poetic writing. Alice Archer, you 're on my radar now.

Just as amazing the second time around. What a fabulous story!

English is not my native language, but reading a book like this where the language was eloquent (poignant at times) and so dogdamned gripping that I could not put it down, was an almost spiritual experience for me.
I cried SO. MANY. TEARS. reading this one, both happy and sad tears. And it was a true masterpiece in evocative writing -IMO.

The ending might have been a wee bit OTT, but gran
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 Sars

DNF @ 70%

If it wasn’t for the writing, I’d have quit it so sooner. The writing was really good; it was beautifully written and at some point even magical but the thing is the MCs were separate from each other for nearly half the book! I quit at 70% and they still were separate (and I think the separation part had been begun around 30%). It was too much for me but considering all the good reviews I'm in the minority here so don’t listen to me and read it, hope you like it!
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover by: Suanne Laqueur
"This is the kiss I’ve been searching for."

I'm not even going to attempt to properly review this, not with the tears obstructing my vision or the fact that this was SO FUCKING BEAUTIFUL there is no way anything I say will do this justice.

Gut wrenching.
Did I say beautiful?

The writing in this is superb. The prose is perfection. The last twenty percent had my heart in my throat, tears in my eyes, and a smile so fucking big it may never leave my face
All. The. Stars!!!!!

​History.​ It's a subject I often dreaded in school, but learned to appreciate later.​ ​When I was in school, history usually ​meant facts and dates about important events from long ago. Things that if taught properly, take on a life of their own in the mind of the teacher and the student. And if not, they're flat and boring things with no real context. Forgotten as soon as they're no longer needed.

But, really, everything around us has a ​story to tell. A history. ​Everyday h
Kade Boehme
I dont often review with more than a few quick words and star rating bc I try not to be on GR, but I had so many feels I had to come here and do this.

I'm not gonna star rate this book because I tend to come at these from my pretty solely Genre-M/M Romance reader point of view, which I feel like taints the general good fiction of some books as fabulous fiction with a gay love story running the characters to their ultimate ending. Also I'm not giving this a star rating because I'm gonna split this
Kaje Harper
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story has a different feel from many M/M. It is deliberately slow, detailed, and poetic in its phrasing and approach. The present-tense narrative unfolds along with the progress of the main characters toward an understanding of who they are, and who the other man is as well.

Henry is a history professor, a quiet but intense guy who loves to teach and who has a knack for bringing history to life. Among the senior high-school students he teaches at a museum class is Ruben. Ruben is the golden
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GUYS. You guys. THIS BOOK. The writing. The characters. The romance!!! I'm in love with it all!
The prose is mesmerizing, gorgeous and I just can't believe I found my 2017 gem right there, right now. I found exactly what I was looking for. Precious!
The intense push and pull the author tied around her characters equals the impression of a taut leash on my feelings. My heart! BUt it's so good! Simply AMAZING.
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So, I know everyone's been loving this book, but I just don't see it. There were two reasons for this:

1. I hate present tense. Sometimes I can look past it, but in this case my brain was often bored.

2. I thought the writing was choppy. The way the POVs alternated were all over the place. It felt all disjointed.

Those two things combined made it impossible for me to get into the story. Sorry.

No rating.

True Loveislovereview
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, lgbtq, 2020
An impressive poetic beautiful read. Extremely good. I'm gonna babble in this review because I feel internally heated by the beauty of this story and the way how this is written and my lack of English words. My goodness, It touched and moved me so deeply I was overwhelmed lost. Yes....thát good. It hit all my buttons.

Henry and Ruben the mentor and the student

"Despite, during, and beyond the learning curve, he’s fearless. Instinctive. Majestic."
Those sentences just wow

"I’ve been waiting in de
I needed something soulfully. And this was it. Re-read season.
The audiobook was pure pleasure.
Everyday History takes the second place among my all-time favorites. Just as intense as the first time.
One of the best stories I ever read.

If I could tell you just one thing... don't miss this great book.

I doubted myself in recent weeks. I was convinced that I had already read all the beautiful books. Nothing caught my interest. I half read books and had to force myself to finish them. In the majority
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-gap, hot-hot-hot, lgbtq, ku
*4,5 stars*

An absolutely gorgeous and different book.
The concept of 'everyday history' really changed my way of looking at things. It is brilliant and very touching, and so true. I have looked at stuff in my house with a completely changed mind-set since.

I loved the love story, the intensity of feelings, the beauty of a real connection between two such different men. The age gap, the situation - it all felt real and totally relatable. The age gap is so beautifully done here, I just swooned all
* A Reader Obsessed *
4.5 Affecting Stars!

"Sex please, hold the love"

That is the mantra of Ruben. Charismatic, confident, everyone’s best friend. People flock to him to bask in his light, but Ruben’s barely a man, and when he surprisingly develops a crush on his high school teacher, he finds himself changed, intrigued, and determined to discover exactly what it is about Henry that makes him so enticing.

Henry and Ruben are vastly different in all the ways that could possibly count - looks, personality, age, and espec
The writing in this was absolutely gorgeous. Such a uniquely done story. Henry Norman is a socially isolated man. He teaches at a local museum and has no family and few friends. His passion lies in his love of the history of things. He believes that everyday items; stoves, lamps, pictures, etc tell us the story of our lives. One year, he has a magnetic student named Ruben Harper in his class. He can't help but be drawn to Ruben's personality and wit. At first it's just a curiousity but as the sc ...more
I read this book at the request of the author who provided me with a free copy for review.

I had no idea what to expect, really, other than a romance developing between a history teacher (Henry) and his student (Ruben). The age-gap was initially a bit of concern, but as I got past the first chapter or so, I didn't think much about it any more. Though Henry does, of course.

It was fascinating to watch these two very different men, one young and impetuous, the other older and much more cautious, and
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

Archer based her book on three rocks which made it a great read for me:

Her writing which rocks. The tense used made me present with what was happening, giving a kind of immediacy as the story unfolded.

The love story between Henry and Ruben with it’s own heartbreak and breakthrough. When is the right time to fall in love? Is there ever a right time?

And the most important rock of all for me, the everyday history, the stories within stories interwoven in this story and if we look for the
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

”How much more history can I store?”

Alice Archer’s Everyday History is a beautiful, beautiful read. A story of connection, personal growth, love, and history. The history of everyday objects, the memories they keep, and what they mean to the people that use them play a pivotal and powerful part of this book. Do you have an item from your childhood still close by? How about something that reminds you of the happiest time in your life? A book, shell, dish, or t-shirt that means something special t
This didn't work for me. 😕 I didn't like Ruben; he is 17/18 and he comes across as way more mature than he should be. But then at the same time he definitely acts his age when it comes to his feelings for Henry.

The style of story telling is what really turned me off the story. The drama around the characters lives and decisions was just so painstakingly too over the top. Yes Ruben is 18 and yes he is just now finding himself attracted to men. But he doesn't want to be in love? Simply because he

That's my one word for this story. Ok, now let me explain where I'm coming from with this. Many years ago I had a very dear friend, whom I loved like a sister. We played this game where we'd point something or someone out to each other and then we'd each have to describe or explain whatever had been selected with one word. My friend has since passed away but this game, this test of the mind if you will is part of my 'Everyday History' with her so it seemed really fitting to me t
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, lgbtq, arc, a-novel-take
This kind of took my breath away. While I don’t think I could read books like this always, when they find their way to me, breathless. This book had such a way of weaving a love story, I really couldn’t put it down.

This book opened my eyes, my heart and my soul to love. To people, to things.

I wish I had a better memory. I wish I remembered more things, more experiences from my life. I’ve never thought of history this way and yeah, now I wish I had kept better track or just could recall things th
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Even better the 2nd time around. I remember reading a pre-release of this while my dad was really sick and crying buckets over the book and my RL situation.
2 years of my dads passing just passed and my dumbass decided to re read this around the same time.

“Tears release the pain that is embedded in your heart and soul. Don't ever be afraid to cry.”
― Maria Koszler

Worth every tear for this book and its HEA.


This book gave me all the feels!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Its my favorite trop
Amber’s reading
Everyday History is a beautiful and uniquely written story that will bring you hope and restore your faith in the power of love. A story I needed to get over the heartbreak that my previous book brought me.

Thanks to a Hulya and Katerina for the recommendation.
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Everyday History...

I loathe present tense so I did expect to like it. But, and I really didn’t expect to love it.

I adore this read.

I adore the Dual POV .
I adore the layout of this book, historian and explorer(especially in the paperback version).
I adore the flow and layout of the paperback.
I still locate present tense, but I like this read.
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Alice Archer has lots of questions. Scheming to put fictional characters through the muck so they can get to a better place helps her find answers.

She shares her stories with the hope that others might find some healing too. Alice has messed about with words professionally for many years as an editor and writing coach.

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