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Everyday History

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  317 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
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 an intense weekend. The unexpected depth of their connection scares Ru ...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 29th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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Nick Pageant
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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 romance at th
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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.

Elsa Bravante
No sé cómo hacer llegar lo mucho que me ha gustado este libro, la cantidad de sentimientos que me ha despertado, y lo maravillosa que me ha parecido la forma de relatar de la autora. Harry y Ruben se conocen como profesor-alumno en un seminario, 32 años y 18 respectivamente, una vez que dicho seminario termina pasarán juntos unos horas que cambiarán su vida, Harry busca una relación, Ruben quiere experimentar todo lo que pueda en la Universidad, por lo que un futuro juntos es complicado. A parti ...more
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
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 history
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
Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

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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Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.



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.

Kaje Harper
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

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 I pushed those back on the virtual shelf. I was so bored. It was unbearable. I rummaged through the favorites of my friends. I drifted off to the MF genre. Even books that cheered everyone else, were tasteless like cardboard. I alread
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
R * 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
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, 2016
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 God It touched and moved me so deep....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."

"I’ve been wai
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Es raro que yo últimamente encuentre un libro cuya voz narrativa me secuestre, me enamore, un libro que tenga que parar cada 3 x 2 para decir "ay mis feelings". Pues el domingo apareció, el 70% de este libro me parece la cosa más sublime que he leído hace tiempo, sin duda.

La historia de Ruben y Henry comienza de una manera maravillosa, poética y real. Es un canto a los sentimientos, a conocerte a ti mismo y a ser honesto con quién eres, o quieres ser. Cada conversación entre ellos oscila entre u
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

”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

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 tha
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
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
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 "GET THIS BOOK NOW" Hearts!!!

It’s not often that I am so captivated by a book that I try and reach out to as many readers as possible to chat about it. This story had me so caught up I just needed to discuss all the unbelievably unique aspects to this authors writing style. Alice Archer, where did you come from and where have you been??? This story, you guys….if you read 1 book this year it NEEDS to be this one. This is no conventional love story and you’ll see why when you read it. In fact th
Picking a book that is JUST what you always look for...
Looking for a book that has all the "right" things for you...
That book, that is a sure thing, for you, to like...
The story that will "tick" all your boxes...

We all do that, naturally.
That's easy!
Easy to pick.
Easy to read.
Easy to like.

But, then once in a while, you pick up up a book that has a big question mark over it...
That is not your "usual suspect", and ending up enjoying it SO much more then the "comfort" picks...
That is just amazing!!

Karen Wellsbury
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prism-reviewed
Read this down in 1 and totally loved it, but I do feel that it's going to be Marmite book, you'll love the writing style and the fact that Henry and Reuben are apart for a lot of the book, or you'll dislike it.
I thought the writing was gorgeous, and the time was needed .
One of the best books I've read this year - full review at Prism
I'm sorry, my friends. But this is not an actual review. This is my personal intake.

I know I'll remember this book. Because it became one of the most important everyday histories for me.

And just like Henry found the courage to tell his story, I'm going to share a bit of mine and see if it sets me free.

I have lost someone a few days ago. Someone who had once meant so much to me. Our youthful desire to explore and hold onto the freedom and carelessness has inadvertently ruined something really p
¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★°**★

Sweet Jesus! This. Book. Took. My. Breath. Away.

So, let me just say...this book has a sense of style that I avoid. Present tense! I loathe present tense books. Loath. At least I use to loathe it?

This book went straight for my heart and curled and cuddled my heart with ease.

The cadanece of this book was poetic disposition.

This book was an organically driven pure romance.

And, as a I look back at the blurb and some of the previous reviews. I am stunned by my feels with this book? Because.

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