Dilemmas of a Book Nerd Tag

This tag was created by Lindsey at Lindsey’s Little Library over on Youtube. It features 10 dilemmas or problems that avid readers might face.

Dilemma #1: Book Storage – How do you store and organize your books?

Currently, I have all of my books on two bookshelves and in a stack under my desk and in a closet that was meant for linens. There isn’t really any organization. The newest books that I’m most excited for are in a towering pile under my desk so they are within easy reach. And books that I’ve read and loved are on a separate shelf from the books I haven’t read yet. Ideally, once things settle down a bit and I have time to organize and clean, I would love to arrange my books by color to form a rainbow.

Dilemma #2: Tracking – How do you keep track of what you have read and what books you own?

I use goodreads and a bookish bullet journal to track what I’ve read. I only have stats from 2017 on though. I don’t really have a way to track what books I own. There are so many of them I can’t imagine trying to put them all in to goodreads at this point. I try to add the new purchases on there though.

Dilemma #3: Borrow – Do you lend your books out?

No. I would, but I don’t have anyone in my real life that reads more than a handful of books a year if that. So no one has ever asked to borrow a book. I would though. I love to share great stories and talk about books we’ve read.

Dilemma #4: Buying – How do you buy or acquire your books?

I mostly purchase books from Thriftbooks.com. I do occasionally purchase books from Amazon as well. And I also love to shop in my library’s book sale room when I can.

Dilemma #5: Comments – How do you respond to the “How do you read so much” comment or similar comments?

I usually just say:I don’t watch television. There is nothing else I would rather do with my free time than read. I wish I could read more!

Dilemma #6: Next Book – How do you pick your next read?

I always have a ridiculous number of books on my to be read list. Sometimes I pick what is next on that list and occasionally I choose what arrived the most recently that I’m excited about. Sometimes it’s whatever has the most guilt attached to not having read it yet.

Dilemma #7: Travel – How do you pick what book(s) you bring on vacation with you?

I don’t travel. But, I keep one book in my handbag at all times. if I’m going away for longer than an afternoon I bring my fully stocked kindle. I own about 3000 kindle books, most of which I haven’t read yet.

Dilemma #8: Annotate – Do you write or highlight or mark up your books in any way?

Yes! I love to highlight in my books. I wish I did more writing and actual annotation, but I love to flip through and look at my favorite passages highlighted.

Dilemma #9: New or Backlist – Which do you prefer, new releases or backlist books?

I love to read the newest books, but for the most part that’s just not in my budget. While I love to get books from the library I don’t have the kind of life right now where I can be sure to finish a book in the three week time span I have to read it. Also, I own far too many books to ever run out of reading material. So in general I actually read mostly backlist titles.

Dilemma #10: Sequels – Do you read books as they are released for wait for an entire series to be published before reading 1 book?

I strongly prefer to read a series only after the conclusion has  been released. If I read the first book in a series and love it, but have to wait a year or more to read the next book, I will likely just never get back to that series. And if I do, I’ll have to reread the previous book or books. I don’t like to do a lot of rereading.

 

Do you like to keep up with series currently being published?

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Recent Read- The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

My rating  ✰3✰

Picture and quote from Goodreads

A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts – The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.

As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchmen, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she’ll meet Vizzini – the criminal philosopher who’ll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik – the gentle giant; Inigo – the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen – the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup’s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.

“Buttercup’s Baby” is at the end of this edition.

This story is my favorite movie ever. My husband and I have watched it countless times and used to be able to quote it to each other non-stop. The book, however, was not my favorite. It took me a really long time to get through it. I even skipped the stuff at the end. This edition has 90 pages of more talking from Goldman and a chapter of something called “Buttercup’s Baby.” I just had no interest at all though. The movie is fantastic. This was just okay. I can’t imagine I’ll read it again. I didn’t like Buttercup at all. Everyone felt a little whiny. And the constant intrusions in the story by the author just made for an unenjoyable experience for me. I know it was supposed to be funny and a story within a story, but I mostly found it irritating. I can’t wait to watch the movie again though! The first time I’ve ever liked the movie more than the book.

Weekly Reading Blog May 12th-18th

Sunday May 12th- Mother’s Day (30 pages)

Today we are still going to the hospital every six hours. It’s our last day of it, at least for now. We’re all exhausted and grumpy. And it’s Mother’s Day. My daughter is too little to do anything special for me and my husband is too sick. So it’s really any other day aside from the trips to the hospital, of course. And that is hardly a bonus.

Today I am still reading The Princess Bride by William Goldman. It feels like I’ve been reading this book forever. I’m enjoying it, but I have no actual time to read right now. Everything about our lives is exhausting chaos. I began the day on page 142.

My daughter hasn’t been getting enough sleep either because of the alarms that go off every six hours to give my husband more medicine or the past few days to get him changed and out of the house to get to the hospital. So she has spent the whole day being a giant brat. She’s had numerous privileges taken away and is still acting up. Finally in the afternoon my father in law comes to take my husband to one of his hospital visits and in the process my daughter asks to go to his house to play. He agrees and I finally get my actual mother’s day wish. A basically quiet house in which I can read for an hour.

I make it to page 172 before she gets back. That’s more than I’ve read in days!

Monday May 13th (30 pages)

Finally a day we could stay home. It wasn’t an easy day though. My daughter is still behaving horribly. She’s not getting enough sleep or attention because of all of the medical things we have going on. I’m constantly having to choose between giving her my attention or giving my husband my attention. Unfortunately she currently takes less effort to keep alive. I tried to pour some extra love in to her today while we didn’t have any errands to get to.  It didn’t really change the behavior, but it did take up a lot of time over the course of the day. I read 14 pages of The Princess Bride between activities.

By 8pm I was done dealing with her for the night and sent her to bed with her Kindle to just be still and calm until I could give the hubby his evening meds at 9pm, at which point I would join my daughter and actually get to sleep. I wrapped up a few things I still needed to get done for the day and then picked up my book for a little bit before bed.

Between various interruptions I made it only 16 more pages in that hour before it was time to get my husband dry and changed, medicated, and in to bed. Another 30 page day.

Tuesday May 14th (6 pages)

This was a day filled with errands and doctors appointments 45 minutes away. I started the day with a short reading session though. The kiddo asked me to cuddle on the couch with her and I brought my book while she played kindle. 6 pages to start out the day.

Unfortunately we did not get good news at the doctor. My husband has been given just 6-8 months left to live with a new treatment. Just 2 months if the treatment doesn’t’ work. I spent the rest of the day crying and didn’t read any more pages.

Wednesday May 15th (13 pages)

Today started out very poorly. I took a phone call from my husband’s primary care doctor to see about getting some help in to the home and while I was away writing something down in the living room, he fell off the bed. We had to have his father and my step father come to help me get him up. Firefighters were also on the way. Thankfully they weren’t necessary. I spent the majority of the day taking care of my husband and daughter and trying to do a bit of work. We also had a surprise visitor that was here for an hour and several phone calls. Both of which can cause panic attacks for me. It was another rough day overall.

About 30 minutes before bedtime though my daughter wanted to cuddle on the chair with daddy and I settled in on the couch next to them to get a bit of reading done. I started on page 208 in The Princess Bride and made it to page 221 before it was time for meds and bed.

Thursday May 16th (40 pages)

I had high hopes for today. My mother asked to take my daughter to her house from 8am to 2pm to play. My daughter loves to go to grandma’s house so there was no way I could say no. I had a lot of cleaning I needed to get done and I had to deal with getting the hubby ready for the day, making breakfast and lunch, and also trying to get some work done while I had a few quieter minutes. I planned to spend some time with the hubby, since we don’t have much left. But I had also hoped to find at least an hour (or two?) in there to devote to reading.

I ended up doing short spurts of all of these things throughout the morning and also included some booktube watching time. I got a few instagram pictures taken, and starting laying out a new bookish bujo. I also got a handful of things set medically for my husband. Cancelled some tests we deemed unnecessary given his new prognosis, set up some convenience things (a shower chair and a handicap parking ticket) to make our lives a bit easier. And applied for hospice care help. Altogether a very productive morning. As far as reading goes, I started the kid free time period on page 221 and ended on page 248.

Grandma must have worn Pepper out though because shortly after she came home she tucked herself in on the couch and fell asleep. I got a bit more reading done then andmade it to page 261. That was the last of my reading for the day though.

Friday May 17th (0 pages)

Today my mother took my daughter out for story time at the library and then lunch. Unfortunately I didn’t get any reading done while they were gone. I was looking for new income sources to keep us going. My husband is no longer expected to live long enough to collect disability. Our savings runs out in July.

After that we had a visit from Hospice and they can’t help us yet. We have to give up all treatments that are not only to cause comfort. We’re not quite ready to just quit yet. We’re going to try one round of the new chemo and see how he is effected. It was a very long and emotionally exhausting day and I never got around to reading anything.

Saturday May 18th (25 pages)

I spent literally the whole day turning my husband and my bedroom in to a play room for our daughter. My husband doesn’t want to sleep in there any more and we will soon be getting a hospital bed for him that will go in the living room so we do the least moving possible. My daughter has her own room now and she loves it! But it was after 7pm before I had a minute to sit down and try to get some reading done. I made it to page 286 before nighttime meds and tuck ins all around.

 

Overall a better reading week than I expected. I read on 6 of the 7 days. And I read a total of 144 pages. Nowhere near what I used to read in a day or a week, but not too shabby for my current life situation.

Recent Read-Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

My rating ✰5✰

Picture and quote from Goodreads

From the author of Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband s Secretcomes a novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

A murder… A tragic accident… Or just parents behaving badly? What s indisputable is that someone is dead.

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mum Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.

This book was fantastic. It has trigger warnings for rape and domestic violence. There were so many different story lines going on in here and they all met together in the end in a way that was so gloriously satisfying. I related to each of our three main moms in different ways and I felt for the kids and even the ‘bad’ moms. Everything wrapped up nicely and I thoroughly enjoyed this book start to finish. Given it was a book about rape, bullying, and domestic abuse as well as a murder we spend the whole book trying to solve, this book was so incredibly funny. I kept finding myself laughing out loud. I would love to read more of this author’s works soon.

Kindle Collection Clear Out – Part 11

This post should include the 100th book I’ve looked at in this series. Unfortunately that means I’ve looked at about 3% of the total books I had at the beginning of this project. Currently my kindle collection is sitting at 2966 books.

Haunting at Heidelburgh Mansion by Tracy Marchini is a 32 pages short story. It is listed as a children’s Halloween short story. It has 34 reviews and an average rating of 4 stars. This is a story about a 12 year old girl that goes to a party she isn’t invited to and then has to try to rescue her friend that disappears. This is an intro book to a series that I’m not sure I would read. I’ll probably pass on this one.

The Confession by Mary Roberts Rinehart is a 65 page book. It is listed as a linguistics book and has 40 reviews with an average rating of 4 stars. This is one of those free books that doesn’t have any information about what is about. I’ll just delete it rather than do any research.

Alice, or the Mysteries-Book 11 by Edward Bulwer Lytton is 42 pages and listed as a linguistics book. It has 2 reviews that both rated it 5 stars. This is another book with no information and as the 11th part of a series I have no information about I’ll just delete this one as well.

Crime in the Community by Cecilia Peartree is a 244 page that is listed as cozy mystery or a traditional detective mystery. It has 67 reviews and an average rating of 3 stars. This is book 1 out of 17 in the Pitkirtly Mysteries series. This book has extremely mixed reviews. Almost the same number of 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 star reviews. I’m not really in to this genre in general and don’t want to get involved in a new series that is this long so I’ll pass.

The Cageless Zoo by Thomas K Carpener is 56 pages long and is listed as a cyberpunk science fiction story. It has 22 reviews and an average rating of 3.5 stars. Amazon says this:

Visiting the galaxy’s only Cageless Zoo should be a special treat for Melandre and her children. Except she’s still trying to reckon with her husband’s recent death and how she’s going to raise two highly independent children on her own. As their visit quickly falls to chaos, Melandre learns that family is the only thing left she has to rely on.

I was set to read this one until I looked at the reviews and they mentioned that it was gory. That’s not really something I can handle and mixed with being a newly widowed mother, something I will likely be facing before the year is over, I need to pass on this one.

Mug Shot by Edward Winslow is a 158 page book in the superhero science fiction genre. It has 11 reviews and an average rating of 3 stars. After reading the snippet about the book I’m mostly confused. Tony gets a job at a school for superheros, except the students aren’t actually superheros. I was going to pass on this one too, but the reviews say it’s ridiculous and fun, but also has some great writing. I’ll hold on to this one.

Max Under the Stars by Anne Frasier is a 18 page short story listed as a humorous fantasy.  It has 21 reviews and an average rating of 4 stars. This is a short story about a writer that tries to write the perfect novel. I’m sold. I love to read about writers! I hope to get to this soon.

John Thorndyke’s Cases related by Christopher Jervis and edited by R. Austin Freeman is 199 pages. It has 23 reviews and an average of 4.5 stars. However this is another linguistics book with no information. I’m passing on this too.

And ditto to this next entry as well. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett, 84 pages, 74 reviews and 4.5 star average. Passing. In the future I’ll just delete these entries without including them in the list.

Letter of Love by Virginia Henley is 35 pages and listed as a historical romance. It has 54 reviews and an average rating of 3.5 stars. It’s not really my taste so I’ll be passing, but others have liked it so I’ve included Amazon’s blurb about it here.

This short story is set in Elizabethan times.
At Hampton Court Palace, Queen Elizabeth has arranged a marriage for her ward Burgundy Bedford with Lord Nicholas Mountjoy, Earl of Devon.
This union will join two great shipping families and provide Mountjoy with vessels to transport his troops to Ireland to quell the uprising led by Tyrone of Ulster.
Burgundy plans to thwart the queen, as her mother did before her, by eloping the day before the wedding.
Burgundy comes into possession of an ancient book passed down through two centuries from mother to daughter.
Between the pages of the book, Burgundy finds a letter written to her by her mother when her daughter was born.
The book’s ancient legacy and the letter of love touches her heart and alters the course of her life forever.

And that’s 10 more. Only 2 of the 10 are ones I might read. My total is now down to 2950.

How many kindle books do you own?

Mini Cancer Update

Jason’s chemo doctor says his tumor is definitely not smaller. He can tell that without the dye. He gave us a new diagnosis of 2 months with no treatment or 6-8 months with a new IV given chemo for two hours every two weeks.

I don’t know how to continue to live without my husband. I don’t know what to tell our four year old. Any good thoughts you can send our way are appreciated.

Also, because people keep asking, this is the link to the GoFundMe set up for our family

https://www.gofundme.com/f/jason-mcentire-terminal-brain-cancer