I have been purchasing Kindle books through Amazon since July 25th, 2011, according to my digital content listings on my Amazon account. These are largely books I’ve purchased for free whether just browsing the kindle books on the Amazon website, or through daily emails that alert me to free books that are available. For free if it’s something I think I might ever want to read I click to buy it because it’s free, so why not. However, the number of them I actually read is very small.
Currently I have 3113 kindle books on my Amazon account. I would guess I’ve read around 100 of them, but that’s really a shot in the dark. It could be far more or far fewer. I’m not sure how I would find a statistic like that without going through all 3000+ entries.
One reason they don’t get read is that I just prefer a physical book, but the bigger reason is that the whole mass of books feels ridiculous and overwhelming. I decided to go to the first 10 books on my Amazon account, they are all from July 25th and 26th, 2011 and see if I’ve read them, if I would still like to read them, or if I should just unhaul them and delete them from my account.
I’ll be doing installments of this process periodically until the amount of books feels more manageable. I don’t know how long that might take though because I get three emails every day with new free ebooks to entice me. Today alone I ‘bought’ four more books!
I won’t be giving full descriptions of the books because I haven’t read them yet, but the title is always a link to the book, (usually on Goodreads) today the link will take you to Amazon because that is where I’m looking at the books.
The first book on my list is Delivery by Diana Prusik. This is a 236 page ebook that has 45 review and an average rating on Amazon of 4 stars. On first glance this book looks like it might be a cozy mystery set in a small town flower shop, but it’s actually classified under Christian Fiction and that is not for me. So this is a book I will be unhauling.
The second book is called Cat Calls (Tantalize) by Cynthia Leitich Smith. This is a short story at only 18 pages. It has 99 reviews and an average rating of 3 stars. This story is categorized as science fiction. Short book, decent ratings, my favorite genre. Sold. I sent that one to my kindle to read tonight. I’ll include this story in a recent reads post coming up soon.
Book three is Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins: A Collected Trilogy by Randolph Lalonde This book is 376 pages and is listed as a hard science fiction book. Science fiction is my favorite genre, but I’m just not smart enough to keep up when things get too technical or complicated. Maybe I’m smart enough, but I don’t enjoy the story that way. It has a 4.5 star rating with 1041 reviews so I will absolutely be giving this one a try at some point to see if it’s too “sciency” for me, but that probably won’t be right away.
Book four is Shatter (The Children of Man Book 1) by Elizabeth Mock. This is a 448 page epic fantasy with 206 ratings giving it an average of 4 stars. I wasn’t really sure about this book after reading the description so I peeked at few of the reviews and four of the five I read all said it was really slow and shifted points of view a lot. I’ve decided that I’m going to delete this book.
The fifth book is Slow Hands (The Wrong Bed Book 43) by Leslie Kelly. This is a 224 page erotic novel with 386 reviews that give a 4 star average. This is not something I’ll read now, but may in the future.
Book six is Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman. It is 385 pages and listed as a Christian Western about pick pockets and has romance thrown in too. None of those labels sound like something I would like, but I’m still strangely interested in reading this book. It won’t be now though.
Book seven is Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I don’t remember if I’ve ever read this classic book. It’s 214 pages and this edition has 1010 ratings averaging 4.5 stars. I’ll hold on to this one for later.
Book eight is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Another classic I have never read. It has 638 pages in this edition and 2915 reviews that leave it with a 4 star average. This is another I’ll probably just hold on to for later.
Book nine is The Unsuspecting Mage (The Morcyth Saga Book 1) by Brian S. Pratt. This book is 316 pages and is listed as a fantasy book. It has 573 reviews and a 3.5 star average. There are 7 books listed in this series. It is about a boy about to graduate highschool. He answers an ad looking for someone to be a mage and to learn magic. He is dropped in to the middle of a forest and has to figure out how to get to a village. This sounds great! I’ll be keeping it and I’ve sent it to my kindle to read soon.
Book ten is Whirl of the Wheel by Catherine Condie. This is a 110 page book listed under the military and spies categories on Amazon. It has 30 reviews and an average rating of 3.5 stars. It is about a group of children that travel back in time to 1940’s Britain and one of the children gets left there. It’s short and sounds interesting enough to give it a try. I’ve sent that one to my kindle to hopefully read soon as well.
While doing this I kept finding books that were no longer available on Amazon. I would click on the book to see more about it and get a Sorry we couldn’t find that page. This happened with 145 books today and those were obviously deleted as well. I assume this will happen far less frequently as I get closer to books purchased more recently.
I’m happy with my progress for today at any rate. I chose 3 books to read soon, 5 to keep and read later, and ended up deleting 147. My new total is 2966 Kindle Ebooks. Of course there is no telling what that number will be by the next time I check in.
Do you have a ridiculous number of Kindle books waiting for you to read them too? I just can’t turn down free books.