These posts are my attempt to dwindle down my enormous Kindle book collection to something more manageable. When I left on my last post, here, I had 2966 books left on my account. Since then I have added some from free ebook daily emails and am now back up to 2987 books.
Since my last post I have also read one book. Cat Calls by Cynthia Leitich Smith was the first book on my most recent reads post, here.
Today I’ll go through the next ten oldest books in the list and decide what I want to do with them. Read them now, read them later, or delete them from my account because I can’t see myself ever reading those books. These are still books that I ‘purchased’ on July 26, 2011.
Book one is Call of the Herald: Epic Fantasy Adventure by Brian Rathbone. This book is 243 pages and the first in a trilogy of trilogies. It has 735 reviews on Amazon and an average rating of 4 stars. It is listed as a sword and sorcery, coming of age children’ book on Amazon, though the actual description indicates it is a Young Adult Series. The story intrigued me, but after I noticed the first two books in the first trilogy were free and the last one was $8 I decided to look at the reviews and sure enough, it’s a cliffhanger book. That’s fine if you can handle it, but I can’t. I don’t like to feel like I’ve gotten only part of a story without being told so in advance. It makes me feel like the satisfying conclusion to a book is being held hostage. It’s different with a series where you get a satisfying ending to each book as well as an overarching ending to the series, but I’m worried that will not be the case with this particular series so I’ve chosen to delete this book.
Book two is Death Ray Butterfly by Tom Lichtenberg. This is book two in a series that sounds good. It has 98 pages and is listed as mystery, thriller, suspense, satire. It has only 6 reviews and a 3 star rating. I love to laugh and given it was only 98 pages I decided that I want to give this book a try. I added it to my kindle to read soon. And in the process of finding book 1 I also downloaded another full 4 book series from this author to my kindle. So fail?
Book three is The Dream Dancer by Kenneth C. Crowe. This book is 308 pages and is listed under the historical and occult categories on Amazon. There are 24 reviews and an average rating of 3.5 stars. Amazon says:
THE DREAM DANCER: A Native American hero’s journey in which the monster is a U.S. Congressman and the netherworld is a Pennsylvania prison.
The story opens in Paris in the dwindling days of the summer of 1956. Coop Rever, a Native American expatriate who is the protagonist of THE DREAM DANCER, is getting ready to travel to Algeria to gather material for his third book on the French Foreign Legion. Coop is a war correspondent and author, educated at the Sorbonne under the World War II GI Bill.
Coop dreams that he has been chosen to be a messenger of God. Although skeptical and unwilling at the outset, Coop undertakes the role when the evidence that he is the chosen one becomes so overwhelming he cannot deny it.
The reviews list this as hard to read and gut wrenching. Seeing the part about the “messenger from God” I was instinctively ready to delete it, but some of the reviews made me want to read this book and see what is so riveting about it. I’ll keep it for now, but with no actual plans to read it any time soon.
Book four is Expelled by Clayton Spann. This book is 298 pages and is a science fiction book. It has 9 reviews and an average rating of 3 stars. This book is the third book in a trilogy. The reviews say this is an unsatisfying book and series and a lot of things just go unexplained. I’ve deleted this book.
Book five is Fearworld by Paul Meluish. This is a 27 page short horror story. It has 6 reviews and an overall rating of 4 stars. This story seems to be about some sort of formless monsters that can change shape in to that of people with rubbed out faces. I don’t like to be scared and I’m prone to nightmares, but at only 27 pages I’m tempted to read this anyway. The reviewers liked it. I’ve sent it to my kindle and plan to give it a try soon, during the daylight.
Book six is Free Me My Love by Jesse Casavant. This story is 41 pages and listed in the BDSM category. There are 11 reviews and an average rating of 2.5 stars. The low ratings and subject matter made this a delete book for me.
Book seven is Marked: City of the Damned Book 1 by Everly Drummond. This story is 62 pages and is listed as a paranormal erotica. It has 63 reviews and a 3.5 star rating. The reviews say the story is too squished being in only 5 chapters and there are too many things not explained. The reviews talking about grammar and spelling errors were the last strike and I’ve deleted this story as well.
Book eight is Love in Bloom by Karen Rose Smith. This book is 220 pages and is listed as a sexy contemporary romance. It has 239 reviews and a 4 star average rating. Reading the description makes it seem like a generic romance and that’s not really my cup of tea. It has good ratings so you might like it and at the time I’m typing this it’s only 99 cents, but I’ve decided to delete it.
Book nine is Know What You Don’t Know: How Great Leaders Prevent Problems Before They Happen by Michael A. Roberto. This book is 225 pages and listed under decision making and problem solving. It has 29 reviews and 4.5 stars on average. It seems to be about leaders being able to unearth and deal with issues within corporations. I can’t imagine having to deal with that anytime in my near future so this book is being deleted as well.
Book ten is Amaury’s Hellion by Tina Folsom. This book is 273 pages and is listed as a paranormal romance. It has 302 reviews and an average rating of 4.5 stars. This is shown as book 2 of 12 in the Scarguards Vampires Series, but it says this can be read as a standalone. Amaury, a vampire needs to have sex to alleviate his pain brought on by feeling everyone’s emotions. But the woman he is hoping to cure his pain with wants to kill him. This could be a fun book. The bulk of the reviews are promising so I’m going to give this one a try next time I’m in the mood for a romance.
Between the books I added on entry two and the books that showed up missing when I tried to see them on Amazon I am down to 2980 books at the end of this session. Not nearly as many gone this time as last time, but progress is progress.
Of the 10 I talked about here I deleted 6, chose to read 2 soon and 2 later.
Do any of these sound like something you would read?