Kindle Collection Clear out- Part 7

Today I am starting with 3002 books in my kindle account. I’ll look at the next ten oldest books and decide whether I want to read them now, read them later, or unhaul them altogether. If you’re following this series closely you’ll notice I’m 58 books higher than I was a few weeks ago when I did part 6. I obviously have no self control regarding free ebooks. I’m largely okay with that. The point of this project seems to be to clear out books I won’t read and to remind myself of books I’ve had sitting in my Kindle queue for far too long. On with the next ten books.

The first book today is Quinn, a Vampire Watcher’s Story by Elizabeth Loraine. This book is 149 pages long and is listed as a young adult sword and sorcery fantasy story. It has 25 reviews and an average rating of 3.5 stars. This is a prequel novella in a series called the Royal Blood Chronicles. The reviews say it is disappointing, only 30 percent of the pages are this story and the rest is beginning chapters for the next book in the series. The reviews also say this book has no closure, no ending, just a disappointment overall. I’ve deleted this one.

Book two is The Golden Age Cook Book by Henrietta Latham Dwight. It is listed at 185 pages and is a cookbook. There are 17 reviews and a 3.5 star rating. I don’t use digital cookbooks, or any cookbooks really, but prefer actual pages for that particular medium if I need something. I’ve deleted this one.

Book three today is The Adventures of Leaf Man by Rebecca Shelly. This book is 27 pages and is listed as a children’s folk tale. It has 22 reviews and a 3 star rating. It is about the Leaf Man who has just one day to live. He spends it saving the life of a child. I’ll send this one to my phone to see if I want to share it with the kiddo.

Book four is For Mother: A Short Story Collection of Two by N. Primak. It is 14 pages and listed as psychological fiction. It has 7 reviews and an average rating of 3.5 stars. There are two very short stories in this book. The reviews are okay. Given it is so short I’ll send this one to my phone to try and read soon.

Forever by Lee Moan is book five. This book is 38 pages and listed as occult horror. It has 55 reviews and a 3.5 star rating. It is also a book with two short stories. This line from the description caught my attention and makes me want to read it soon “If you are a fan of The Twilight Zone these stories could be for you.” I’m sold.

Book six is The Gifts by Patria L. Dunn. This book is 382 pages and listed as new adult fantasy. It has 42 reviews and a rating of 4 stars. This is volume one in a trilogy. The reviews are pretty good overall. In this story “Nine gifts were stolen from a mythical man with wings ages ago.” We follow Nahla as things start to change for her. While in turmoil she meets a man named Gideon who seems to know what she is going through, but she isn’t sure if she should trust him. I’m not sure I’m ready to get involved in a trilogy, but I’ll hold on to it for later perhaps.

Book seven is another cookbook. It is called Mrs. Wilson’s Cook Book Numerous New Recipes Based on Present Economic Conditions by Mary A Wilson. It is 581 pages long. It has 18 reviews and an average of 3.5 stars. Another digital cookbook. Another book I won’t use. I’ll delete this one too.

Book eight is The Basket Woman A Book of Indian Tales for Children by Mary Hunter Austin. This book is 214 pages and listed as nonfiction. It has 13 reviews and an average rating of 4 stars. There is no description of the book and I don’t have the energy to dig for information so I’ll just delete it and save myself the trouble.

Book nine is Mother Stories from the New Testament by Anonymous. I’m deleting this book because I’m an atheist and it is Bible based. It has 34 pages and 6 ratings with a 4 star average rating.

Book ten for today is Legacy by Jeanette Baker. This book is 384 pages and is listed as a time travel romance. It has 36 reviews and a 4.5 star average rating. I’m not really interested in romance in general and historical isn’t my cup of tea either. I’ll pass on this one as well.

That brings us to the end of another installment. I’m down to 2993 books in my collection. We’re working on books from August 2011 now and I still have a long way to go. But I have to admit this is a fun project.



A Buzzwordathon TBR

I don’t actually have time to participate in Buzzwordathon, but I still wanted to make a TBR to see if I could meet all of the challenges. I did, but I don’t know if I will read any of these soon.

The Buzzwordathon round three started yesterday. It runs from the 18th to the 24th this time around. If you don’t know, Buzzwordathon is a readathon hosted by BooksandLala on Youtube. She typically takes one word that she has been seeing everywhere and you read titles that have that word in them. This time around she and her cohost opted to use six words. Who, what, where, why, when, and how.

I found a book either in my physical collection or digital collection for each prompt, except one that I have on hold from the library. I haven’t read any of these, but they are on my radar for when my reading time frees up a bit. Even if I won’t be reading them any time soon, I hope my suggestions help you fill a tricky slot on your TBR.

Who– For this word I chose Who Do, Voodoo? by Rochelle Staab. This one I have physically. I found it in my book closet where I keep my books that won’t fit on my bookshelves any longer. Goodreads says it is a paranormal cozy mystery and it has an average rating of 3.71 stars.

What– For what I chose What Stays in Vegas by Beth Labonte. This book I have on my kindle. It is listed as a contemporary romance and has 3.55 stars on Goodreads.

Where– For where I chose a book that is on my current library holds list. It is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I have heard only good things about this one. It is listed as a historical fiction mystery and has an average rating of 4.53 stars on Goodreads.

Why– I chose Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life by Francesca Gino. This is a book that I started ages ago and have left lingering on my kindle unfinished. I should get back to it at some point. It is listed as a business, leadership, self-help book and has an average rating of 3.80 stars on Goodreads.

When– For this one I chose When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin. This book is one I own physically. I have no idea how long I’ve had this book in my closet, but it is listed as a Christian fiction book so I may or may not read this book with that new bit of information. It has an average rating of 4.25 stars on Goodreads.

How– For this last book I have another one that was in my closet. It is How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely. This book is listed as adult humerus fiction. It has an average rating of 3.69 stars on Goodreads. It is a funny book about writing and it sounds perfect for me. I may try to pick this one up soon after all.

Are you participating in the Buzzwordathon this week?


Cancer Update 3/16/19

This is an update on my husband’s brain tumor. As a recap, he had a seizure 44 days ago, on January 31st. His first, and only so far. We were taken to two hospitals by the paramedics and after three days of various cat scans, MRIs and finally a brain biopsy it was determined that he has glioblastoma multiform and was given 18-24 months to live with treatment.

We have since found out that it is a wild style tumor which means it’s the most aggressive form of cancer our neurosurgeon has ever seen. It grew from 1.5 inches at the time of his seizure to 2 inches 19 days later when they took another MRI to finish plotting his radiation treatments.

Depending on which of his doctors you talk to the treatments he is having could do anything from nothing at all, to slowing the growth, to shrinking the tumor.

So far he has had 13 of 33 radiation treatments and 18 of 42 chemo pills. Until this past week the only real symptoms of treatment he was experiencing were being tired all the time and being hungry all the time.

This week though we ended up with a more visual reminder of his oncoming death. He began to lose his hair from the radiation. We both took it poorly. Neither of us are attached to his hair, but for me, when he looked normal I could keep the panic at bay and sometimes even forget that he was dying before my eyes for minutes at a time. Now whenever I look at him I’m hit in the face with a reminder that I’m losing my husband and best friend, probably soon. It kills me over and over every day.

Today we’re going to the girl that has cut his hair longer than I’ve known him to let her take his hair off all the way so we don’t have to slowly watch him lose the rest of it all over the house.

We have no idea what size his tumor might be at this point. They will do another MRI in a month or so when his treatments have ended for this session. We just don’t know what to expect next or how much time to really hope for. Right now life is lived minute to minute focusing only on the exact next thing I need to accomplish. I don’t know how to live it any other way.

Color Coded TBR (black)

This is an ongoing project to clear my backlog of books on my bookshelves. I’ll show you the list of books I chose today and after I’ve read them, I’ll come back and tell you what they are about and what I thought about them. This time I will be reading books that are black.


The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Andrew’s Brain by E.L. Doctorow

The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb

The only book from this set I have read before is The Last Lecture. I read it when it was first published. The others will all be first time reads. I am most excited for I Know This Much is True. Another book by Wally Lamb was my favorite for at least a decade, but I’ve never read anything else by the author. The A to Z of You and Me was purchased in February of 2018, but the rest of the books have been on my shelf for long enough that I can’t remember acquiring them.

I’ll be back with my thoughts on these five books once I’ve finished them all.

Have you read any of these books before?

Current Ebook Checkouts

Yesterday we had a trip to see my husband’s neurosurgeon. It’s about an hour long drive each way. I decided to install my library’s Overdrive app on my phone and download a few available options to give me choices on our trip. I’ve used Overdrive before, but usually it’s on my Kindle Fire. I go in spurts though. I read a dozen ebooks from the library and then go back to physical books only for a few months and then back again. At this point I hadn’t checked out a library ebook since November.

I scrolled through the newest additions to the collection and chose books I had heard about on blogs or booktube and I ended up with four books checked out to me and four books on hold. The limit for my library is five ebooks checked out and five more on hold.

The books I checked out for the drive were:

The books I placed on hold are:

Have you read any of these? I ended up starting Sadie on the way out while my husband napped and the car was quiet. I made it 46% of the way through the book before we made it home. It was a really long wait at both doctors appointments. Do you make use or your library’s ebooks? How many are you allowed to check out at once?

Our ebooks have a strict limit on both holds and checkouts, but physical books we have no limit at all and we often end up with around 100 checkouts and 50 others on hold at any given time for the three of us.

Recent Reads March 9, 2019

Recent Reads is where I talk about the last five books I finished reading that were not part of a specific tbr.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

This was a very inspiring book. The author tackled 20 lies she believed about herself and how she realized that they were lies. She talked about really hard times in her life and how she made it through them. Sometimes with her faith sometimes with alcohol. She never shied away from telling the truth about what she’s been through. It was overall a good read that I may go back to at some point and write down a few quotes that really struck me. However, I’m not really the intended audience and I gave this book ✰3✰. It was good and inspiring, but all of the religion included was just not for me. If you are a spiritually inclined woman I’m sure you’ll get even more out of this book than I did.

Survivors by Sophie Littlefield

This was a short story from my Kindle Clear Out. This book is listed as just 29 pages on Goodreads, but you really get a lot of story out of those few pages. You learn about the world you are in, the monsters they are hiding from, the way various people are coping with the downfall of the world. There was even an ending to the short story of what would happen to the little boy that showed up where children are not allowed to live. I enjoyed reading this short story. I gave it ✰4✰. I would absolutely be interested in reading the three novels set in this same world.

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls by Brian K. Vaughan

It didn’t feel like very much happened in this volume. Someone is pregnant. We find out why the monkey might be immune. And we see Yorick naked. But that’s about it besides some back story for the monkey and agent 355. I still enjoyed reading the volume, but don’t feel like we made much progress in the overall goal of finding Ampersand and Beth. I gave this volume ✰3✰.

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 8: Kimono Dragons by Brian K Vaughan

In this volume we are finally reunited with Ampersand. We see children, several of them. And we meet Dr Mann’s mother, when she stabs her daughter’s girlfriend. This volume was action packed. It feels like we’re unraveling the mystery of what happened a bit more in the volume and I can’t wait to finish this series and find out how it all unfolds. Just two more volumes to go. I gave this volume ✰5

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

This book was wonderful. We follow Elsa, she’s nearly 8 and she is bullied at school for being different. Her grandmother is her biggest fan and her only friend. When her grandmother dies of cancer she sends Elsa on an adventure meeting people and doing things that scare her. The whole book was simply amazing. I adored the characters and the language and the story. I gave this book ✰5

What did you read recently?

Books that Feature Cancer

Cancer is following me. I keep picking up books around my house to try and read them and more often than not they seem to feature cancer. Random books that have been sitting there for years, new things I picked up in the past few months, things I never would have suspected had cancer at all let alone as a main feature of a story. For the most part these books have been set back on my book shelf for the time being. With the hubby fighting cancer so strongly right now I can’t handle dealing with anyone else’s medical issues. But here is a non-inclusive list of books I’ve stumbled upon recently that have cancer in the story line.


There are many others. You can find lists on Goodreads with hundreds of books about characters with cancer. These are just a few I ran across naturally in my daily travels. A few I’ve read, most I haven’t. Why do you think there are so many books about people battling cancer?