Types of Memes Book Tag

This is a book tag created by Icebreaker694. There are 10 questions.

Grumpy Cat–A book you have negative feelings about

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I know this is popular, but I didn’t like it at all. It spent multiple pages in reflection with nothing happening at all. I couldn’t wait to be done with this book. One of only four 1 star ratings I have on Goodreads.

What if I told you– A book you spoiled for yourself

This question has an obvious answer for me. I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. The twist at the end of this book, I accidentally spoiled for myself reading questions and answers about this book on Goodreads. I was only half way through reading the book. It absolutely changed my reading experience.

I don’t always man–A book you don’t like, but when you’re reading it you do

Damned by Chuck Palahnick. This book I read because my husband really enjoyed it. I did not enjoy it, but while I was reading it I couldn’t put it down. Whether that was because I just wanted it to be over or because I actually cared about the story or characters I can’t recall.

90’s Spiderman–A good classic or retro book that’ll never get old

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Funny every time.

Marching Band Memes–A book that’s very relatable

She’s Come Undone by Wally lamb is the most relatable book of my life. I typically read it every few years and find new ways that I can relate to Dolores each time.

Demotivational–A book that you’re seen almost everywhere

The first thing that came to mind was The Harry Potter Series. I like the first one. I’ve read the first four a couple of times, but I can’t get through book five.

You don’t say–A predictable book

It’s a children’s book so maybe that’s why, but I’m choosing The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo for this question. This is another of the 1 star ratings on my Goodreads. I didn’t like this book at all, but I suppose it’s predictable given that he eventually ends up back with the little girl he treated like garbage.

One does not simply–A book you binge read

On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves. I read this in less than a day. So so good!

Chemistry Cat–A book that taught you something new

Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto. This book taught me a lot about the public school system and cemented my plans to homeschool my child.

Pet Memes–A book that’s just really adorable

Any of the Junie B Jones books. She is such a fun and cute character.

 

What is the last book that you binge read?

 

 

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March 2018 Haul Revisit

In March 2018 I placed my first, and I think only, order with Book Outlet. I purchased 30 books in this month. These are the books:

  1. Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
  2. Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen
  3. Shadowland by Alyson Noel
  4. Will & I by Clay Byars
  5. A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me by Jason Schmidt
  6. Here Lies Linc by Delia Ray
  7. ACID by Emma Pass
  8. Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer
  9. Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose
  10. I Can Hear You Whisper by Lydia Denworth
  11. It’s All Too Much by Peter Walsh
  12. The Game Believes in You by Greg Toppo
  13. Who is AC? by Hope Larson
  14. Below by Jason Chabot
  15. Above by Jason Chabot
  16. Beyond by Jason Chabot
  17. Writing is my Drink by Theo Pauline Nestor
  18. Fatherless by James C. Dobson and Kurt Bruner
  19. Childless by James C. Dobson and Kurt Bruner
  20. The Autumn Balloon by Kenny Porpora
  21. 101 Things to do Before Your Kids Leave Home by David Bordon and Tom Winters
  22. Born Reading by Jason Boog
  23. The Art of Adapting by Cassandra Dunn
  24. The Wobbit by The Harvard Lampoon
  25. This is the Life by Alex Shearer
  26. The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley Archer
  27. Kin by by Lili St. Crow
  28. Like No Other by Una LaMarche
  29. Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw
  30. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Of these 30 books I’ve read 3. Blue Birds (4 stars), Who is AC? (2 stars), and The Little Prince (4 stars). 1 is already on my TBR for March. And the rest I haven’t read yet. I started Will & I, but set it down for now.

So many to choose from. I think I will chose to read Below because it the start of a trilogy and I own all three if end up loving it and I’ll be able to get rid of three books if I don’t. A win either way I guess.

 

My haul revisit from last month didn’t go so great. I DNFed it about 20 pages in. I’m hoping this book goes way better.

 

Good Bye Birthday Month

This is the last post for birthday month. I somehow managed to keep up with a goal I made before my husband was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Because my life was permanently changed just days before this month was due to start a lot of the posts I had planned to write were forgotten about. A lot of things that were important before just aren’t now. Other posts were kept in only because they were fairly simple to write to keep me on target for the 28 days of posting.

I posted 30 times this month. I also posted about more personal things than I have before. That seems to happen when your world crashes down around you over and over again. Sorry book lovers. Back to largely bookish content from here on out. An occasional life update is sure to be included too.

I gained 18 followers. Hello new friends!

I think the most important thing this month gave me though was a small task each day that I could accomplish and keep my mind off of everything else going on in my life for a few moments.

Thanks to everyone here that reads my posts and leaves likes and comments. You’re helping more than you think to keep me going during this horrendous time in my life.

Thank you!

See you on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday again from here on out.

March TBR

I haven’t been doing much in the way of reading since my husband’s diagnosis. In fact I only finished 6 things in February and one was a short story, two were graphic novels, and one I had started in January. I’m hoping to do better this month, but we have a minimum of six doctors appointments a week for my husband for the next seven weeks while he is having chemo and radiation treatments.

To keep myself more focused on what I want and need to read I purged my currently reading list of everything I’m just not going to get to right now. I’m trying to be realistic with what I have time to read and what I actually want to read.

In March I am hoping to read seven books.

Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody was supposed to be read in February but I just didn’t get to it. So I’m hoping to read it this month.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes has been hanging around on my currently reading list for months and I need to just get it finished.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid was the book I got for my birthday that I was most excited for.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman is another one I’m anxious to read.

Writing is my Drink by Theo Pauline Nestor is the book I’m supposed to read this month for my project to read 12 books about writing this year.

And I’m still working on The Writers’s Journey here and there.

There will also be a pick from my March 2018 Haul Revisit due to post on the 2nd.

A full month of reading. But almost all books I’m excited to get to. I’m hoping to read more, but I’ll be fine with it if I get to less. We’re very busy people these days and I don’t know yet how much extra care my hubby is going to need once he begins chemo.

What are you hoping to read this month?

My Birthday Interview

It’s almost the end of birthday month and somehow I’ve managed to keep up with a post every day even with the craziness that is my life right now. I’ll be very glad to be back to only three posts a week though.

Today I thought it would be fun to see what my answers are to the birthday interview sheet I had my daughter fill out for her birthday this year. I’ll tell you her answers at the end too if you are interested.

Name: Lori

Age: 32

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite show: Golden Girls

When I grow up I want to be: Someone that gets paid to read books and drink coffee.

I like to play: Cards against humanity. We haven’t been able to play since the baby started talking

My favorite book: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

My favorite restaurant: Red Lobster. I totally copied the kiddo on this one. I don’t have a favorite.

My best friend: My hubby

My favorite cartoon: Sid the Science Kid

My favorite place to go: a book store, but there should also be coffee and an unlimited budget.

 

My four year old’s answers-

Name: Pepper

Age: 4

Favorite food: happy face fries

Favorite color: yellow

Favorite show: My Little Pony

When I grow up I want to be: A doctor

I like to play: Paw Patrol

My favorite book: The Princess in Black

My favorite restaurant: Red Lobster

My best friend: Jayla and Baby Ty Ty

My favorite cartoon: My Little Pony

My favorite place to go: the library

 

Do you have a favorite restaurant? Favorite book? What do you want to be when you grow up? These are a lot harder to answer now then they were when I was a kid.

 

Currently Reading List Purge

According to Goodreads I am currently reading 17 books. Some of these I haven’t read a single page in for months. Today I’m going to look at what the books are, how far I made it in them, and if I’m going to make myself continue it now, or take it off the currently reading list to start over at a later time. I will start with the book I have been currently reading for the longest time and work my way to the most recently started books.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. This is my favorite book. And I’m in the middle of a re-read in which I was adding annotations and highlights. I don’t have a lot of time for reading right now so I think I’ll set this one aside for the time being and come back to it later when I am better able to focus on how much I enjoy this book.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. This book is part of my original color coded TBR. I am 78 pages in to the book. I probably won’t bother with starting it over, but will pick it up soon so I can wrap up that first color coded TBR project.

Will & I by Clay Byars. I am 22 pages in to the this book. I started it for a read a thon and never finished it. I’ll set this one aside for now and start it over when I get back to it some day.

Love That Baby by Mildred E Cawlfield.  This is a religious based parenting book that has no ratings on Goodreads. It was a gift from my father in law. I read 30 pages and set it down. I’ll remove this from my currently reading list.

How to Talk to Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber. This book I made it 42 pages in to and we can definitely use more work on that subject so hopefully I’ll find time to continue in that book soon.

Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski. I made it 90 pages in to this one. This is a book about sex and (TMI) there isn’t any of that going on in our house right now. The chemo my husband is on means we absolutely can not conceive a child right now or it is very bad. I’ll set this aside for now and maybe get back to it if things every feel slightly normal in our family again.

Getting Things Done by David Allen. With this book I made it to page 54. Right now I’m just working on getting through each day with none of us dying. I don’t really have time to work on systems to streamline things. We have to be where we have to be for whichever test he needs next and that is enough for now. I will hopefully come back to this book because I love the concept, but I can’t focus on any big changes right now.

Real Love by Sharon Salzberg. I made it to page 9 of this book and don’t have time for this sort of self reflection at this time. I’ll set it down for now and plan to pick it up later.

The Self Love Experiment by Shannon Kaiser. In this book I haven’t even made it out of the roman numeral pages yet. Same story as the last book. No time for that kind of focus on myself right now.

She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. This was another re-read of a favorite book in order to annotate it. I’ve made it to page 18 apparently. I’ll set this one down for now too.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This is yet another re-read. I tried to read this one again before we went to see the movie for our anniversary last year. I made it to page 56. I’ll set this one down for now too.

It’s OK Not to Share by Heather Shumaker. This parenting book I made it to page 25. I’m trying to survive the days. I can’t focus on renegade rules right now. We just need to make it through the day. I do hope to get back to this one at some point though.

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I made it through only the 20 or so pages of pre book pages. This is another case of, I just don’t have time for a new system for anything right now. Definitely plan to read and implement this system later.

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. I don’t have this book on me right now, but I am absolutely continuing it. It is part of my books about writing, reading project.

Wellspring of Magic by Jan Fields. This book is a book we will be continuing. It is the current read aloud for my daughter’s kindergarten.

Blaze by Avery Ford. This is an ebook on my kindle that I started when I wanted something easy to read. It is a m/m romance and it’s really good, but I’ll be setting this one aside.

Y: The Last Man: Vol. 7 by Brian K Vaughan.  I’m about half way through this one and plan to finish it tonight.

That leaves only 5 books on my currently reading shelf. That makes me way happier. How many books are on you currently reading?

 

Kindle Collection Clear Out- Part 6

Today I am starting with 2961 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.

Book one is Money Shot by Nic Tatano. This book is 51 pages long and is listed as a contemporary romance. It has 5 reviews and an average rating of 3.5 stars. This is a short story about Roxanne, a paparazzi, who catches a photo of a big hollywood star in a position that warrants her a big check. But she also gets the tables turned on her by the star. The reviews say this is a good, very short story. I’ll give it a try soon.

Book two is Red Coyote Weekend by Stuart Connelly. This book is 15 pages and listed as a mystery short story. It has 43 reviews and an average rating of 3 stars. This is a story about a writer who is writing a scene in which a dentist forces a billiard ball in to the mouth of a patient. The writer tries to test the action. The reviews say this is a good, but intense and disturbing in the perceived accuracy of the action. I don’t know that I can take those kind of details. If you can handle disturbing images this might be for you, but it isn’t for me.

Book three is Symbiosis by Lee Moan. This book is 40 pages long and is listed as an alien science fiction story. It has 18 reviews and average rating of 4 stars. This is about humans who were sent to colonize a new home and in order to survive they had to conjoin with the natives of their new home. A dark secret is revealed and a terrible choice has to be made. I’m sold. The reviews say this great. I’ll hopefully read this soon.

Book four is Cry Uncle by Judith Arnold. This book is 298 pages and is listed as romantic comedy. It has 59 reviews and an average rating of 4 stars. This is about Pamela, an architect on the run from a hit man, and Jonas, a bar owner that needs a wife to show the courts his niece is being raised in a stable way. They marry to give her a new name and him a proper wife to show the courts. But in typical romance fashion, they actually fall for each other. It doesn’t sound bad. I’ll hang on to it for a day I may be interested in romance. They happen, they are just rare.

Book five is A Kiss of Adventure by Catherine Palmer. This book is 354 pages and is listed as religious fiction. It has 67 reviews and an average rating of 4 stars.  Tillie is saved from kidnappers by Graeme and they are trying to survive together. The top review says Tillie depends on god through her adventure. This books is not for me. It will be deleted as well.

Book six is The Warning by S.L. Pierce. This book is 42 pages and listed as a vigilante justice story. It has 14 reviews and an average rating of 3 stars.  The reviews say this isn’t really a short story at all, just a teaser for a longer book. If there is no satisfying ending I’m not going to read it.

Book seven is Just Desserts by Scarlet Blackwell. This book has 72 pages and is listed as gay romance. It has 14 reviews and an average rating of 3 stars. This is a m/m romance between a chef and a food critic. The reviews say it is funny, the characters are unlikable, but the sex scenes are hot. I’ll give it a try at some point.

Book eight is A Darker Shade of Dead by Bianca D’Arc. This book is 305 pages and is listed as a paranormal romance. It has 13 reviews and an average rating of 4 stars. This is a military story about Eileen who’s genetic experiments were used to turn people in to zombies. She is trying to make an antidote with Matt. And romance ensues. The reviews say it is fine, but the zombie aspect, the part I would be most interested in, feels thrown in with no real purpose. I’ll delete this book.

Book nine is Ransome’s Honor by Kaye Dacus. This book is 354 pages and is listed as a historical romance. It has 73 reviews and an average rating of 4.5 stars. In this book Julia has to get married to receive her dowry. The only man her father will approve of is William Ransome. They marry as a financial deal. Historical and romance are not usually where my interests lie. I’ll just delete this one because I can’t think of a time I would be interested in this story. If you like those things, the reviews are positive. This is just not a story for me.

Book ten is Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela S Choi. This book is 271 pages and is listed as Asian American Fiction. It has 99 reviews and an average rating of 4 stars. This book is about Fiona who doesn’t want to carry her family’s honor on her shoulders and decides to take her own virginity (not sure what that means). In the process she ends up in some sort of “dark world of excitement” which is derailed by an engagement she is tricked in to by her father. The reviews say this book is funny and it has a lot of rereaders. I’ll give this book a try soon.

That brings us to the end of another installment and I’m down to 2944 books in my collection.