Read the Books You Have

If you’ve read this blog for long, you know I have a problem with books. I love to read. A few years ago (2014) I bought a paperwhite kindle. In the years since I have aquired around 537 books . Those are only the books I haven’t read. That’s a lot of books. There’s also around 20 books on my bookshelf I need to read!

Most of these books were free or spur of the moment purchases. Some I started and hated. A few are classics I know I will never read.

I’m going to look at the 5 oldest books on my Kindle. Then decide if it’s a book I will read. Then I will chose one to read this month. Similar to the TBR hole.

The Books:

Water Dance: The Story of a Were-Mermaid (The Sisterhood of the Ring Book 1) by [Greenstein, Jay]

Water Dance: The Story of a Were-Mermaid (The Sisterhood of the Ring Book 1) By Jay Greenstein

Aug. 2014, It was free and there is a mermaid. It was actually one of the 4 books I purchased when I bought my kindle. The blurb sounds familair, I think I may have started reading it but didn’t finish.

The Summer I Learned to Dive by [McCrimmon, Shannon]

The Summer I Learned to Dive by Shannon McCrimmon

Sept. 2014, This sounds like a YA book. It has pretty good reviews. I don’t know why I haven’t read it. I do see a theme with these books. Do you?

Secret Adversary by [Christie, Agatha]

Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

Sept. 2014, Somethinf I’ve learned about these public domain books. The formatting can be crap. The formatting is weird in this one. There dosne’t seem to be page breaks between sections. The pages just run into each other. I haven’t read this and I’m leaning to just deleting all of the public domain books I have. *sigh*

 

The Turn of the Screw by [James, Henry]

Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Oct. 2014, Another public domain book. Flipping through the first few pages the formatting looks okay.  I think I tried to read this once and gave up. I should probably keep these. I need a book with an ugly/boring cover for a reading challenge.

Too Close to Home (Women of Justice Book #1): A Novel by [Eason, Lynette]

Too Close to Home (Women of Justice Book #1): A Novel by Lynette Eason

Nov. 2014, I read book 3 in this series which is why I bought book 1. There tend to be full of tension and suspense.

 

Take Away:

Delete: 2 books deleted- they were free so it’s okay.

TBR: 1 book moved to the top of my TBR list, Too Close to Home

That brings the grand total of unread books on my Kindle to 537!

-CK

 

All That Jazz

Center A trumpet playing gorilla.

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I’m still working through wrist issues. I’m finished with physical therapy and no longer have limitations on activities. I’m hoping to get back on schedule with my writing.

While I was recovering, my hubby and I watched the 10 part series Jazz by Ken Burns. That’s two hours per episode- it took a while to finish but was well worth the time.

I love Jazz. I don’t know when or where that love came form. Growing up with day trips to New Orleans, Jazz was always there. Every winter, Jazz bands played at Mardi Gras in downtown Mobile. Once in high school a boy took me to the Saenger Theater to see/hear Dizzy Gillespie play. My hubby plays the trumpet. Jazz has always surrounded me.

The documentary fascinated me. Granted the finer points of music composition and jargon was beyond me, but the music was infectious. Louis Armstrong was heavily featured (of course) but Ella Fitzgerald was not (so sad).

A few highlights:

  • Louis Armstrong is considered one of the founding fathers of jazz.
  • Jazz is a truly American musical form, New Orleans.
  • Jazz can be divided into many categories: Swing, Dixie, Be-Bop, Fusion, Avant Garde …
  • Jazz changes with the times and reflects current events.
  • Like other music forms some of the most famous musicians died from drugs.

If you love music give the series a try.

Bear with me, my spell check is not working.

-CK

 

 

Still Here

Wish I was here.

It’s been a difficult summer. I had wrist surgery at the start of June. My right arm has been in a cast or splint the entire summer. I am in physical therapy. Ouch!

I’m trying to get back into writing. This is the first real typing I’ve done all summer 😉 I have read 15 books so far.

There you go. I’m alive. I’m healing. I’m reading.

Have a good summer,

-CK

 

2017 Goal Check May 18

Awesome title, right?

Chaos has fried my brain. This week involved 1 graduation party, a trip to the beach, graduation, band concert, a birthday party, and a trip to the doctor. I’m tired. I’ve achieved next to nothing. But only one week left of school.

I injured my wrist 9 (?) years ago in a heroic attempt to save my youngest from falling while roller skating. I should have let her fall, she would have bounced. I did not. I’ve been dealing with this injury, very painful, ever since. I finally agreed to surgery, early June. I will spend most of the summer in a hard cast on my right arm 😦  After the doctor poked, pulled, and twisted my wrist into painful positions I spent the rest of the day curled up in my chair watching Call the Midwife reruns.

Now I have a tighter deadline to finish edits to Camouflage. I need to finish as much as I can before surgery. Sigh.

Let’s look at the bright side.

Things I can’t do with a cast:

  • clean the bathroom or kitchen
  • sweep or vacuum
  • chop vegetables
  • brush and dry my hair at the same time

I know there are more and some of these I will be able to do one handed with a little practice. But I promise you, I will try my hardest to avoid the first two for as long as possible.

On with the goals:

  • Write 200,000 words.
     The total is still 11,903. No new progress.
  • Edit 600 pages.
    No new progress.  312 pages.
  • Walk 2,600,000 steps. I’m sorry, but this is not happening. I give up. Dropped.
  • Read 80 books.  I am still reading The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. This book is huge. I’m about 53% through it. I’m reading every day. I find myself highlighting sections of it. 29/80 books read.
  • Find the shipwreck at Ft. Morgan. Summer goal.
  • Complete devotional. I am now two lessons behind.
  • Deep Cleaning. Nada!
  • Submissions. Yes! I made two submissions this week. So I did do something!

There you go. A not so stellar week, but one filled with life milestones.

How did your week go?

-CK