Posted in Book Offers

The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald – Amazon Daily Deal October 1

The Cry

When a baby goes missing on a lonely roadside in Australia, it sets off a police investigation that will become a media sensation and dinner-table talk across the world.
Lies, rumours and guilt snowball, causing the parents, Joanna and Alistair, to slowly turn against each other.
Finally Joanna starts thinking the unthinkable: could the truth be even more terrible than she suspected? And what will it take to make things right?

The Cry has been on my TBR today it is 99p on Amazon.co.uk or $1.60 on Amazon.com  I’ve bought this psychological thriller, anyone else?

Posted in Weekly Posts

Musing Mondays (September 23)

musingmondays51 Hosted by Should Be Reading

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits. • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s). • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!  • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it. • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us! • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

 

Earlier this week I read a great post from Musings From A Book Mammal which I am now going to shamelessly borrow as the basis of my Musing Mondays.

Which Reading Species Are YOU?

This chart was originally and creatively produced by  Laura E. Kelly with this graphic. (Click to view at original large size.)

What Species of Reader Are You?--Infographic

Visit Laura-e-Kelly.com for more about books, reading, and authors.

Here is where I come on the chart, what about you?

Domain: Readers
Class: Book Lover
Family: Compulsive
Genus: Book Cherisher (Books as love objects cherished)

  • The Book Worshiper – if I lend you a book, don’t return it to me with the spine creased, pages turned down or bits of unidentifiable food trapped between the pages.  I only lend books to those I trust ever since one of my much loved books had clearly been treated to an unwanted bath!
  • The Hoarder – I have way too many books to read (especially since I got a kindle 3 years ago!)
  • The Chronological Reader – I don’t understand how anyone can skip to the end.  I rarely DNR a book and that is usually because I have picked something with a subject I don’t like.  I prefer to read a series of books in order but have become a little more relaxed around this recently but once I find one I like it is back to the beginning and keep going until they have all been read!

Situational

  • Omnireader – I do find myself reading all sorts of things if I don’t have a book to hand, including the backs of packets of food.
  • The Book Swagger – this has developed more recently where older books that I wanted to read, get pushed down the list as the real prize is reading those that only a few other people have read. Even more so if they are free leaving me more money to fill my kindle with books I don’t have time to read!!
  • The Kindle Convert – I still love physical books, I love the crispness of a brand new book, I like lending my books (as long as they go to people who will care for them) and I like having them on my shelf but…. for reading everywhere and anywhere the kindle is just so handy and I would be so sad if anything ever happened to it.

Social

  • The Sharer Screamer -I have been known to leave books in places where others can pick them up to read but again this has lessened with the advent of the kindle.  I share good books with those friends I have who love reading and of course on my blog!

Prestige

  • None of the suggested I guess I love a good story and really don’t care what it says about  me.

So which type of reader are YOU?

Posted in My book problem, Weekly Posts

Musing Monday (September 16)

musingmondays51

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week… It is hosted by shouldbereading.wordpress.com

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Monday ramble is about the number of books I own and haven’t read. My thoughts turned to organising my bookshelves when I saw that there was a book challenge from love2readalways.blogspot.com. to clean out your e-reader.

I have spent a good portion of my weekend feeling organising, feeling guilty and so here is a post part confession and part dealing with my problem!

confessions

I have lots of books on my kindle that haven’t been read and sorted by genre only
I have no idea how much I paid or what they cost now
I also have books on my bookshelves, in cupboards, bags and other hidey holes that remain unread
I keep buying more kindle books
I keep buying more physical books
Until today I couldn’t face up to the size of my problem

Starting on Saturday I loaded an excel spread sheet and set to work to find out the magnitude of books to be read.

The verdict I have 48 unread kindle books dating back to October 2010
I have 32 unread physical books dating back to I really don’t know
The kindle books would cost £149.22 at today’s prices (good news is I got them for £67.33)

Realistically these 80 books will take me until the end of July 2014 if I don’t read anything else. That would mean no ARC’s and no author reviews; too sad to contemplate. Instead I have taken a few measures to tackle the problem as a compromise.

I have signed up to clean out your e-reader challenge and identified 9 books to be read in November

Clean out your e-reader Challenge
Click here to join up too

I have also sorted out 11 of the physical books and put them on one shelf in the bedroom. These I will read before the end of the year.

Pictures books to read

The next step is to exercise some willpower. I am not going to stop reading blogs and coming across books I want to read but I can’t buy every book.

Temptation

I will not order anything else from my TBR, not even if they are in the daily deal, identified as a price drop on http://uk.ereaderiq.com/ or for any other reason than I am going to read them within the next couple of days.

I will start sorting out the TBR over the next week or so and removing books I don’t really want to avoid the price drop temptation.
I will make proper notes on why I want a book so that I can review these lists regularly.

As penance I will listen to any other book confessions that need to be made by other’s with a similar affliction.

I have two bags of books to donate to the charity shop so someone else can enjoy them.

bags of books