Featured Books

Featured Book: On Writing by Stephen King

All Book’d Up’s featured book for the week of April 1, 2018 is On Writing by Stephen King.Onwriting There are hundreds of books available that are devoted to the writing craft. This book is very easy to read and entertaining in a way that only King can accomplish. Click the link to learn more about this book and grab a copy for yourself. You’ll thank me later.

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Celebrating Patient Access Week

Many people tell me that I missed my calling as a librarian. I think they may be right. I have loved reading since I was a small child. My parents say that I would walk up to them with books in tow, begging them to read to me. Although I had an intense love for words, my parents pushed me in the direction of medicine. They wanted me to graduate from college, get a good job (in an office, not a shipyard), and make good money. Instead, I went to college, got pregnant, dropped out, and got my first big-girl job as an Emergency Room admitting clerk. There is truly no place on earth like the ER. It isn’t for everyone and those who stick around may develop a twisted sense of humor. I no longer work in the ER, but I often find myself longing for the strong coffee and patients who suddenly develop chest pains as they are being arrested (sudden onset arrestitis as an officer once called it).

I know that I may never work as a clerk in the ER again. My better-paying, front desk/billing clinic job has me spoiled. Occupational Health has its share of cray-cray stories, but nothing can compare to the people and situations that come through the ‘mergency room. In honor of Patient Access Week, I am reading a book called Full Moon Follies27e629f162432b7521e631e561af201f.jpg by Kerry Hamm. This book is amazing. She works as an admitting clerk in a small town hospital and decided to write a book about the things she has witnessed over the years. In fact, Follies is her fifth book! Those of us who work in healthcare can relate to this book. It’s impossible to make this stuff up. To you poor souls who have never experienced working a shift in any type of healthcare setting: read the book. It may not make you want to run out and put in applications at hospitals, but at least you’ll know what not to do the next time you sign in.

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My (terrible) Reading Habits

Lately, I have sucked at finishing books in a timely manner. It’s not that I don’t want to read. I just haven’t had the time. Between work and posting books for sale in my online bookstore, I have been dead tired at the end of the day. I haven’t even cleaned my room! (Let’s keep that between us). I am making a promise to myself that I will start and finish books in a time appropriate manner from this point forward. No more going longer that 12 hours without reading at least one page. I guess that means I can’t repeat binge-watch Stranger Things on Netflix.

While we’re on the subject of me reading, I did finish a very enlightening book about two weeks ago. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero is the only self-help book I have ever been able to finish. I loved every minute of it! She has a way of getting her point across without talking down to her readers. I guess it’s because she’s been there. I could vividly imagine some of her anecdotes because I have been there, too. This lady can relate to being broke, depressed, and completely lost in life. I also love how she doesn’t push her help on you. Her attitude is very “I’m gonna leave this help right here and if you want it, take it. If not, then continue to struggle without bothering me”. I really like that.

To help myself read more this year, I decided to join the 2018 reading challenge by Goodreads. My goal is to read 75 books this year. That’s 1.5 books a week. I’m already a month behind. I’m going to take advantage of my job closing early on next Monday and being closed all day on Fat Tuesday. Speaking of Fat Tuesday, since most of the day is spent eating and waiting on parades, I think I’ll take my books along with me. I’m very bad about completing any kind of challenge. I want to finish this time. My daughter thinks I can do it. I don’t want to let her down. I told her that if she reads 75 books I’ll buy her a new bike. I will keep you guys posted on my progress and the deal with my daughter.


Recovery Reading List

In just over a week I will have surgery. I’m not at all afraid. This won’t be my first time going under the knife; however, my daughter and I are moving back to my mom’s house. I have gotten used to having my own personal space, living according to my schedule, and actually (finally) getting my kid on a decent schedule. Alas, this is what will be easier for everyone involved. The good news is, I’ll be off work for six whole weeks! This gives me so much time to catch up on my reading. I made a list of books I want to read while I recover. Staying at Mama’s house means hundreds of interruptions. This means that there is a strong chance that I will not complete the entire list. So, here is my Recovery Reading List:

  1. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  3. Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
  4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

There you have it! My Recovery Reading List. Check in for updates on my progress as I knock this little list out during my time off.