All Book’d Up’s featured book for the week of April 1, 2018 is On Writing by Stephen King. 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.
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 Follies 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.
I haven’t been making the best progress with my 2018 reading goals. I always have the best intentions; however, I seem to get caught up doing other things when I would rather be reading. While browsing the Web this morning I came across this article listing 7 ways to read more. I think trying some of these will help me accomplish my 75 book goal for the year.
Does anyone else have a huge reading goal for this year?
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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.
Hey there, fellow book lovers! Unless you live under a rock, or you really just don’t care that much about weather, I’m sure you have heard all about Hurricane Nate. Here along the Gulf Coast we can’t help but hear about ol’ Nate. Coverage is on every channel. Don’t get me wrong, I know that hurricanes are serious business. However, I have lived here my entire life and I believe I have a good idea about when I should panic and when to take advantage of being stuck in the house. This is a case for the latter. I decided to pack up myself, my kid and her guinea pig and head to my mama’s house for the weekend. My child and her pet will be entertained by my stepfather, and I will be able to finish my current read, Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy). I have really enjoyed reading this trilogy. I hate that it’s about to end. I admire Tris’ strength and her determination to fight for what she believes in. Her character is so kick ass, but very human as well. We’re able to see and understand her fears, what makes her happy, and how she thinks, all without being overwhelmed with too much detail.
Along with reading, I will also be able to get some planning and brainstorming done. So much can be accomplished while stuck indoors. I have some ideas for future blog posts and a couple of book hunting trips I need to plan.
I look forward to learning about what happens to the characters that I have grown so fond of. I’m also excited about catching up on some much needed rest. I’ll check in after the storm. If you’re near the coast, please be safe and do what you should to protect yourselves.