Joel Buys Books

It is really way too easy to buy books on a Kindle or through the Kindle app on a Fire. Joel has become quite good at it. Every so often I check and see if he’s bought any books and return them if he has. It seems it should not be quite so easy, but it’s pretty funny that my three-year-old is so good at doing it.

Worst Meals Ever

I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy done a couple weeks ago. The procedures themselves were no big deal. The prep, however, was awful starting with a day of the worst meals of my life.

Breakfast was lime jello, apple juice, ginger ale, and water. Two things I really do not like are apple juice and jello.

My first snack was lemon jello and water. Lemon jello is definitely better than lime jello, but it’s still jello and I still don’t like it.

Lunch was orange jello, chicken bouillon, apple juice, and water. Orange jello is somewhere between lemon and lime jello. The bouillon was a really nice change from all jello.

My second snack was ginger ale and water. Now, I don’t count ginger ale as a snack but I guess my gastroenterologist does. At least it wasn’t just more jello.

At 5pm I had to drink the prep along with a half gallon of water (over the next five hours). The prep was supposed to be cranberry flavored. I guess it was if you figure it was made by someone who has absolutely no idea what cranberries taste like.

Dinner was lime jello, chicken bouillon, apple juice, and water. At least the bouillon was good. The jello definitely wasn’t.

My third and final snack was lemon jello and water. It wasn’t too bad, mainly because I knew it was the last time I’d have to eat jello for the the foreseeable future.

I had to eat these horrible meals on Anthony’s birthday so I missed out on the pizza he chose for dinner and the cake he had. Jamie put a candle in my jello to try to cheer me up. It really did help.

At 7am I had to drink another bottle of the prep and 48 ounces of water over the next two hours. Honestly that stuff could’ve been labeled strawberry or cucumber and it would’ve taste as much like those as it tasted like cranberries.

The colonoscopy and endoscopy revealed a perfectly healthy esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Absolutely no issues physically or microscopically. And now I don’t have to do it again for an entire decade. Thank goodness. I really don’t like jello.

July Reads

I read nine books in July for a total of 3224 pages. I started the month off with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling. I’ve read that book so many times and it’s always 5 stars. Then I finished reading Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons to the big boys for their bedtime story. I gave it 5 stars as well. I’ve got the sequel on pre-order for when it comes out in paperback (I hate it when books in the same series don’t match!)

Next I read Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier. That was an easy 5 stars. It was my Book of the Month pick in June. I definitely picked well! After that I read Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. It’s the second book in the Throne of Glass series. I gave it 2 stars. I am, however, going to read the third book because I’ve heard it is way better and the end of this one made me just interested enough to continue on with the series. Then I read From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion. That was another 5 star book. I have never disliked a book by that author. This one was sci-fi, something I don’t usually love, but it was light enough I enjoyed it.

After that I read Lottie’s Courage: A Contraband Slave’s Story by Phyllis Hall Haislip. I gave it 5 stars. It’s a historical fiction middle grade book about slaves who made it to Fortress Monroe during the Civil War and so were considered contraband of war and therefore free. My next book was Regretting You by Colleen Hoover. My first foray into a CoHo book did not go super well so I was thrilled when this one ended up being solidly a 5 star book. She puts hearts in a blender second only to John Green.

Then I read The Do-Over by Bethany Turner. I gave it 4 stars. I have to admit I quite enjoy completely predictable romcoms. Same reason I enjoy those Hallmark Christmas movies so much. My final book last month was The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting by Evanna Lynch. That was another 5 star book. Evanna played Luna in four of the Harry Potter movies, but the books mostly wasn’t about that. It was mostly about her battle with anorexia and what recovery means.

July was an very enjoyable reading month thanks to the number of five star books I read.

My favorite book of the month: Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

My least favorite book of the month: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Number of 5 Star Books: 7
Number of 4 Star Books: 1
Number of 3 Star Books: 0
Number of 2 Star Books: 1
Number of 1 Star Books: 0

74/100 books read for my goal of the year… 26 to go!

Once again I rolled over a bunch of books I didn’t get to in July to my August TBR. And of course I added a few more so this month’s TBR list is 16 books.

July Owlcrate

Getting an Owlcrate box is always so exciting. July’s box happened to be extra awesome. Like they put the coolest things possible in that box.

We got a bitter orange body mist. I kept that. It is fabulous just spraying it around the room. Smells so good. We also got a compact mirror that Ani took home with her. Then there was this silicone water bottle. It doesn’t make a sound if it gets tossed on the floor (I kept that, too).

Of course I kept the luggage tag pin and put it right on my mini backpack. The goblet charms were so pretty. Ani took that home. The reversible bowl cozy was beautiful and Ani took that home with her as well.

The book for the month was Violet Made of Thorn by Gina Chen. It sounds pretty good. The cover is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen (of course I think so with all that purple!).

The pretty cover extends to the inside. The printing on the book itself is gorgeous and the inside of the book jacket is so beautiful, too.