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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:12 pm

2014...Here we go!

Hopefully Ever After: Breast Cancer, Life and Me by Linda Barrett (2013)


 three stars 

Blurb:
A two-time breast cancer survivor takes you behind the scenes--medically and emotionally--as she twice battles for her life. With her husband at her side, this memoir is a true love story. The cancer is not sugar-coated, but here it is merely the vehicle that exposes a marriage in full bloom. Everyone deserves a Hopefully Ever After, and that's what you'll find here.

My thoughts: The long and short of it is that my mom is battling pancreatic cancer and I wanted some resources to help me learn what to expect from the whole cancer process. The book basically consisted of her journey from diagnosis to remission. A second diagnosis to remission. The book was okay. It helped me see the crap that Chemo can do to you. And helped show me how other caregivers react to a loved one's cancer. The writer is in remission FYI!


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Re: BassGuitarGirl Rocks Books in 2014

Post by ElaineB on Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:38 am

OMG! The suspense is killing me!  Very Happy 

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Post by Athena on Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:37 pm

Hey BassGuitarGirl, nice to see you again.  OK 
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Re: BassGuitarGirl Rocks Books in 2014

Post by BassGuitarGirl on Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:32 pm

Nice to be seen! Hi Elaine! Hi Athena! I hope you're all staying nice and warm wherever you are!  Very Happy 
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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:38 pm

"Killer Boobs:, A memoir of how my breasts tried to kill me" by Amy Valentine (2013)
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Blurb: In 2009, Austin Texas mother Amy Valentine was shocked to learn that she’d been diagnosed with Stage 3, triple-positive, bilateral breast cancer and would undergo a double mastectomy with reconstruction, 15 months of chemotherapy, and radiation. Suddenly this 42-year-old woman had visions of her mortality: would she live to see her children grow up? Would she ever hold grandchildren? Her heartwarming and heart-wrenching memoir, Killer Boobs, relates a familiar journey to some: the endless doctors' visits, the roller coaster of emotions, and the fatigue. Valentine kept a journal to record not only her random thoughts and fears, but also the unexpectedly hilarious things which occurred. The bevy of female friends who wanted to feel her boobs after reconstructive surgery. The nurse who misunderstood the doctor's orders and tried to schedule electroshock therapy for her. The nutty questions asked by her four-year-old son and six-year-old daughter. .


My Thoughts: This is the author's daily blog entries. She had a good sense of humor, but it seemed really rushed at times. I did appreciate the raw emotion she included at times. It made me see what was ahead for my role as care giver to my mom (who has cancer).
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Re: BassGuitarGirl Rocks Books in 2014

Post by ElaineB on Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:11 am

I feel for you, BGG. My best friend died of cancer and I got to see the horrible things radiation and chemo can do. My dad died of cancer and, because of his age and orneriness, chose hospice over treatment. Maybe the only good thing I'll say about cancer is that it gives you time to be with your loved one. My mother died of a heart attack, and we at least had the time from the first one to the one that dropped her (six months), the end was shockingly quick. It's hard not being able to be there at the end. I wish you and your mom the best outcome possible.

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Re: BassGuitarGirl Rocks Books in 2014

Post by Athena on Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:11 pm

All the best wishes to your mom, BGG.
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Re: BassGuitarGirl Rocks Books in 2014

Post by BassGuitarGirl on Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:47 pm

Thanks everyone. The last few months have been crazy. Just gotta keep going, eh?
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Re: BassGuitarGirl Rocks Books in 2014

Post by Deej on Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:01 pm

I knew you were dealing with family issues and I knew your mom's health was at risk. I didn't want to impose if you weren't ready to talk about it. My thoughts go out to all of you. Take care and if we can help in any way, let us know.

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Re: BassGuitarGirl Rocks Books in 2014

Post by BassGuitarGirl on Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:24 am

Just finished reading "Secret City" by Julia Watts (2013, Bella Books).

It's a Young Adult lesbian novel set during World War II. It is a coming of age, historical novel set in Tennessee, USA. It won a Goldie this summer in the all-new Young Adult Category. I recommend it.


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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:58 pm

I read "Orphan Maker" by D. Jordan Redhawk (2013, Bella Books). It won a 2014 GCLS Goldie for Young Adult Lesbian Literature. There were a few issues for me with this book (plot line, story POV), BUT the idea was good. It was about a post-epidemic world populated by young people and their attempts at survival. Great potential for a Great story.

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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:05 pm

"Laughter in the Wind" by SL Harris (2013, Bold Strokes Books).
This Young Adult novel was a 2014 GCLS finalist in the Young Adult category. Rightly deserved. It was a nice little story that followed a rural area young woman (college age) find love. There is a little mystery as well.

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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:12 pm

"Secret Lies" by Amy Dunne (2013, Bold Strokes). I read this one a while ago, and keep forgetting what it was about. The title hasn't helped me remember the story. That is not a good thing. It is set in England and the odd (or just different) way of phrasing things and word usage were wonderfully amusing, although I must admit I didn't know what some of the things referred to. The book is written from two points of view, but the cover has only one of the main characters on it. THAT was mightily confusing as a reader. This was a 2014 GCLS finalist in the Young Adult Category. Excuse me...this WON a 2014 GCLS Goldie in the YA category.

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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:23 pm

"Swans and Klons" by Nora Olsen (2013, Bold Strokes) 2014 GCLS Goldie Finalist
HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE! Although this one did NOT win a Goldie...it should have. It is a post-apocalypse novel about a new-world order. Pick this one up if you liked "Divergent" or "Hunger Games", you'd probably like this one, too.

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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:27 pm

"The Road to Her" by KE Payne (2013, Bold Strokes Books), a 2014 GCLS finalist in the Young Adult Category.

Set in London. Main characters are soap opera actresses (ages 19 and early 20's). This was an interesting one. The cover doesn't really indicate what the book is all about and is confusing to me. :shrug:

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Post by BassGuitarGirl on Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:30 pm

"The Second Mango" by Shira Glassman (2013, Prizm). This was a 2014 Goldie Finalist in the Young Adult Category. It did not win. It should have!

There were dragons and sorcerers and a female mercernary swordswoman and a queen in distress! It was a wonderful escape from real life. I recommend this one!

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Post by Deej on Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:04 am

Yikes, we know what you did on Summer vacation. LOL

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