It’s time for some book talk, AND I’m excited to tell you about a new eBook too!
April 23 is World Book Day. I try to talk about books around this date every year, specifically, cancer books.
I know, I know. Who wants to read or talk about cancer books, right?
Well, I’m not sure. I know I do though. Let me know if you do (or do not) down in the comments.
As I’ve mentioned before, sharing about books other cancer bloggers/authors have written makes me happy, which is why a couple years ago I started compiling a list of some of my favorites.
I’ve added a few more that I’ve read and/or recommend, so check out my updated list here.
Now, for a few updates on my books.
In case you didn’t know, Facing Your Mastectomy & Making Reconstruction Decisions is now available for FREE via my Library. This makes it super accessible to anyone.
Getting Past the Fear: A Guide to Help You Mentally Prepare for Chemotherapy doesn’t always get the attention (from me) it deserves.
So, here’s a shameless plug.
Getting Past the Fear is still available on Amazon, of course, and most online booksellers. It’s also available here in pdf format.
I’ve yet to see another book that addresses how to prepare emotionally for chemo. Others do a fine job of talking about all that other stuff like what side effects to expect and how to manage them. Getting Past the Fear purposefully is not about that. It’s about pre-chemo preparedness with a focus on the reader with breast cancer.
Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person: A memoir about cancer as I know it, continues to resonate with readers who are interested in a no-sugarcoating breast cancer narrative. Frankly, this is also why it does not appeal to everyone.
One of my favorite reviews comes from Gayle Sulik, PhD, author of Pink Ribbon Blues, who wrote this:
Nancy is a truth-teller. She was not about to sugarcoat the messy realities of her experience with breast cancer, her mother’s experience with metastatic breast cancer, her grief about her mother’s death, the uncertainty she faced as she discovered that she had a genetic predisposition to breast cancer, her trepidation about the future, her disgust with the pressure to be a cancer-fighting superhero, or the many other topics often dismissed within the dominant cancer narrative.
Stordahl covers a lot of ground in this book, sharing intimate details about her thought processes, medical decisions, personal interactions, and emotional states as she manages the “shit storm” of cancer diagnosis and treatment, all in the aftermath of her mother’s. At times funny and ironic, it’s still not the happy cancer story. But it’s real. And it’s needed.
Read the full review here. (Thank you for letting me to do a little bragging.)
More reviews can be found here.
At the risk of sounding too self-promotional (nobody else is going to do it), here are five easy ways YOU can support authors, including me.
1. Write a review on Amazon (or elsewhere).
When I shop online, I read reviews. (Don’t you?) Reviews are helpful for improving rankings, increasing sales and yes, making authors feel good. Everybody needs encouragement. Reviews work wonders in more ways than one. (Click on the image below to read more reviews or to write one.)
2. Follow authors you like on social media and subscribe to their email lists.
Subscribe to my weekly emails here. If you’ve already subscribed, thank you!
3. Ask your local library to order books by authors you like that are not currently on the shelves.
4. Donate books to your cancer center’s library or other places that accept donated or used books.
5. If you belong to a book club, suggest titles by authors you want to support to be your club’s pick of the month.
Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person might be perfect for your club’s October selection. (Bulk rates are available.)
6. Tell others, pass on copies and/or give the gift of books.
Word of mouth matters, be it literally or via social media. Shares, likes, posts to your page(s) or actual gifting physical copies are invaluable ways to show support.
Finally, I want to let you know about a new eBook I’ve put together.
All the #MetsMonday Featured Posts thus far, have been compiled into an eBook which is available in my Library, and it’s FREE!
The goal is to amplify voices of those with metastatic breast cancer. This is one more way to do that. Gathering these fabulous contributions in one spot will hopefully make them easier to find, read and learn from.
It’s truly an honor to feature all these talented writers on Nancy’s Point and now in Voices as well.
The title of this new FREE eBook is appropriately, Voices Vol 1. (There will hopefully be a volume 2 down the road.)
Get the password to my Library.
So, that wraps up this book talk. If you’re still reading, thank you!
If you’ve read any of my books and /or done any of the things on the above list to help promote, thank you!
Thank you for sharing this post too!
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Do you read cancer books, why or why not?
What’s your favorite cancer book?
What are you reading right now (any genre)?