The State of the Reader: 10/12/16

<–The State of the Reader: 10/5/16          The State of the Reader: 10/19/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Currently Reading: 3

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 21%

This is probably my favorite out of the three books I’m reading right now.  It’s such an awesome compendium of Welsh mythology.  I’m still on the second book/branch, reading about a marriage that is not going well.  To appease his people, the king not only set the queen aside, but forced her to be a scullery maid.  This…actually kind of happens in my short story.  Not in quite the same way, but forced drudgery is similar.  There’s a ray of hope though for retribution is coming.

Title: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Author: George R R Martin
Date Added: January 7, 2015
Date Started: February 8, 2015

Media: Hardback
Progress: 72%

I read ten pages of this book this week, but since the volume is huge (as in size.  It’s an oversized book), that’s probably equivalent to around 30 pages.  There’s still around a hundred pages left, but as it’s more of a reference book,  many of the pages are filled with pictures so it’s not a true one hundred.

I’m about to read about Dorne, which is the only region of Westeros to resist the Targaryen conquest.  The dragon lords had to compromise with the Dornish, which is why those southern most leaders still style themselves Prince and Princess.

Title: Magonia
Series Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Date Added: January 31, 2016
Date Started: October 1, 2016

Media: Paperback
Progress: 7%

I finished Chapter 1 and made some headway on Chapter 2.  I like the writing style, but it can be a bit too over the top.  I think that’s what’s stalling me.  I did reach the part where Aza glimpses the ship in the sky, so hopefully things will get more interesting than mundane soon.

Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 0

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0

My fanfiction writing friend updated a chapter this week, but it’s not on my schedule to read until Friday so no progress in that regard.

Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 1

Title: Test Your Cat: The Cat IQ Test
Author: E.M. Bard
Date Added: October 11, 2016

Look, I’m not even going to pretend that I’m ashamed.  I want this.  I want to know if my buff orange tabby who’s mostly Siamese is really the genius I believe.  He’s outsmarted me dozens of times, which probably says more for my intelligence than his.  He also might be too lazy to care about any of the tests this might contain, but he’ll do damn near anything for food.  Either way, no shame over here hehe.

Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 559

New thing I suppose.  I removed around ten books based on the samples I downloaded this week, and I downloaded around 30.  Some of them I definitely like and will keep, but if I can whittle down my TBR list below 500, I’ll be very happy..

Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List This Week: 0

Books Purchased This Week: 0

What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

<–The State of the Reader: 10/5/16          The State of the Reader: 10/19/16–>




38 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 10/12/16

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  2. I just finished The Obsidian Chamber which is the 16th book in the Pendergast series by Preston and Childs. If you haven’t tried the series I can’t recommend it enough. Think of Aloysius Pendergast as a modern day Sherlock Holmes, except he’s from an old New Orleans family. He’s also insanely rich and drives a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. I’m also reading the YA thriller Diabolic by Kincaid. I’m 1/2 way through it and I’m quite enjoying it. I just started Gregg Hurwitz’s YA debut, The Rains which I’m liking so far. And finally, I’m about to start Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts. So, that’s it for me. Over and out!💁🏻

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  3. Currently reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones. Interesting thus far, but I don’t have a solid feel on it yet.
    Also, borrowing from a friend, but reading leisurely, Exploring Celtic Druidism by Sirona Knight.
    That cat book, I expect a full report (blog post) on just how well your cat does once you get that book.

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        • You and me both. I’m only two chapters into Magonia. It’s decent, but I have a few issues with the narrator/main character. It’s like she’s trying to hard to win the snarky teen with a chronic, potentially fatal illness award. I liked that in The Fault in Our Stars, but the author is laying it on a bit too thick here.

          I’m pissed that it’s Saturday, almost 8:00 and I STILL have like 20 things on my to-do list D:

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          • I didn’t even get to touch my to-do list this weekend. Fixing vehicles and fighting off a severe case of hives is kicking my arse. My main issue with Mongrels so far is the obnoxious werewolf trope of pretty much all werewolves being white trash. =/

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            • Ugh it was a rough weekend for both of us. Mine was more due to stupid health crap still kicking my ass and sapping my energy. Oh wait, you mentioned hives ughhhh.

              Is that a common trope?? I haven’t read a ton of werewolf stories, Laurell K Hamilton is mostly where I know the lore from (I don’t do Twilight), oh and a few George R R Martin stories, but they were like the head of a city in that. That sucks that that’s a common trope. Annoying. Tbh the whole concept of calling people trash irks me anyway, but that’s a whole other story.

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              • It’s a common enough trope I think. I really enjoy werewolves and there fore read a lot of that stuff. But yeah, seems like most of the time they’re living in trailer parks, brawling and breaking the law and being generally, shitty individuals. Not all the time, but I’d put it at about 50% of the time.
                I’m sorry you’re still having health issues. Sometimes you’d like to kick your own bodies’ ass would you not?

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                • Yeah I think since my only major experience is with Hamilton’s werewolves I’ve missed out on this! That’s annoying, BUT it gives a great opportunity for an author to break that trope if it’s so prevalent! Werewolves in business suits yo.

                  We’re both having shitty health stuff going on. I feel a little better today. I really need to be more healthy with what I eat since being too much of a fat ass exacerbates stuff lol. I’m not diabetic in the least (at least that’s what the tests say), but I will go into sugar shock sleepy time if I indulge too much.

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                  • I’m feeling better this morning so fingers crossed it stays that way. I need to get into exercising. I get out of breath way too easily. Plus, you shouldn’t give up on yourself at 29 lol. I need to eat better as well. I don’t eat horrible but I could definitely do better. I like napping after eating.

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                    • I am like the mighty cat. After a big meal (and/or wine) it’s time for bed. I’m pissed because I downloaded this song that would be GREAT to jog to, but I know if I jog I’ll be on my ass for the rest of the day and possibly the next. Stupid unknown condition *grumbles* I may just say fuck it and go for a jog this Saturday anyway. Or maybe this Friday. The weather is supposed to cool off again. It’s like 80 goddamn degrees! WTH?

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                    • I actually jogged today! Kinda. I jogged as much as I could. I nearly passed out three times (stupid unknown health stuff) and had to wait a bit after I was done before climbing back up to my third floor apartment. It made the chicken cheesesteak I had my husband order me for dinner taste SO good. I’ll probably play DDR tomorrow. I’m trying to work out every day of the weekend, and Friday’s a sort of half a weekend so it counts!

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                    • I am in so much pain lol. I also have a blister on my one foot because my body is being a cry baby. Seriously body? It wasn’t that bad. I didn’t even go a mile. Today I walked around the mall. All of my muscles hurt. I’m probably going to play DDR tomorrow if I don’t walk. I turned hella cold overnight. We were in the 80s during the day (which is way too hot for October imo) then it dropped thirty degrees. My lungs are piiiiiised.

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                    • You just started so don’t do too much and injure yourself :p My old boss ran and I’m pretty sure still runs marathons. After one or a half one, she went out again too soon and wound up injuring herself. She also warned me away from doing too much at once. My one goal is to run this really challenging track in Valley Forge National Park. It’s like 6 miles up and down hills and I want to actually run the whole thing one day, buuuuut I have to be able to walk/jog a half mile again without needing to recover for days before I even attempt that. Stupid weird health nonsense. I’m probably going to go out again Friday. Once it snows, it’s game over. How soon do you usually see the white stuff?

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                    • Lake effect? I had a coworker who lived in Erie and he’d complain about lake effect snow all the time. I’m going to play some DDR tomorrow. It’s a busy weekend with a Halloween party (technically two, but I’m not going to make one of them) AND the hubby’s birthday. Damn his old ass lol.

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  4. That poor queen being reduced to a maid does sound a bit similar to an epic short story I had the pleasure of reading recently! 🙂

    OMG! I need to check out that cat book. I’m pretty sure mine are both smarter than me.

    I downloaded a free sample of Hunting for Spring by your good friend Katherine McIntyre. I wanted to check out her work since you speak so highly of her. I couldn’t find the Airship novel on Google Play, but this one looked interesting (I need to get Kindle I think). I only got to read a few pages, but I find her writing style blunt, witty, and awesome. I’ve maybe read 5 novels in my life though, so I really don’t have much to compare stuff to. I will probably buy it after I’ve read the sample portion.

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    • It’s super common in fairy tales! Cinderella, Snow White and their associated parallels.

      I’m probably going to buy that cat book when I hop on Amazon to buy my husband his birthday present. I HAVE to remember to do that this weekend. It’s the 29th and I’ll look like a total ass if I forget.

      Oh yay! I sent her a screenshot of this and she was so happy. Nothing makes a writer’s day like hearing praise for their work. That’s exactly what she goes for, too: blunt and witty! Airship is a little bit older so it may not be available on Google Play? I have no idea how these things work, but I do love my Kindle. This is the weird thing though…so I have a basic Kindle like just your run of the mill reader. It’s more expensive than a Kindle Fire though! The Fire is $50 for 8g and $60 for 16g whereas my basic reader is around $100. I don’t get that at all. I really don’t need a tablet, which is essentially what a KF is, but I don’t see why I’d spend more for lesser technology. I’d definitely have to get a cover for it, because I drop my iPhone at least three times a day.

      Hey, you like what you like! I think it’s awesome you enjoy both mine and her writing style since they’re quite different. She writes more witty banter that fits in an urban fantasy atmosphere whereas mine is more prose/fantasy-esque. I throw some dry humor in every now and then (it’s one of my favorite types so I hope I’m not butchering it), but either way I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I need to finish Hunting. She’s working on the fourth right now. As can be expecting they follow the seasons. My favorite story of hers is probably Soul Solution. The grim reaper is a brooding guy who hates his job, which gets even worse when he falls in love, but getting too close to her will spell her demise. So good.

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      • I read a quote on someone’s blog that said something like “A writer creates a world, and the reader keeps the world alive”. So true, and it makes me lean towards sharing my thing if it gets finished. I’m glad my comment made her happy! 🙂

        I just finished Chapter 1 and plan to read Chapter 2 today. I think stories would be boring if everyone followed the same style. I’m a huge fan of dry humor and i chuckled a few times when I read Northern Lights. I didn’t know they followed the seasons. Soul Solution sounds like something i would love to read. Looks like you’ve turned me into a reading person, lol

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        • I love that quote. I totally prescribe to that wholeheartedly. I know that some writers absolutely abhor fanfiction or even the idea of it, while others love it and have written it. I’d like to think that I’d remain the latter if anything original of mine became mainstream enough. What I find so funny is the authors deriding it borrow heavily themselves! Nothing is written in a vacuum, and arguably if you’re writing a story on the template of a mythology, you’re pretty much writing a fanfiction of that mythology by using those archetypes, but I suppose this is (as I stated) arguable.

          Yasss, mission accomplished hehe. I didn’t have a lot of those moments, but for some reason when I was writing it, Sephiroth just often had this dry wit and it made sense. I think my favorite one was “I suppose my apocalypse wasn’t very good for business.” The thing is he’s not even trying to be funny, which is one of the things I love about dry humor. It’s that subtlety.

          Yup! It’s Hunting for Spring, Scrying for Summer, er, Something for Fall, and Waking for Winter. I can’t remember what’s going on in fall. Trick-or-treating if I have anything to say about it :p

          I think you’d adore Soul Solution. If I remember correctly, the main character has a very dry and caustic wit because he’s an unwilling Grim Reaper. I need to reread and review that one.

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          • Honestly, I think almost everything could be considered a form of fanfiction. Ideas are usually inspired by other stories.

            Yep, that’s a part that made me laugh! The lighthearted side of Sephiroth that you showed me helped sway me from the hater camp.

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            • That’s the argument that I’ve made, too! Many people who deride it love the latest Marvel and DC movies. Um, the original creators are no longer writing the scripts for those things. It’s grown up fans revising and revisioning it. It’s big budget fanfiction.

              There’s this amazing manifesto by this author Foz Meadows about fanfiction and why it’s stigmatized. I quoted her in my Fanfiction Stigma post. It’s kind of long, but this is the link if you’re interested in it. I’m just going to start posting this whenever I get into arguments about it online. In person…well that’s a different story. I tend to freeze up when things like that happen and I’ll find a way to change the subject. It’s so annoying :\


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                • Oh yeah, it’s quite involved! I’m happy she took the time to write it because it really gives validity to what’s literally amateur work, something that’s sadly ridiculed and mocked. Her reasons are so sound, well researched, and articulated. I keep it saved in my bookmarks just in case I ever need it.

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