The State of the Reader: 2/8/17

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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 Finished This Week: 1

Title: Rest in Piece
Author: B. W. Ginsburg
Date Added: December 12, 2016
Date Started: January 22, 2017
Date Finished: February 6, 2017
Reading Duration: 16 days

I’ll be working on a review for this soon.  I’m still a bit backlogged with them.  I’m in the middle of one for The Raven Boys, which I should’ve finished last weekend.  If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to catch up on Ms. Steifvater’s novel and review Ms. Ginsburg’s this one.


Books Purchased: 1

Title: The Missing Orchid
Series Title: Submissive Beth Mysteries
Author: Fia Black
Date Added: February 2, 2017

Media: Kindle
Price: $0.00


Books Currently Reading: 5

Title: The Missing Orchid
Series Title: Submissive Beth Mysteries
Author: Fia Black
Date Added: February 2, 2017
Date Started: February 8, 2017

Media: Kindle
Progress: 5%

This is currently available for free on Amazon, so if you’re interested in erotica and/or mystery, I highly recommend it.  I never really considered myself an erotica reader (I’m not against it, and I’ve even dabbled in writing it), but Ms. Black does what I wish other authors would with the subject matter.

This is the third book in her Submissive Beth Series, and I’m already liking what I’ve read.  The lovely author sent me a gratis copy, but I had some trouble sending it to my Kindle.  It was odd because the format was correct, but I kept getting an error message.

Title: The Illustrated A Brief History of Time/The Universe in a Nutshell
Author: Stephen Hawking
Date Added: June 25, 2016
Date Started: January 2, 2016

Media: Paperback
Progress: 23%

I just started the chapter on black holes and the history of such.  One of the main ideas around black holes is contingent on light being considered both a wave and a particle.  If it’s the latter, that means gravity could have some sort of effect on it, but a large amount of gravity is require in order to have said effect.

Title: The Dream Thieves
Series Title: The Raven Cycle
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Date Added: January 23, 2017
Date Started: January 26, 2017

Media: Kindle
Progress: 28%

Ugh this book is so freaking good.  There’s no quality loss in the second book, and the author never lets up with the surprises.

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

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 61%

I am finally in the last section, or Fourth Branch, of this book.  There are three sections, and I’m hoping to finish at least one per month, so I can say I read this compendium in less than a year.

Title: Vassa in the Night
Author: Sarah Porter
Date Added: October 15, 2016
Date Started: January 25, 2017

Media: Hardback
Progress: 20%

I’m giving this book a few more chapters to capture my interest.  I’m currently on Chapter 4 around page 50.  I think I’ll give it until around page 100 before relegating it to the DNF pile.


Fanfictions Finished: 0

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 1

Title: I’m the Darkness, You’re the Starlight
Author: runicmagitek
Fandom: FFVI
Pairing: Celes Chere/Setzer Gabbiani

No updates yet, but I’m still on the lookout for them.

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0


Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 4

Title: The Missing Orchid
Series Title: Submissive Beth Mysteries
Author: Fia Black
Date Added: February 2, 2017

I was graciously given a copy of this by the lovely author; it’s the third book in the series.  I try to keep at least one indie or new author book in my rotation.  This will be the next one after I finish Rest in Piece.

Note: I know this book is in the Purchased and Currently Reading section, which are the more recently updated.  I update the books I add to my TBR list during the week so as not to be overwhelmed in one day.

Title: The Ripper’s Shadow
Series Title: Victorian Mystery
Author: Laura Joh Rowland
Date Added: February 2, 2017

I’ve admitted before that I’ve never really been particularly interested in Jack the Ripper, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be interested in novels about Jack the Ripper.  Since the entire story isn’t known, writers have a duty to fill in the gaps, and this book comes recommended by Kim of By Hook or By Book who gave it 4.5 stars, so I’m sure it’s worth my time.

Title: Behind Her Eyes
Author: Sarah Pinborough
Date Added: February 3, 2017

The fore mentioned Kim of By Hook or By Book recommended this to me on Goodreads, and initially I didn’t add it, because it didn’t quite strike my fancy, and I have plenty of books on my TBR list to get through already, but then I read her review of it, and I’m dying to know what kind of a twist could throw a (former?) librarian for a loop.

Title: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Author: Oscar Wilde
Date Added: February 8, 2017

A pun led me to add this book to my list.  A friend tagged me in the below meme:

dory-in-gray

Once I finished unashamedly giggling, I realized I didn’t have the Wilde work on my TBR list and went to remedy that.


Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 551
Change from Last Week: +3


Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List 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!

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22 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 2/8/17

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  2. Oooh, I’m really looking forward to reading your thoughts on The Ripper’s Shadow when you get around to reading that one. I’ve enjoyed reading about true crime for a long time and Jack the Ripper has always been a case of interest for me as morbid as that may seem. lol
    Hahaha, and I had to giggle too at that meme.

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    • I should really research Jack the Ripper. I’m not really into serial killers, er, well, real life ones I suppose hehe. But Jack is such a legendary figure even though he technically existed, and murder mysteries, especially since to this day we don’t know who he really was, are always fascinating.

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  3. I love the Dory in Gray pun! It’s silly, but I like that stuff, haha. Dorian Gray is one of those stories that I’ve seen referenced so much, and the premise itself interests me. I’d love to see what you think, even if it you only picked it up because of a pun, haha!

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  4. Haha! I love the Dorian Gray pun! That’s one of my favorite classics. I hope you like it. I don’t know if you’ve seen Penny Dreadful, but Dorian was one of the main characters in that. I thought Reeve Carney did a brilliant job bringing him to life! I hope you enjoy The Ripper’s Shadow as much as I did, and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Behind Her Eyes. It really did throw me for a loop!🙃

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  5. I’m watching Penny Dreadful on Netflix for the second time, and it led me to start reading The Picture of Dorian Gray a week ago. It took about three pages to get into the Victorian Era language flow, but I immediately appreciated the philosophical discourse that contemporary literature seems to believe no one alive today has the interest or patience to read.

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    • I have noticed that novels these days have to move much faster to capture and hold anyone’s attention. I think one reason is because life has gotten much more fast paced. I grew up reading Tolkien who is VERY long winded in making his points. Then I remember that authors used to be paid by the word and the original Les Mis is around 1200 pages long. That’s a bit much, but somewhere there has to be a happy medium.

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        • I almost read that lol. I bought it for a friend of mine years ago and only read a little bit of it. I liked her writing style and was hoping it would do more with the werewolf thing than Stephanie Meyers. What were the problems with it? I can let you know if Raven Boys has similar stuff!

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          • The writing was good. I’m not a real fan of love at first sight shit. But this was even worse. The girl dreamed that the wolf in her woods would turn into a boy and it did and they were madly in love instantly and nothing else matter. It was just 5 kinds of lame.

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            • I’m not a fan of it either tbh. Even if characters are “soul mates,” which is a phrase I both loathe and disagree with, but I’ll go off on a cynical, nihilistic rant. Love at first sight is unrealistic, and I try really hard to keep it out of my writing. How can you love someone you don’t even know?

              The Raven Cycle is much better with this. I think she decides to play around with the paradigm honestly. The whole premise of the first book is the main character (who is pointedly not psychic) sees the “spirit” of a boy die in front of her, and her psychic relatives tell her that this means she’ll either kill him or fall in love with him, but either way he’s doomed to die within the year. She doesn’t know him prior, but when they meet up, it’s not instant sparks. She actually starts kind of dating one of his friends, and the romantic element isn’t really prevalent in the book besides the undercurrent of knowing about that initial catalyst. You *might* like this one a lot better 🙂

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