The State of the Reader: 6/7/17

<–The State of the Reader: 5/31/17          The State of the Reader: 6/14/17–>

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.

Samples Read This Week

  1. The Names by Don DeLillo: Passed – I read White Noise by the same author in my postmodern literature class, and I loved it, but this one just didn’t catch me at all.
  2. All Fall Down by Christine Pope: Kept – I love the main character’s blunt, no-nonsense voice.  It works perfectly for her role.  I also love that she’s a doctor in a medieval fantasy setting, and she’s respected as such for the most part.  The only people who don’t respect her are the slaver’s who’ve captured her, obviously.  She makes it a point to say that her order values science so she’s not like the religious healers they compare her to.
  3. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: Kept – It didn’t strike me as hard as The Raven Boys, but Maggie Stiefvater still has this way about her writing that’s just so alluring.
  4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard: Passed – I really wanted to like this one.  I talked myself into adding it after seeing it pop up in my newsfeed a few times.  I won’t say I should’ve just passed on it without giving it a try, because you never know, but the story just doesn’t grab me.
  5. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds: Kept – The mystery of what killed off this alien civilization almost a million years ago overrides my dislike of the main character.  He could just be driven, but if there’s something called a “razorstorm” coming your way, it seems logical that you’d want to get yourself and people out of there.  I’m also wondering if this is a Reaper like situation.
  6. Alive by Scott Sigler: Kept (RWTR) – Holy shit does this story drag you into a world of fear of confusion.  The main character starts off locked in a coffin, and she has to fight her way out.  She finds herself in a room with 11 other caskets and a plaque by hers with “M. Savage” on it, which is all she knows of her name.  I want to know what’s going on.
  7. The Archived by Victoria Schwab: Kept (RWTR) – If this hadn’t been so expensive, I would’ve bought it immediately.  The Archived in question are the dead, and the story starts out with two deaths and a whole bunch of secrets.
  8. The Crow Box by Nikki Rae: Kept/Purchased – I wasn’t as excited about this one as the above, but it was interesting and not that expensive.  The main character Corbin (which sounds a bit like corvus, the Latin word for crow) is plagued by a voice she doesn’t know is real or fake.  She worries about her mental health in seeing her mother’s struggles, and there’s a little poem in the beginning that suggests this is a kind of ghost story.

Books Purchased This Week: 2

Title: Saga, Volume 5
Series Title: Saga
Authors: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
Date Added: June 6, 2017
Date Purchased: June 6, 2017

Media: Paperback
Price: $7.35
Retailer: Amazon

Title: The Crow Box
Series Title: Shadow and Ink
Author: Nikki Rae
Date Added: July 8, 2016
Date Purchased: June 7, 2017

Media: eBook/Kindle
Price: $1.99
Retailer: Amazon

Total: $9.34
Average Price: $4.67

Books Finished This Week: 2

Title: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
Authors: Patrick Thorpe, Various Others, and Translators
Date Added: October 30, 2016
Date Started: April 11, 2017
Date Finished: June 4, 2017
Reading Duration: 54 days

I’d say this is a must read for any Zelda fan.  I know I said I wasn’t going to write a legit review of it, but now I’m thinking I will.  It shouldn’t take me too long, and the more reviews I write the better.

Title: Saga, Volume 3
Series Title: Saga
Authors: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
Date Added: May 29, 2017
Date Started: June 1, 2017
Date Finished: June 5, 2017
Reading Duration: 4 days

This series is utterly breathtaking.  I realized at a particular point that the catalyst for Alana and Marco’s story is another story.  I’ll elaborate when I review.

Books Currently Reading: 6

Title: The Golden Bough
Author: Sir James George Frazer
Date Added: February 21, 2012
Date Started: June 6, 2017

Media: Kindle
Progress: 1%

This book is probably one of the ones I’ve had on my TBR list the longest.  It predates Joseph Campbell’s Hero  by almost a century, deals with similar paradigms and archetypes including the “king must die” concept, which is the title of a Mary Renault book that also deals with the motif. Sir James’s writing is lush and lovely, and I’m looking forward to reading this.  I know it’s going to become one of my go-to references, and though I have it on Kindle, I know I’m going to want to own a physical copy.

Title: Half a King
Series Title: Shattered Sea
Author: Joe Abercrombie
Date Added: July 14, 2015
Date Started: May 27, 2017

Media: Kindle
Progress: 32%

Alright…I may need to eat the words I said last week.  There was a major upset in this book that I don’t want to talk about, because spoilers galore, but the blurb does mention “betrayal,” and holy shit is there a major betrayal.  The story has taken a completely different direction to say the least, and Yarvi is learning some well needed lessons.

Title: Silent Child
Author: Sarah A. Denzil
Date Added: March 13, 2017
Date Started: May 26, 2017

Media: Kindle
Progress: 51%

So I have some ideas about who might have kidnapped Aidan, and the story is now steering you in a particular direction to suspect a particular person.  I think it’s a red herring, because it’s too soon for us to know who the perpetrator is.  I’m now suspecting the person who’s pushing Emma towards believing this other person is the kidnapper.  With books like this, the whole question is how good of a mystery writer is the author.  Are they able to think about what their readers are thinking/suspecting?  If they are, then they’ll be one step ahead of us all the way.  There is another person I’m suspecting, so right now it’s technically three.  I’m obviously being vague since I don’t want to give anything away when I say whether or not I’m right or wrong lol.

Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Series Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Date Added: December 30, 2015
Date Started: May 17, 2017

Media: Paperback
Progress: 54%

What strikes me about this novel is how it’s a tale of soldiers, slaves, and how there’s really not much of a difference between the two.  I also need to add the second book to my TBR list.

Title: The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes
Author: Anonymous
Date Added: June 19, 2016
Date Started: May 8, 2017

Media: Paperback
Progress: 40%

I like this, but I feel like I’d get more out of the Prose Edda.  The poems in the Poetic are all well and good, but there’s not a lot of cohesion between them.  I’m not sure if the Prose version is similar.  Either way, reading both will give me a fuller picture.

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Series Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Added: January 26, 2017
Date Started: May 1, 2017

Media: Hardback (Library)
Progress: 85%

I may have to eat crow on what I said about the first book in this series, though I wasn’t wrong about not liking Tamlin; I just figured out too quickly that you’re not supposed to (I’ve read too many stories), but I also didn’t like Rhys either, which is exactly what Maas was going for before she did the huge reveal in this book.  There’s a really good reason for everything he’s doing/done, and I have to give the author props for portraying the character so well.

Fanfictions Finished: 0

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 2

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

No update this week, though she has updated/posted other stories that I should check out.

Title: I Will Call You Home: A Recounting of the Fifth Blight
Author: AthenaTseta
Fandom: Dragon Age
Pairing: Leilana/Various

I haven’t had a chance to read another chapter this week :\

Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 7

Title: Embassytown
Author: China Miéville
Date Added: June 3, 2017
Recommended by: Bookish Muggle

I was all in for a book about alien linguistics, but then half out when Bookish Muggle’s review said the characters are pretty forgettable.  I added it anyway, because I can check out the sample and see if there’s a big enough of a draw.  It reminds me of a combination of Arrival and District 9, neither of which I’ve seen.

Title: Practical Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman
Date Added: June 4, 2017

I’d put a recommended by, but the friend who did so doesn’t have a blog on here.  I’ve seen the movie of course, but according to her save for character names and a few other spare details, the film and this book are nothing alike.  They’re both good, but it seems like the filmmakers took some liberties.

Title: Saga, Volume 5
Series Title: Saga
Authors: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
Date Added: June 6, 2017

I finished the third volume, so it’s time to purchase the fifth before I start the fourth so I can immediately start on five once I’m done with four.   Oh yes, I’m shotgunning this series before I start anything else.

Title: The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 1: The Faust Act
Series: The Wicked + The Divine
Authors: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson & Clayton Cowles
Date Added: June 6, 2017

A friend has been bugging me to read this for a while, but I never added it to my TBR list, which means I won’t ever remember/read it.  It’s about twelve gods who reincarnate as humans every 90 years; they die in two, and I’m assuming the whole cycle starts over again.  I’ve never heard of it, so I have no clue what to expect.

Title: The Epic of Gilgamesh
Author: Anonymous, N. K. Sandars (Translator)
Date Added: June 6, 2017

Yet another classic I should’ve read a long time ago, referenced everywhere including my beloved Final Fantasy.

Title: I Found You
Author: Lisa Jewell
Date Added: June 7, 2017
Recommended By: By Hook or By Book

Disparate people and forces come together in this mystery novel, and how they do sounds like a grand adventure.

Title: A Torch Against the Night
Series Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Date Added: June 7, 2017

I love adding covers when I can’t look at the blurb.  Blurbs for the second book in a series tend to give away what happens at the end of the first and so on and so forth.  I know I’ll want to read the next novel in this series.

Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 468
Change from Last Week: +3

Books Added to Reread List This Week: 1

Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Date Added: May 31, 2017

Oddly enough, it was a parody of this book that made me think of it again, and a Family Guy parody at that.  I read it years ago in college, not for any class, mind you, but on my own.  I wasn’t as adept at symbolism, deeper meaning, and subtext as I am now, so I missed the finer points, but I’ve at least remedied that.  Many people still don’t understand the point of the novel.  Fitzgerald wasn’t praising Gatsby’s life style; he was heavily critiquing it, but you’ll find some folks throwing Gatsby-like parties or having Gatsby themed weddings when the novel’s whole purpose was to show how such lavish displays were bereft of meaning.  Ah, well.  I’m done being presumptuous…for the nonce 😉

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: 5/31/17          The State of the Reader: 6/14/17–>










22 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 6/7/17

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  2. I’m glad you are enjoying Saga so much. I read the first 12 issues of The Wicked + The Divine. I liked those first two arcs quite a bit but something happens (as things do in a story) and perspective shifts (as they do in character heavy comics) and I fell off of it. The premise is pretty awesome though.

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  4. I read all of Saga and I’m impatiently waiting for the Volume 8 release… Amazon says it’s Jan 2 2018. Please, please let that be a placeholder date 😦 I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on the series!

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    • I don’t know what I’m going to do when I finish the 7th volume. I just started the 4th tonight and oh my god. Like I haven’t read a lot of graphic novels., but I can’t imagine any being half as amazing as this. I’m pretty much just throwing my money at Amazon now lol. The 5th volume arrived in the mail today. I’m probably going to buy 6 and 7 together because I feel guilty buying one at a time. They come in this gigantic box, well…gigantic in terms of how big the book is.

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      • Saga is the only comic I’ve ever been into! I guess I will have very high standards now 🙂 It’s a good plan to buy them together. I couldn’t stop myself from going through them lightning fast!

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        • I read Watchmen for a college course, and I loved it! I don’t know why I didn’t get into graphic novels right after that because that was a great introduction to them. I started 4 the other day and I’ll probably finish it before next week’s update 🙂

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          • There’s another comic by Brian K. Vaughan called We Stand On Guard. It’s about a heroic band of Canadian citizens fending off an invasion by the USA. I really want to check that out! We always worry our dear neighbours might turn on us one day, haha.

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  5. Like I replied on my blog, don’t let my mentioning about characters discourage you from picking Embassytown. It is just that the ideas in this book are so great, characters seem overshadowed maybe. It was an amazing book and since you love language and linguistics, you will definitely love it. Do give this book a try sometime.

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    • Ah thank you! It helps keep me honest, plus I can talk about books, which are one of my favorite things. I’ve noticed that I’m reading a finishing a lot more when I keep track of what I’m reading and know I’m going to update 🙂


  6. I’ve just started reading Soulless (book 1 in the Parasol Protectorate series) by Gail Carriger. I really enjoyed the manga based off the book series so it’s interesting seeing how true (so far, anyway) that it rings true to the novels. 🙂
    I’m so envious how quickly you’re burning through Saga! lol But also totally happy that you’re enjoying it so much.

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