The State of the Reader: 10/11/17

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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.

Samples Read This Week

  1. The Stillness of the Sky by Starla Huchton: Kept – The second book in the Flipped Fairy Tales series seems just as promising as the first.
  2. The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin: Kept – This is one of the books I broke my “one book per author” rule for since I had it on my “Blogger Recommendations” list.  I own the first book in Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy, so chances are I’ll read that first, but it was hard to turn down a book in a series called Dreamblood.
  3. The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue: Kept – Another book I broke my fore mentioned rule for.  I always think of A Monster Calls whenever I see this book.  I guess because “monster” is in both their titles.  The beginning of this has potential in the prologue with its “dream house” setting.
  4. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue: Kept – This completes the triad of books that break my “one book per author rule.”  The “wonder” is a little girl who apparently lives off of air.  Curious how the author is going to tackle the “breatharian” controversy.
  5. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: Kept (RWTR) – It only took the first two sentences.  I’m not even joking: “On the morning we were to leave for our Grand Tour of the Continent, I wake in bed beside Percy.  For a disorienting moment, it’s unclear whether we’ve slept together or simple slept together.” I laughed aloud at my desk.  It’s just the most appropriate line and exactly what I’d expect from a story with this title and premise.  I initially put it on my library shelf, but just switched it on my to-buy shelf.
  6. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss: Kept – It opens with a funeral.   My favorite thing!  I’ve already read and liked the author’s other work, and a story about the daughters of fictional monsters sounds interesting enough to borrow from the library.

Books Purchased This Week: 3

Title: The Stillness of the Sky
Series Title: Flipped Fairy Tale
Author: Starla Huchton
Date Added: August 16, 2017
Date Purchased: October 3, 2017

Media: eBook/Kindle
Price: $2.99
Retailer: Amazon

Title: The Boy Who Drew Monsters
Author: Keith Donohue
Date Added: August 17, 2017
Date Purchased: October 7, 2017

Media: eBook/Kindle
Price: $3.99
Retailer: Amazon

Title: Branded
Series Title: Fall of Angels
Author: Keary Taylor
Date Added: October 4, 2017
Date Purchased: October 11, 2017

Media: eBook/Kindle
Price: $0.00
Retailer: Amazon

Total Price: $6.98
Average Price: $2.33

Books Finished This Week: 1

Title: Promethea, Vol. 1
Series Title: Promethea
Author: Alan Moore
Date Added: March 8, 2014
Date Started: September 24, 2017
Date Finished: October 8, 2017
Reading Duration: 14 day

Media: Paperback (Library)

I almost forgot I finished this this week!  I only remembered when I went to update my progress, but there was no progress to update on Goodreads, because of that.  Well…I’d been promised that I’d run headfirst into the Qabalistic symbolism, and holy shit did I.  My second to last reading session I spent about an hour on this website talking about the 32nd path of the Tree of Life (which connects Malkuth to Yesod) in addition to pulling down my copy of The Mystical Qabalah (which I had to hunt for.  It was on the very top of my bookshelf…right next to Sephiroth haha, sorry, I can’t help my Qabalah reference humor) to have it close by for reference.  I also think I figured out the Tree of Life’s connection with the ankh, though it’s tenuous at best and probably about as solid as my ideas about it and Jacob’s Ladder.  The caduceus; however, is pretty well established, and it’s why Promethea carries one as seen on the cover.

Promethea, as a concept/idea made flesh, originates from what’s called the immateria, manifesting from mind to matter.  At one point Sophie (the main character) says that “the immateria is like The Promised Land,” and I just can’t.  I am going to have a field day with this in terms of not only the shared Final Fantasy VII references, but tarot symbolism as well.  I want to flip through the graphic novel at least once more before I return it to the library.  I also think this is going to be a purchase, because I want a copy of for my own.  It, of course, goes without saying that I’ll continue the series.

Books DNF This Week: 1

Title: Hunting for Spring
Series Title: Philadelphia Coven Chronicles
Author: Katherine McIntyre
Date Added: January 13, 2016
Date Started: October 2, 2017
Date DNF: October 8, 2017
Reading Duration: 6 days
Percentage Read: 23%

Media: eBook/Kindle

I’m so picky picky about my urban fantasy.  The funniest thing is I’m currently betaing another book for KM that’s an urban fantasy as well, and I absolutely adore it.  Who knows.  I just wasn’t connecting with the characters for some reason, but it’s not because they weren’t good characters.  Brenna is a spitfire and Conor is like a sad puppy (which is kind of a hilarious description, given that he rescues a sad puppy in the beginning of the book), but there’s more than just an opposites attract to the two of them.  While there’s chemistry, the novel’s focus isn’t on that but rather on the duo catching the source of wight attacks (Night’s King anyone?), who’s also stolen something very important from Brenna.

Books Currently Reading: 7

Title: Heartborn
Series Title: Shattered Skies

Author: Terry Maggert
Date Added: July 3, 2017
Date Started: October 9, 2017

Media: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 9%

In case the cover didn’t inform you, this is a paranormal romance about angels.  Something really cool, but horrifying, happens in the first chapter, and later we see how sweet the main female character is as a sort of juxtaposition perhaps.  I can’t wait to see what happens when the two of them get together.

Title: Death Note, Vol. 2: Confluence
Series Title: Death Note
Author: Tsugumi Oba
Date Added: September 23, 2017
Date Started: October 8, 2017

Media: Paperback (Library)
Progress: 24%

Almost forgot about this one, too.  Geez…I’m tired and didn’t add information when the update occurred this week.  Things are going to change a bit here, because the way I’m doing this weekly post right now is too overwhelming, but I’ll discuss that later.

I love this manga series, and I’m curious if the anime does it justice.  Light is becoming even more of a villain protagonist as he takes on more and more traits of a sociopath.  One of the people he killed actually bothered me, and it was appropriately the first tie an emotional response was shown in another character.  Prior, while we see horror and shock, it’s more of the “holy shit, someone is killing all these people!” variety.  It is fascinating to watch Light find more ways to use the Death Note (ways not even Ryuk has figured out…which is interesting and horrifying), and I wonder if L realizes he’s dealing with supernatural powers yet (I’m also wondering if L is Light’s “opposite” twin.  I don’t have any backing for this besides his alias being the same letter Light’s name starts with.  I just…wonder).

Title: The Daemoniac
Series Title: A Dominion Mystery
Author: Kat Ross
Date Added: October 13, 2016
Date Started: September 28, 2017

Media: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 35%

The game is certainly afoot!  This book is #0.5 in the series, which suggests the first book was written before it (since you don’t typically number in the halves unless you’re writing in between something).  I’m wondering if I’ll like Myrtle, Harry’s sister, as much as I do her.  While the younger Miss Pell professes to not being as keen a mind as her Sherlockian sibling, she seems perfectly able to pull the semblance of it off.

Title: Blink Once
Author: Cylin Busby
Date Added: July 22, 2016
Date Started: September 15, 2017

Media: Hardback (Library)
Progress: 59%

Something weird is going on with this, but I can’t figure out what.  Olivia never shows up when anyone else is around, but I know she exists or existed since her mother comes to the hospital, which means she has to be alive in some capacity.  You don’t visit the hospital to mourn the dead.  My prevailing theory is that she’s in a coma, and West is seeing her “ghost/spirit,” but that doesn’t explain how she can put him into his wheelchair and roll him down to the TV room, unless those situations are part of his own elaborate dreams/hallucinations.

Title: The Metamorphosis and Other Stories
Author: Franz Kafka
Date Added: June 12, 2017
Date Started: September 14, 2017

Media: Paperback
Progress: 32%

I finished The Metamorphosis, and I have quite a bit to say about it.  Kafka’s writing is so surreal and almost dreamlike.  Things happen that are (of course) out of the realm of reality or sometimes just a bit off, but while people might treat a happenstance like their son or sibling turning to a giant bug as terrible, it’s seen as more of an unfortunate inconvenience to the family.  In Judgment the father was so erratic and nonsensical, but the son didn’t point this out; it was just accepted behavior.  It’s as though Kafka writes in a world that’s slightly askew to our own.  It’s not quite bizarro, but it’s definitely bizarre.

Title: Hands, Kings, & City-States: Analyzing a World of Ice and Fire
Author: Steven Attewell
Date Added: May 12, 2016
Date Started: September 5, 2017

Media: eBook/Kindle
Percentage: 25%

Tick off another percentage.  This is slow reading, not because I’m uninterested.  Attewell thoroughly breaks down the interworkings of Westeros’s feudal government and references numerous relevant works like the writing of Machiavelli that a quick reading just isn’t possible.  Though this is obviously a fictional/fantastic government, Martin crafted it based on true feudalism, sparing no detail for his world building.

Title: Strange the Dreamer
Series Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Date Added: April 18, 2016
Date Started: August 26, 2017

Media: Physical/Hardback
Progress: 48%

I went back and reread the prologue to this after I read a chapter tonight, because I have some ideas in my head about that.  I’m wondering if Taylor is pulling a bait and switch (for lack of a better term), and though the happenings are under the Prologue, if what occurs isn’t actually in the future.  She clearly gives the month and date, and I recall reading a date in the main body of the story, but I’d have to locate that information.

Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 7

Title: Druids, Gods & Heroes from Celtic Mythology
Series Title: The World Mythology
Author: Anne Ross
Date Added: October 5, 2017
Recommended By: Eyes of Seraphim

You know a book is old when the picture of the cover is literally a picture of the cover.  I was listening to a video on YouTube that attempted to divine why Irish Mythology wasn’t as well known as others.  While Classical Mythology is the most popular, most people still have some passing knowledge of Egyptian, Norse, and others.  Hell, there’s even a comic book pantheon devoted to Norse (oh hai Loki ♥).  According to the linked video, Irish Mythology doesn’t have a definite “starting point” aka creation myth, and the magic just seems to happen haphazardly.  I know a little bit about it.  I’m familiar with Cú Chulainn, though I couldn’t tell you any specific stories about him.  He’s an incarnation of the god Lugh, whom I read a story about way back in high school called Riders of the SidheAhahaha, I guess I do know about Irish Mythology after all; I just didn’t know that I know hehe.  It’s also often lumped in with Celtic Mythology  Riders has been on my to-reread list for years now.  It’s the first book in a trilogy retelling of Celtic legend.

So, listening to the video prompted me to look for books on Irish Mythology, and this one was recommended by one of my Irish/Scottish go tos and IRL friend.  The next four books are all Irish Mythology compendiums, recommended by my other go to for mythology and religious symbolism.

Title: On the Edge of a Dream: The Women of Celtic Myth and Legend
Author: Jennifer Heath
Date Added: October 5, 2017
Recommended By: Other

A goddess centered book on Irish/Celtic Mythology.

Title: Mythologies
Author: W. B. Yeats
Date Added: October 5, 2017
Recommended By: Other

I was pretty stoked to see one of the recommendations was by my favorite poet and probably favorite male mystic.

Title: Myths and Folklore of Ireland
Author: Jeremiah Curtain
Date Added: October 5, 2017
Recommended By: Other

I should mention that my recommending friend also expressed some surprise that she initially didn’t know any good Irish Mythology books off the top of her head, and she actually added some of the ones she recommended to me to her own wish list.  FYI – If you ever want to buy me a present, give me books or give me the means to obtain books.

Title: Ireland’s Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth
Author: Mark Williams
Date Added: October 5, 2017
Recommended By: Other

Of course Morrigan is from Irish Mythology!  See, I know it, but I just don’t know I know it.

Title: Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allen Poe
Series Title: Manga Classics
Author: Stacy King
Date Added: October 9, 2017
Recommended By: Touch My Spine Book Reviews

While I want to read the original stories before the graphic novel versions, I couldn’t pass up adding this.  There’s a bunch in the series including Sense and Sensibility, Les Mis, which I’m very interested in, Great Expectations, and more.  I’ve never read Jane Austen, so I might do the same thing I’m planning with Poe, and read the original classics first.

Title: Wytches, Volume 1
Series Title: Wytches
Author: Scott Snyder
Date Added: October 9, 2017
Recommended By: Ignited Moth

The review on IM’s page is a bit bare bones, because saying too much will give it a way.  The blurb on Goodreads doesn’t offer much more other than to say that what you think you know about witches is wrong.

Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 535
Difference from Last Week: +5

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 1

Title: I Will Call You Home: A Recounting of the Fifth Blight
Fandom: Dragon Age/Dragon Age: Origins
Pairing: Leliana & Various
Author: AthenaTseta
Date Started: March 16, 2017

Progress: Chapter 37

There is much to be said about the power of dreams ;_;

Fanfictions Added This Week: 0

Fanfictions On Hold: 2

Title: I’m the Darkness, You’re the Starlight
Fandom: Final Fantasy VI

Pairing: Celes Chere & Setzer Gabbiani
Author: runicmagitek
Date Started: June 19, 2016

Last Update: February 18, 2017
Latest Chapter: Chapter 18

Title: The Broken Orrery
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Sephiroth & Aeris
Author: CymbelinesHalo
Date Started:  April 1, 2015

Last Update: August 1, 2016
Latest Chapter: Chapter 39

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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21 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 10/11/17

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  2. I’m looking forward to checking out your friend’s latest book when it’s out! I despise most romance stories but I loved Brenna and Connor (then Liam, Jev, Sam, Alanna, Cami, and Dante in the rest of the series). It is because the romance wasn’t the focus of the story. I liked the world that was created, and the challenges the characters had to endure. It was cool how they destroyed the Order of the Serpent one bad guy at a time too. It almost felt like a video game with the final boss fight being in the last book. Also loved the awesome and witty writing style 😀

    I’m done Chapter 69 of Fifth Blight and about to go read some more. I’ve been on vacation, eating terribly, and spending lots of time reading on my elliptical. You’re not going to believe this, but the author has made me care about a relationship, haha. Leliana and Renya are perfect for each other!

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    • I think you don’t have any tolerance for certain kinds of romance, because you liked Northern Lights! The thing about romance novels is the romance can’t be the ONLY thing at stake, because that’s not real life. There should be something that’s potentially keeping them apart, and that should tie into another major plot. No one wants to read about a character whose sole goal i life is to find love, because that’s just not realistic. People are more complicated than that. Usually relationships occur when you’re embroiled in something else. They’re messy and inconvenient, but you go for them anyway! It has to seem like it’s happening naturally even if it is in a fantastic setting.

      !!!! Wow lady, you are reading at epic levels. That sounds like a great way to spend a vacation though. I had to give up my days around (American) Thanksgiving because I need a day off in October grumble. It’s okay. I think I might just try to work from home if my manager is okay with it (which I think she will be).

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      • I think you’re right! I loved Northern Lights, and Broken Rose has been fantastic so far. Most Romance novels seem like cheap thrills with no substance. When people are complicated and the world is “real”, it makes more sense to me.

        Just finished Chapter 80 😀 I’m kinda bummed to be going back to work tomorrow, but it was a fun time. Enjoy your American Turkey Day when it comes! I hope you get to work from home.

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        • I think I mentioned that a TON of books are actually marketed as romance to get them out there even though they’re no in the “romance” section per se. Especially if they have a fantasy element to them. Paranormal romance is usually just considered and put into the sci-fi/fantasy section. Then of course you have young adult, which ALWAYS has a romance element ugh. I wish there were more sans that, too, because not every teenager is looking for or even wants a relationship. That would be interesting to read one that didn’t have that element, but I doubt you’d find one traditionally published like that.

          Well you’re going to beat me to the finish lol. I may have started before you and done the slow and steady thing, but the hare looks like the winner this time ;p

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          • Don’t get me started on shoehorned love triangles… sigh.

            I binge read to Chapter 96 of Fifth Blight last night! I really, really couldn’t put it down. And now I have to patiently wait for the brilliant author to publish more chapters on her schedule. There’s another book like that for me too… Broken Rose, I think it’s called 😀

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            • If a love triangle doesn’t seem totally contrived I’m okay with it like in An Ember in the Ashes, it made sense without seeming just like a love triangle for the sake of it, and it also worked perfectly within the plot of the story, but YA just does it to do it, and it’s super annoying. I’d love to read a YA with an asexual or aromantic main character who had no interest whatsoever in anybody lol.

              I didn’t even get a chance to read my one or two chapters this week unfortunately. I hope to catch up (with myself, you’re waaaay ahead of me).

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