The State of the Reader: 4/25/18

<–The State of the Reader: 4/11/18          The State of the Reader: 5/9/18–>

weekly post updated every other Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads, and if you have an account there feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Purchased: 0


Books DNF: 1

Title: Preludes &Nocturnes
Series Title: The Sandman
Author: Neil Gaiman
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: April 5. 2018

The Sandman: Preludes & NocturnesMedia: Paperback (Library)

Declared it DNF on 4/15.  The story jumps all over the place, nor am I fond of the art style.  Also, Morpheus is such a blatant author avatar to the point of looking like Gaiman that it’s a turn off.  I don’t have an issue with creators doing that, but he made a clearly awesome and powerful character look like just him.  It comes off as arrogant and pretentious. I’m still going to read his other novels, but as I always say, I have too many books on my TBR list to spend too much time on something that doesn’t hold my interest.


Currently Reading: 3

Title: The Habitation of the Blessed
Series Title: A Dirge for Prester John
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
Date Added: September 28, 2012
Date Started: March 26, 2018

The Habitation of the Blessed by Catherynne M. ValenteMedia: Paperback
Progress: 41%

This book jumps all over the place, too, but it does so in the way of vignettes.  Plus I’m used to Valente’s writing style where she’ll tell stories within stories with the most eloquent language.  It just took me getting through the slightly slow beginning.  If you like retellings of old myths and parables or how they might be seen through the eyes of beings who’d never heard of them, this might be something you’d want to pick up.  The prose is quite purple though, so be thou warned.

Title: The Bone Doll’s Twin
Series Title: The Tamir Triad
Author: Lynn Flewelling
Date Added: June 9, 2016
Date Started: March 22, 2018

The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn FlewellingMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 86%

I’m one book behind my reading schedule, so I’d like to finish this this month if possible.  While there’s nothing particularly exciting happening right now, the potential for it is palpable.  The main character is currently in the city of his enemy, and since this story has some Hamlet similarities, you can guess who that enemy might be.  The Bone Doll’s Twin is more twisty than that, because Prince Tobin’s true gender is hidden due to the prophecy of a chosen queen, a prophecy his uncle will do anything to keep from being fulfilled.

Title: Dune
Series Title: Dune Chronicles
Author: Frank Herbert
Date Added: September 4, 2013
Date Started: March 6, 2018

The cover of Dune by Frank HerbertMedia: Paperback
Progress: 24%

I am very curious about the connection of the worms to the spice.  Does it come from the worms?  Is that why they’re territorial about the spice-sand?  Is it a byproduct/waste product of theirs?  How do they use it?  Is it something necessary for their survival?  If so, it’s understandable why they’d be hostile to anyone mining it.  The spice is what gives those who use it that glowing blue eyes.  I’m wondering if the spice mining is what’s made Arrakis the desiccated planet it is.  Hm…


I need to step up my reading.  I’m a book behind for how many I want to read this year.  

Anyway, here is a kitty belly.

What are you reading?  Have you set a reading goal for the year?  How are you doing with it?


<–The State of the Reader: 4/11/18          The State of the Reader: 5/9/18–>

13 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 4/25/18

  1. Pingback: The State of the Reader: 4/11/18 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

    • That book was equal parts brilliant and equal parts frustrating lol. I loved so many of his points, but there were a few things that made me narrow my eyes. I have a ton of notes on it though, and I want to do a video review, because a written one would take far too long.

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  2. I needed that dose of cat cuteness today! 🙂

    I probably won’t have time to read much (if anything) the next few weeks, but I have “The Book of Dust” by Philip Pullman and “Tess of the Road” by Rachel Hartman to reward myself once finals are done.

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  3. Pingback: The State of the Reader: 5/9/18 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

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