The State of the Reader: 5/9/18

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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: 3

Books Finished: 1

Title: The Bone Doll’s Twin
Series Title: The Tamir Triad
Author: Lynn Flewelling
Date Added: June 9, 2016
Date Started: March 22, 2018
Date Finished: April 30, 2018

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

This book was fantastic.  I put the next one on my to read list.

Currently Reading: 4

Title: Restless Bones on Crystal Lake
Series Title: Moon Investigations
Author: B. Batiste
Date Added: March 26, 2018
Date Started: May 1, 2018

Restless Bones on Crystal LakeMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 65%

Hazel’s detective adventures continue in this pirate/ghost/murder mystery.  I love the pacing of Miss Batiste’s books.  There’s never a boring page.

Title: Parasol Protectorate
Series Title: Souless
Author: Gail Carriger
Date Added: October 26, 2016
Date Started: April 26, 2018

SoullessMedia: Paperback (Library)
Progress: 33%

I thought this was a graphic novel, and I have no idea why, so imagine my surprise when I picked it up from the library.  No matter.  I can read four books at a time instead of three and a graphic novel.  The main character Alexia Tarabotti has no soul, but it doesn’t seem to affect her personality or caustic wit, and it’s an advantage in a Victorian London full of vampires and werewolves.  Among them she’s politely known as preternatural and more bluntly as soul sucker.  Her lack cancels out supernatural powers, which causes questions to arise when she kills a strange vampire in self defense.

I was a little skeptical about this due to some, I suppose I’ll call it, Victorian misogyny and how Alexia constantly fixates on her spinster status, huge nose, and too dark skin (her father was Italian).  I’m fine with it being established, but it’s constantly brought up.  Thankfully, Carriger’s witty writing and the amazing chemistry between Miss Tarabotti and Lord Maccon, the local alpha, more than makes up for this.  I think I’ll enjoy this and more than likely continue with the series.

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: 64%

The more John tries to push his religion on the completely uninterested, the more annoying he becomes, but I think the turn around is coming.

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: 38%

Oh my god.  I finished the first part and holy shit were there some amazing revelations.  I know this is a really old novel, but since I didn’t know these things, I don’t want to potentially give it away for anyone else.  I can see why some Dune fans accuse George Lucas of stealing from Frank Herbert, but I don’t see it that way.  Are there similar paradigms?  Hell yes.  Paul Atriedes is clearly a huge inspiration for Luke Skywalker, but many of the paradigms are universal.  I’m waiting until I finish to say more, but I feel I’ll have a lot to say.

I apologize for no kitty pictures this week, but I’m too tired to post one.  I called out yesterday, and Cid spent the entire day checking up on me.  He then knocked over the curtains in my bedroom.  He’s a freaking menace ♥

I’m now two books behind.  I think my next will be a graphic novel so I can make up some books.  I do read about two chapters a day, but I did set a pretty high number of books.  I might bump it down to 30 if necessary.

What have you been reading?

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7 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 5/9/18

  1. Pingback: The State of the Reader: 4/25/18 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. You were absolutely correct, there IS in fact a 3 part graphic novel series for Soulless. 🙂 It’s quite good and a lot of fun, with fantastic artwork.
    I’ve only read the first in the series of the actual novels, but I own a copy of the second one and fully intend to read it. I love Gail Carriger’s witty writing and characters. ❤
    I hope you continue to enjoy the book (and series if you carry on with it!) 😀

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