The State of the Reader: 8/1/18

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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: 4


Books Finished: 0


Currently Reading

Title: Two Hearts
Series Title: The Last Unicorn
Author: Peter S. Beagle
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 27. 2018

Two Hearts coverMedia: Online
Progress: Unknown

If there was one work of fiction or fantasy I’d recommend to everyone, it would The Last Unicorn.  Ahead of it’s time and meta before meta was cool, this is not your typical fairy tale.  Two Hearts may very well be the longest interval between the original and its sequel written by the same author, but I’m too caution to take bets on that.  If it’s available online, I plan to purchase it since Mr. Beagle is still living and certainly deserves the credit.  The mien is exactly the same as the first book even though TLU is third person and TH is first.  Fans of the first will immediately recognize their favorite characters before they’re named and wonder about the fates of others.  It seems to take place some years/decades after the unicorn’s adventure when an antagonist even worse than the Red Bull terrorizes the land.

Title: Black Butler, Vol. 1
Series Title: Black Butler
Author: Yana Toboso
Date Added: January 8, 2018
Date Started: July 26. 2018

Black Butler coverMedia: Paperback (Library)
Progress: 50%

I’m halfway through and my opinion is that everyone who isn’t Sebastian or Ciel is annoying as fuck.  While I obviously don’t condone violence against girls and women, I find it hard to blame Ciel for wanting to slap Elizabeth for taking his ring.  She reminds me of Death Note’s Misa.  I haven’t read a lot of manga, but I’ve watched quite a bit of anime, and I absolutely hate that type of female character who’s some combination of pushy, annoying, and kawaii, but the cuteness in no way negates the fact that I want them dead.  This…may perfectly explain my feelings for Aeris in Crisis Core.  I’m hoping the second half of the book will hold my interest.  I know what’s going on from the blurb, but so far there hasn’t been any explicit sign.

Title: Ireland’s Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth
Author: Mark Williams
Date Added: October 5, 2017
Date Started: July 6, 2018

Ireland's Immortal's coverMedia: Hardback
Progress: 6%

Even though this is a highly academic book with references, footnotes et al, it’s surprisingly engaging…I suppose if you have an interest in Irish Mythology.  But the author hasn’t even talked about the myths themselves, rather the history around them, which is still enough to hold my attention.  His style of presenting information is direct and clear, nor does he linger too long on less interesting topics.

Title: Dolor and Shadow
Series Title: Tales of the Drui
Author: Angela B. Chrysler
Date Added: June 16, 2016
Date Started: July 4, 2018

Dolor and Shadow coverMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 68%

I need to rant about something.  Kallan comes off as cartoonishly ignorant of so many things.  At one point she and Rune arrive at an army camp full of men (they’re Alfar or elves currently trying to get across Midgard), and she wants to walk right through when she sees what she believes is a familiar sign on a standard.  Why wouldn’t she consider that the sigil means something else in this foreign land?  Even if it is an elf sign, wouldn’t she consider the possible risks?  Nope.  Rune has to remind her.  Kallan has literally been at war her entire life.  She inherited her father’s.  How the hell does she not know to be careful in unfamiliar territory?  Why would she assume that every sing/symbol means the same thing?  And even if it does, it could be a trap!  Considering the dire straits she was in before, you’d think she’d be more cautious, and it’s not like she wasn’t warned about men either.  She was told they’re looking for Drui, which she is.  So this is another reason to be cautious that she just blatantly ignores.

It’s like the author wants to portray her as this ignorant, little girl who’d be utterly lost without Rune to guide her, a paradigm I was worried about after he does indeed rescue her.  If Chrysler had portrayed her as such from the beginning, I’d have less of an issue, but she’s a fucking war queen!  This is something a warrior would understand.  She also seems to have no grasp on politics and on how strife in other kingdoms could affect her own.  This is also nonsensical since, again, she’s been involved in her realm’s affairs since she was young.  There’s more stuff that bothers me with this, but it’s a fairly easy read; I want to find out what happens; and I’m almost done anyway.

Title: A Reaper at the Gates
Series Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Dated Added: August 23, 2017
Date Started: July 2, 2018

A Reaper at the Gates coverMedia: Hardback
Progress: 85%

I literally stopped reading this only to do this state post.  I’ll probably go back tonight (if I’m not too tired), because I need to know how it ends, though I know there’s a fourth novel forthcoming.   This is easily the best book I’m reading at the moment.


I need to start planning stuff for my two week vacation in September.  I try to do more than my usual like write an essay or start a big project then, but I plan for it at least a few weeks in advance.  I also end up overextending myself and then being disappointed, so I think I’m going to just pick one essay to concentrate on and the other big project.  I’m planning to take another hiatus in November to once more attempt NaNoWriMo with the same story as last year.

What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?  Reaper is definitely a contender for me, but so is Peddling Doomsday.


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10 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 8/1/18

  1. Pingback: The State of the Reader: 7/18/18 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. It’s a difficult choice for best book I’ve read so far this year . . . I am really enjoying my Finnikin re-read, but that’s not a new read (also the heroine is reminding me of OG Aeris a bit, so that’s a plus ha).

    Of the books I’ve read this year for the first time, I think it’s probably “Radiance.” Honorable mentions are “Reaper” (of course) and “A Court of Frost and Starlight” (which is kind of cozy and feel-good and sometimes I need that). Oh, and the sequel to “The Bear and the Nightingale,” “The Girl in the Tower,” was also very good, though I preferred “Bear.”

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    • Radiance by Grace Draven?? That’s like the best book I read last year and the absolute best portrayal of an arranged marriage. I read the second one and I can’t wait for the third. She’s definitely my favorite indie author and I wish her nothing but success!

      I bought Frost and Starlight a few weeks ago. I’m glad to hear it’s more cozy than anything. The characters definitely need that, too after all they went through.

      I have Bear and Nightingale sitting in my gigantic to-read pile lol. I just finished A Reaper at the Gates and I think I need a change of pace, because that book was INTENSE. I think I’m going to read The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender next because it’s magical realism and it’s been a while since I’ve read anything like that.

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      • Yes, that Radiance! It was your recommendation that made me check it out, too, so thank you for that. ^_^

        Ava Lavender is fascinating, but I do warn it’s also intense at the end. (You might already be aware of the trigger warning though; seems like it should be mentioned on GR). I would love to hear your thoughts on it though, so if you do read it next I really look forward to it!

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        • I LOVE that series. I can’t wait for the next one. Ildiko and Brishen were my favorite book couple that year easily.

          Oooooh thanks for the warning. I think I’m on Chapter 4 now. I love the way it’s written, and even this early on the story is so heartbreaking.

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  3. I can’t narrow down my favorite book of the year quite yet to one book, but my favorites so far are; The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan, American Hippo by Sarah Gailey, City of Lies by Sam Hawke and Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher.

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  4. I really, REALLY want to read Two Hearts. The Last Unicorn is one of my fave books ever. ❤ Can't wait for when you review Two Hearts.
    I hope you have an awesome vacation in September. 😀 It's hard to believe how close we're already getting to NaNoWriMo again! Where has this year gone?!?!
    Hmm . . . my favorite book I read in 2018 so far would probably be Morning Star by Pierce Brown or Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor . . . or maybe even The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (that book seriously gave me ALL the feels!)

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    • Omg it was so good. I just finished it this weekend. It’s only about 36 pages long and free online. It definitely is a “Last Unicorn” book even though it’s first person and the main character is a a little girl. It takes place decades later, but you eventually see all of the characters.

      Ahhh Muse of Nightmares will be out soon! I cannot wait to read that. I still have to review Strange the Dreamer.

      I have Red Rising on my TBR list by Pierce Brown. Is Morning Star part of that series?

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