The State of the Reader: 12/19/18

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A 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: 1

Books Finished: 2

Title: Muse of Nightmares
Series Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Date Added: December 20, 2017
Date Started: October 6, 2018
Date Finished: December 5, 2018

Muse of NightmaresMedia: Hardback

There was one point where I thought the plot was a little slow, but the ending more than made up for it, and it wasn’t so much slow as establishing.  It’s just as amazing as the first book and one of the few duologies I’ve read, though there might be (and god I hope there is) more.

Title: Fallen Queen on Crystal Lake
Series Title: Moon Investigations
Author: B. Batiste
Date Added: June 1, 2018
Date Started: December 6, 2018
Date Finished: December 19, 2018

Fallen Queen on Crystal LakeMedia: eBook/Kindle

I love revenge stories, and this one ends on a cliffhanger for the overarching plot of series even as it wraps up the book’s.

Currently Reading

Title: Tigana
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
Date Added: February 9, 2016
Date Started: December 8, 2018

TiganaMedia: Paperback
Progress: 11%

I remember falling in love with this book’s prologue when I read a sample of it years ago.  With just a few pages, Kay weaves a tale of utter beauty and tragedy.  I was shocked to see this was published in 1990 but I’d never heard of it before.  I would’ve loved this in high school.

Title: The Hero With a Thousand Faces
Author: Joseph Campbell
Date Added: April 24, 2014
Date Started: December 3, 2018

The Hero With a Thousand FacesMedia: Hardback
Progress: 4%

“Dream is the personalized myth, myth the depersonalized dream.”  I’m still on Chapter 1 but getting good notes.

Title: The Phantom of the Opera
Author: Gaston Leroux
Date Added: November 29, 2018
Date Started: December 2, 2018

The Phantom of the OperaMedia: Paperback
Progress: 19%

I remember reading some critique that this version was boring, but I’m not finding such an issue here.  Maybe because I’ve known this story most of my life.  Susan Kay’s Phantom focused on the titular character whereas this starts with the opera itself and how the new managers didn’t initially believe Debienne and Poligny’s warnings about the “opera ghost.”  They will find out to their rue.

Title: Angels’ Blood
Series Title: Guild Hunter
Author: Nalini Singh
Date Added: May 11, 2017
Date Started: November 2, 2028

Angels' BloodMedia: Paperback (Library)
Progress: 71%

I wish I had more time to devote to this.  I think I only have it on my schedule to read twice and week, and I’m pretty sure it’s due soon with no more renewals.  I intend to buy it and the next as soon as I’m finished.  It’s so fucking good.  

I forgot I had to post this this week.  I worked late tonight, and I’m tired and not feeling the Christmas spirit at all :\  We didn’t have time to get a tree this year, though I’m half debating running to Target and picking up a tiny fake one in an attempt to lift my spirits.  Usually I love listening to (specific kinds of) Christmas music, but I don’t have the heart for it.  You know how you scroll through your music because there’s just nothing you want to hear?  Yeah.  I haven’t gotten a fake tree in years, and I actually try to avoid them.  They’re worse for the environment than real trees, which surprises people, but when you consider real ones are grown for that specific purpose and you can recycle them whereas fake ones are usually made with PVC plastic, which never goes away, it starts to make sense.

Anyway, this is the last SOTR post for the year.  I’ve made my reading challenge and am at 51 books currently.  I’ll probably finish Angels’ Blood before the month is out and might be able to get through a short Kindle, but I’m not going to push it.  Next year my reading challenge is going to be 20.

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11 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 12/19/18

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  3. I’m in a bit of the same boat this year in terms of Christmas spirit . . . just finished my semester and haven’t really adjusted to the idea that Christmas is so close.

    I look forward to your posts for next year! I am finally going to have time to finish “Muse,” so I’m excited for that. 🙂

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    • I feel like it just snuck up on me and it’s weird because I was thinking about Christmas in November yet I’m still not prepared.

      Omg Muse was amazing. It was a little slow in the middle, but it was less slow and more just establishing stuff. I absolutely loved it.

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  4. Woo! Congrats on completing your reading challenge for the year. I just recently finished mine as well (it was also set for 50). 🙂
    I’m sorry you’re not quite feeling the Christmas spirit this year. I feel very much the same at the moment. Between being sick and having so much stuff to do and all the stress I kind of just want to get it all done and over with at this point. I told by other half that we’re skipping presents for each other next year and using that money to go on a weekend get-away.
    I hope you do end up having a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year! ❤ Here's to an amazing 2019! 😀

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  5. I can’t wait to see your review of Angel’s Blood!
    Sorry Christmas wasn’t cracking up to be much. It didn’t feel like Christmas at all to me but that was because of being out of town with no cold weather in sight. I hardly had to do any present shopping this year either. It was a weird holiday season for me.
    Next year I’m going to try to go at it hard. I will BE the Christmas elf!

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    • Omfg that book was amazing *drools* I already bought the second one, and holy shit are there a lot! There are like 10 or so. I saw a set for around $80 but I think I’ll just do one at a time in case the series gets Laurell K Hamilton syndrome lol.

      It wasn’t too terrible, but there’s just SO much to do. I love the holiday season, but wish I wasn’t so “seasoned” myself D: I think planning in advance is the way to go. I’m going to start in September lol.

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