The State of the Reader: 5/22/19

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A biweekly 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 Obtained: 3


Books DNF: 1

Title: The Color of Magic
Series Title: Discworld, Rincewind
Author: Terry Pratchett
Date Added: February 21, 2012
Date Started: May 7, 2019
Date DNF: May 14, 2019

The Color of Magic coverMedia: Paperback – Library

I wasn’t feeling it so I shelved it.  I’ve liked other Discworld novels, so there’s nothing inherently wrong with it; it’s just not catching me.  It may be I’m just not in the mood, and I might be inclined later, but I have to pass for now.


Currently Reading

Title: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
Author: H. P. Lovecraft
Date Added: March 15, 2013
Date Started: May 9, 2019

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward coverMedia: eBook/Kindle

No progress percentage since I’m reading this in a collection of all of the author’s works, and there’s just no way to easily separate it from thewhole.  I started a new classic rotation where I read a Lovecraft, a Poe, a Shakespeare, and then a classic that’s not by either of those three.  Since the body of work of just one of these authors is immense, I figured it would make more sense.

In true Lovecraft fashion, he rambles about how terrible the thing he’s going to tell us is, throws in some casual racism then finally starts to get to the point by starting all the way back.  It’s not an unaffective way of telling a story, and HPL does manage to keep up interest by caking on the creepiness, but he definitely has a method.  If I were more awake, I’d be able to explain it better.

Title: Ubik
Author: Philip K. Dick
Date Added: August 29, 2017
Date Started: May 15, 2019

Ubik coverMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 15%

Getting past the initial technobabble was the hardest part.  The concept of half-life is eerie and intriguing, and the blurb seems to give away a vital plot point, so I’m guessing even crazier stuff is going to happen.  The author purposely invites curiosity for whatever “ubik” is.  I wonder if it’s something that can perpetually extend half-life.

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

TiganaMedia: Paperback
Progress: 70%

I wish I had more time to read this 😦  It’s set to be my Book of the Year, but I’ve missed my last two reading sessions.  Tonight, just like last night, I finished work and went to bed.  Now I’m trying to get this posted tonight without having to backdate it tomorrow.

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: 43%

Somehow I’ve found time to make some progress on this.  I took some great notes on Shintoism, which I need to study apropos of my essays on Final Fantasy VII.  


It’s been quite a week.  My lungs decided they’d forget how to function sometime between my using my nebulizer and going to bed last night, so today was fun.  I came home and just went to bed.  I’m trying to not be in a depressive state, but, uh, that doesn’t really work too well.  I’m going to eat dinner, watch more of Link’s Awakening, and play some Phoenix Wright.  I told the hubs about my new fangirl crush, and he wasn’t surprised, though he thought Edgeworth didn’t have grey/silver hair.  LOLOL.  I told him he just couldn’t see it from the picture.  Imagine.  Me.  In love with something WITHOUT silver hair.  That’s just nonsense.

It’s almost June.  If you’re doing a reading challenge, how is that going?

And I almost forgot Happy World Goth Day!


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15 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 5/22/19

  1. Pingback: The State of the Reader: 5/8/19 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. I am sorry to hear about your lungs. 😦 I always notice a mood drop when I’m not feeling well physically (seems logical but some people are so macho about it ha). I hope you can get the rest you need to heal soon!

    I’m doing a reading challenge this year but just haven’t been feeling reading this month. Not really sure why (maybe bar study is just that mentally exhausting, lol), but I’m sure my interest will come back to me. I’ve put a hold on Tigana because I’ve heard so many good things about it, so maybe by the time I get that I’ll be out of my reading funk.

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    • They’re a little better, but the weather is so ughh.

      Well you’ve been putting all your time into studying, so I don’t know how you have time to do anything! It’s something you’ll want to take the time to enjoy. I think that’s why I don’t read it as much as I want. I need to be awake enough and have the time to really get into it.

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  3. Hope your lungs stop their bullshit and you feel better!
    My personal challenge to read more fat epic fantasies has been slow going. I think I’ve only read 2 or 3 epics so far. BUT my reading has slowed down in general like I expected so I’m not too worried about it.

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      • I’ve got my eye on a couple but I’m currently reading a grimdark UF, I also have an ARC I need to do before the release in mid-July. That was is UF with witches and the final in a trilogy that I’ve received an ARC of for every book so I mostly just feel obligated at this point lol.

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  4. Hopefully your lungs are feeling better now. ❤
    I really like your idea for doing a reading rotation for 3 big writers like that. I might just have to implement that tactic as well. I've read different works from Lovecraft and Poe before, but they're definitely authors that I would like to explore the works of further (plus re-visit some of their pieces I've read already since it's been a while.) 😛

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