The State of the Reader: 6/5/19

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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: 25

  • They Don’t Make Plus Size Spacesuits by Ali Thompson – $2.99 @ Amazon
  • The Republic by Plato – $0.60 @ Amazon
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – $0.00 @ Amazon
  • Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie – $2.99 @ Amazon
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton – $0.00 @ Amazon
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexendre Dumas – $0.00 @ Amazon
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – $0.60 @ Amazon
  • The Last Stitch Goes Through the Nose by Moses Norton – $2.99 @ Amazon (Kindle)
  • Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter) – Gift from Barnes and Noble
  • Archangel’s Prophecy by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter) – Gift from Barnes and Noble
  • Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter) – Gift from Barnes and Noble
  • Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter) – Gift from Barnes and Noble
  • Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter) – Gift from Barnes and Noble
  • Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter) – Gift from Barnes and Noble
  • Archangel’s Shadow by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter) – Gift from Barnes and Noble
  • Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter) – Gift from Barnes and Noble
  • Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter) – Gift from Barnes and Noble
  • Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter) – Gift from Barnes and Noble
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë – $3.79 @ Amazon
  • Captivating Melody by Katherine McIntyre (Discord’s Desire) – $0.99 @ Amazon
  • Forged Alliances by Katherine McIntyre (Tribal Spirits) – $3.03 @ Amazon
  • The Last Stitch Goes Through the Nose by Moses Norton – $6.99 @ Amazon (Physical)
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney by Kenji Kuroda (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney) – $10.99 @ Amazon
  • Miles Edgeworth: Ace Attorney Investigations by Kenji Kuroda (Ace Attorney Investigations) – $10.99 @ Amazon
  • A Wilderness of Glass by Grace Draven – $2.99 @ Amazon

Lots and lots of books this time.  My husband got me the entire Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh for my birthday, and I was overjoyed to be able to purchase Moses Norton’s  (aka The Well-Red Mage) novel The Last Stitch Goes Through the Nose on both Kindle and physical!  I also picked up a few more of Katherine McIntyre’s novels and made an Indie Author Shopping List on Amazon. The author of They  Don’t Make Plus Size Spacesuits is by one of my favorite people on Twitter (Mean Fat Girl).  She’s a fat activist whose done a shit ton of research on dieting/diet culture and how toxic it is.  Due to the number of books, I’m not going to put links to all of them, which is why I focused on the most important (aka indie) ones.


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

Shit…have I read this at all?  I think I was busy the days I had it scheduled.  Ah well.

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

Ubik coverMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 85%

I’ll probably finish this tomorrow.  It’s…an odd story, and I’m not sure quite how to talk about it.  The main character doesn’t really have much of a personality, and it’s very much more what’s happening to him and his associates, which I think may be purposefully done by PKD.

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

TiganaMedia: Paperback
Progress: 74%

Slow going is better than no going at all.  I’m going to try to catch up tonight after I post this.  I think all of the threads are starting to come together for all of the characters now.

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: 48%

The notes I’m taking on this are going to be invaluable for my research.


I did it.  I bought some Phoenix Wright manga.  I couldn’t help it, and I’m not ashamed :p  I’ve spent less than $100 on books so far this year, which I think is pretty awesome, and my average spending for book is less than $3.  I know how to find a bargain.

Do you have any books you felt guilty for buying?  Have you ever imposed a book buying ban?  If so, are there any exceptions you’ll always break it for?


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6 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 6/5/19

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  2. I’m currently considering a book buying ban due to my husband’s recent medical bills. It’s not really torture though because I’ve been buying anything I felt like buying and could probably read from my own stock at home for a year or more. (Plus, I can visit the library as needed.)
    I’m NOT feeling guilty for skipping the book club selection for this month as there is no ebook, no copy at the library and it’s $25 from Amazon for something I’m not dying to read. Luckily, we’re not a strict book club. Usually a couple of people end up not reading the selection and we hang out anyway. 🙂
    That was a really sweet gift from your husband!

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    • Oh no! Medical bills are a bitch. Yeah…I mean it’s true for me, too, but there’s just something about getting new books that’s just…amazing. I have a shelf full of ones I need to read and the library is always an option.

      I’m really curious why some Kindle editions can be more expensive than physical. I know there’s some intricacies about it I don’t know about, and the price is set by the publisher, but you’d think it would be less money to NOT have a physical resource.

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      • I have to assume it’s because some people will pay the couple dollars less for an ebook than the physical copy because they then don’t have it taking up shelf space or if you’re in a small apartment and don’t have any space OR you travel frequently. Plus, I have to also assume that it has to do with the books popularity as well. Why drop the price when people are still snatching it up regardless? These are just my working theories.

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        • True. I guess I always thought a big bulk of the price would go towards the raw materials, but yeah if people will pay the same without those, they can make more of a profit :\ I think eBooks tend to have sales more often and better ones. Like you’re less likely to find a physical book for $0.99 unless you’re hitting a used bookstore clearance.

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