The State of the Reader: 10/23/19

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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: 1


Books Finished: 1

Title: Kushiel’s Dart
Series Title: Phèdre’s Trilogy
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Date Added: February 21, 2012
Date Started: August 23, 2019

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline CareyMedia: Hardback (Library)

Well I did it.  I finished a book I shelved as DNF years ago, and I’m glad I did.  I wound up using my last library renewal, though I managed to finish before the 21st.  I still didn’t return it because I worked from home that day, so.  I also bought this book AND the second one, because I loved it.  Whatever issue I had prior didn’t bother me now, and while it does have a long denouement, it makes sense for the scale of the story.


Title: Vita Nostra
Series: Метаморфозы (Metamorphoses)
Author: Marina & Sergey Dyachenko
Date Added: December 22, 2018
Date Started: September 23, 2019

Vita Nostra by Marina & Sergey DyachenkoMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 54%

I should’ve put this up last week, but I completely forgot.  My BFF put me onto this, and it’s honestly riveting.  It’s described as a more mature Harry Potter, but the only thing they really have in common is that it’s about school students, so I think that’s a bit of a lazy description.  I have a feeling that what’s going on is akin to The Matrix idea about the spoon, but I’m waiting to see.

Title: Faust
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: September 1, 2019

Faust by GoetheMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 35%

I don’t think I’ve had much time to read this, though I’m hoping to still finish it soon.  It’s not that long and is fairly interesting.

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: 68%

The final chapters are pretty short like three pages apiece.  Even though it says 68%, I believe I’m closer to 90% done, since there’s about a hundred pages of indexes and appendices.


There are less than ten days left in Preptober and I’ve done zero prep.  At least I finished my essay *grumble*  I’m also a book behind in my reading challenge with five books left.  I can probably finish the ones I’m currently reading, but I haven’t started my next physical novel, which is what Kushiel replaced for a time.  I should try to read something shorter, but my next planned one is Tad Williams’ magnum opus, which is currently sitting on my shelf.  That’ll probably span into next year though.  I suppose we shall see.

Are you planning to set a reading challenge for 2020?  Will it be the same as the one you had this year?  Will you have more or less books?


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5 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 10/23/19

  1. Pingback: The State of the Reader: 10/9/19 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. I’ll probably do a reading challenge in 2020 with the same amount of books. I like aiming low, then feeling awesome when I achieve more, haha 😁

    Also, I’m doing NaNao this year. Decided to run a daily challenge on my blog for November (posts scheduled now), abandon social media that month (too distracting), and just focus on making my story happen.

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    • That’s how I look at it! I aim low so if I exceed it, I feel like I really accomplished something 🙂

      Ahhh, that’s awesome! I’m so glad you’re participating this year 😀 I really need to finish up my prep. I only have a few more days to get it done o.O

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  3. I look forward to your review on Kushiel’s Dart. 🙂
    I think I’m going to extend my reading challenge only by five books in 2020. I didn’t read nearly as many fat epics as I had planned and it was really nice not stressing out about not meeting my goal. I’m too competitive, even with myself. :3

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