The State of the Reader: 1/1/20

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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 Finished: 1

Title: The Nutcracker Curse
Series Title: Cursed Fairy Tale
Author: Margo Ryerkerk
Date Added: May 24, 2019
Date Started: December 9, 2019
Date Finished: December 25, 2019

The Nutcracker Curse by Margo RyerkerkMedia: eBook/Kindle

Blatantly obvious conclusion but still an oddly enjoyable novel.  It’s not the type of story I’d gush about, but it was interesting enough to keep me reading.  I do think it would benefit from some better editing, nor do I think I’m going to rush to get the author’s next book, but I wouldn’t necessarily say no to reading another.


Currently Reading

Title: Mirrorstrike
Series Title: Her Pitiless Command
Author: Benjanun Sriduangkaew
Date Added: December 5, 2019
Date Started: December 27, 2019

Mirrorstrike by Benjanun SriduangkaewMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 17%

I now follow the author on WordPress and Twitter and she replied to one of my tweets ♥  The novel drops you immediately back into the action with no hesitation after establishing everything in Winterglass.  The stage has already been set and the tension is high.  I cannot wait to see how this ends.  Also this line:

“Do you get tired of being told you are breathtaking, General?”

is absolutely something I’d fucking write (…and have), so maybe I’m just narcissistic?  Oh, and the response to this is also something I’d absolutely write, so yeah…I am probably just narcissistic.

Title: The Prose Edda
Author: Snorri Sturluson
Date Added: May 31, 2017
Date Started: December 10, 2019

The Prose Edda (Illustrated) by Snorri SturlusonMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 14%

I don’t know what it is, but this isn’t engaging me as much as The Poetic Edda did.  I thought the prose version would be better, but now I’m wondering if I’d be better served by re-reading TPE and taking the same kind of notes I did for The Hero With a Thousand Faces.

Title: The Dragonbone Chair
Series: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn
Author: Tad Williams
Date Added: April 24, 2013
Date Started: October 30, 2019

The Dragonbone Chair coverMedia: Paperback
Progress: 9%

This is not the Tigana problem I mentioned last week with this book where I have interest, but not time.  This is more of a “I have little interest in reading about the adventures of a mediocre white boy” problem.  They were the go to protagonists of the time this was written in, but there are so many other/better books out there with far more interesting MC’s (Her Pitiless Command series ZOMG).  I don’t know…I want to read this because it’s considered a foundational fantasy in the same vein as The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander, which has a similar protagonist, but on the other hand I’m bored AF.  Hopefully, things will get more interesting soon and I can watch Simon Mooncalf fail upwards.

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

Faust by GoetheMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 52%

I’m pretty sure if I wasn’t reading this for research purposes, I’d have given up and just looked it up already.  It’s not that I don’t like it or it’s boring; I’m just not engaged.  That seems to be my problem recently, doesn’t it?  *sigh*


Happy New Year peeps.  I stayed in and didn’t even drink.  After I logged off work I passed out for a few hours and woke up cranky and hungry (I’m literally a toddler).  It was around 9:00 and the only place still open for delivery was Chinese so we ordered that.  I was kind of annoyed, but my husband kind of was, too, so meh?  I was supposed to go to brunch today with friends, but I didn’t have the energy to engage with 20 some people, and if I can’t be “on” I tend to stay home.  I’m happy I’m off the rest of the week to rest/recuperate and hopefully clean because I’m currently sitting on my trash throne writing this.  I want to pay someone to clean my apartment, but I’m too embarrassed to have anyone see how dirty my apartment is and need to clean it up to a point that I won’t be *headdesk*  Anyway, I should probably eat my takeout.  it’s been here for over an hour, but I just wasn’t hungry when it got here.

I hope you had a great NYE and all of your evil plans come to fruition ♥


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