The State of the Reader: 1/15/20

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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 Purchased


Books Finished: 2

Title: Star Trek: Picard – Countdown #1
Series Title: Star Trek: Picard – Countdown
Author: Kirsten Beyer
Artists: Mike Johnson & Ángel Hernández
Date Added: January 5, 2020
Date Started: January 5, 2020
Date Finished: January 8, 2020

Star Trek: Picard - Countdown #1 coverMedia: eBook/Kindle

I don’t know if this is common knowledge, but I try to live my life in a way that Captain Picard would be proud.  He is best captain (don’t even @ me), my favorite one (sorry Steve Rogers, you’re second though), and only the most English man to ever English playing a French man.  I’m so stoked for the Picard series and this comic is a precursor to that.  If you’re into Star Trek and are planning to watch the Picard series, I highly recommend.

Title: Star Trek: Picard – Countdown #2
Series Title: Star Trek: Picard – Countdown
Author: Kirsten Beyer
Artists: Mike Johnson & Ángel Hernández
Date Added: January 8, 2020
Date Started: January 11, 2020
Date Finished: January 11, 2020

Star Trek: Picard - Countdown #2 coverMedia: eBook/Kindle

Picard both knows how to get into trouble and how to get out of trouble.  What amuses me about him is how he constantly proclaims he has no interest in politics, yet he’d make an excellent one because he actually cares about people, nor will something as simple as a threat to his life make him compromise his morals.


Books DNF: 1

Title: The Dragonbone Chair
Series: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn
Author: Tad Williams
Date Added: April 24, 2013
Date Started: October 30, 2019
Date DNF: January 4, 2020

The Dragonbone Chair coverMedia: Paperback

I’m bored and can’t do it anymore.  I was caught between wanting to read this for research/comparative purposes (one of my ASOIAF YouTubers GreyArea was discussing the similarities between the White Walkers and this series’ Sithi), but Simon isn’t interesting enough for me to continue pretending to care about what happens to him.  Thankfully, Wikipedia has a nice plot analysis.


On Hold: 1

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

I feel I’d be better served reading the physical copy of this, which is why I bought it.    I just felt like I was skimming the Kindle one and not taking any decent notes.


Currently Reading

Title: Man and His Symbols
Author: C. G. Jung et al
Date Added: August 4, 2017
Date Started: January 7, 2020

Man and His Symbols coverMedia: Paperback
Progress: 7%

Jungian Psychology has been one of my favorite schools of the discipline since I learned about it in high school/college.  Studying and understanding the collective unconscious is paramount to many of the FFVII essays I want to write for obvious reasons, along with ASOIAF.  This is of course only one of many Jung volumes I need to read and notate, but I’m finding it as fascinating and expansive as Joseph Campbell’s Hero.  It’ll probably take me just as long to read this, but I’m okay with that.

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: 89%

You know you read a really sweet part in a story about what the main characters want together and you know how that thing will probably never be?  Yeaaaaah, I’m so prepared for heartbreak with this story.  I am so emotionally invested in these two women both with divided loyalties and stones in their hearts.

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

Faust by GoetheMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 55%

I’m not actually sure if this will be a research resource, but I haven’t finished it yet, so I’m not sure.


I need to work on my 2019 yearly wrap up posts this weekend.  I want to talk about all the stuff I read, watched, played, and wrote.  In my gaming laptop search I’ve found a few worthy contenders, but I don’t know if I want to spend the money right now.  I could put it on my Amazon Prime card, but then that will be over an amount I’m not comfortable with.  I could wait for my tax return, but I’d like to put that into savings, since we want to buy a house either this year or next.  Being an adult sucks.


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