The State of the Reader: 5/6/20

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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.

On Hold

Title: Being and Time
Author: Martin Heidegger
Date Added: August 18, 2017
Date Started: April 3, 2020

Cover of Being and Time by Martin HeideggerMedia: Paperback

I think I got enough of Heidegger in FFVIIR haha yes my jokes are so terrible.  I decided to put this on hold after the first page.  It’s actually not bad, but I just wanted to read something else for my research at this time.  I’ll come back to it, though my list of books on hold is growing, hm.


Title: Gods and Myths of Northern Europe
Author: Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson
Date Added: September 21, 2017
Date Started: May 1, 2020

Cover of Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by Hilda Roderick Ellis DavidsonMedia: Paperback
Progress: 8%

I was very happy my friend recommended this, because it can be difficult to find information about Norse Mythology that hasn’t been invaded by Nazis I wish I were lying.  They ruin everything.  It’s like finding cockroaches in your ice cream.  I’m still in the introduction, which I don’t typically read, but this one is good; it talks about the cultural and historic relevance of these beliefs in examining the people who believed them and the time they lived in.  She also invokes C. G. Jung whom I was getting a vibe about because the question of whether or not these gods exist/existed isn’t as imperative as how studying and understand the belief in them shows how humans and therefore our cultures are shaped.  It’s one of Joseph Campbell’s main points as well.

Title: The Valley of Amazement
Author: Amy Tan
Date Added: April 24, 2014
Date Started: March 1, 2020

Cover of The Valley of Amazement by Amy TanMedia: Hardback – Library
Progress: 50%

The one thing to remember while reading anything by Amy Tan is that happiness never lasts, but grief will be beautifully rendered.

Title: Dracula
Author: Bram Stoker
Date Added: May 16, 2015
Date Started: February 13, 2020

Cover of DraculaMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 28%

I really should get back to this.  I have no excuse.  I have the time; it’s well written, and I enjoy reading it.


Now that I’m done the FFVII Remake I can get back to my regularly scheduled reading and review writing, though I’m not wholly done with it; I’m just not playing every day because I did finish the main part.  I’m back to working on the review of Dolor and Shadow as well as my review of FFVI, so productive TSN is (sorta) productive. 


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8 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 5/6/20

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  2. Gods and Myths of Northern Europe sounds really good! Just went and added it to my TBR list. 😀
    I’ve been in kind of a reading slump so I haven’t really been able to get into any books or comics right now despite how good I know they probably will be. It sucks. The closest I can come is listening to audiobooks at the moment while I’m cleaning or working out. I’m going to try to snap my attention span into focus by getting on some semblance of a schedule this week. Hopefully that will help. 🙂

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    • I never discount audiobooks! I mean I want to DO them so of course I won’t discount them, and it’s a great way to read when you don’t have the time to sit down and do it, as well as it opens up a world of accessibility. I’m keeping some graphic novels on the side in case I need to plump up my reading challenge quota 🙂

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