The State of the Reader: 7/1/20

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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.

Purchased: 3


Finished: 1

Title: Supernice: Smile. Or Else.
Author: Petra Jacob
Date Added: June 11, 2020
Date Started: May 20, 2020

Cover of Supernice by Petra JacobMedia: eBook

Every single book I read by this author just gets better, and the first one I read, Riddled With Senses, was already excellent.  It’s like her take on current culture becomes more acerbic and accurate, because what occurs by the end of Supernice is exactly what would happen.  The mindset of people would absolutely lead them down heinous paths, and there would most definitely be others who’d oppose it.

Like I do with other books by self/indie published authors, I’ll be reviewing this next (or after the one I already have in draft) since reviews are way more important to get out for them.


Currently Reading

Title: The Last Thing You See
Series: Rachel Dixon
Author: Marie Batiste
Date Added: March 26, 2020
Date Started: June 23, 2020

Cover of The Last Thing You See by Marie BatisteMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 47%

This is one of those books where you absolutely HATE the antagonist and want to them get there comeuppance and more as soon as they’re introduced, and that happens in the first chapter.  It’s.  Chilling.  This person has zero empathy and treats living people as objects to collect, which is why he’s called the Collector.  I read the first chapter on the author’s blog before the book was released and was immediately hooked.  What else I like is the characters treat the world like it’s just their world.  There’s not any info dumping, but you’re given enough to understand how things work and that it’s just what it is.  It’s like if you lived in a world where magic existed, you really wouldn’t bat too much of an eye at it when it manifests because it would be as common as a smartphone.

Rachel is a flawed but intensely likable MC.  She’s definitely made a lot of mistakes, but she’s being overly punished for them.

Title: Keturah and Lord Death
Author: Martine Leavitt
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Added: June 6, 2020

Cover of Keturah and Lord Death by Martine LeavittMedia: Hardback
Progress: 54%

I’m now no longer sure how this will end lol.  I was pretty convinced this was a story about how Keturah became Death’s lady, but now I’m not certain.  There are other factors (and men) being thrown into the mix, which I like.  While I still think there’s a fair chance it will end the way I initially thought, the author isn’t make it as obvious as I first believed.

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: 29%

*sigh* It’s happening again.  This is becoming a chore to read, and I hate when I get like this.  This book is another one for research purposes and I know I need a decent foundation/refresher in Norse Mythology, but I’m just finding it hard to keep my interests, and I DON’T KNOW WHY.  Maybe because it’s more the author explaining the myths as opposed to telling them?  Idk.  I’m going to try to keep going, but I’ve missed my last two scheduled reading sessions.

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

Cover of DraculaMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 51%

Well THIS is getting spicy and not just because of all the garlic lol.  I’ve been breezing through the chapters so I’m finally halfway through.  It’s so weird how everyone knows about Dracula, but many haven’t actually read the original story, and only know about it through cultural osmosis, which is a term I heard someone use this week, and I’m adopting it thank you very much.  After I finish this I want to watch the movie (I think there might be at least two) and check out the series on Netflix.


Yesterday I went to bed right after work, which is why this is a day late (if you’re the type of person who notices/cares about such things).  I almost did that, today, but coffee saved me.  *sigh*  I’m kind of burnt out, but I want to do a Project Status post because I need to revert one of my essays to draft because it has an egregious error that’s bugging the fuck out of me.  Obviously errors happen, but I was reading back through it and this one just stuck out like a sore thumb, and it’s about my favorite subject, so I’m even more embarrassed to be wrong.  Plus, it usually helps me to blog about my writing plans because there’s a slight chance it’ll make me work harder to keep them lol.


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4 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 7/1/20

  1. Pingback: The State of the Reader: 6/17/20 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. Haha I heard my friend say “Pop Culture Osmosis” a few years back and promptly adopted it too! 😛
    I really should read Dracula some time. Like you said, I know a good deal about it but have never actually sat down and read it. Maybe around Halloween this year! 😀

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    • It’s honestly so much more gripping than I ever imagined. A lot of literature from that era is “classic,” but dry. Not this. I *think* there are two decent movies about it. The Bram Stoker one that’s specifically called Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and there might be another more recent and I believe I saw some series on Netflix.

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