The State of the Reader: 7/15/20

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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.

Purchased: 3

Finished: 1

Title: The Last Thing You See
Series: Rachel Dixon
Author: Marie Batiste
Date Added: March 26, 2020
Date Started: June 23, 2020
Date Finished: July 9, 2020

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

This ended a bit more abruptly than I was expecting, but then I remembered that it’s a series.  The author does a fantastic job making you absolutely loathe the killer and his “associates.”  You know I love my sympathetic villains, but there’s something about having one that you just absolutely hate and want to see tortured just like their victims.  It’s something I’ve done before myself.  There’s a dark catharsis in having a character do despicable things so that you don’t feel terrible when your hero skins them alive.  I don’t know if that’s the route this is going to go, but I’ll be rooting for Rachel if it does.

Currently Reading

Title: The Killing Moon
Series: Dreamblood
Author: N. K. Jemisin
Date Added: August 17, 2017
Date Started: July 13, 2020

Cover of The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin (Dreamblood #1)Media: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 12%

I have the first two books in her Broken Kingdoms series, but it might be a while until I read them since they’re physical copies, and I have a looooong list of those I need to read.  I really wanted to give N.K. Jemisin a try because everyone tells me about her, so I bought this and started reading it for my Kindle title.  I am not disappointed.  One, the default person in this novel is Black.  That’s…refreshing because it’s so different.  If you ask most people to think of a person, they’ll usually picture a cis white man.  There are lots of reasons behind this (mostly media representation), so it’s a phenomenal departure when the script is flipped.

Jemisin also does something I absolutely love; she presents something the characters know, but that the reader can only speculate it, and I’m not talking about worldly jargon.  There have been several instances where she’ll bring up a situation that a character will have a strong reaction to.  It makes you wonder what the rest of the story is, nor does she make you wait too long.  I don’t know if I’m explaining it that well, but suffice it to say it makes you want to continue with the story to find out more.

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

Cover of Keturah and Lord Death by Martine LeavittMedia: Hardback
Progress: 87%

I honestly think Leavitt created a love triangle story without making it seem like a love triangle.  I was absolutely convinced from the first chapter that Keturah was going to end up with Death, but then another contender presented himself (though I’m really curious how she didn’t figure it out without help lol), so now I’m not sure WHAT’S going to happen, though I suspect it will be tragic.

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%

Okay, my interest in this has been renewed.  Nothing really happened in the text; I think I might’ve just been tired or something.

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

Cover of DraculaMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 61%

So the way vampires are made in this is very interesting, and since this is like the seminal text ON vampires, it’s fascinating to see how such a process evolved from here.  Pretty much once a vampire bites you, you are doomed to become one when you die unless that vampire is destroyed.  Once you’re bitten, you’re in a type of thrall to them (which explains both Renfield and Lucy), but once again if that vampire is killed, you’re free and your soul is saved from becoming UnDead.

So I’m having major computer problems right now.  So much so that I’m trying to restore it back to a prior state; will more than likely have to reinstall Windows; and I’m currently updating this from my husband’s desktop.  I’ve been thinking about buying a new computer for the past few months, but it was really only to be able to stream and LP.  Now I actually might need a new computer.  I don’t know if it’s an HP issue.  I’ve heard some people complain about Windows 10, but the hubs hasn’t had problems on his gaming laptop, so I don’t know.  

Right now I can obviously do this on another machine, and I could potentially edit, but my Northern Lights audio recording project isn’t something I can really move.  I guess if I really had to, I could, but I’d have to download Windows Movie Maker on here as well as OneNote plus constantly backing things up is a hassle.  The real problem is sitting here really hurts my back :\  I’m also annoyed because I just signed up for Jazzercise On Demand, which is streaming dance aerobics (super cheap at $20 a month), and I was going to do that after I logged off of work, but I’ve been dealing with computer shenanigans since then.  At least I’m less angry than I was last time.  I’m just…resigned to it at this point lol.

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8 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 7/15/20

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  2. Ugh, computer shenanigans are the worst. D:
    You have a lot of very interesting reading going on right now! 🙂 I hop between books a lot too and the main one I’ve been focusing on just isn’t doing it for me (Cherie Priest’s The Boneshaker.) I’m so bummed because I’ve wanted to read it for so long and it involves steampunk and zombies and yet somehow I’m just bored with it. I’ve heard the second half picks up but the first half has been very slow and the characters are pretty meh. It’s honestly my own stubbornness at this point that’s keeping me from condemning it to the DNF pile of doom.
    I’m glad you’re enjoying the Gods and Myths book you’re reading again. 🙂

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    • I *think* it’s okay now. I’m being more responsible and shutting it off every night now, so it has a chance to rest. I hope that was the issue. Today when I booted up it did a scan and C repair, so I’m not sure what the latter is about but it seems to be working fine *fingers crossed* It was funny because I wasn’t even upset when it happened; I was just resigned and had a backup plan lol.

      Ahh that’s the worst! I hate when there’s a book I’ve been looking forward to and it’s such a let down. That’s how I felt about Vassa in the Night. I loved the premise and loved the title, but I wasn’t so disappointed in the story. It…just didn’t hold me at all. I’m the same way with stuff like that, but I’ve learned to DNF after a certain point because it’s rare it gets better. The one major exception to this rule was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It took 100 pages in before that picked up because all it did was talk about the security company someone worked for without mention of the titular character until that 100 page mark, but once she was introduced it was so much bettr, and I was happy I read it.

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      • That’s great. 🙂 I might have to follow your lead on that. I’m awful about remembering to actually shut my laptop off. I just close it and consider it to be napping. I’m not very computer savvy so I always kind of assumed that was good enough. D:
        Oh, wow, I give you some seriously credit for making it through the first 100 pages of that. Glad your patience was well rewarded from the sounds of it. 🙂

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        • Same! it’s because I’m inpatient and don’t feel like waiting for the computer to boot back up, but I think it’s more detrimental. I also leave it plugged in all the time, which means the battery is shot lol. It hasn’t been so bad now since I’ve been doing it. Takes around five or so minutes to boot up so I guess it’s working?

          I’m so glad I did! I think because I looked at some comments and found other people had similar issues, but once you get to Lisbeth omg the story gets SO good. She’s an awesome character.

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