The State of the Reader: 7/29/20

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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: Keturah and Lord Death
Author: Martine Leavitt
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Started: June 6, 2020
Date Finished: July 18, 2020

Cover of Keturah and Lord Death by Martine LeavittMedia: Hardback

This book hardcore reminds me I need to read Theodora Goss’s Heroine’s Journey essay.  It’s in my “to read” for research already, but it’s vital for essay references.  I’ve been trying to decide whether or not Death and the Maiden motifs are under the umbrella of Beauty and the Beast ones or vice versa.  I guess it’s sort of a literary “what came first?”  I want to say Death and the Maiden was first because motifs about Death are older than dirt, but I still wonder what fits as the better umbrella.  Is Death a “beast” type or is (being paired with) a beast a type of death?


Currently Reading

Title: The Luster of Lost of Things
Author: Sophie Chen Keller
Date Added: September 12, 2017
Date Started: July 22, 2020

Cover of The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen KellerMedia: Paperback
Progress: 7%

Upon finishing Keturah and Lord Death, I narrowed down my choices to two options: this and The Song of Achilles.  I love the way Song is written, too (reminds me of Mary Renault’s The King Must Die and her other novels), but I wanted something…more modern?  Less heavy?  Though I don’t think I’m guaranteed the latter.  The writing in this is so eloquent.  It reminds me of the monologues in Dear Esther.  Words I love to taste.

The room fills with the gentle ache of vanilla and the sound of the sea, and she closes her eyes and lays a wrinkled hand over her heart and smiles at the memory of things I cannot see.

Yassss, this is what I’m talking about.  It’s like the sweetest kind of despair and I want more ♥

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: 37%

I’m kind of tearing through this.  On good days (ones where I’m not overwhelmed with work) I can read two chapters at lunch.  It was immediately intriguing, and I wish I’d started reading her sooner.

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: 38%

If I ever adopt a big grey cat, I will name him Jormungandr.

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

Cover of DraculaMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 76%

Now I’m getting to the parts that will definitely be incorporated into my research.  I’m excited to finish this.  I actually have no clue how it ends lol.  Oh, I also called something happening that is probably a well known fact, but I’m still giving myself props for it.


I really wish I had time to do my State of the Watcher posts, but it’s just too much.  I just finished the third season of She-Ra and the Princesses of the Power, and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend.  So good.  I’m about to watch more of it now.  It only has two more seasons, and I’ve heard it ends brilliantly.  I might try Voltron afterwards since everyone and their mother is telling me I need to watch it because the villain is someone I’d be a thot for.


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2 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 7/29/20

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