The State of the Reader: 9/9/20

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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: 2


Finished: 2

Title: Dracula
Author: Bram Stoker
Date Added: May 16, 2015
Date Started: February 13, 2020
Date Finished: August 30, 2020
Reading Duration: 199 Days

Cover of DraculaMedia: eBook/Kindle

Definitely see how this could’ve inspired/influenced GRRM’s Night King along with other malicious hive-minded entities that could have your friends spying for the enemy.  This novel was wild from start to finish in all the best ways possible, and its cultural influence cannot be understated.

Title: The Killing Moon
Series: Dreamblood
Author: N. K. Jemisin
Date Added: August 17, 2017
Date Started: July 13, 2020
Date Finished: September 2, 2020
Reading Duration: 51 Days

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

Jemisin definitely had a vampiric motif to this without directly writing about vampires.  I’m not sure if that was intentional, though I wouldn’t be surprised since she clearly knows that she’s doing.  I’m very curious about the second book in the duology as this wrapped its narrative very nicely, though of course there’s a huge thing that happens in the world that can obviously be explored.  In the end even though the narrative focuses on Ehiru, I think he’s more of a vehicle for Nijiri’s story, which is a fantastic bait and switch.


On Hold

Title: Prophecy of Three
Series Title: The Starseed Trilogy
Author: Ashley McLeo
Date Added: August 3, 2018
Date Started: September 3, 2020

Cover of Prophecy of Three by Ashley McLeoMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 3%

I really like this book.  Library of Alexandria?  A book literally rewritten from memory and hidden by magic until the right heiress comes along.  I fully intend to pick this back up.


Currently Reading

Title: The Twisted Ones
Author: T. Kingfisher
Date Added: August 26, 2020
Date Started: September 7, 2020

Cover of The Twisted Ones by T. KingfisherMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 24%

Holy shit…this book, y’all.  So I was reading my sample downloads as I do on Mondays.  I try to catch them all up, but I only wound up reading two and buying them both (See Purchased above).  I almost started reading Bad Monkey, because that one caught me, as well, but this one got me.  I couldn’t stop reading with the promise of secret aliens in my ken.  So I put Prophecy of Three on hold, because I fully intend to finish it.  It’s really good, and I was definitely interested in the story, but SECRET ALIENS.

Title: As You Like It
Author: William Shakespeare
Date Added: March 6, 2018
Date Started: September 3, 2020

Cover of As You Like It by William ShakespeareMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: Act I, Scene II

I love that I know nothing about a lot of these Shakespeare plays I’m reading.  I’m loving this one so far.

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: 44%

…I roll up my cuffs and stand ankle-deep in the water and out there in the early-morning calm, my silence is, for once, the thing that connects me.

There is a stream of consciousness mien to this story/Walter’s thoughts that I love.

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: 56%

I finished the chapter on the sea gods and the next one is about the death ones.


Guess who has two thumbs and is having computer problems again?  So last night I’m watching a Let’s Play on YouTube when all of a sudden Windows runs into a problem and had to restart.  When it did all of my files were gone.  Gone.  GONE.  I had nothing.  I didn’t even panic.  I just smiled like a loon because what else could I do?  I had backups, though not on the edits I’d just done on The Broken Rose the night before (and I was proud of them, too, nor did I think I could remember what the hell I’d done to redo it just the way it was).  So, I googled “Windows crashed and deleted my files.”  God bless google…it’s probably gotten that frantic message a lot.  The first thing that came up was profile corruption.  I found a video that walked me through deleting the temporary one and removing the “corrupted” extension.  No dice.  So I went to bed…around six in the morning.  Today I went back to the google and found instructions for how to move the files from the corrupted profile to a new one I created.  It took some hours and here I am.  I emailed myself all of my writing projects as well as the audio for Northern Lights.  Until I get a new computer this is happening at least once a week, and yes, I am definitely getting a new computer…like tomorrow.  I’m too tired to shop for one right now, but it’s happening.   My computer is still doing some weird things, and I’m afraid to watch anything on YouTube, but for now, it’s working.

Alright, TSN is sleepy, and I have games I want to play.  I couldn’t relax enough to do so while my writing and projects et al were in limbo.


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