The State of the Reader: 11/4/20

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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: 4


Title: The Snow Queen
Series Title: The Snow Queen Cycle
Author: Joan D. Vinge
Date Added: December 11, 2014
Date Started: September 22, 2020

Cover of the Snow Queen by Joan D. VingeMedia: Hardback (Library)
Progress: 61%

I like this better than Dune.  There.  I said it.  I don’t dislike Dune, and I feel like I want to do a comparison of the two novels when I’m done, but that’s my feeling at the moment.

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 III, Scene III

I’m so glad I was awake enough to laugh at Touchstone’s jokes in Act III Scene II.  Right now Rosalind, in the guise of the youth Ganymede, has found Orlando in the forest.  They’re in love with each other, but Orlando doesn’t realize they supposed “youth” is the lady.  Shakespeare loves this kind of dramatic irony and I’m a fan of it, too.

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: 74%

“This longing for what never was-it is one part of who I am I guard closely.”  It reminds me of hiraeth, the longing for a home that doesn’t exist; it’s more like you long for the place that gives you “that” feeling.

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: 70%

I’m just about to read the chapter about Loki lol.  I also received my Norse Myths that Inspired Final Fantasy VII in the mail, which I plan to read right after I finish this.  I think it makes the most sense to follow up since I’m reading this as part of my research for FFVII essays.


The saga of the stolen mail continues, but I was going to be damned if they’d get my FFVII/Norse Mythology book.  I was tracking that shit like a hawk, and lo and behold it was left in the lobby…where it could be stolen.  I was able to get it prior to any of that, but I was pissed my instructions had once more been ignored.  So I went to Amazon customer service (as well as tagged them in a Facebook post…for as much good as that does).  They again apologized and said they’d look into it, but when they asked if I wanted to lodge a complaint against the driver I balked.  I’m…not about getting people fired (not in this capitalist hellscape), and I also suspected there were other factors at play here e.g. drivers are only paid by the delivery, are timed, or some such.  So I didn’t lodge a formal complaint.  I did send a message to the company that owns my apartment building, because they could install cameras.  I received a reply saying they were working on putting in an Amazon hub, which is fine.  If they do that and can curtain thievery I’m fine with it.  According to my husband, the office has no dedicated a closet to packages because it’s obviously not just me or my building.

Once again the fate of the free world rests on…oh FFS…

I’M IN PENNSYLVANIA

I’ll just continue going quietly mad as I try not to doomscroll.  We may not have results until Friday, but I’m expecting to hear something by tomorrow.


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6 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 11/4/20

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  2. I just started Dune the other day for Sci-Fi month. So far, I am enjoying it but I’m only about 160 pages in. I’ve heard from a lot of people that it’s a boring but good series and thus far, I don’t find it boring. I might not be to the right point yet though. Without spoilers, what were your thoughts on it?

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    • I liked it. It took me two tries to get to that point, but I think I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind when I started reading it. I grew up loving fantasy and it had more of a sci-fi vibe to it, but once I got into it, I was hooked. I AM liking The Snow Queen a little bit better, which means comparison time for my little nerd brain lol. Dune is dense so I can see how it would turn some people off, but I like ASOIAF so that kind of stuff doesn’t bother me.

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