The State of the Reader: 1/13/21

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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: 11

Total: $133.14

Books Finished: 0

Currently Reading

Title: The White People
Author: Arthur Machen
Date Added: September 12, 2020
Date Started: December 31, 2020

Cover of The White People by Arthur MachenMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 30%

thought I’d purchased the full version of Machen’s works The White People and Other Weird Stories, but something seemed off when my Kindle said I was 30% finished and I’d barely gotten through the prologue.  Turns out the $0.99 copy was just the one story, and the full volume is around $9.99 on Kindle, which isn’t terrible, but I probably would’ve waited on buying it had I seen that.  I may wind up picking up a physical copy since that’s only a few dollars more.

Anyway, the reason I even know about this book is due to T. Kingfisher’s The Twisted Oneswhich is based on this, and since I loved that novel, I wanted to read the source.

Title: House of Earth and Blood
Series Title: Crescent City
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Added: February 7, 2020
Date Started: December 16, 2020

Cover of House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. MaasMedia: Hardback
Progress: 23%

The more I read this, the more I want the current government to be overthrown.  Assholes.  All of them assholes.  I can’t blame those who are revolting against the establishment.  I mean as radical myself, I’d be hypocritical if I did (I’m…not quite an anarchist, but I can see why undeserving vertical hierarchies are questioned).

I think it’s just par for the course that anything I get this into will share themes and symbolism with FFVII.  I just did a whole bunch of typing above though, so I’m too tired to get into it, but there’s some Dickhead Dad shenanigans going on.  I feel like TV Tropes must have something on it (just not under that name).  I’ll have to look for it later.

The two mains have met and their interactions are amazing.  I love Enemies to Lovers (…obviously), and though Bryce and Hunt aren’t technically enemies, neither one of them likes the other, and I can’t wait to see what Maas does with that.

Title: Medusa’s Daughters
Author: Various
Editor: Theodora Goss
Date Added: December 20, 2019
Date Started: December 14, 2020

Cover of Medusa's Daughters edited by Theodora GossMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 50%

The last story “Bewitched” kind of confused me, though I can’t really expect less from Edith Wharton, author of The House of Mirth (which I really need to reread).  I’ll have to look it up then feel silly when it’s obvious.

Title: Norse Myths That Inspired Final Fantasy VII
Author: M. J. Gallagher
Date Added: October 26, 2020
Date Started: December 8, 2020

Cover of Norse Myths That Inspired Final Fantasy VII by M. J. GallagherMedia: Paperback
Progress: 15%

I can’t continue reading this for reasons I outlined in the last post, but I’m going to replace it with another Final Fantasy VII novel.  Once I do that, I’ll officially put this on hold.

Major haul in the books purchased department, right?  I didn’t spend that much money since I had an Amazon gift card, so I was finally able to get that Women, Monstrosity and Horror Films book I’ve been after for over a year.  Definitely the most expensive at approximately $50.  The Kindles I picked up were super cheap to balance it out though, and two of them I’m reading immediately after I finish Medusa’s Daughters.

I was trying to find another library book, but I really wanted an eBook, and nothing on my list was available for that.  I’ll have to convince my husband to pick up the next one for me again hehe.  I’m still sans car, which is something I have to remember since I don’t go anywhere.  Hopefully we’ll jump it this weekend and get that sorted. 

I increased my reading challenge to 25 books since I managed to read 23 in 2020.  Are you doing one this year?  If so are you increasing, decreasing, or keeping the number the same?

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6 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 1/13/21

  1. Pingback: The State of the Reader: 12/30/20 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. Ooooh, that is quite the book haul! Women, Monstrosity and Horror Film: Gynaehorror and the Egyptian mythology one sound especially intriguing. 🙂 I look forward to reading your thoughts on them!
    I increased my reading goal this year too. My goal for last year was 25 and I managed to squeeze in 29 so I decided to aim for 30 this year (that includes graphic novels too though, so I figured I’d go for a little higher of a number this go around.) 😉

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    • So. Many. Books LOL. I’m not even ashamed though, especially since at least $100 of it was due to a gift card. I have wanted the Gynaehorror book for over a year. It is such a keystone of a bunch of my research.

      I was really close to 25 books last year so I increased to that! There are a couple of comics and manga I want to read and those take like a day or two :p

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