The State of the Reader: 1/27/21

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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: 3

Total: $4.98

Books Finished: 0


On Hold

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 don’t know when I’ll be able to come back to this.  Just thinking about picking it back up triggers my gag reflex because of where I had to stop.  I’ve started reading an online translation of “The Maiden Who Travels the Planet” as a  non-fiction/reference/research replacement.  Not sure if I’m going to count it toward my book challenge total, but I probably will since it is on Goodreads.  I’ll probably read On the Way to a Smile and The Kids Are Alright next since I have physical copies of them both.


Currently Reading

Title: Unraveling Oliver
Author: Liz Nugent
Date Added: August 26, 2017
Date Started: January 21, 2021

Cover of Unraveling Oliver by Liz NugentMedia: Hardback (Library)
Progress: 9%

The main character of this book is essentially a monster, and I know the novel is going to delve into the whys and hows he got that way.  Each chapter seems to be from a different person’s point-of-view in the vein of ASOIAF, with the first being from the titular character who readily admits to beating the shit out of his wife.  After that it goes back to before Oliver was even on the scene, and I think that tonal shift helps carry the narrative along by not focusing on him after his heinous deed.

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: 56%

I really, really wish Machen had opted to use paragraph breaks.  I know he’s imitating a child’s stream of consciousness, but it’s difficult to know where to stop reading and where I was when I restart.  Amazon not keeping a good track of the page I was on doesn’t help much either.

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: 34%

Nah, I’m not quickly becoming obsessed with this book about a fallen angel seeking redemption and a half-human lady.  NOT AT ALL.  Maas’ portrayal of PTSD is on point with Bryce, especially since she was counseled to “look where it hurts most” in order to solve the murder mystery.

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: 72%

There’s really no one story that stands out for me in this, and I have to say I enjoyed Dr. Goss’ own short compendium more, but I will try to go through them during my review.  This is not to say this collection is bad by any means; just none of the stories really shine (at least not yet).


I’m already a book behind in my reading challenge!  I guess I should’ve had at least one finished by now.  I’m almost done with Medusa’s Daughters, and will hopefully finish that up as well as The White People in the next two weeks.  Unraveling Oliver is fairly short, and I’d love to finish it by it’s initial due date.  I might read a few manga or graphic novels after I complete something to pad my count lol.


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