The State of the Reader: 2/10/21

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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: 2

Total: $6.98

Books Finished: 3

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

I didn’t love this.  I didn’t hate it obviously, but I didn’t love it.  It was an interesting collection of stories about “misbehaving” women, which is why I’m sad I didn’t love it, because that’s my aesthetic.  I might change my mind about it once I have the time to think about the stories more, but that’s my initial perspective (and also why I don’t often rate books as soon as I finish them).

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

Ooooh myyyy gooood Machen, can you use paragraph breaks???  This was ten times harder to read due to the lack of those alone.  I think I’d have finished it much quicker if he’d utilized them.  I get he was going for a stream of consciousness affect, but that can still be achieved alongside making it easy for the reader.  Add Kindle not wanting to go back to the latest page, and it was really difficult to know where I’d left off.

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)

I just said above I don’t often rate books as soon as I finish them, but I’m ready to give this one five stars.  I also regret saying “the main character is essentially a monster” in my last update, because I’m fully aware that the martyr/monster binary is false (like every other dichotomy).  I’m going to review this one next as it’s a library book, and I’d like to have it on hand for examination prior to return.


Currently Reading

Title: The House on Abigail Lane
Author: Kealan Patrick Burke
Date Added: January 9, 2021
Date Started: February 5, 2021

Cover of The House on Abigail Lane by Kealan Patrick BurkeMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 53%

Yet another impulse purchase based on the blurb.  I’m a sucker for paranormal houses, and the way it’s presented was just too intriguing to pass up.  It’s also really short at only 60 or so pages, so I’ll probably be finished before next update.

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: 43%

The day will come when I don’t constantly consume media about sad boi fallen angel generals with mommy issues but it’s not going to be today (tomorrow isn’t looking good either) *hides back under Sephiroth blanket*

They’re starting to do that slow burn turn around where they’re both noticing how hot the other person is, and, well, they’re forced into proximity due to their shared goals, and they’re each getting an idea of how shitty the others life was/is.  Maas also does an excellent job of making the issues in the world personal for both Bryce and Hunt, because they’ve both been treated terribly by the hegemony, and I absolutely understand why both the angels/malakim rebelled and why the humans are in the midst of one.  You’re never going to get me to not side with an oppressed people.

I can’t wait to read more of this tonight.


I’ve been thinking about skipping the Compilation summary chapter in the FFVII Norse Mythology book and just going to the ones about specific aspects of the mythos.  I was considering it the other day, because while I can’t stomach continuing where I left off; I could see myself reading specific chapters.  I am still annoyed though because I was looking forward to having a summary of the full Compilation, but I suppose I’ll get that when I replay VII and either (re)play or watch the other games.

I’m now one book ahead in my challenge, which I knew would happen.  It was yelling at me because I was two books behind, but I knew I’d be finishing at least three soon.  I should be done with Abigail Lane in a few days, and I also seem to be tearing through House of Earth and Blood, so it looks promising.

Now I get to read the fore mentioned sad boi fallen angel story lol.


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