The State of the Reader: 4/21/21

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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: 6

Total: $31.94

Books Finished: 1

Title: Agents of Dreamland
Series: Tinfoil Dossier
Author: Caitlín R. Kiernan
Date Added: October 31, 2020
Date Started: March 30, 2021
Date Finished: April 19, 2021

Cover of Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan (Tinfoil Dossier)Media: eBook/Kindle

The close of this came abruptly, which I suppose is how normal people will experience the end of the world.  It was very much in the spirit of Lovecraft with more horrifying questions for each answer.  Each chapter had me wondering when the hell it was taking place, which is pretty meta for one of the characters who mentally travels through time.

I bought the next book immediately (as seen in the Purchased section above).  It has a mien of both Lovecraft and a hardboiled detective story, not a combination I’ve seen before.

Currently Reading

Title: Psychology and Alchemy
Series: Jung’s Collected Works
Author: C. G. Jung
Date Added: July 20, 2019
Date Started: April 9, 2021

Cover of Psychology and Alchemy by C. G. JungMedia: Paperback
Progress: 2%

First off, it took me forever to find this.  Not online, IN MY GODDAMN APARTMENT.  I have a shelf for books I’ve read and books I need to read.  The former is literally packed to the point I just have books hanging off of it (we desperately need a house but that’s another issue) whereas the latter is smaller (someone [Cid] decided to lay his fat ass on it and break some of the shelves), but I own less physical books I need to read.  It’s therefore easier to find them…theoretically.  It helps when you remember wtf they look like.  I think it took me four or five times of looking on the shelves then breaking one of them because someone (me) decided to lean her fat ass on it, so NOW my “to read” shelf has books piled on it like my “read” shelf lol.  I was actually going to give up and buy a new copy when I happened to look on the very top of the shelf and actually read the title of the books there instead of looking for a white spine.  I mistakenly believed that was the color because of the cover, but NOPE; I was having color trouble.  Back to kindergarten!

I’m sure some of you will say I could’ve started reading another reference book for my research, but I’m really stubborn and would’ve been annoyed that I’d have had to change my plans, so I’m really happy I found it.  It is dense, and I already have a ton of notes.  Dr. Jung was a genius who was well ahead of his time.  I’m supremely annoyed at myself for not learning Latin, because he randomly throws it in there so I have to use Google Translate quite a bit.

I’m literally only on page 10, paragraph 11 of the first chapter, which is an introduction.  We haven’t even gotten to the alchemy part yet, and I have a bunch of notes.  I might not read this entire thing at once.  I’m considering going back and forth between certain volumes for my research.  I put Ireland’s Immortals by Mark Williams on hold three years ago.  It’s another note heavy book, and I actually referred to it in my FFVI review, which I’m super happy about.  So what I might do is maybe do a back and forth between these larger volumes.  I don’t know how I’ll organize it exactly, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out :p

Title: The Library at Mount Char
Author: Scott Hawkins
Date Added: August 10, 2016
Date Started: March 31, 2021

Cover of The Library at Mount Char by Scott HawkinsMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 38%

This is one of those books that you just read with absolute and often horrified fascination, though the chapter about the asshole who kidnapped the lions to keep in a pit and got his comeuppance fully moisturized my skin.  While I, like the rest of the world, was entertained by Tiger King, I do not think people should own fucking lions and tigers, and the character in this book was just casually sadistic like it was amusing for him to taunt them.  Anyway, I’m about to add everything this author has ever written to my TBR list.

Title: The Oedipus Trilogy
Series: The Theban Plays
Author: Sophocles
Date Added: July 25, 2020
Date Started: March 18, 2021

Cover of The Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles

Media: Paperback
Progress: 12%

Yet another reference/research book I take copious amounts of notes on so make little in the way of progress, but I am getting absolute gold in the way of foundation for my FFVII essays.  Like I obviously knew the story of Oedipus prior, but I haven’t read this since high school, so I don’t have the detailed notes I need for essay work.

Title: A Sky Beyond the Storm
Series: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Date Added: November 1, 2020
Date Started: March 17, 2021

Cover of A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa TahirMedia: Hardback
Progress: 15%

I’m missing some of the emotional beats in this story because I literally cannot fucking remember some of these characters.  It’s because it’s been a long time since I read the prior book.  It’s not like the author isn’t contextualizing it, and it’s not marring my enjoyment, but it’s just annoying.  I wish I had time to reread the series.

I was attacked by a nap after I ate dinner and logged off of work otherwise I would’ve had this up sooner.  I’ve been actually drafting stories, though of course not the one I should be working on *sigh*  I think I talked about this in my SOTW post so I won’t bore you with more.

House hunting is a gigantic pain in the balls.  My husband sent me two places and I sent them to my realtor who called me for real talk.  I thought we’d been approved for an FHA loan so she told me they were like third down for who gets a house with cash being king and conventional loans being second.  I emailed my mortgage guy and we’re actually conventional, so yay silver medal!  Both house the hubs sent me are already pending, and it’s only been three fucking days lol.  So we need to get out and see them like immediately.  No waiting for the weekend; if it comes up we gotta go.  Right now there’s nothing out there, but we’re both keeping our eyes peeled.

Oh and my car has been in the shop for like three weeks.  It needed body work to pass inspection which is actually less than the internal stuff they had to fix.  If I wasn’t trying to buy a house I’d probably just get a new car, but I’m not supposed to put anything new on my credit score, though the amount I’m paying to fix it would cover a car note for a year.  Being an adult sucks, which is why I only try to do it a few times a day.

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8 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 4/21/21

  1. Pingback: The State of the Reader: 4/7/21 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. It’s a seller’s market out here too. We have some friends who want to move to our town but there is little on the market and everything that is is getting snapped up for way over value. I’m currently working on refinancing our house and it’s estimated worth has gone up $30,000 since we bought 4 years ago. I really thought that the housing market would collapse thanks to 2020 but it hasn’t yet. *shrugs* I’m glad that we bought when we did. It was tough then. I can’t imagine buying now. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you guys! ❤

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    • Whew IS it ugh. It is very much a seller’s market and I’m surprised, too. I thought it would be more of a buyer’s because of the pandemic, but apparently not. I don’t remember if I mentioned that those two places were GONE by Wednesday. I’m just happen we were approved for a conventional loan and not FHA, at least that makes it a little easier. I’m just going to see if we can look at places during the week. Both me and Mr. TSN have pretty flexible schedules.

      Right now we’re both dealing with pricey car repairs. It would honestly be cheaper to get new cars, but we don’t want to put anything new on our credit. Being an adult sucks lol. I so appreciate that ♥♥

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