The State of the Reader: 7/28/21

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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: $11.97


Books Finished: 1

Title: We Shall Sing a Song Into the Deep
Author: Andrew Kelly Stewart
Date Added: May 22, 2021
Date Started: July 16, 2021
Date Finished: July 23, 2021

Cover of We Shall Sing a Song Into the Deep by Andrew Kelly StewartMedia: eBook/Kindle

I loved the lyricism of this novella, words I can fall in love with.  I’m also a fan of the specific, post-apocalyptic trope where people, usually children, are lied to about the circumstances/situation and they have to figure out what’s really going on.  This is the author’s first book, and he absolutely captured not only the trapped and claustrophibic elements of subsisting in a derelict and failing nuclear sub, but the same for the cruel and monastic order forced upon the main character and their peers.


Currently Reading

Title: The Wind’s Twelve Quarters
Series: Hainish Cycle
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Date Added: August 30, 2014
Date Started: July 26, 2021

Cover of The Wind's Twelve Quarters by Ursula K. Le GuinMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 17%

I read this such a long time ago, and it’s been on my reread list for a while.  I want to say I read it in high school (at least), so when I say a long time ago, I mean a long time ago hehe.  I remember the stories in a sort of vague fugue state, but what else is occurring is I’m wondering if some of the stories I half-remember are from this collection.  I also recall not reading everything therein, because it didn’t hold my interest.  I’m going to try to change that this time around.

Title: Women, Monstrosity and Horror Film: Gynaehorror
Author: Erin Harrington
Date Added: July 20, 2019
Date Started: June 29, 2021

Cover of Women, Monstrosity and Horror Film: Gynaehorror by Erin HarringtonMedia: Paperback
Progress: 7%

Harrington teases discourse around the film Splice, and I’m here for that.  I immediately found similar motifs between that movie and parts of FFVII’s narrative, so I’m curious what the author has to say about such.

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: 51%

I was initially kind of lukewarm on the second part of this, but it’s growing on me.  I especially liked Oedipus defending himself to the Chorus when they tried to say he sinned by shedding blood i.e. killing Laius, but the banished, blinded king was only defending himself.

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: 47%

I can already tell Tahir is setting up for heartbreak.  You don’t have the “villain’s” point of view in your the final book of your quartet for no reason, nor do you make some of his points valid.


I’ve been trying to catch up on the samples I have to read, but I’ve been adding a lot of books to my list.  I usually read them all if there aren’t too many, but I had eleven this Monday (that’s when I try to clear them out), and I only got through three.  I also didn’t want to take a chance and buy any more on Kindle lol.


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4 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 7/28/21

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