The State of the Reader: 8/25/21

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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: 1

Total: $0.00


Books Finished: 1

Title: What Alice Forgot
Author: Liane Moriarity
Date Added: July 24, 2021
Date Started: August 9, 2021

Cover of What Alice Forgot by Liane MoriarityMedia: eBook/Kindle (Library)

I breezed through this because it was impossible to put down.  It’s one of the only times I’ve finished a library book without having to renew at all.  My notes for it are still thankfully there (Kindle retains it even after the book is returned), so I should be able to write my review when I eventually get around to it (if I don’t wind up picking the book up).

While I have some mixed feelings about the end, this was ultimately an amazing novel where not only the main character’s story held my interest.  I may have even been more engaged with Alice’s sister Elisabeth, because some of the things she wrote to her therapist could have been taken straight from my head.

I usually only read Kindle books on my lunch break, but I not only broke that rule, I wound up staying up until all hours of the night on the weekend to read one more chapter, and then one more again.  There are some CWs I need to give for miscarriage and infertility so be advised there.


On Hold

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

I got so many notes from just the introduction alone, so this is not on hold due to any negative reason, but rather because there are too many things I need to read for my research lol.  Again, I have no idea what the rotation will be, but I will certainly be coming back to this.


Currently Reading

Title: Maternal Horror Film: Melodrama and Motherhood
Author: Sarah Arnold
Date Added: July 20, 2019
Date Started: August 17, 2021

Cover of Maternal Horror Film by Sarah ArnoldMedia: Hardback
Progress: 2%

The first piece of media Arnold mentions is Psycho, because you can’t talk about motherhood related horror with talking about Psycho.  It’s like the quintessential work that examplifies the paradigm, and I’m honestly shocked I still haven’t watched Psycho, because there are so many shared motif beats in FFVII but eh I’ll get to it (just like I’ll get to everything else).

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: 58%

I really liked “Nine Lives,” which is not about cats, but was still quite excellent.

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: 72%

I finished up the second play, which I really liked.  Don’t get me wrong Oedipus Rex is classic and a major research source, but Oedipus at Colonus had a bit more happening.  It could also be because I’d never read it before so it was something new.

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: 54%

I have to go back to my usual complaint with this novel: I haven’t had the time to read it even though it grows more interesting by the page.


I need to start figuring out what I’m going to work on during my two week vacation.  I think I should try to get over the hump of my WIP’s first chapter.

I’m two books ahead in my reading challenge so I’m pretty sure I’m going to make it before the end of the year.  I definitely need to read some manga/graphic novels, which I keep saying, but then I keep reading more physical novels lol.  After I finish Ember, I’ll try to make good on that promise.


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12 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 8/25/21

  1. Pingback: The State of the Reader: 8/11/21 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. I’m due for a re-watch of Psycho. Maybe this Halloween season. 🙂
    If you’re looking for any manga suggestions Soulless is a really fun paranormal steampunk series based off the novels by Gail Carriger, and of course there’s Attack on Titan (though I’d suggest checking out the anime even more since it really brings it all to life and makes you fall in love with the characters even more), and I’ve heard the manga for The Promised Neverland is fantastic. It’s on my TBR list.
    Good luck with your writing and enjoy your vacation! 😀 I have some time off soon I’m hoping to get a lot of writing done during too.
    – Sugar

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    • I’ve read it!!! Well…I read the novel, but I initially added the manga. Then when I went to borrow it from the library I wound up reserving the book. I enjoyed it. I need to continue the series though (which is something C&M and I have talked about…our inability to continue with series ughhh maybe next year).

      I really hope so. I’m going to make that my focal point this vacay.

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  3. I too stayed up way too late last night to finish a book. I have to work this morning but it was worth it? I don’t know. I’ve loved this whole trilogy with my whole being until the last roughly 60 pages of book 3 last night. It nose dived into a pretty easy, unsatisfactory ending. =/

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