The State of the Reader: 10/6/21

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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: 10

Total: $58.80

Books Finished: 3

Title: The Husband’s Secret
Author: Liane Moriarity
Date Added: August 18, 2021
Date Started: September 15, 2021
Date Finished: September 22, 2021

Cover of The Husband's Secret by Liane MoriarityMedia: eBook/Kindle (Library)

The more I think about it, the less weird it seems that I like stuff like this.  While I definitely have favorite genres, at the end of the day I just want a good story and Liane Moriarity delivers.  This is one of those where I guessed some of the main points, but it doesn’t take away from my enjoyment, because there are aspects of the situation that could go another way (plus I sometimes just know how a story is going to go).  I am noticing a pattern with this author though.  She likes to have a character wind up with or rather stay with someone I don’t think they should.  That kind of frustrates me, but it is what it is.  I enjoy stories that don’t have easy answers or choices, and Moriarity has the talent to at least have acceptable justification for her characters’ (poor) decisions.

Title: The Oedipus Trilogy
Series: The Theban Plays
Author: Sophocles
Date Added: July 25, 2020
Date Started: March 18, 2021
Date Finished: September 26, 2021

Cover of The Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles

Media: Paperback

I gleaned so many notes from this and actually enjoyed reading it.  Even though this is for my research, it didn’t feel like as much of a chore as some of the other materials I have for that.  I don’t know if I’m going to review it though I’m leaning toward no.  I’d want to talk about it in regards to comparative texts, and it’s not like Oedipus Rex et al hasn’t been examined to death by actual scholars, so I don’t have much to add to the discourse on it alone, but given what I normally hear about it in regards to FFVII, yeah, I have better things to say lol.

Title: The Duc de L’Omelette
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Date Added: February 17, 2020
Date Started: September 30, 2021
Date Finished: September 30, 2021

Cover of the Duc de L'Omelette by Edgar Allan PoeMedia: Kindle

No way in hell this was the 24 pages it says it is on Goodreads.  I think I flipped like two or three on my Kindle and I was done.  Whatever.  So I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to it probably because I got distracted by the fact that it mentioned ortolan, and I recognized that from an episode of American Dad!  The unlucky duke doesn’t even get to eat his sinful swallow though as he chokes on an olive and winds up in hell where the devil demands he strip.  Since this isn’t a Lil Nas X video and stripper poles hadn’t been invented yet, our eggy duke declines and challenges hot Luc to a duel.  The devil doesn’t duel so they play cards to decide if the duke gets to return to his ortolan or has to remain in hell.  He wins but also decides he’d be okay being the devil…so maybe this was a Lil Nas X video.  Huh.  Anyway I looked this up after I finished reading.  I’m not sure if I’m going to review it either, but I am going to read another Poe before I move on to the next classic author in my rotation.

Currently Reading

Title: Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarity
Date Added: September 25, 2021
Date Started: October 1, 2021

Cover of Big Little Lies by Liane MoriarityMedia: eBook/Kindle (Library)
Progress: 11%

It’s very typical Liane Moriarity which I’m totally okay with.  I actually have to remember to read more of this as it’s a library borrow so I only have it for a limited amount of time.

Title: Under the Whispering Door
Author: T. J. Klune
Date Added: June 27, 2021
Date Started: September 25, 2021

Cover of Under the Whispering Door by T. J. KluneMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 19%

This was just supposed to be a sample I read, but the first chapter was so engaging I couldn’t stop.  The MC is such an asshole, which you’d think would be offputting, but he’s just so terrible and then he dies that you have to keep on going.  Also I’m a sucker for a redemption story, and even more…IT’S GAY AF Y’ALL.  If it’s gay I say okay and if it’s queer please bring it here!

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: 12%

I have one more section left before I’m done with the introduction.  I’m going to move on to another research/reference book afterwards.  Probably the Heidegger and then I might start circling back to the ones I’ve already started.

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: 95%

If I’d known how close I was to the end of this and that I was on the last story, I probably would’ve read this one on my lunch break.  I’ll probably end up completing it tomorrow.

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: 64%

I read a few more chapters!  I even got one in before doing this update while I was waiting for my pizza to cool :p

I’m so freaking tired.  This one took around three hours to do because I decided to buy ten books these past two weeks; I finished three; and I started two.  When nothing changes these updates are super simple.  I can mostly copy and paste from last time, but when I start something new I have to get the link and image from Goodreads.  I’ve also started a new exercise schedule.  I’m trying to do it more regularly and do things that might help my back. I need to incorporate in some more stuff, but right now I’m just trying to establish a good pattern. Gah, I always crave sweets in the evening and we don’t have any sweets.  What’s up with that???

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14 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 10/6/21

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  2. I always crave sweets in the morning too! Ugh. I’ve been sick the past few days (not Covid, I tested) and it’s really just running me down. I just want to stay home from work and sleep, but we’ve been busy with the booster doses of Pfizer and the boss decided we should be a pick up point for a lab for Covid testing. I get my booster tomorrow and I look forward to a weekend FULL of sleep.
    I didn’t buy ten books recently but I have bought more than I have been. 🙂

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    • It’s like I’m totally fine in the morning (usually not even that hungry), but then evening rolls around and I’m like the sweets monster.

      Ugh I’m sorry you’ve been sick, and you always have to follow it with “not covid” if it’s not covid. I’m looking into getting a booster myself. Might as well if it’s available. I heard it can knock you for a loop like the second but worth it.

      It just kinda happened lol. I kept reading samples and they kept being like $2 or $3 (mostly) so it was easy to justify, but those little purchases add up on well.

      I hope you feel better and get to rest this weekend!

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  3. Haha I love the Lil Nas X reference. 😛
    I was totally craving sweets this evening too, so I buckled and made a raspberry swirl cake but then decided it was too late to eat the sweets by the time it was finished! D: Dessert for breakfast tomorrow? I think so! Adulting at its finest. lol

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    • Mmmmm that sounds so good. I think the second part of my life just began because there’s a place that will literally deliver cake by the slice and I’m like nooooooo this is terrible lol.

      The best part about being an adult is being able to eat ice cream for breakfast and no one can stop you. The worst part about being an adult is being able to eat ice cream for breakfast and no one can stop you 😀

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