The State of the Reader: 10/20/21

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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: $2.98


Books Finished: 2

Title: The Wind’s Twelve Quarters
Series: Hainish Cycle
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Date Added: August 30, 2014
Date Started: July 26, 2021
Date Finished: October 7, 2021

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

I almost forgot to add that I finished this.  I moved it to my “Book Review” tab in OneNote, which I usually don’t do until I post about it.  I’ll review it like I review other short story collections by focusing on the stories I actually liked.

Title: Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarity
Date Added: September 25, 2021
Date Started: October 1, 2021
Date Finished: October 16, 2021

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

My BFF informed there’s a TV series about this book, and my brother has HBO Max, so I will be checking this out.  It’s apparently very true to the book, and the book was fantastic.  It had me guessing the entire time who the Trivia Night victim was.

I was on the fence about her Nine Perfect Strangers, but I think I’m going to check that out, too, before I watch the Hulu series.


On Hold

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: 17%

I finished the introduction and gleaned many notes.  I’ll come back to this at some point in the rotation.


Currently Reading

Title: Being and Time
Author: Martin Heidegger
Date Added: August 18, 2017
Date Started: April 30, 2020 | October 19, 2021

Cover of Being and Time by Martin HeideggerMedia: Paperback
Progress: 0%

I just read a bit of the Foreword and the translator’s note, which is why I’m at 0%.

Title: Elric of Melniboné
Series: The Elric Saga
Author: Michael Moorcock
Date Added: October 21, 2016
Date Started: October 14, 2021

Cover of Elric of Melniboné by Michael MoorcockMedia: Paperback
Progress: 6%

Elric is the 428th in direct line of descent from the original Sorcerer Emperor, and that’s my birthday number lol.  I love how he’s described as “a sort of Superman for Goths.”  He’s also another example of a white/silver haired dragon person (he rules from Dragon Isle), and I have a whole list of them.  It’s…interesting and I haven’t quite figured out why it’s a thing.  I bet it’s something really simple.  Anyway I’m enjoying this quite a bit.  It’s interesting and I want to see where it goes.

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: 36%

It took me way too long to realize Hugo and Elias (An Ember in the Ashes) have the same job.

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: 66%

I’m reading this so slowly you’d think I didn’t like it, but I do.  It’s weird.  It’s like how I wouldn’t want to exercise but once I started I enjoyed it.  It’s always difficult for me to pick it up, but I never regret it once I do.


This week has been so rough.  The weather changed and my fatigue ramped up as well as my achiness.  It usually only lasts a day or two, but this has been lingering.  I haven’t been able to work on my WIP, and it’s been lucky I’m where I am with my editing e.g. it’s not as mentally taxing right now.  It’s back up to the 70s now, and I wish the weather would make up its mind.  It’s murdering us more sensitive folks.


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