The State of the Reader: 12/1/21

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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: 5

Total: $20.95


Books Finished: 4

Title: Under the Whispering Door
Author: T. J. Klune
Date Added: June 27, 2021
Date Started: September 25, 2021
Date Finished: November 5, 2021

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

This was one of those stories where I knew what was (eventually) going to happen, but I didn’t know how they were going to pull it off, which is one of my favorite situations.  I also just noticed the silhouette of the stag on the cover, which absolutely makes sense.  There were also still some surprises, which Klune brilliantly foreshadowed.  Psychpomp stories are always fun in general, but queer psychopomp stories are even better.

Title: 2043…A Merman I Should Turn to Be
Series: Black Stars
Author: Nisi Shawl
Date Added: September 4, 2021
Date Started: November 9, 2021
Date Finished: November 12, 2021

Cover of 2043...A Merman I Should Turn to Be by Nisi Shawl (Black Stars)Media: eBook/Kindle

This is one of those great idea, mediocre execution stories.  I liked the idea of Black people finally getting our “40 acres and a mule” under the waves (not so much it actually happening because come the fuck on they could do reparations better than that but the idea of it) in terms of the idea and exploration of it; however, it comes off pretty weak.  Some parts of the story read as cryptic for cryptic’s sake.

I intend to read the rest of the series and even more from this author.  I’m not sure if this is her first story, and it’s also a short, which are often harder to do than novel length.

Title: Apples Never Fall
Author: Liane Moriarity
Date Added: August 20, 2021
Date Started: November 15, 2021
Date Finished: November 25, 2021

Cover of Apples Never Fall by Liane MoriarityMedia: eBook (Library)

My obsession with Liane Moriarity continues with her latest (sadly no more of her books are sparking my interest), and this one absolutely delivers.  No in this book is perfect; no one is going to escape the events unscathed, and I’m impressed with yet another of this author’s stories.

It is…really obvious what Moriarity thinks about the institution of marriage from her novels lol.  I don’t completely agree with it, but I definitely understand it.  I don’t want to say much more so I can stay out of spoiler territory.

Title: The Fifth Doll
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Date Added: September 11, 2021
Date Added: November 26, 2021
Date Added: November 30, 2021

Cover of The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. HolmbergMedia: eBook/Kindle

I’m glad I didn’t give up on the author because I wasn’t into The Paper Magician, which I DNF’d.  I greatly enjoyed this even though I do have to agree with the critiques about the messiness of the end.  It’s never quite explained adequately, but I think I’m such a sucker for these types of “reveal/revelation” stories that I’m more forgiving.


Books DNF: 1

Title: The Cipher
Author: Kathe Koja
Date Added: October 15, 2019
Date Started: October 25, 2021
Date DNF: October 31, 2021

Cover of The Cipher by Kathe KojaMedia: eBook/Kindle

I had this on my TBR for over a year, but it was a tweet that prompted me to bump it up on my list.  The poster said it was a polarizing novel, and you’ll know by 30 pages in whether or not it’s for you and you will utterly hate the character of Nakota.  They were absolutely right on both counts.  I think I could’ve slogged through her manipulative bullshit, but it was the casual cruelty of Nick allowing Nakota to abuse animals that sealed it for me.  I called it quits, but looked up spoilers.  The story is fascinating, but I’m glad I didn’t finish it.


Currently Reading

Title: Every Heart a Doorway
Series: Wayward Children
Author: Seanan McGuire
Date Added: August 6, 2017
Date Started: Decembeer 1, 2021

Cover of Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children)Media: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 6%

This is one of those books where the title repeats in my head and I love the taste of the words. I find myself constantly saying “And every heart a doorway” as if it’ll be the ending line of some epic work and perhaps it has. I’m already in love with the language and was sold on the premise from the blurb. If I stumbled into another world but somehow made it back here I’d never stop looking for a way to escape.

Title: My Little Pony/Transformers: Friendship in Disguise
Series: My Little Pony/Transformers
Author: Ian Flynn
Date Added: October 2, 2021
Date Started: October 30, 2021

Cover of My LIttle Pony/Transformers: Friendship in DisguiseMedia: Paperback

When I say the instant I saw this existed I bought it, I am not remotely exaggerating.  I love both My Little Pony and Transformers, and the way the narrative gets them together is pretty creative.  The changeling Queen Crysalis casts a spell to summon more changeling allies at the same time Megatron is doing some space bridge shennanigans.  Wires get crossed and giant robots that can change form end up in Equestria.  I’ve only just started it and graphic novels are really difficult to tell progress on (no page numbers).  I thought I’d read it during my hiatus, but if it wasn’t on my Kindle I didn’t really make much progress on it.

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: 6%

I didn’t even try to read this during my hiatus, but I read a little bit before and learned the term Dasein, the kind of being that belongs to persons.

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: 18%

I like Elric’s cool nonchalance even when shit is hitting the fan.

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: 68%

Will I finish this before the end of the year?  Probably not, but wait…what’s this feeling???  Death magic, angels of death, “mommy” issues, broken life-and-death cycles, undead/zombies. I think I wrote a novel about this!


And I’m back.  I debated extended my blog hiatus through December and starting fresh in the new year, but eh, I can come back now lol (I kinda missed it but don’t tell anyone).  I didn’t do a ton of reading unless it was on my Kindle, but I did make my 10k word NaNoWriMo goal, which I’ll talk about more in my SOTW post. 

I wound up not reading Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarity, which I mentioned in the last SOTR, and I just watched the show on Hulu.  I’m really glad I did.  It was…different.  Like it definitely had that Liane Moriarity vibe, but she tried some new stuff, and I don’t think I would’ve like that book as much as the others. 

I’m currently watching True Detective, which I’ve never seen before (yeah I’m late to the party).  I now have access to HBO Max, so I’ve been able to watch things that were hitherto unavailable.  FYI I’m obsessed with the show and the song that plays at the opening.

I’ve been listening to it on repeat all day, which is on brand for me.  I’ll listen to a song until it wrings all the happy chemicals out of my brain.  I’ve also been chair dancing to it without realization.  I’ve reached the age where I don’t give a fuck who sees me dancing because I’m 100% doing it for myself.

I knew this post was going to take a while as all my first status posts after hiatus do, so your girl is tired.  Happy December and Advent everyone.  I was already over December this past Saturday, so gear up everyone.


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8 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 12/1/21

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  2. Congrats on making your writing goal! That’s awesome. Your list of finished books makes me sad about how little I get to finish books anymore. D: Only three weeks left of school and then I’m free for 3 weeks, I could hermit in my house other than work and just read til my heart’s content then I suppose.

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    • Thanks! I knew I couldn’t do the full 50k, but I’ve accepted that. I saw Ignited Moth made that goal though which is hella awesome; I need to congratulate her 😀

      Ugh, I hear you. One of the reasons I’ve been able to read so much is insomnia haha. I’ll pop open my Kindle late at night and read some chapters pluse I’ve become a bit obsessed with Liane Moriarity novels. Also there are a TON of eBooks I can borrow from the library site I found specifically for it. So I can now make some dents in my TBR list without having to spend money mwahaha.

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      • I need to get back to the library next year. I’m taking away my spending restrictions on books in general but I need to check there first before I go buying things all willy nilly. I’ve set a goal for the 2022 reading year and it’s a doozy so I had to let myself spend freely if needed. :3

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        • What did you set it at? That reminds me I need to do mine. I did 25 books for 2021 but I’m nearing 30 so I might up it next year. I bet you could do eBook borrowing, too! I think the site I have is through my library, but I know I’ve heard of others that arn’t necessarily library associated. I should look into them, too since they might have stuff my library doesn’t. What a time to be alive!

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          • I set my challenge at 30 this year and I will make it but just barely. My goal next year is to continue/finish series I have started. I made a list, it’s a doozy. :3
            I can borrow ebooks from my library. My problem currently is that with school I’m reading on my laptop all the time so my eyes really need the screen time break so I’ve really only read physical copies since may.

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            • I think I might up mine to 30, too. I’m already set to hit that. I’ve been reading all the Kindles and borrowing eBooks.

              I need to continue series, too. I’d planned to do that this year, and I just didn’t lol.

              I hear you with that. I spend most of my waking hours in front of some screen or another, and it does a number on my already compromised eyes.

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