The State of the Reader: 12/15/21

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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: 1

Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Date Added: November 27, 2021
Date Started: December 2, 2021
Date Finished: December 14, 2021

Cover of The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsMedia: eBook

This is one of those novels were everyone is a fucking mess, but it does an excellent job of proving you don’t need likable characters to make a good story.  None of the POV characters are that admirable, but I found myself needing to sit with why I was so angry at the titular character Rachel.  She’s a depressed alcholic whose life has fallen apart, and I just found myself getting so annoyed with her when she relapsed, but…alcholism isn’t something that you can just overcome.   This is a similar thing that happened when I read Charle de Lint’s Memory and Dream.  The main character there was an abuse victim, and I got angry at her for not standing up to the abuse not realizing how terrible that kind of thinking is aka victim blaming.  You always think you’ll do differently in a situation, but you’re not in that situation.

Even though I figured out the murder mystery, this was still a good read.  Apparently, it’s also a movie, but I either have to “borrow” a Hulu Premium sub or find it on Apple TV.

On Hold

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

I got bored.  Okay, not quite that, but partially.  I’m also waaaaay too stupid right now to read this.  I don’t have the required concentration, and I need to read something that’s more engaging, which is why I went back to the Williams.

Currently Reading

Title: Ireland’s Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth
Author: Mark Williams
Date Added: October 5, 2017
Date Started: December 15, 2021

Cover of Ireland's Immortals by Mark WilliamsMedia: Hardback
Progress: 19%

This is much easier to take notes on than the Heidegger (which I will eventually come back to).

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: 78%

This is poised to be the 30th book I read this year, making me want to up my reading goal to that.  It is way darker than most YA I’ve read, but it fits the story perfectly.  The MC Is also ace and one of the other characters is a trans boy, so I’m here for it.

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

I didn’t have a chance to read any these past two weeks 😦

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: 25%

I read about a chapter each session.  I didn’t realize how short this book is; it’s only 181 pages.

So Elric has dragon armor and Melniboné has dragons for war.  Combined with Elric’s white/silver hair I don’t think it would be out of pocket to say GRRM took some inspiration from this.  Also I have another example for my Dragon People and Silver Hair list.

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: 71%

I’m trying my hardest to finish this before the end of the year.

“…it is the broken things that are the sharpest.”

So I’ve been restricted from Facebook for a month for a reply to a comment from a friend because the algorithm goes after certain things from certain people so that’s going on.  It even restricted by side account because apparently it can track you by IP address.  I can see things, but I can’t reply, so I suppose I can still lurk lol.

As for Christmas haha, I ordered my husband’s present today.  I still have more people to shop for, but it’s like every time I try my mind just wanders away, and I can’t concentrate.  I can always fall back on gift cards though.

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10 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 12/15/21

  1. Pingback: The State of the Reader: 12/1/21 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. Saaaame. I have not been feeling as creative when it comes to my holiday shopping this year either. I don’t know what it is, but a lot of people I’ve talked to are saying the same. It doesn’t even really feel like Christmas is right around the corner either, which is weird. :\

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    • It really doesn’t, but I’ve noticed that for the past few years. I don’t know if it’s because I’m older, but I definitely still felt Christmasy like a decade or so ago. It just feels…off, and it’s not just the pandemic. Even before that, it’s like something shifted.


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