The State of the Reader: 8/24/22

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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.

Books Purchased: 1

Total: $0.99

Books Finished: 1

Title: Dark Places
Author: Gillian Flynn
Date Added: October 4, 2018
Date Started: August 1, 2022
Date Finished: August 21, 2022

Cover of Dark Places by Gillian FlynnMedia: eBook/Library

Woot!  I finished this before it was returned to the library.  I think this is the fastest I’ve read a book, and I’m so glad I did complete it.  I don’t think I could’ve waited on hold and probably would’ve wound up buying it.

I initially gave this four stars, but then I bumped it up to five.  The reason for the four stars was because I didn’t like the MC that much, but honestly?  You’re not supposed to.  Gillian Flynn has a knack for making unlikable main characters because the points she’s trying to make require it, and this book is no different.  Libby isn’t likable.  She has terrible habits.  She steals.  She lies.  She’s a mooch.   She’s also extremely traumatized from what she lived through.

Most of the characters in this book suck honestly, but that’s a good thing.  It keeps you guessing about what actually happened, and similar to Gone Girl, the author goes back and forth in perspective except in this case it’s from past to present.  I…may actually like this one better than Gone Girl.  It’s less controversial?  The end of the Gone Girl pissed me off for a long time and needed not only marinating but another point of view for me to come around.  This one was instantly satisfying.  I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing in regards to my preferences lol, and I think Gone Girl is the objectively (as much as objectivity exists) better story due to all it does and accomplishes, but I think I liked this one better.


Books Reading: 6

Title: Truly Madly Guilty
Author: Liane Moriarity
Date Added: February 22, 2022
Date Started: August 22, 2022

Cover of Truly Madly GuiltyMedia: eBook/Library
Progress: 5%

I’ve read nearly everything this woman has written so it was only a matter of time.  There’s just one book I didn’t really have interest in per the blurb, but this is another one of her “something huge happened, but I’m going to make you wait for it,” which is her signature move lol.  I know there’s going to be a rocky relationship where the couple winds up staying together because she always teases a breakup, but in the end she’s a boomer and they rarely roll like that.

Title: Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens: The Divine Feminine in the African Religious Traditions
Author: Lilith Dorsey
Date Added: May 29, 2020
Date Started: August 1, 2022

Cover of Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens by Lilith DorseyMedia: Paperback
Progress: 3%

Sadly no progress.  I’ve been in my “story idea/note taking” state in addition to worldbuilding my series, so I haven’t had time to read a lot of my books besides the ones I have on my Kindle since I do that on my lunch breaks.

Title: The Ippos King
Series: Wraith Kings
Author: Grace Draven
Date Added: May 25, 2017
Date Started: June 29, 2022

Cover of The Ippos King by Grace Draven (Wraith Kings #3)Media: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 88%

In grabbing the progress for this I didn’t realize I was so close to the end!  I think there’s just one chapter and the epilogue left, so I should have another book finished by next time.

Title: Ecofeminism
Series Title: Critique Influence Change
Authors: Maria Mies & Vandana Shiva
Date Added: July 13, 2020
Date Started: May 3, 2022

Cover of Ecofeminism by Maria Mies & Vandana ShivaMedia: Paperback
Progress: 7%

I’m hoping to pick back up on this when I’m out of idea frenzy lol.  I think I did read a bit but I had to go back because I missed out on some good notes, so it looks like I’ve made no progress, but I actually did.

Title: The King in Yellow
Author: Robert W. Chambers
Date Added: August 4, 2019
Date Restarted: April 17, 2022

Cover of The King in Yellow by Robert W. ChambersMedia: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 70%

I finally finished that one boring ass story, which didn’t mention the titular king once!  Hm, I plan to do research on this after I finish it of course.  Google some themes and look for video essays.  I’m sure there’s something I’m missing.

Title: House of Sky and Breath
Series: Crescent City
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Added: March 7, 2021
Date Started: February 23, 2022

Cover of House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas (Crescent City)Media: Physical/Hardback
Progress: 47%

Every time I read more of this I get another idea about angels lol.  The last one wasn’t so much an idea and more of reinforcement, so I knew I had to do it…much to my (or rather my poor main character’s) rue.


Gah, it’s way later than I want it to be because I keep going back to my idea/note taking.  So I’m going to try to squeeze some more usefulness out of this day before it’s time for bed.


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