The State of the Reader: 9/7/22

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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: 0

Books Finished: 2

Title: The Ippos King
Series: Wraith Kings
Author: Grace Draven
Date Added: May 25, 2017
Date Started: June 29, 2022
Date Finished: August 27, 2022

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

I like how Anhuset and Serovek’s relationship was a foil to Brishen and Ildiko from the first book even as the plot set up from there continued.  Draven really shines when it comes to these slow burn romances.

Title: Truly Madly Guilty
Author: Liane Moriarity
Date Added: February 22, 2022
Date Started: August 22, 2022
Date Finished: September 7, 2022

Cover of Truly Madly GuiltyMedia: eBook/Library

Finished it right at the wire.  The loan expires tomorrow, and there wasn’t a choice to renew.  This was okay.  I’m really familiar with the author’s formula now since I’ve read like five or six of her books.  She has some very boomerish views lol, but I guess that’s to be expected for a white Australian woman of her age.  Moriarity does shine in building up the tension and making you want to know what the hell happened.   It’s similar to how she did Big Little Lies, and her bait-and-switches are always excellent as is her foreshadowing.

I wasn’t as fond of the characters in this one with one of them, Vid, being someone I wouldn’t be able to stand in real life.  I’m friends with extraverts, but he’s like an extra extravert to the point where he can’t understand how anyone isn’t, so he has a tendency to pressure people into hanging out even when it’s introvert recharge time, and that’s when I stop answering my phone lol.

The book also dealt with growing up as the child of a hoarder and how not only the responsibility but trauma follows you into adulthood.  Personally, I’d cut ties and set a boundary until they got help, but maybe that’s a millennial thing.  I’d make my stance clear: we can have a relationship if you either accept the professional help I get you or you do on your own.  Don’t contact me until that’s in place.  It’s difficult, but the person will continue to take advantage of you (the hoarder was also manipulative and gaslighting) until you draw that hard line.

Of course I’ll talk about all of this when I review.

Books Reading: 4

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: 7%

Progress!  I finished the introduction 😀

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: 8%

The points about pregnancy, labor, and motherhood as a means of production is particularly salient in post Roe v. Wade America 😐

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: 72%

I’m on either the last or second to last story.  The finish line is in sight.

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: 50%

Exactly halfway done.  I got my chapter in just before doing this update (well I balanced my finances first like a “responsible adult,” but either way).  I’m just waiting for the shit to hit the fan, terrified for all my darlings.  I love/hate how Maas makes you care so much for these characters.  Or maybe I just have a soft spot for angels and don’t like seeing them tortured HAHAHA, yeah you wouldn’t think that with what I’m putting my poor main through.

I’m still five books behind, but I’ll probably finish The King in Yellow in the next two weeks, and I’ve been good at knocking out library books.  I think I might read We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson either next or soon.  I was talking to Ignited Moth about reading it together and that sounds really rad 🙂

I’m still under the weather so I’m going to call my doctor tomorrow bleh.

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3 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 9/7/22

  1. Pingback: The State of the Reader: 8/24/22 | The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

  2. I have not read a book since we adopted Ridley. (School just started two weeks ago and that also slows down reading.) I want to say that I’m bummed about that but I think the break will be good for me too. Plus, I’m pretty sure he’d gum the fuck out of a physical book if I tried that in front of him and I cannot find my Kindle. Which is really worrisome, I’ve never misplaced it this badly before. It’s the 10″ one too! Not exactly easy to hide!


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