The State of the Reader: 11/16/22

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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: $0.00

Books Finished: 1

Title: The Charmer, Volume 1
Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Circus of the Damned
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton & Jessica Ruffner (adaptation)
Illustrator: Ron Lim
Date Added: September 25, 2022
Date Started: October 13, 2022
Date Finished: November 6, 2022

Cover of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Circus of the Damned, Volume 1: The Charmer by Laurell K. HamiltonMedia: Paperback

I was 100% certain I was going to (want to) continue this series when I first started reading it, but as I mentioned last week I think I’ve matured beyond the “possessive paranormal boyfriend” type into more of the “protective but respecting of boundaries paranormal boyfriend/husbando type.”  I mean it’s what all of my fanfics focus on.  In all seriousness there’s a major issue with lack of consent and this whole concept of “owning” people (yes, vampires, lycanthropes et al are people insofar as they’re sentient beings), which is never challenged by the narrative.  If I do keep reading, though, I have enough conflicting feelings for it to make for some good critique.

The one hindrance is the second volume is hella expensive even in paperback form (upwards of $100), unless I want to go for a Kindle copy.  I can download graphic novels on that, but I really prefer to read physical copies of those.


Books Reading: 5

Title: The Cruel Prince
Series: The Folk of the Air
Author: Holly Black
Date Added: August 1, 2019
Date Started: October 31, 2022

Media: eBook/Kindle
Progress: 58%

Really wish the main character would stop making stupid ass decisions.  I get this is YA and I know she’s a teenager, but some of the things she does make no fucking sense.  The latest thing could’ve been avoided without any issue.  Like it wasn’t a situation where making the correct move would’ve cost her another in the chess game, and I have no clue why the hell she didn’t.   The prior chapter I got why she did what she did even if it wasn’t the wisest for keeping her own skin intact.  Sometimes our conscience leads us down dangerous paths, but the most recent?  Nonsensical.

I only have a few more days to finish it before my loan runs out, and since this is in high demand I can’t renew.  I do want to finish it; I don’t want to buy it, and I really don’t want to be on hold until I can borrow it again.  I guess we’ll see what happens.

Title: Hamlet
Author: William Shakespeare
Date Added: March 6, 2018
Date Started: October 23, 2022

Cover of Hamlet by William ShakespeareMedia: eBook/Kindle

I’ve at least started it even though I’ve only read Act I Scene I.

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: 14%

Two pages but some decent notes about Oshún.

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: 14%

Parts of this book make me very uncomfortable and not in the “good” way.  There is some rhetoric within that could easily be co-opted by pro-birthers.  I understand what Shiva and Mies are attempting to do, but in advocating for this idea of not controlling nature, they’ve somehow looped back around into rhetoric that could be used to control women.  I’m still going to continue and use this as a research source, but I do have critiques.

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: 55%

I haven’t had time to take lunch the past few days so I wound up reading my Kindle instead of this today.  I did manage to read one chapter these past two weeks.


I don’t know why these have been posted later in the evening the past few times if I get to them on Wednesday at all.  I usually finish them before dinner, but I guess because I’ve been working late.  I also played some Nintendo Switch before I got back to this.  I have no idea if I’m going to make my thirty book challenge this year.  I know I won’t finish Ecofeminism, and I highly doubt I’ll complete the Sarah J. Maas.  Hamlet and The Cruel Prince will probably be be in the count.  I don’t have any graphic novels readily on hand.  Well I do, but I’m not in the mood to read them lol.  I might try to find some short e-books.


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