The State of the Reader: 10/12/16

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A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Currently Reading: 3

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 21%

This is probably my favorite out of the three books I’m reading right now.  It’s such an awesome compendium of Welsh mythology.  I’m still on the second book/branch, reading about a marriage that is not going well.  To appease his people, the king not only set the queen aside, but forced her to be a scullery maid.  This…actually kind of happens in my short story.  Not in quite the same way, but forced drudgery is similar.  There’s a ray of hope though for retribution is coming.

Title: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Author: George R R Martin
Date Added: January 7, 2015
Date Started: February 8, 2015

Media: Hardback
Progress: 72%

I read ten pages of this book this week, but since the volume is huge (as in size.  It’s an oversized book), that’s probably equivalent to around 30 pages.  There’s still around a hundred pages left, but as it’s more of a reference book,  many of the pages are filled with pictures so it’s not a true one hundred.

I’m about to read about Dorne, which is the only region of Westeros to resist the Targaryen conquest.  The dragon lords had to compromise with the Dornish, which is why those southern most leaders still style themselves Prince and Princess.

Title: Magonia
Series Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Date Added: January 31, 2016
Date Started: October 1, 2016

Media: Paperback
Progress: 7%

I finished Chapter 1 and made some headway on Chapter 2.  I like the writing style, but it can be a bit too over the top.  I think that’s what’s stalling me.  I did reach the part where Aza glimpses the ship in the sky, so hopefully things will get more interesting than mundane soon.

Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 0

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0

My fanfiction writing friend updated a chapter this week, but it’s not on my schedule to read until Friday so no progress in that regard.

Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 1

Title: Test Your Cat: The Cat IQ Test
Author: E.M. Bard
Date Added: October 11, 2016

Look, I’m not even going to pretend that I’m ashamed.  I want this.  I want to know if my buff orange tabby who’s mostly Siamese is really the genius I believe.  He’s outsmarted me dozens of times, which probably says more for my intelligence than his.  He also might be too lazy to care about any of the tests this might contain, but he’ll do damn near anything for food.  Either way, no shame over here hehe.

Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 559

New thing I suppose.  I removed around ten books based on the samples I downloaded this week, and I downloaded around 30.  Some of them I definitely like and will keep, but if I can whittle down my TBR list below 500, I’ll be very happy..

Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List This Week: 0

Books Purchased This Week: 0

What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

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