Goodreads Challenge: 50
Books Finished: 51
Books DNF: 19
Last year I was ambitious and wrote out all the books I read. This year I’m just going to talk about my top picks and biggest disappointments.
Top 10 Books/Series
10. Blister by Jeff Strand
Surprisingly much more insightful than what it’s billed to be.
9. Two Hearts by Peter S. Beagle
You can read this for free through the link. It’s honestly the best I could hope for from a sequel to such an epic work. It continues the themes without being trite and the resolution is beautiful if bittersweet.
Another one from the indomitable Writer Michelle Payne. I think I can answer 20 book questions 🙂
1. How many books is too many books in a series?
Hm, that’s one of those “it depends” questions. If the series remains fresh and relevant, keep going, but if the plot lines are going stale and the characters are stalling, I think it’s time to retire it. I’d say 20+ books is too much with the same characters and setting.
2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
They’re evil and I love them. Re: Strange the Dreamer.
3. Hard copy or paperback?
I prefer paperback. They’re easier to carry around and to read. Hardback usually has an annoying cover that, while aesthetically pleasing, tends to flap around and get in the way.
<–The State of the Reader: 6/20/18 The State of the Reader: 7/18/18–>
Books Purchased: 4
TSN is super pissed about Being and Time. I bought it because Heidegger is referenced in Final Fantasy VII, and you all know I’m interested in studying anything my favorite game references. The real deal even looks a bit like the character in the game…and he was a Nazi 😡 Granted he’s a dead Nazi (the only decent kind), but I’m still annoyed. Granted, there’s a good chance none of the money I paid is going to go towards that terrible ideology, but it’s just the icing on the tombstone of this week where I argued with a combination Holocaust denier and flat earther. Yep, your dear TSN got a two for one on nonsense.
Books Finished: 4
Title: Peddling Doomsday
Author: Petra Jacob
Date Added: June 6, 2018
Date Started: June 18, 2018
Date Finished: July 3, 2018
Reading Duration: 32 days
If you want to delve into the machinations of how a cult can draw in and take over “normal” people, this is the book you want to read. Looking at it from the outside, it’s easy to see what’s going on, but if you really want to believe something because you have nothing else, you will. That’s how these kinds of people prey on the most vulnerable. This novel is a disturbing journey, but that’s what makes it worth the read.
They say good things come in threes, and it’s hard to deny that when a spectacular blogger named Triform Trinity nominates you for a blogging award 😀 (I really didn’t plan that…it just worked out perfectly). TT runs a blog full of gaming wisdom (he was wise enough to know you don’t mess with me when it comes to Sephiroth) and is also one of my near, dear Nintendo Switch friends. I was worried it had been a really long time since I’d been nominated, but it’s only been a couple of months. Go me!
I was presented with some very clever questions that I hope my answers of worthy of.
If you could choose one type of food to eat for the rest of your life what would it be? – Cake. Ahhh I love cake so much. It’s like my kryptonite lol. Yellow cake with buttercream icing to be exact. I’m great at parties…so long as those parties contain that type of cake. If we’re talking about a non-dessert food, I’d have to say…probably pizza, because there are so many different varieties that you could always think of a way to spice it up so you’d never be bored.
<–The State of the Reader: 6/6/18 The State of the Reader: 7/4/18–>
Books Purchased: 4
Books Finished: 2
Title: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 2
Series Title: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Author: Akira Himekawa
Date Added: August 5, 2017
Date Started: June 1, 2018
Date Finished: June 14, 2018
Reading Duration: 13 days
I really like this novelization of the game. I’ll be looking for the next installment.
Title: The King of Elfland’s Daughter
Author: Lord Dunsany
Date Added: June 16, 2016
Date Started: May 16, 2018
Date Finished: June 15, 2018
Reading Duration: 30 days
This was dry, but strangely interesting enough to finish. The pace was plodding with particular lines repeated over and over and over again, yet you’re drawn into wondering how it will end. It’s definitely a “be careful what you wish for” story.