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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 Finished This Week: 1
Title: The Mystical Qabalah
Author: Dion Fortune
Date Added: August 13, 2012
Date Started: Unknown
Date Finished: September 12, 2016
After more than a decade, I finally finished this book (pay no attention to the date added. I attempted to read this long before Goodreads existed). I’ll say what I said in my (currently drafted) review. The reason I read this is due to Final Fantasy VII. This is probably the first thing I ever read because of that game (I really should make a list of all the volumes I can say this about; both read and TBR). Since the Qabalah concerns the Tree of Life, which is made up of the Holy Sephiroth, you can probably divine why I made such a choice. So yes, a video game caused me to take up (more) theology studies. What’s this about them being worthless wastes of time again?
While I can’t even say that I’m remotely adept in Western Occultism, I do have a wonderful, metaphysical diagram for how I think (at the very least). I believe with every problem you can’t just look at one issue but how it connects with everything else, which is integral to understanding the Tree of Life.
I should have my review of it up by this evening. I’m desperately trying not to just talk about how it equates to FFVII, because ASOIAF deserves so blog time, too :p
Suffice it to say that (with only a few caveats) I highly recommend this volume, if you’re looking for a comprehensive study of the Qabalah/Jewish Mysticism. While it’s not something you can just skim through, Fortune does break it down as simply as something so esoteric, philosophical, and metaphysical can be rendered palatable to those willing to consume.
Now I have to pick another reference book, but I think I already decided on The Poetic Edda (which is another volume I’m reading due in part to FFVII).
Books Currently Reading: 3
Change from Last Week: -1
Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016
I finished the first book or “branch” yesterday and started reading the next part “The Children of Llyr.” I only got through two paragraphs because I had other things to do, but Walton’s writing is so engrossing plus I’ve head the name Llyr before in The Prydain Chronicles. One of the books is called The Castle of Llyr. I think Pwyll is mentioned in the Chronicles, as well, but I can’t quite recall where. Either way, I’m going through this much faster than I thought. It’s not nearly as stodgy and stuffy as you might expect such a compendium to be. If the book keeps up the momentum, it’s on its way to a five star rating, and I need to look at some of Walton’s fiction/fantasy works.
Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Series Title: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Date Added: May 11, 2016
Date Started: August 24, 2016
This book is so damn good, and it gets more interesting with every reading session. I’m now at a point where I have an idea what might go down, and I can’t wait to see how the author handles it. It’s probably going to be heartbreaking and brutal. I won’t give anything away. I’m so happy I started reading it before I knew anything about a movie.
Author: Aidan J. Reid
Date Added: June 9, 2016
Date Started: August 23, 2016
I feel like I’ve slowed down in reading this because I’m not at work (ironically). There seems to be a ceasura in the action, the deep breath before the storm. I hope I’m right. Reid delivered very well before with Spectrum, so history is on his side.