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It has been a long while since I have done one of these. Since I’m trying to kick my summer reading goals into gear, here we go…

What are you currently reading?

Two things—At the Existentialist Café, which is non-fiction an philosophical, and Dubliners by James Joyce, which is a short story collection of Joyce’s early works. At the Existentialist Café is over half done, but I haven’t made much progress on it as of late because it is not the sort of thing I can listen to while drifting off to sleep. I just started Dubliners and have only read the first story. Last year, one of my professors said that all English majors should read Dubliners before they graduate, so I took the plunge and thanked God that he didn’t say Ulysses.

What did you recently finish reading?

Most recently, I finished How to Read Literature like a Professor, which is what jump-started my interest in tackling Dubliners this summer. I’m… not sure that I’m doing this summer beach read thing right. XD; Anyway, I’m not sure that it really taught me anything new that I couldn’t figure out for myself, but it’s good to have a refresher. Because of my lackluster high school homeschooling experience, I’m always wondering if I’m missing something that others have already been taught when it comes to literature. One of my professors recommended it to the whole class in the fall of 2013, so I finally have that out of my way.

Before that, I devoured Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, which was delightful! I’ve always loved Norse mythology from the bits and pieces I’ve heard over the years, but this was my first time to sit down and read a collection of the stories. My favorites were the ones where Thor dresses up as a bride, Loki transforms into a mare to trick someone and gets pregnant, and the story with the mead of poetry. I also really liked the character of Hel, and I would like to see more of her. I kept flashing back to American Gods while I was reading, and I still would love to read the direct translations of the original myths that this collection was based on.

After I rewatched the movie, I also picked up the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It didn’t really change my opinion on the story or anything, but it may have helped me pick up on things I might have missed otherwise. Plus, I still love Newt to bits! <3 Anyway, it will be nice to have on hand whenever I want to look anything up if I write Fantastic Beasts fic. On a related note, I keep wanting to type “Fantastic Beats” instead of the correct title. That sounds like a horrible idea for a crackfic where Newt is a DJ. Does such a thing exist? I must know.

Last but not least, I tore through The Gunslinger, which is the first book of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. I’ve heard of this series and Stephen King for years, but I’ve never read either of them. Apparently, there’s going to be a movie adaptation, so I thought I’d try it. I loved it. There are so many things that I like crammed into this book, and it reminds me so much of American Gods, which is always an excellent thing. The one drawback is that I didn’t really feel attached to the characters because they all seemed so archetypal, but everything else made up for that. It has the epic, mythic sweep of Tolkien but with Americana and westerns thrown in, what’s not to love? I really want to read the rest of the series, but my to-read list is long enough as it is. I really don’t need to get involved in another series. Then again, it was pitched to me by Jeffrey Cranor via the Night Vale archive as “a benchmark of post-modern fantasy-horror” and that “if you’re listening to Night Vale, you absolutely should have read or listened to these by now”, so I’ll probably get to them sooner rather than later because of that glowing stamp of approval.

What do you think you'll read next?

Well, [personal profile] melannen is going to read Enchantress from the Stars, which is also on my to-read list, so probably that because I want to compare thoughts and have something to say.

Look, I just wrote ~700 words of babbling about books! Better quit while I’m ahead.

Edit: Why can't I get this cut to work? I use them so infrequently that I constantly screw them up. Am I not allowed to use punctuation in the cut text? Is it too long? What am I doing wrong?
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