Down the TBR Hole #16

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Books: #151-160

Last week’s final number: 354 | Current number: 355 | This week’s final number:  350 | Total books removed so far: 66| Total books kept so far: 94 | Books added since I began: 93 | Books read from my TBR: 22


Trilogia Valorilor (The Trilogy of Values) by Lucian Blaga

As with the other books of his that were on my TBR, I just don’t see myself picking it up anytime soon, so I’m just going to remove it for now.

Verdict: Goes

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

I just realised that this is actually a graphic novel. That makes me want to read it even more.

Verdict: Stays

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

This is another one that I do want to read. Especially that it’s so short.

Verdict: Stays

The rose Society by Marie Lu

I’m a bit torn with this one. I really enjoyed The Young Elites when I read it ages ago. But then I had to wait for this one and I never picked it up once it came out. I’ll keep it for now.

Verdict: Stays

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Honestly, I really have no interest in reading this. I know what happens and I don’t find it to be such a great story and I just have no interest in reading it.

Verdict: Goes

Vathek by William Beckford

I kind of find the premise of this book really cool and intriguing and it’s not a book that is often on my mind, but whenever I remember it, I’m like “Yeah, I wanna read that. That sounds cool.”

Verdict: Stays

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

One of my friends read this and said she enjoyed it, but I think I’m going to give this one a skip just because I don’t feel particularly drawn to it and there are so many other things I want to read.

Verdict: Goes

The Wide, Wide World by Susan Warner

I have no interest in this book whatsoever. I just don’t care.

Verdict: Goes

Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

This book has a cool title and a cool premise, but based on the reviews, it’s mostly just romance and I’m just not interested.

Verdict: Goes

 

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Shades of Anxiety – Yellow

Shades of Anxiety – Yellow

Obsessive thoughts take over. For days, months, sometimes years, they take hold, causing anxiety and no matter what I do, no matter how I try to divert my attention from them, they’re there. Consuming. Sometimes, I feel like I’ve thought those thoughts to such extent that there is no possible way of thinking about them any longer. I feel exhausted and sick of thinking those things. Sick of thinking anything at all, really. But they just keep spiraling, swirling through my head.

I’ve called this series shades of anxiety, but I don’t know if this is anxiety or just madness.

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Down the TBR Hole #15

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Books: #141-151

Last week’s final number: 361 | Current number: 360 | This week’s final number:  354 | Total books removed so far: 61| Total books kept so far: 88 | Books added since I began: 92 | Books read from my TBR: 22


Angelfall by Susan Ee

I’m pretty conflicted about this one. On the one hand, I don’t have any particular desire to pick it up anytime soon because I’m rarely in the mood for paranormal. On the other hand, sometimes I am in the mood for paranormal and one of my friends read it and said it was good and we generally have similar taste in books.

Verdict: Stays for now

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

I keep hearing amazing things about this series, so I kinda want to read it.

Verdict: Stays

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This one of those books that I really want to read, but somehow never get to. Maybe if I get my TBR to a manageable size (as if), I’ll actually get to the books I want to read?

Verdict: Stays

Out of My Later Years: The Scientist, Philosopher, and Man Portrayed Through His Own Words by Albert Einstein

I do want to read this, but I want to get rid of books on my TBR list and I feel like this is going to be one of those books that I see in a store one time and just buy it, so I don’t see the point of having it on my TBR list.

Verdict: Goes

Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

I’m going to tell you a secret. I have no idea what this book is about (I’m trying not to read the synopses. If I can’t remember what it’s about, I probably don’t want to read it badly enough). I don’t think I ever knew what this book was about, but I know exactly why I added it. And it’s a pretty stupid reason. I added it because there is one episode in Buffy the Vampire Slayer where this book is mentioned and I love that show. Yeah… I know.

Verdict: Goes

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

I really need to read this. It’s a play, for goodness’ sake. It would take me like half an hour.

Verdict: Stays

C. S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet by Alister McGrath

I love C.S. Lewis and I do want to know more about him, but… I don’t see myself picking this up anytime soon. I still have a lot of his books to read and I feel like his own thoughts and writings are a far superior way of learning about him than some biography.

Verdict: Goes

Split by Swati Avasti

This book has the potential to be so good and every time I see it, I’m scared that it won’t be so i end up not picking it up. But I have to get over this irrationality and pick it up, because it sounds really good.

Verdict: Stays

Poemele Luminii (Poems of Light) by Lucian Blaga

This guy is one of the Romanian poets that I enjoyed studying. I’m really curious to read more of his poetry, but at the same time, I don’t think it’s necessary to have this on my TBR. Especially that I’m pretty sure my family owns this book, so I can just pick it up at some point when I’m in the mood for poetry and read from it. I don’t need a reminder.

Verdict: Goes

Trilogia Culturii (The Trilogy of Culture) by Lucian Blaga

So, this guy was also a philosopher. I studied a little bit of his philosophy and I like the way he thinks. I would like to read more of his writings, but I don’t see myself doing so in the near future. So I think I’ll get rid of these for now.

Verdict: Goes

Trilogia Cunoasterii (The Trilogy of Knowledge) by Lucian Blaga

See above.

Verdict: Goes

Books I Own But Haven’t Read #3

Alright, let’s get on with the list of doom.

Part 1 | Part 2


Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

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This is actually one of the (many) books that I’m currently reading. I’m about halfway through and I don’t know why I stopped, I need to finish this.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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Another one that I’m currently reading and loving. I really need to finish the books I’ve started instead of starting new ones.

All Fall Down, See How They Run, Take the Key and Lock Her Up and Not if I Save You First by Ally Carter

I won these 4  Ally Carter books in a giveaway and I don’t know… I started reading the first one and I find the MC to be quite annoying. We’ll see how i feel once I’ve finished it. Actually, the last one is not part of the series of the first 3 ones and I’m pretty sure that last on isn’t out yet. But anyway.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

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I need to read this already. It’s so small and Auri is one of my favourite characters ever and I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. I think it’s because if I do, then I’ll have read everything in this series that is published and I’ll have nothing until whenever book three is published.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

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I started reading this as well. But it wasn’t what I had expected, so I stopped. I’m gonna get to it eventually. It’s good. I didn’t dislike it, I was just expecting fantasy when I picked up Terry Pratchett and then it wasn’t fantasy, so I was disappointed.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe

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To be fair, I’ve read most of the stories in here. I just have a couple left, so I can’t say that I’ve read this book. But I’ll get there.

Temeraire by Naomi Novik

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I bought this book earlier this year and then I went home over the summer and took it with me and I didn’t read it, but I also didn’t bring it with me when I left. So it’s currently at my parents’ house and I’m really annoyed because I read Uprooted by Naomi Novik recently and I loved it and now I really want to read more of her books, but I don’t have this one and I kind of don’t want to buy it again.

The Grinch Book Tag

This tag was created by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and I think it’s great because it gives me the opportunity to rant about stuff, so I’m down.


1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out : Name a book/series/character that started out good but then went downhill

 

For this I’m gonna go with  Red Queen  by Victoria Aveyard. I was okay with the first book. I enjoyed it. But then Glass Sword happened. And we all know how that went (if you don’t, then you can check out my rant about it).

2. Annoying Great Aunt Sally who will not leave you alone : Name a book that you didn’t enjoy, but everyone else seems to love so it never goes away

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I hate it. I hate it so much (I have a rant about that as well) and so many people love it. I know there are people who hate it too, but it was even nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards… what? What? I just can’t. I’m sorry, but how even? That book is a waste of paper. Trees were killed for nothing printing that.

3. Your pets keep knocking over the Christmas decoration : Name a character that kept messing things up for everyone else (can’t pick a villain!)

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The guy from The Wrath and the Dawn. What’s his name? I can’t remember. The childhood friend. He was just in the way. He didn’t really do much in the book and when he did, he messed things up. Just stop it guy. Tariq? I think that was his name.

4. You hear your parents putting out the presents and learn Santa isn’t real: Name a book you were spoiled for

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Hmm… I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve really been spoiled for any books. At least not in any major way. Maybe Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince cause I knew about Dumbledore. But I can’t really think of anything else. I’ve been pretty good at avoiding spoilers.

5. It’s freezing outside: Name a main character you just couldn’t connect with

Any of the characters in the Inheritance series. I just could not get them at all. Also the girls from The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. I enjoyed the story. And I even liked the characters, I just didn’t feel very connected to them. Same goes for the eponymous Sabriel by Garth Nix. I enjoyed the book and the characters were good, but they just didn’t click with me.

6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ and it’s giving you anti-romantic feelings : Name a couple you couldn’t stand

Scarlett and… whatever his name from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I hated everything about that book, not least of all the romance.

All the relationships in Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. Another waste of paper and one of the worst cases of insta-love and love polygons in the history of YA.

Chaol and Celaena from Throne of Glass. I just do not like that couple. I just don’t.

7. That scratchy homemade wool sweater you got for Christmas years ago but won’t get rid of : show some books that have been sitting on your shelves for a while, and you aren’t motivated to read, but you don’t have the heart to get rid of

Oooh boy. I have so many. But I’m a book hoarder. To be fair, a lot of these I didn’t buy and they aren’t strictly speaking mine, so probably once I settle down somewhere for more than one year at a time and decide to move all my books from my parent’s house, I’ll leave some of those behind. But anyway, here are some books that I own and just don’t have any interest in reading (and I will focus on books that I own personally, whether I bought them for myself or received them, but I won’t mention the books that are technically my family’s books, but because I’m the only person in my family who consistently reads, they’re mine).

Inheritance by Christpher Paolini. I’m actually considering donating this, because it’s just taking up space and I’m never going to read it. Ever.

Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Curie. Again, 0 interest in this book. I won it in a giveaway that I don’t even know why I entered. Probably will end up giving that one away as well.

The Odyssey by Homer. I’ve had this for a couple of years and I just never feel like picking it up. I do want to read it eventually, so I’m going to keep it. But I just have no motivation to read it at the moment.

The Divine Comedy by Dante Aligheri. I’ve read about half of Inferno and I just… can’t. It’s in verse and I can’t focus on it. I want to read them though. Just not now.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett. I’ve read about maybe a third of this book and it was just not what I was expecting it to be so I stopped. I want to read it eventually, cause it was good, but I really don’t feel motivated to at the moment.

I’m going to stop at 5, but there are plenty more.

8. Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer: Name a character death you still are mad about (warn people for spoilers! You can also use TV or movie deaths)

***SPOILERS FOR MISTBORN, SIX OF CROWS, HARRY POTTER, HUNGER GAMES, LORD OF SHADOWS***

I’m mad about a lot of deaths, okay? I’ll put headers for each book/series, so if you haven’t read it and don’t want spoilers, you can skip that paragraph.

MISTBORN

Kelsier. Why? Just why? I’m not over it, I get why he needed to die. But no. I’m so mad.

SIX OF CROWS

Matthias. That was so unnecessary and I am mad. I’m so mad. I can’t cope with it, I yelled at the book and i cried and I just don’t understand why.

HARRY POTTER

Hedwig and Dobby. It’s just not okay. Neither of them deserved to die and just why? A lot of people died in HP and most of them are tragic and heartbreaking but I can’t get over those two. They didn’t need to die.

HUNGER GAMES

My baby Finnick I am so mad. I can’t articulate how mad I am about that. I refuse. In my mind, he’s alive and happy with Annie they have tiny little children and a little fishing cabin.

Cinna. The best side character in YA literature. I can’t handle it. I am wounded.

LORD OF SHADOWS

I’m still mad about Livvy. I could not believe what I was reading. What is Ty going to do without her, I can’t even. My brain reuses to accept it. I feel like the next book will begin with Julian waking up from a nightmare and none of it is true.

Also, I can’t remember what book this was in, but I recently read it and it was this random rider on a horse and the rider did something stupid and the horse was like torn in half and it was so graphic. I suffered. I can’t for the life of me remember what book it was. But I know the MC was watching this scene unravel and I was so mad. Maybe it was Uprooted by Naomi Novik? I don’t know.

9. The malls are overly crowded with holiday shoppers: Name a series that has too many books in it/went on too long

Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. That series just goes on and on. I don’t even know how many books there are to date, but way too many. At least 15 and with no intention of stopping anytime soon. That series is not that good. It doesn’t need that many books.

Also, I’m sorry but I’m starting to think Throne of Glass should come to an end. I feel like one more book and then that’s it. I kind of think that Tower of Dawn was a bit unnecessary. I mean, I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t say for sure. But I think I would have been happier to just get a conclusion instead of that one. Because Empire of Storms declined in quality compared to the others and I want it to end while it’s still good.

10. The Grinch : Name a main character you HATE (No villians again!)

Mare Barrow from Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I hate her so much, I want her to die and rid the world of her insufferable self-righteousness and self-importance.

Scarlett from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. She’s stupid and hypocritical and I’m just so done with her.

Snow from Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. Ugh, another stupid, whiny and self-righteous one. I hate her.

These are the ones I really hate. I actually don’t often hate characters. Like, they may annoy me, but then I usually don’t care enough to really hate them. I’m just annoyed, but to mention a few: Lissa and Rose from Vampire Academy, Chaol from ToG, the girl (forgot her name) from The Sin Eater’s Daughter.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – Spoiler Free Book Review

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Genre: Adult, fantasy

First published: 2006

Author: Scott Lynch

Synopsis: The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a friend to the poor, a ghost that walks through walls. 

Slightly built and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyance, the fabled Thorn. And while Locke does steal from the rich (who else would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny. All of Locke’s gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves: The Gentemen Bastards.

The capricious, colourful underworld of the ancient city of Camorr is the only home they’ve ever known. But now a clandestine war is threatening to tear it apart. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends are suddenly struggling just to stay alive…

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This book was so good. I put it off for ages thinking I wouldn’t like it and I was wrong. I was very wrong, because I loved it. It’s got thieves and criminals and a daredevil heist and the characters are the best ever. I love their friendship, it makes me happy.

I love heist stories and this one was such a good one. And the story was also so intricate, it had so many layers and things going on, despite it not being a huge book. I mean, it’s by no means a small book, but I wouldn’t say it’s massive. Then again… I tend to read a lot of epic fantasy, so 500 pages is pretty much the norm for me. Anyway, the point is the story is great and it’s very well balanced with the world-building, which can often be a problem in fantasy. We get just the right amount of information.

The world itself is quite fascinating. All major cities are built on the remains of some strange ancient civilisation that nobody knows anything about. And while that’s tertiary to the story (though it may be more important later on), it’s interesting and the fact that it’s in there despite the fact that it’s not particularly relevant to the story, just makes it feel a lot more authentic. There is magic in this world, but it’s not very prominent. It is featured a little bit, but it’s not a main focus, at least in this book.  Possibly it will be in later books.

The characters themselves are awesome, I love them so much. Locke is a conniving, scheming, thieving, mostly amoral bastard and I love him for it. There are still so many questions I have about his past and I can’t wait to unravel the web of all his lies and deceptions (the book is called The Lies of Locke Lamora for a reason) and why exactly he started weaving it in the first place. I love the relationships among the Gentlemen Bastards, it just warms my heart to read about such friendship and loyalty.

Another thing I really enjoyed and actually the main reason that drove me to finally pick this up is that there is no romance in it. It’s not that I don’t like romance in books, because I do, but sometimes it’s nice to have a break from that and it was something that I was really craving at the time I read it.

I thought the writing was good as well. I wouldn’t say it particularly stands out in style, it didn’t particularly stick in my mind. But that’s alright, some authors have really unique or memorable writing styles, but that isn’t a necessity for good writing. This was good writing, even though it was not particularly memorable. I will say that there is a lot of swearing.

All in all, I wholeheartedly recommend this book if you’re looking for some adventure, some outrageous thievery and great friendships, you will most likely love this book.

 

Books That I’m Currently Reading

Over the past few months, I’ve been in this weird place where I keep starting books and then not finishing them and starting new ones. And it’s not that I’m not enjoying the books that I’m reading, it’s just that I can’t focus. I have started so many books these past few months, I am now running out of bookmarks because they’re all trapped in some book. So I’ve decided to put together a list of the books that I’m ‘currently reading’ in the hopes that it’ll motivate me to actually finish them.


Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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I started this book way back in September or early October, whenever it came out. I had pre-ordered it and I started reading it as soon as I got it. I got to page 93 before stopping and I just want to finish it. Even though Chaol isn’t really my favourite character, I want to learn more about the Southern Continent and all the stuff going on there.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catheynne M. Valente

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I heard so many great things about this book and I was so excited to read it. And I think I started it one evening right after finishing another book, but I was tired, so I only got a couple chapters in before going to sleep and then I just never continued. I’m currently on page 28 of this one.

Classical Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind and George Hrabovsky

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I’m on page 29 of this one, but I’m not super bothered about this one, since it is a pretty heavy book and it requires a lot of concentration. You sort of need to study and understand what you’re reading, because it’s ultimately trying to teach you physics. The 28 pages that I have read are full of notes and stuff like that, so I’m quite pleased with this and I always anticipated it would take a long time to finish because I don’t have that much time to dedicate to teaching myself physics. But I do want to continue reading.

The Physics of Christianity by Frank J. Tipler

I started reading this book years ago. And I mean… years. Maybe 5-6 years ago, but I’m including it because I do want to move on with this book. I haven’t made it very far. I am currently 77 pages in, but as with the previous book, this is a pretty dense read, you really need to understand what he’s talking about and that can take a lot of trying to visualise and sometimes make diagrams, take notes and so on. And I don’t have a ton of time and when I do have time for reading, I’m usually too tired to be able to concentrate as much as I need to. So again, not too bothered, but I do want to keep chipping at this book.

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

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I started reading this book back in September I think and I flew through the first half or so of it. I really enjoyed it, it’s really well written and poignant and sensible and full of compassion. I’m currently on page 105 of it and I don’t know why I stopped. I just got distracted. I feel like that’s what I’ve been trying to do lately, distract myself. And once I got ‘used’ to a book, its setting or tone or rhythm, it would somehow engage less of my mind. Kind of like when you first learn how to drive or ride a bike or something, you’re very conscious of what you’re doing and you’re very focused, but once you learn it, you don’t think about it as much and your mind is free for other things. It’s been kind of like that, where if I didn’t finish a book quickly enough for that novelty to still hold my mind focused, I would start craving something that would engage my mind fully.

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

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This is probably the one that I want to finish most, or that I want to get to first because I’m farthest into it. I’m currently on page 370 and I flew through those nearly 400 pages in like 2 days and then it just got to a point where… I don’t want to say I didn’t like what was happening, because that’s not it. It just didn’t resonate well with the mood and place I was at mentally, so I stopped. But I loved the first book and I really enjoyed this one so far, so I want to finish it.

The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

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I’ve actually been reading this today, I’m currently on page 48, it’s quite a short book though, it only has about 160 pages. I love C.S. Lewis and I’m loving this book so far, it’s as lucid and poignant and well constructed, thought provoking as ever and I’m having such a good time reading it.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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I’ve been reading this over the past couple of days. So far, I’ve read 3 of the stories, I’m on page 117 and I really enjoyed them. The art in it is so beautiful, I cannot get enough of it. I want to get to the other stories soon.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

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I started this I think last week and I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I read the first one last spring. I only got to page 28 though (I have something about stopping at page 28), because I’m just too tired to read it. It’s quite political, even more so than the first book and by the time I get home from work, I’m too tired to keep up with that. But hopefully over the holidays, I’ll be rested enough to read it because I’ve only read 28 pages and already there was a fight scene. So it promises to be pretty action packed and epic.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This is another one that I started reading one evening and then stopped because I was too tired and never continued. I loved what I read of it so far, I’m on page 30 of this one. And I really want to continue with it, especially that this was lent to me by a friend a couple months ago, so I should probably return it soon.

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

I won a whole bundle of Ally Carter books in a giveaway, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m on page 26 at the moment and already, the MC is kind of getting on my nerves, so I’m not sure about this one. But I think I would like to at least read this first book in the series and then decide whether I want to keep them or not. I might end up actually enjoying it once the story gets going because it’s a mystery novel, so we’ll see.

The Bat by Jo Nesbo

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I started reading this book quite a while ago, but I still haven’t finished it. I want to though because it was recommended to me by a friend and I want to be able to tell him what I thought about it, since he really likes this series. I am enjoying it, but there is something that doesn’t agree with me about it and I think it’s the translation. The original is in Norwegian and the translation just fells a bit… awkward to me. Anyway, I’m on page 157 of this one. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

So, those are the many books that I’m currently reading. You can imagine what my night stand looks like. Hopefully, I’ll be finishing some of these in the following days and weeks and not adding to the pile. This post was very long and a bit rambly, but writing it has been pretty cathartic, so whatever.