The Neverending Reading List

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.

Charles W. Eliot

I have decided to start a project called The Neverending Reading List where I will be sharing my book collection with everyone via Instagram. The “Neverending” is a jab at avid readers, myself, who know full well we will never read our entire book collection(s), but we will die trying (and don’t even think about suggesting we get rid of books; thems fightin’ words). I have a few goals for this project, the main ones are to encourage reading, to share resources, and to have a bit of fun!

I’ll be keeping it simple. Take a photo of the front and back of the book, share it as a gallery, and put the book’s summary in the post along with where to find the book. Why only the summary? Because I want you to draw your own conclusions. Lastly, stating the obvious, there will be tags.

I’ll be posting these to my personal Instagram, MonriaTitans (pronounced Mon-Rye-Uh) because expectations are set for the MonriaTitans – WGS Instagram. And TitansMonriArt is, obviously, for art. The other reason I’m posting it to MonriaTitans is inactivity. Now I have something to post to it every day.

(For those who are new, and don’t know what WGS is, I host The Weekend Game Show (WGS) on Twitch with the mission to educate on different aspects of video game development so as to prevent another Cyberpunk 2077 scenario. Also, for empowerment and exposure, promote artists (which is what the MonriaTitans – WGS Instagram is for).)

Context before the warning: I have three Instagrams to keep things organized and from overlapping. TitansMonriArt is for my art, MonriaTitans – WGS is for the Artist Shout-Outs and educational posts with the purpose of empowerment through education and exposure, while MonriaTitans is the one I, jokingly, call my Rantstagram.

Warning: My Rantstagram has a similar theme to the MonriaTitans – WGS‘ Instagram; there are educational posts for the purposes of empowerment through education, but it has a little bit of everything: educational posts, inspirational quotes, product reviews, making fun of stupid people, politics.

If you’re trying to avoid politics, don’t go to this Instagram. There is a separate page listing the books in The Neverending Reading List so you can go directly to the Tumblr posts, and from there the Instagram posts, without having to scroll for them.

However, if you don’t like stupidity, but enjoy laughing at it, my Rantstagram is the place for you.

And if you’re still interested in checking out The Neverending Reading List Instagram Series and/or the Rantstagram in general, then back to our regularly scheduled program.

For transparency, the links to the books will be affiliate links. I am affiliated with, whom I like to call the “Etsy for small business bookstores,” which brings me to my next goal for The Neverending Reading List Instagram Series; I want to make people aware of, whose mission is,

To help local, independent bookstores thrive in the age of ecommerce. We work to connect readers with independent booksellers all over the world. We believe local bookstores are essential community hubs that foster culture, curiosity, and a love of reading, and we’re committed to helping them survive and thrive. Our platform gives independent bookstores tools to compete online and financial support to help them maintain their presence in local communities.

“About BookShop”.

(When I did a Preview of the [Wordpress] post, I found the bookshop link above does not open into a new window. If it is the same for other platforms, I shall provide an update.)

The final goal is, obviously, to get more support for my work. If my link(s) is used to purchase books, I receive a commission. A win for local bookstores, win for, win for you, win for me plus a win for the authors. And, for those trying to get away from Amazon, a punch at Amazon.

More transparency: I am an affiliate of Amazon as well; for those who don’t know, Amazon is the Etsy for everything on a, stating the obvious, grander scale. Many small businesses use Amazon as a platform to get their products seen to support themselves. If Amazon goes down, a lot of small businesses will go down with them. It is the small businesses I support, not Amazon.

In conclusion, I will be doing The Neverending Reading List Instagram Series on my, personal, MonriaTitans Instagram, with the goals of encouraging reading, sharing resources for the development of video games (and other things for shits and giggles), having a bit of fun, to gain exposure for, and to share my MonriaTitans & WGS’ Bookshop in the hopes of getting more support for my work as well as support for the authors.

Well, these are all the updates I have for now. Thank you for reading!
May every decision you make in the future be in the spirit of fairness and may the rest of your day NOT go to $#!7.

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Chapter Twenty-Nine: Remember Me?

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Isaac catches Mim before she can hit the ground. The energy is absorbed by the glyph. Rumple holds Emma back when the glyph dims. Then everyone is blinded again.

“Oh, come on!” Kristoff cries out, rubbing his eyes.

Someone is lying in the third piece of the “pie”; a woman with long wavy hair in a glowing, translucent bodysuit. A dark blob flies around the glyph, slamming into the barrier frantically.

“Morgan.” Emma clarifies. “But what’s wrong with Dani?”

“MIM!” Rumple shouts, appearing next to her; Belle, Baelfire and Snow follow.

“Emma!” David says, embracing her.

“We’ve gotta get Morgan.” Emma declares when David lets go.

“Not with Dani going haywire.” Regina exclaims, but Emma charges in. “EMMA!”

“Are you okay?” Emma asks, turning Morgan onto her back.

“Dani’s lost their memories.” Morgan states, holding out a hand. “Help me up.”

“What?” –Emma pulls Morgan to her feet– “How?”

“For centuries, Dani’s psyche and mind have been bound to others.” –Morgan leans on Emma for support– “To suddenly be split, twice, caused a memory wipe.” –they look back when they hear a crash; Dani had slammed into the barrier again– “I was protected by the light suit.” –Ingrid runs over and supports Morgan on the other side– “Dani is just as scared and confused as they were when they were first born.”

“What can we do?” Emma asks as Dani slams into the other side of the barrier.

“Help her remember.”

“I’ve got her.” Elsa says to Emma. “Go help Dani.”

“Dani!” Emma calls and the blob stops in mid-air.

“Emma!” Snow rushes towards her.

“Do you remember why your name is Dani?” Emma asks, slowly approaching, Snow stopping next to Emma.

“Because,” a child’s voice responds, bringing everyone but Emma to a halt, “Dani works for a boy and a girl.”

“Blue needs to see this.” Morgan says to Anna.

“Why am I stuck in here?” Dani asks.

“Because we were bound,” –Emma moves forward, slowly– “and you and your aunt were bound.” –Dani stops moving– “This glyph separated us.”

“Why is everyone scared of me?”

“Because, prior to me, everyone you were bound to used your power to do horrible things,” –Dani begins to whimper– “but it wasn’t your fault.”

“I don’t remember.”

“It’s lying!” Blue declares, making everyone, but those who saw her exit the vase, jump.

“YOU!” –Dani appears behind Emma and Snow and slams into the barrier, trying to get to Blue– “You were always mean to me!” –Blue stands firm, glaring– “I never did anything and you were cruel!”

“You are darkness!” Blue snaps. “You can’t be trusted!”

“Dani saved my life!” Snow scowls, standing between them. “Multiple times!” –she looks down at Rumple over her shoulder, him kneeling next to Mim– “You never knew.”

Snow ran through the forest, leapt over fallen logs, climbed trees and swung on vines to get away from the Evil Queen’s guards. They had been chasing her for a while, but Mim’s training was working. She was beginning to lose them. Snow climbed as high as she could into one of the tallest trees and hid in the branches, putting the camouflage cloak Mim had given her to good use. The guards galloped away. Snow had to stifle a laugh. She waited fifteen minutes before jumping into the tree next to her. To think, travelling via tree tops used to be difficult! She ran out of tree when she arrived by the side of a river. She, slowly, descended the tree as she looked through the trees. Snow stops, then barrel rolls, dodging a fire ball.

“Why, hello!” Snow looked across the river to see Regina, donning her usual, scary looking black gowns.

Guards jumped in out of nowhere, but Snow heard them coming. She punched one in the throat, ducked, then low kicked another. Regina was stunned.

“Well, well!” Regina exclaimed, laughing when Snow threw a guard into the river. “Someone’s learned some new tricks!” –Snow ran back into the woods– “That’s not going to work!” –she appeared in a puff of purple smoke and blocked her path; Snow drew her sword– “And what makes you think that’s going to help you?”

“It summoned me.” –Rumple left hooked Regina in the face as the sword in Snow’s hand turned to ash– “Forget” –Regina’s memories are gathered into a small, purple marble– “We don’t need you knowing we were here.”

“Dani?” Snow asked and Rumple/Dani smiled at her. “How?”

“Not a good place to explain.” –they find themselves in an open field– “That’s better!”

“Is Rumpelstiltskin still… there?”

“Why wouldn’t he be?” Dani laughed, walking towards the closest patch of woods.

“How did you know where I was?” Snow asked, following.

“The sword mother gave you.”

“Why did it turn to ash?”

“Because it served its purpose.”

“Mim is definitely your mother.” –Dani laughed– “PLEASE start making sense!”

“That was a sword of light you were holding designed to summon me when I was needed the most.”

“It was linked to the bit of light inside you that you absorbed when you were created!”


“So,” –she jumped over a fallen tree right after Dani– “she gave me the sword, knowing Regina would find me eventually, in the hopes the sword would cause the two of you to disconnect!”

“Now you’re catching on!”

“A reason behind the reason and a backup plan for the backup plan.”

“Yeah… the disconnect won’t last much longer, however.”


“Not my body.” Dani answered, matter-of-factly as they stopped walking to look at her. “I can’t take control of him forever.”

“Technically, you’re sharing the body.”


“What’s the catch?”

“When he’s in control, my aunt and I can see and hear everything. When I’M in control, he’s locked away. He will have NO memory of this. I won’t do that to him more often than I need to.”

“Why didn’t Blue trust you again?” Snow asked and Dani’s demeanor completely shifts to sadness. “I’m sorry.” –she gave Dani a hug– “You and I both know Mim will find a way to help you when she’s strong enough.”

“And, unfortunately, Rumple can’t know THAT either.” Dani stated. “He’s grown quite addicted to my power.”

“Mim was afraid of that.”

“Yeah.” –Dani pointed down a path– “That way will take you to a small village. Nice people. They’ll help.”

“Thank you, Dani.”

“No.” –Dani grinned– “Thank you.”

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Chapter Twenty-Eight: Not Sorry, Blue

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“Did you get the wand to work?” Blue asks when she hears footprints in the woods.

The fairies set up the glyph on a flat field. It glows in the light of the moon.

“No,” Regina snarls as she pulls Zelena out from behind a tree, “but we found someone who can.”

“She cannot be trusted!”

“And no one knows that better than me.” –she holds up the arm with the cuff on it– “I altered the cuff. The only spells she can cast are the ones I allow.”

“That’s… acceptable.” –Blue eyes Zelena suspiciously– “All we have left is to figure out how to get Emma into the glyph, ESPECIALLY if she has succumbed to the darkness. Are you going to go get her?”

“We already did.” Snow announces as she and David walk into the moonlight holding Emma’s hands. “And she’s fine.” –Blue eyes them, stunned– “We weren’t idle.”

“What’s going on?” Blue asks, now suspicious of the entire situation as Emma enters the glyph, willingly.

“I don’t want to hurt anyone.” Emma explains, shaking. “If staying here will keep everyone safe, so be it.”

“Noble,” Blue admits, “but if you already retrieved Emma, why do you still need Zelena to operate the wand?”

“For this.” Zelena cackles as she points the wand at the glyph.

“What are you…”

Anna jumps out from behind a tree and opens the vase, pointing it at Blue. She screams as she is liquefied and pulled into the vase. The rest of the fairies scream as they are suddenly pulled into the air by vines. All this happens while Zelena is altering the glyph. Emma spins around, watching every aspect of the change; every shape, every line. The center now looks like a giant pie, cut into three slices.

“That auta do it.” Zelena states as the glyph dims.

“All that’s left is enough magical energy to power it.” Regina concludes, taking the wand from Zelena as Henry, Robin, Lily, Maleficent, Belle, Killian, Will and Rolin come into view.

“How could you?” a fairy shouts from the tree branches.

“We’ll release her as soon as we’re done here.” Anna assures as Kristoff and Isaac walk up next to her. “I promise.”

“Where’d Elsa go?” Snow asks, scanning the woods.

Seconds after she asks the question, Cora, Rumple, Elsa, Ingrid, Mim a man and a woman surround the glyph. Baelfire stands behind his father, proud. Isaac moves to Mim’s back. Mim’s Yin and Yang choker’s glow is blinding. Everyone stands there in shock.

“Neal?” Emma asks.


Six of them shoot beams of energy into the glyph. Zelena snatches the wand from Regina and tosses it to Mim. With it, Mim shoots an energy beam into the glyph. Zelena joins in. Then Regina a few seconds later after she recovers from the shock. Emma glows bright grey and seems to split into two people, but the second person shifts form multiple times or looks like a giant blob.

“It’s not enough power!” Regina shouts.

“Emma has to let go!” Mim shouts back, choker dimming a bit. “Emma, they’re still going to be here when you separate! You need to let them go!”

“Why would she be holding on?” Snow cries.

“They understand me!” Emma answers.

“And they still will!” Mim responds, choker a little bit more dim.

“You still have us, love!” Killian calls and Neal looks at him. “You won’t be alone!”

Mim puts up a barrier to block the explosion, but also to gather the energy from it and shape it into the form of a giant ball. She uses her hand to hold it in the air. She holds out the wand to alter the glyph, all while Emma stirs, turns onto her back and sits up. Everyone else is recovering from being blinded from the explosion.

“Dani?” Emma asks.

Across from Emma, lying in one of the thirds of the “pie”, lies a woman with black hair at the roots, but it fades from black to grey to white at the ends. Emma rushes to Dani’s sides at Mim struggles to hold the energy.

“She’s not breathing!” Emma shouts at Mim.

“You need to move, Emma!” Mim yells back, shaking; choker almost completely dim. “Get out of the glyph.”

“But…” –Rumple grabs Emma and as suddenly as he appears, they are outside the glyph– “What are you doing? Dani needs help!”

“Getting my…” –Mim makes a fist– “FAMILY BACK!”

Mim punches the ground and the energy flies down with it. The choker glows no more.

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Chapter Twenty-Seven: Fire Vetoes With Fire

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Zelena uses smoke to move to Mim’s side before she can be trampled by the others.

“I’d bet my father’s sword you figured that out on your own.” Mim says, proudly when the cheer is done, beaming from ear to ear.


“Like I said,” –Mim looks at Maleficent– “Good instincts on that one.” –she turns back to Emma– “So, how much did we learn on our trip?”

“A lot!” Emma exclaims. “I am nowhere NEAR as frightened of my magic as I used to be!”

“Perfect.” –Zelena slow claps three times– “Any more instinctual remarks about fire?”

“It’s its own sub-element.” Emma answers as she walks towards the orbiting elements.


“Morgan told me that magic is magic. Whether or not it is light or dark depends on the person wielding it.” –Mim nods, beaming– “Regina,” –Emma looks at her– “you’re a perfect example.”

“I think everyone knows THAT.”

“Back when you were known as The Evil Queen, fire was your go to element. You’re not that woman anymore and, yet, you still use fire.” –Emma grabs a hold of the hovering fire ball– “Fire is an in between.” –she looks at Mim– “Morgan says you would use the term ‘crossroad’.”

“I would.”

“Magic is just magic.” Emma continues, “How you used it dictated whether or not the magic was light or dark. But the fact that you used FIRE,” –Emma holds the fire ball out to Regina– “signified you were never too far gone. You were producing LIGHT the entire time.”

“What, so I was subconsciously crying for help?” Regina scoffs.

“Pretty much.” Mim finishes, “And, seeing as how fire is still your first choice, and nothing else, you’re still needing some.”

“How do you figure?”

“Anger, in itself, is a signifier.” –the elements and the pit disappear as if they were never there– “And fire is destructive, which anger usually leads to, either for the one holding onto anger or the one on the receiving end.” –Regina suddenly looks guilty– “And now we understand.” –Alex opens the door– “Now that Emma is here, we have work to do.”

“When are you gonna show us the library?” Henry persists as they are walking through the mirror to get back into Storybrooke, having finished explaining the separation glyph to Emma during the walk.

“That depends upon you and your partner.” Mim explains, looking at Isaac. “You have to be ready.”

“Are you moving Rumple and the Apprentice back to Storybrooke?” Belle asks as she is walking through the mirror.

“That happened a WHILE ago!” Mim laughs as she sits at a table. “Been wondering about putting them both in the hospital, though.”


“Magic may be keeping them alive, but it won’t do them any good if they aren’t getting any fluids or any other form of nutrition.”

“Good point.” Regina admits.

“Are we all in accord?”

“You’re asking us, now?”

“Now that we are all together, why wouldn’t I?”

“Does that mean you’re going to tell us the plan, now?” Killian pushes, squeezing Emma’s hand.

“I’m going to tell you how to make sure Blue doesn’t know the plan.” –Mim grimaces– “I see that woman again, I might strangle her.” –she looks at Regina– “But you are NOT going to like it.”

“If it has ANYTHING to do with Zelena removing the cuff, forget it.”

“THAT,” Emma injects, “I have to agree with.”

“I tried.” Mim says, apologetically to Zelena. “Fine. Next plan. Unless Emma vetoes this one, too, in which case, I have another one.”

“To be expected.” Snow says, proudly.

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Chapter Twenty-Six: The First Lesson on Fire

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“You have already seen what ice magic can do.” Mim continues, looking at Elsa. “All ice is is frozen water, which can only happen when the air gets cold enough.”

“Making ice an in between.” Belle declares from the doorway. “Or a sub-element.”

“Very good!” –a bit of water separates from the ball, freezes, then orbits the water– “Any other sub-elements come to mind?”

“Metal?” Lily asks.

“True.” –a bit of earth is turned to iron– “Oh, this is fun!”

“Steam.” Isaac adds. “Not oxygen, but it’s something water turns into when heated enough.”

“Do we have a better understanding of the world, now?”

“Of the four elements, yes.” Regina states. “What about light and darkness?”

“Ah.” –Mim grins– “If you are asking, the elements need to be explained more.” –the sub-elements rejoin their primaries– “Those who are deemed unredeemable are interesting individuals for their choice of element says a LOT!”


“Each element does something the others CAN’T.” Mim resumes, beaming proudly. “Water starts the process of life; the earth gives like a home; air allows life to live, but fire has an important feature.” –she moves fire out of orbit and hovers it in front of them– “Can we guess what that is?”

“It produces heat,” Zelena states, matter-of-factly, “which allows the water to become steam, air to not exist for fire can suck the air dry, and the earth to either dry out/and or burn completely.”

“That, too.” Mim agrees, looking to her right.

“Fire also produces light.”

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Chapter Twenty-Five: The Balancing Act

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“What are we going to be doing next?” Snow asks, anxiously. “What’s the next step?”

“Emma is on her way here and, judging by your previous conversation, Morgan and Dani haven’t driven her out of her mind yet with their yammering.” –there are stifled chuckles from those who don’t want to admit it was amusing– “We won’t need to alter the glyph into anything but the separator.” –Alex passes her the rolls– “Thank you, my dear.” –she takes three– “If she had succumbed to the corruption, we would have had to set up the summoning glyph.”

“Why didn’t you just give us that one to begin with?” Killian asks.

“No point.” –Mim grins– “You still would have ended up here.” –Regina scowls and Robin puts a hand on hers before she can say anything– “That and it would have defeated the purpose of Emma finding her own way. Summoning a brand new ‘Dark One’ never ends well. It breaks trust quickly.” –she sips her tea– “And then I kill the summoner.”

“Seems to me you’re pretty dark yourself.” Maleficent points out.

“I’d agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong.” Mim states and Zelena chokes a bit on her tea. “There are grey areas in between.”

“That for many remain to be seen.” Elsa, Anna and Snow finish.

“What does THAT mean?” Regina snaps and Mim chuckles as she wipes her mouth with a napkin.

“I’ll show you.” Mim offers, rising from the table.

“And here we start our new lesson in magic.” Mim states as a pit forms in the ground in front of Alex.

“Why do we need a ‘new’ lesson?” Regina mocks as Mim walks around the pit and faces them.

“Because you are still seeing things in black and white,” –water begins to fill the pit– “dark and light.” –a little bit of earth is left in the center, which then catches fire– “Wrongly, that is all in sight.”

“Is there a purpose to these rhymes?” Maleficent injects.

“It makes the lesson easier to remember.” Anna explains. “It also helps to pass the time.”

“All magic comes with a price,” Mim begins, eyeing the fire, “is another, more convoluted way of saying ‘magic is all about balance’.” –she looks up at Regina– “The four elements are a perfect example of a balancing act.”

“How do you figure?”

“What do you consider to be the most powerful of the four elements?” Mim asks, tilting her head to the side.

“Fire.” Regina asks as she conjures some in both hands.

“Hmmm…” –a bubble surrounds each of Regina’s hands, putting the fire out– “Sure about that?”

“What did you…?”

“I created a vacuum.”

“Took the air away.” Maleficent clarifies. “Fire needs to breathe as well.”


“I notice you didn’t move your hands when you did that.” Maleficent points out.

“I don’t need them.” Mim responds, grinning mischievously. “But we are digressing from our present lesson.” –she looks at Maleficent– “While fire, I grant you, appears to be the most powerful,” –she looks back at Regina– “I must point out that just by simply removing one of the elements, the fire was put out.” –Mim holds out a hand– “Fire is a go to for many for the obvious reason of it causes the most destruction in the quickest amount of time, but I have a question.” –she crosses her arms– “How can you put out a fire?”

“Besides creating a vacuum around it?” Regina retorts and Mim holds up one finger.

“Throw water on it.” Kristoff adds.

“Or dirt.” Isaac includes.

“If it’s small enough, you could blow it out.” Anna chimes in.

“Or stomp on it.” Henry states.

“You could also isolate it by taking away objects that would help it spread.” Elsa injects. “Then it would die out.”

“Would you look at that!” Mim laughs, holding up six fingers.

“What’s the point?” Lily asks.

“Fire is quite powerful indeed, but any of the other elements could douse it handily. Of course, you could always say fire is SO powerful that the other elements NEED to be able to put it out, but it still proves my point about a balancing act. In addition,” –Mim removes the vacuums from Regina’s hands– “fire is less subtle. It is the most obvious destructive power, but the other elements are just as capable of causing mass destruction, only, with them, you wouldn’t expect it. Much.”

“Earthquakes especially.” David puts in. “Or floods.”

“Thunderstorms.” Regina admits.

“Fire you can contain.” Mim continues. “Everything else? Not so much. Also,” –a ball of fire rises from the pit, along with the rest of the elements, and they spin in a circle– “Fire could not survive without the others.”

“What?” Maleficent asks, defensively.

“Without water, plants cannot grow. If plants don’t grow, we won’t have oxygen. Without oxygen, we could not even produce a spark.” –everyone, except for Snow, gapes at her– “Now could we have this conversation.” –she looks at Regina, Maleficent and Lily– “You can certainly be the masters of fire, if you wish, but if you can master water,” –the water ball moves to the center, allowing the other elements to revolve around it– “you can control everything.”

“Whoa!” Henry and Isaac cry out in unison.

“What could you do with water?” Regina defies.

“I’ve made a few mummies in my day.” Mim answers, grinning.

“Brilliant!” Zelena declares.

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