torachan: my glitch character (glitch)
What are you currently reading?
I'm almost halfway done with Theater People and enjoying it quite a lot. When I first cracked it open, I couldn't really remember who everyone was and what had happened in the first book, so I was a bit meh on it, but it sucked me in once it got going (even though I'm still hazy on some of the details, even though it's only a couple years ago that I read the first book).

I also finally started reading The Big Picture: Murals of Los Angeles, despite having put it on my "currently reading" list on Goodreads a couple weeks ago when I first got it. This book was published in 1988, so obviously a lot has changed between now and then, but I recognise a lot of the murals, so it's a fun read.

I also started the other Sarah Schulman book I had on my shelf, Rat Bohemia. I only read a few chapters so far, but I'm enjoying it.

What did you recently finish reading?
The other day I finished Schulman's People in Trouble. I remember liking the previous books of Schulman's that I read, but barely remember anything about them. It took a few chapters of this one for me to warm up to it, but I ended up liking it a lot and got sucked in and then really zipped through it in just a couple days.

But wow, what a book to read now. I bought this several years ago when I got a bunch of Sarah Schulman books, and for some reason I read all but this and Rat Bohemia, and these two just sat on my shelf until the other day when I picked it at random when looking for something new to read. If I had read it back when I bought it, I'm not sure I would have even recognised the character of Ronald Horne as being based on a real person. If only the real Donald Trump had died in the late 80s like Ronald Horne does in this book.

What do you think you'll read next?
Mainly just want to get through the books I have in progress, and then I'm not sure after that.
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What are you currently reading?
I read about a chapter more on Attack of the Theater People, but that's it. I think I've only managed to read before bed one time this last week, and every other night I stayed up too late and went straight to sleep. (Even the nights I went to bed early I was too tired to read.)

What did you recently finish reading?
I finally finished The History of Forgetting. This book was kind of a mish-mash of the history of LA, LA in fiction, and some actual fiction about LA. The latter is the weakest part of the book and I think dropping it would have made it a better book overall. A random sixty-page novella dropped in the middle of a work of non-fiction could possibly be made to work, but it didn't here, at least not for me.

I did like the parts that were actual history of LA and a look at how LA has been portrayed in books and movies over the years. This was published about twenty years ago and a lot has changed downtown since then, and I'd be interested to see the author's thoughts on those changes. It looks like an updated version of the book was released about ten years ago, but even that was before the real downtown revival.

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, I have three books marked "currently reading" on Goodreads that I haven't actually started on, so hopefully one or more of those! People in Trouble by Sarah Schulman is what I just added to GR tonight as my current physical book. I read several books by her a few years ago and really liked them, but for some reason never read the last two I had bought at that time, and when looking for a new book to read tonight after finishing A History of Forgetting, I spotted them and decided to go with that. I've also still got Hollow City, though since I'm also reading Attack of the Theater People, idk if I will actually make any progress on this until I finish that, since I don't like switching between ebooks. Then finally I've got The Big Picture: Murals of Los Angeles, which I found in a pile of books on the curb the other day while out on our evening walk.
torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
What are you currently reading?
Made a little progress on The History of Forgetting. Still did not start Hollow City. I'm thinking maybe I should read something else instead, since I seem to not be interested in actually starting that up.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished A Wrinkle in Time today. Definitely file this under things I wish I'd left back in vaguely-remembered nostalgia land. :-/

As a kid, things like the heavy-handed religious themes and sexism went over my head. However, those things, along with the fact that the book is just not very well written, made it really hard to enjoy as an adult. And then there's the ending, Read more... ) I'm pretty sure all the other books have separate plots, so it's not something that is resolved in a future book. Instead it just ends abruptly and unsatisfyingly.

Anyway, I am still looking forward to seeing the movie, and this is one of the few times I hope that a movie is really different from the book. But I will definitely not be reading any of the sequels, and I honestly wish I hadn't reread this.

What do you think you'll read next?
Hopefully some more of Billy Bat. I have been going to bed late and been too tired to read in bed lately, so I haven't read anything on my phone or ipad (that's probably the main reason I haven't started Hollow City, either, so I really should try to get in bed earlier!).
torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
What are you currently reading?
I started as in opened the file on my phone, but did not actually read any of Hollow City, the sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

I am also still in progress on The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory, though I don't think I read any this last week at all.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished the aforementioned Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children a few days ago. Overall I really liked it.

I also read Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother? As opposed to Fun Home, which is a pretty straightforward memoir about her relationship with her father, this wanders a lot, with probably as much time spent talking about her time in therapy and her readings of various famous psychologists, as well as her wondering how to write this book that she's writing, as there is stuff about her interactions with her mother. But it works really well and I enjoyed it a lot.

I read the first volume of Urasawa Naoki's Billy Bat the night before last. I had been putting off reading it until it was complete, because with this sort of suspenseful story, I knew I didn't want to have to wait between releases. And then the series ended and I loaded it all on my ipad and didn't read it because I don't know why. But now I finally started and it's just as suspenseful as I knew it would be. In fact, I stayed up way too late reading the first volume because I kept telling myself I'd stop with the next chapter and then couldn't!

What do you think you'll read next?
More Billy Bat for sure. Also I definitely plan to get started on A Wrinkle in Time soon, since it is a library book and I can't let it sit forever (though at least as an older book it's four weeks instead of two; but I imagine with people wanting to read it because of the upcoming movie, copies might be more in demand than they normally would be and I can't count on being able to renew it if I don't finish before the due date).
torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
What are you currently reading?
I made progress on both the books I had just cracked open last week: over halfway through on Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children and about 10% on The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory, which is definitely going to take me longer (it's only 300 pages, but has small print, plus it's a physical book which means I'm not picking it up as often as I would an ebook).

I also got Ella of All-of-a-Kind Family from the library the other day and have read about a third of it. I never read this one as a kid, but I'm enjoying it just as much as the earlier books.

What did you recently finish reading?
Last week I got Alison Bechdel's Fun Home at the library. I went to pick up a book I had on hold, and there were some shelves of comics right next to the holds and this grabbed my eye. I really loved it. I've heard of Alison Bechdel and I've heard of Fun Home, but I really had no idea what it was about other than a vague idea that it was about her rocky relationship with her father, which I had always assumed meant he was homophobic. I had no idea he was gay himself.

Today in the mail I got The Middleman: Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse, which I had ordered because we finished the show recently. Back when I watched the show the first time, I did watch the panel reading of the finale done at Comic Con or wherever, but I don't even know if I knew there was a comic of it at the time (or I might have known and just not gotten it because it was expensive...this was $25 for an eighty-page comic!) but anyway, I'd totally forgotten the plot of the final episode anyway, so I was eager to read this and refresh my memory. I actually think the show ends just fine on episode twelve, but I like this as well.

I also read Y: The Last Man volume nine, though did not actually get to the final volume yet, since I keep getting distracted by other things.

What do you think you'll read next?
I have three books on Goodreads marked as "currently reading" that I haven't actually started reading yet, so those for sure! They are Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother?, the final volume of Y: The Last Man, and Sawtelle: West Los Angeles's Japantown (Images of America: California), which I also received from Amazon today.
torachan: ewan mcgregor pulling his glasses down to look over the top (ewan glasses)
What are you currently reading?
I have just one chapter (about twenty pages) left to go in The New Jim Crow, so I will probably finish that either tonight or tomorrow. One thing I learned in the most recent chapter, which I had no idea about is that although prisoners cannot vote while imprisoned, the prison populations are used in creating voting districts and such. Most prisons are built in rural areas with very low, mostly white populations. These areas should hold very little power based on population, but because their numbers are padded by thousands of non-voting (mostly black) prisoners, they gain much more weight. Like the extreme gerrymandering in so many areas, this is nothing but an obvious power grab by republicans who know they don't have the numbers to support themselves in a fair vote. >:(

I'm also just a few chapters away from finishing The Library at Mount Char, too. This book is definitely a wild ride and I'm looking forward to seeing how it ends.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished up Public Library and Other Stories yesterday, spurred on by the fact that it was due back at the library today. Overall I enjoyed the stories, but found the title and cover blurbs a bit misleading. There was no story called Public Library, and the stories were not so much library-themed as language- and book-themed. They were still good stories, but it wasn't quite what I was expecting.

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, I had pre-ordered the new 7 Seeds and just got an email from Amazon last night that it had been downloaded to my ipad, so I will probably be reading that pretty soon. The last chapter apparently came out this month, but I'm not sure how many more volumes that will be since I don't follow the chapters as they're published, but probably just one or two. Maybe more if she does bonus material like she did for Basara.
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What are you currently reading?
I've actually been reading a lot this week! I'm about halfway through The New Jim Crow now. The first couple chapters were good reading, but also pretty much stuff I already knew, but the chapter I just finished focused on specific laws, Supreme Court decisions, etc. that I wasn't familiar with, and wow, that is even more fucked up than I realized. The Supreme Court has basically made it legal for cops and the legal system to discriminate based on race, and they've also made it so that individuals can't bring a suit against the police for discrimination.

In more lighter reading, I made a bit of progress on The Library at Mount Char and am about 20% done. I ended up having to go back and reread the first chapter because I was confused about the timeline. I'm definitely sucked in now, though, and will probably be reading it faster now because I really want to find out what the hell is going on, lol. One thing rereading the first chapter reminded me of that I didn't mention last time, though, is the terribad google translate Japanese. >_< The POV character is supposed to be fluent in every language in existence, so the least this guy could do is make sure if he's going to write out the words, rather than say "she said in Japanese", he consults someone other than a machine translation. I mean, it's not Dan Brown level bad, but it's grating, and there's really no excuse for it in this day and age.

I also picked up another library book the other day, which is actually a book of short stories about libraries. XD Or rather, with themes that could tie into an overarching library theme. I had expected more actual libraryness, but have so far been disappointed. The book is Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith, one of my favorite authors, so I'm still enjoying it even though it's not as libraryish as I had expected from the title and summary.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished up A Chance Child in just a couple days. Rereading it as an adult, it's still pretty weird, especially the first few chapters when you're just thrown right in and have no idea what's going on. But it makes more sense now, as I think a lot of it went over my head when I first read it. It's a good story and I'm glad I had a chance to read it again.

I also read volume 28 of Kimi ni Todoke, which is the last of what's currently out, though I think 29 is coming out in August. I always forget how much I love this series.

And speaking of adorable manga, I read volume 3 of Baby, Kokoro no Mama ni! For the first two volumes, I just read it as I was translating it, but this time I ended up reading the whole volume at once. It's such a cute series and I'm sad that it seems to be on hiatus or something. (Though there is still one more volume out after this.)

Then, in my quest to clear off even more stuff from my ipad, I decided to start in on Y: The Last Man, which I have been curious about for a long time, but just never got around to reading. I've read the first three volumes so far, and while it's interesting, it's definitely not a huge hit with me.

What do you think you'll read next?
Just keeping on with all the stuff in progress, mainly, and reading the rest of Y.
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What are you currently reading?
I only read one chapter of The New Jim Crow, but the chapters are long, so that took me from a quarter to a third of the way through.

I also started another non-fiction book, Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, a memoir by Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! I've only read the first chapter so far, but since this is an actual library book and is still on the new books shelf, I have to return it in two weeks, so that's incentive to read it faster than I might usually.

And since both of those are physical books and I always want to have an ebook going as well, for when I'm out of the house or in bed, I'm also reading The Library at Mount Char, which I just started last night. I finished up the ebook I was reading and meant to just choose another and open it, but not actually start reading, but I did start and ended up reading the whole first chapter even though it was like three am and I really should have been asleep. :p I'm honestly not sure what to think of it so far. It's certainly interesting, but I'm not sure if I actually like it or not. We'll see.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished The Invisible Library last night. It was really good! There were some things I wasn't in love with, spoilers ) but I'm definitely interested in reading the other books in the series.

I also read The Bride of the Far Side, which we found at a Little Library. I was such a huge Far Side fan as a kid and was curious to see how it held up. I don't know if this particular collection just didn't have as many great strips or if I just don't find it funny anymore, but honestly most of them didn't even elicit a smile, much less make me laugh.

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, all three of the books I'm reading now are ones I started recently, so I'll probably just be reading them for a while. Or maybe some manga.
torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
What are you currently reading?
I actually made progress on The Mayor of Castro Street this week! I read two chapters, which brings me to almost halfway through.

I also read the first chapter of The Invisible Library and it's really good so far, but then I just haven't had a chance (or haven't made time) to read any more...

I have also technically started More All-of-a-Kind Family, but haven't actually read any of it yet.

What did you recently finish reading?
Well, I read the first two All-of-a-Kind Family books and they're so good! I'm so glad I happened across them and decided to give them a reread.

What do you think you'll read next?
Really just those books in progress!
torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
What are you currently reading?
Currently reading Modern Romance and Mayor of Castro Street, but there's been very little progress on the first and none on the second. I just haven't been reading much this week. :-/

What did you recently finish reading?
That said, I did still manage to finish a book! I finished Return from Witch Mountain the other day and after a rocky start, I did end up enjoying it.

The first chapter was a real disappointment, as just right off the bat it had a totally different feeling than the first book. Not only were many key points different (which to Key's credit, he did do his best to try and explain away, such as "oh, we'd thought Uncle Bene was dead but he survived" and "while we were gone Tia learned to speak vocally", but there was also a weird overuse of scientific terms for their powers that just felt out of place.

But as I continued reading, I got sucked into the story and the annoyances faded away and I did end up enjoying it. Though the addition of a psychic goat who helped save the day definitely made me feel like yeah, this is an old Disney movie all right.

What do you think you'll read next?
Hopefully just make some progress on the books I've got open!
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What are you currently reading?
I'm about halfway through Return from Witch Mountain and it's definitely improved from the disappointing impression I had based on the first chapter. The author does make an attempt to explain away the differences from the first book, and while I still find all the scientific terms for their powers and overuse of words like "energizing" to be annoying, I am enjoying the plot.

I've also been reading at least a little bit of Modern Romance every day and am a third of the way through. I like it a lot.

No progress on Mayor of Castro Street this week, though.

What did you recently finish reading?
Nothing... :( I've been busy with work, busy translating, and busy playing Zelda, so that doesn't leave much time for reading.

What do you think you'll read next?
I would definitely like to have finished another book by this time next week, so I'm going to concentrate on these three! Considering how short Witch Mountain is and what a fast read Modern Romance is, if I actually make time to read every day, I could finish both of them!
torachan: arale from dr slump with a huge grin on her face (arale)
What are you currently reading?
Still reading The Mayor of Castro Street and Mistletoe and Murder, which are about a third and half of the way done, respectively. I've definitely been making progress, but it's slow, and I haven't always kept to my goal of reading at least a little bit every day. (Work days are the problem, as there's no time to read before work, or at work, and if I don't do it early in the evening after work, I run the risk of being too tired to read at all and just going straight to bed.)

What did you recently finish reading?
I did finish a book this week, though: Escape to Witch Mountain! If you liked the movie as a kid, I would definitely give it a read if you haven't already. It was a lot of fun and really my only complaint is that the ending is really abrupt. Even if you didn't grow up with the movie, if you have any interest in kids books and like stuff about orphans and psychic powers and us-against-the-world kind of situations, I would recommend it.

I also read volume 10 of Saint Oniisan, which is a series I apparently haven't read since 2014, according to LibraryThing. I kind of lost interest in it after a while, as I feel the joke has gotten a bit stale, but at the same time, I don't just want to drop it completely... This had some funny moments, though, and I've got three more volumes queued up on my ipad, so that will get me up to speed.

What do you think you'll read next?
More Saint Oniisan, for sure.
torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
It's so much easier to do these posts on a regular basis when I've actually been doing some reading! XD

What are you currently reading?
Currently reading Arsenic for Tea, the second of the Wells & Wong Mysteries. I'm about halfway through with it and enjoying it just as much as the first one.

I'm also reading (though only just started) The Mayor of Castro Street, a biography of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts. This is one I've had on my shelf for aaaaaages, so it will be good to finally get it read!

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished Their Eyes Were Watching God earlier this week. I didn't love it, but that's really no fault of the book itself; the basic story (woman finds herself and true love after two failed marriages) is just not one that really grabs me. What made it interesting was the setting. Anyway, it's definitely a classic for a reason and I'm glad I read it.

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, I'll probably finish Arsenic for Tea tomorrow or Saturday and I guess I'll probably read the third book next.
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What are you currently reading?
Currently still reading Their Eyes Were Watching God, which I hadn't picked up in a while but did read several chapters of it last night. I'm just about halfway through now.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished Raising Steam! Finally! Wow, what a slog. Considering it has my favorite character (Moist) and is my favorite type of Discworld story (new technology), it's sad to say this is probably my least favorite Discworld novel and I would only recommend reading it for completeness' sake. I have heard that the final Tiffany Aching book was better edited, so I do think I'll give that a go at some point, but reading this just made me sad for Pratchett and sad for Discworld that this was the last book in such a great series. Even setting aside the fact that his illness was almost certainly affecting his writing skills, it just feels so much like an early draft.

Once I no longer had that hanging over my head, I dove right into a new book and ended up finishing it up in just four days! That book was Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens. It's the first book in a murder mystery series set in a 1930s English boarding school. The narrator, Hazel Wong, is from Hong Kong and has been sent to boarding school in England. She and her best friend Daisy Wells have formed their own detective society, but until the mysterious death of one of their teachers, they've never had a real mystery to solve. I really enjoyed this a lot and have already loaded up the next book on my phone.

What do you think you'll read next?
Finish up Their Eyes Were Watching God (I'm going to try and read a bit each day; as it's a physical book rather than ebook, it's easier to neglect it) and read Arsenic for Tea, the next Wells & Wong mystery.
torachan: john from homestuck looking shocked (john shocked)
What are you currently reading?
Still reading Kingdom Coming, though I hope to finish it within the next few days.

I also started reading Urasawa Naoki's Monster, though I only read the first few pages of the first volume so far. It's one of those series that is recced everywhere, and I did love 20th Century Boys, so I have high hopes!

What did you recently finish reading?
I finally finished Console Wars tonight!

Despite its slow start, I ended up really enjoying it! )

I also read a single volume manga called Gray Romance by Natsuko Kusuda, a collection of one-shots on the subject of love and romance but not the way they're usually written in manga (unhappy endings and situations that aren't the typical "they met and fell in love" kind of thing). I liked it a lot and put it in my "possible projects" folder for maybe future scanlating.

What do you think you'll read next?
I don't know! I've downloaded various ebooks recently that look good, but haven't actually settled on anything yet.
torachan: a cartoon bear eating a large sausage (magical talking bear prostitute)
What are you currently reading?
I started Koiiji vol. 2, but by started I mean like opened to the first page. I am not actually reading anything just yet!

What did you recently finish reading?
I did it! I finished Fresh Off the Boat!

It was...okay. )

I also finished reading Koiiji vol. 1, which I ended up liking a lot more as I went on, and since it seems no one is translating it yet, I've started doing that myself. :D

What do you think you'll read next?
Not sure! I need to poke through my ebooks and see if anything is calling to me.
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What are you currently reading?
Nothing really. Technically still reading Kurage Hime, but I haven't touched it for weeks because I've been reading actual books. Books! Wow.

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading Tina Fey's Bossypants today. It wasn't as funny as I expected but still pretty good. The parts about 30 Rock made me want to do another rewatch even though I just rewatched the whole thing earlier this year.

I also finished reading The True Meaning of Smekday a week or so ago (yes, that means after finishing that, I read another book in like a week! Wow!). I really liked it! The conceit of it being a kid's school essay didn't work for me at all, but if I just ignored that, the story itself was really good. I do plan to read the sequel at some point, but haven't been able to get my hands on it yet.

I also caught up with Attack on Titan. Argh, so good! Should be a new chapter out pretty soon, I think.

What do you think you'll read next?
No idea. I have a lot of books on my ipad/phone that look interesting and I'm in a book mood right now, so probably something there.
torachan: a cartoon owl with the text "everyone is fond of owls" (everyone is fond of owls)
Yikes, apparently I haven't done a reading post in almost four months. Basically, I wasn't reading much of anything, and what I was reading was just a few pages here and there of the same manga and book, so I didn't want to make a post just saying "read a few more pages of X and Y". But now I actually started reading stuff again, yay!

What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Kurage Hime, which is one of the things I've been chugging along at all these months. I just started volume 13 and there are only 15 volumes out (and it's apparently on hiatus?), so I'm almost done with what's available.

I've been enjoying it at lot, though I am really torn about spoilers )

Anyway, I saw a bunch of people tweeting this week that the manga has been picked up for an English release (as Princess Jellyfish), which is great because more people should read it! The anime was cute (I actually saw the anime before reading the manga), but it's short and there's so much more to the story.

I'm also reading From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, which is one of those children's books I'm very familiar with by name, but I don't think I ever read as a kid because I don't remember any of it. Carla had been wanting to reread it and we just happened to find a copy at one of the Little Libraries in our neighborhood, so I decided to read it, too. I've only read a few chapters, but I'm enjoying it so far.

What did you recently finish reading?
I read a handful of baseball RPF (Tim Lincecum/Buster Posey) fics in [personal profile] telesilla's high school AU series. I'd read the first one when she posted it a couple years ago and liked it, and hoped she'd write more, but for a long time she didn't and then I stopped using tumblr as much, so I missed the announcements for some recent fics she'd added this year, until I saw the most recent one, which also caught my eye because it's titled with a line from REM's Nightswimming (a good way to make me read your fic). So I clicked over to AO3 and read that, and then read a couple of the previous ones, too.

I also read the first issue of the Invader Zim comic! It's really just setting things up so far, so there wasn't much going on, but it seemed pretty promising. Anyway, I'm excited about Zim comics. :D It makes me want to do a Zim rewatch, even though we just did one not that long ago.

But the main thing I read was Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith.

The summary on Amazon is pretty good:
Many generations ago, a mysterious cataclysm struck the world. Governments collapsed and people scattered, to rebuild where they could. A mutation, "the Change,” arose, granting some people unique powers. Though the area once called Los Angeles retains its cultural diversity, its technological marvels have faded into legend. "Las Anclas" now resembles a Wild West frontier town… where the Sheriff possesses superhuman strength, the doctor can warp time to heal his patients, and the distant ruins of an ancient city bristle with deadly crystalline trees that take their jewel-like colors from the clothes of the people they killed.

Teenage prospector Ross Juarez’s best find ever – an ancient book he doesn’t know how to read – nearly costs him his life when a bounty hunter is set on him to kill him and steal the book. Ross barely makes it to Las Anclas, bringing with him a precious artifact, a power no one has ever had before, and a whole lot of trouble.

Post-apocalyptic stories are probably my top favorite genre, and having it be set in Los Angeles? I really didn't need any more than that to want to give it a try. XD

I loved that we were just dropped right into the world with no exposition; instead all the little details about this world are revealed organically throughout the story. I really dislike exposition and am easily bored by long paragraphs of description, so this is my kind of writing.

The story is told through multiple POVs, changing from chapter to chapter, with the name of the POV character noted at the beginning of each chapter. I think there were about five POV characters, Ross, Yuki, Mia, Jennie, and Felicité, all of whom I grew to like by the end of the book, even those like Yuki and Felicité, who annoyed me at first. (I actually ended up liking Felicité the most, as obnoxious as she is. I'm really curious where her plotline will go in the next book.) I also liked a lot of the more minor characters, especially Mia's dad, the sheriff, and the bounty hunter.

I'm definitely looking forward to reading the sequel (and I hope the third book isn't too long in coming).

What do you think you'll read next?
Up next for sure: the last couple volumes of Kurage Hime, the rest of Mixed-up Files, and three recent chapters of Attack on Titan that I haven't read yet.

As for ebooks, I did buy the sequel to Stranger, but I'm not sure if I want to read that just yet or something else first. When I was putting ebooks on my new phone (which I only just did this week, aside from Stranger, which I put on as soon as I got the phone), I actually found myself feeling excited about a lot of those books, so I might just pick one of those first? We'll see!
torachan: a cartoon owl with the text "everyone is fond of owls" (everyone is fond of owls)
Title: Coraline
Author: Neil Gaiman
Number of Pages: 208 pages
Book Number/Goal: 10/10 for 2012
My Rating: 5/5

Summary: Coraline and her parents move into a large old house which has been converted into flats, resulting in a door in their drawing room that opens onto a brick wall. However, when Coraline opens the door without her mom around, she finds it actually contains a mysterious corridor leading to a world which is a mirror of her own, complete with another mother and father, who have buttons for eyes and pay her more attention than her real parents do. Coraline can stay forever in this other world where everyone and everything caters to her every whim...the only catch is she has to let her other mother sew buttons on her eyes just like theirs.

Review: Usually when a book is made into a movie, a lot of stuff is cut, but with Coraline it's the opposite. There's quite a bit that's in the movie that's not in the book, and it's not because they added stuff while cutting out other stuff. Because I'm used to books having more, and because I watched the movie first, I went into the book expecting it to be more fleshed out, so it was a bit of a disappointment in that regard. I wouldn't say I preferred the movie, though I do think the pacing was a little better, with her going to the other world a couple times before things started to go bad. I definitely enjoyed both the book and the movie, though.
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Title: Feed
Author: Mira Grant
Number of Pages: 608 pages
Book Number/Goal: 9/10 for 2012
My Rating: 4.5/5

Amazon Summary: Twin bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason and their colleague Buffy are thrilled when Sen. Peter Ryman, the first presidential candidate to come of age since social media saved the world from a virus that reanimates the dead, invites them to cover his campaign. Then an event is attacked by zombies, and Ryman's daughter is killed. As the bloggers wield the newfound power of new media, they tangle with the CDC, a scheming vice presidential candidate, and mysterious conspirators who want more than the Oval Office.

Review: The only reason I didn't give this a full five stars is because the beginning is slow. Like, hella slow. It starts off with an action scene, but then grinds to a half with a shit ton of exposition (the book is actually pretty exposition-heavy all around, which is something I could have done without) and just really boring political stuff.

There isn't much in terms of zombies or action (well, lots of exposition about zombies), just the ins and outs of being a journalist following a presidential campaign, which I guess might be interesting for some people, but was just hugely boring to me. I actually set the book aside for several weeks and read a bunch of manga instead, while considering whether I wanted to keep trying with Feed or just give it up.

But I did decide to keep trying, and I'm really glad I did, because once it gets going, it's really good and I enjoyed it a lot. I just wish it hadn't been so slow to start!

I liked the explanation for the zombies and the world-building in general, and there was lots of intrigue. Also I would highly recommend this to anyone who read too much VC Andrews in their formative years, because wow, Georgia and Shaun. Like, there's no actual incest in the book, but only just. XD

However, Georgia dies in the end, so there's that.

I'm not sure whether I will read the other books or not. This felt pretty complete on its own (and: see spoiler above).

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