torachan: tavros from homestuck dressed as pupa pan (pupa pan)
What are you currently reading?
Mayor of Castro Street is still in progress and I'm not sure I actually picked it up at all this week.

However, I did start two new books! I received the sequel to Escape from Witch Mountain in the mail the other day, Return from Witch Mountain, and read the first chapter. Honestly, it's a bit of a disappointment. I didn't realise this when I mooched the book, but apparently it is just a novelisation of the film, and thus follows the story of the first movie, rather than the book. I had assumed that Key wrote two books and both were adapted, but that's not the case. It's only like 150 pages, so I'll read the whole thing, but even just from the first chapter it has a totally different feel. (I am not sure I ever watched the sequel growing up, as it wasn't on heavy rotation on TV the way the original was, so the story itself doesn't hold the same nostalgia.)

The other book is Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, which I checked out because someone (can't remember who) on my flist recced it. I loved Aziz Ansari on Parks and Rec and loved his show Master of None, and while I haven't watched a lot of his stand-up because I don't really watch stand-up, I've liked what I've seen. So I was expecting to like this, and while I've only read the intro so far, I think I will.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished Mistletoe and Murder last night (stayed up until 4:30am this morning reading it, to be precise).

I am loving these books so much! The killers are never obvious but always make sense (I usually manage to guess before the girls do, but not way early in the book). I was not thrilled with the setting at first, what with them not being able to move freely about the college, and was worried they would have to rely on help from George and Alexander more than they did, but I should have known that Daisy and Hazel would find ways to keep getting back there. And I do like them working with the boys, though I hope it won't be something that appears in every book now. I'm ready for more of just Daisy and Hazel.

I really liked the addition of more characters of color, and I really like George as a character as well (more so than Alexander, though I like him, too). Also more queer characters! Though while I appreciate queer people showing up even as minor characters, I had really hoped when I picked up the series that Daisy and Hazel would eventually become a couple and that seems less and less likely as the series goes on. Slight spoilers not relating to the mystery )

What do you think you'll read next?
I read no manga this week, which I would like to change!
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.
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What are you currently reading?
I've currently got three books in progrees, The Mayor of Castro Street, which I've once again only read a couple chapters of, Mistletoe and Murder, which is about a third of the way done, and a new one, Escape to Witch Mountain.

As a kid, Escape to Witch Mountain was one of my favorite movies, but I never knew it was based on a book until I was an adult, and at some point I added it to my BookMooch wishlist back when I was active on the site, and no one had a copy so I just forgot about it. Recently I got back on there because my mom was looking for some books, and I decided to take a look at my old wishlist, which had like 500 books on it, a lot of which I was no longer interested in, or had already read. I went through and mooched a few books I was still interested in that had available copies, and then deleted the whole list. Anyway, this was one of the books! And as soon as it arrived the other day, I started reading it, even though I've already got two other books in progress. But it's a quick read and I'm already over halfway done with it.

Anyway, as many times as I saw the movie as a kid, it's probably been like thirty years, so I don't remember much except the basics. Some stuff in the book seems familiar and some stuff seems different, and there's some stuff that must have been original to the movie because the point where it would have happened is past and it didn't happen (I think in the movie they actually went to the house of the guy who's trying to kidnap them). Regardless, I'm enjoying it a lot so far.

What did you recently finish reading?
Only one thing, a single-volume manga by Kawahara Kazune and Yamakawa Aiji called Tomodachi no Hanashi. I wasn't that into it at first, which surprised me because I usually love everything by Kawahara Kazune, but I ended up liking it as it went on. Though I really wished it had ended up with the two girls getting together, because they kept declaring their love for each other, and saying how their friendship was more important than any boys, and how if one of them were a boy they would totally be a couple, but of course it was het. :p

What do you think you'll read next?
Right now I'm just going to concentrate on the stuff I have in progress. Although I don't have as much time to read now that I've gone back to work, I have been managing to make some time to read every day, so I'm happy about that.
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.

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