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What are you currently reading?
Still reading The Invisible Library and am about a third of the way through.

I also started reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness, which is something I've wanted to read for a long time, and Carla just happened to find it at a Little Library the other day! I only read the intro so far, but I'm really looking forward to reading more.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished two books! Finally, finally, finally finished The Mayor of Castro Street, which I started reading in early February. Although I found it slow going sometimes, it really was interesting. I was basically totally unfamiliar with any of the events, except the basic fact that Harvey Milk was a local politician in San Francisco and had been murdered.

This happened when I was really little, so I wasn't paying attention to politics or news of any sort at the time, but it's also so recent that it was never covered in school (all my US history classes ended around World War II). Aside from Milk himself, I'd had no idea that Jim Jones was active in San Francisco politics like that. My only awareness of him is as a wacko cult leader who convinced hundreds of his followers to commit suicide, so it was surprising to see people taking him seriously (even as they thought he was a bit odd).

I also just finished reading Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, another Little Library find!

Honestly, before recent political happenings, Donald Trump was not really on my radar at all. Of course I'd heard the name, and could have told you he was rich and that there's been some scandal with his first wife Ivana and his mistress Marla Maples, and that he had funny hair, but that's probably about it. Now he's unavoidable and utterly terrible and ridiculous, and it's interesting to look back at these strips going all the way back to the '80s, and see that he was pretty much the same back then, just on a smaller stage.

I also have very little familiarity with Doonesbury. I never read the funnies much growing up, and when I did, I skipped over the ones with ongoing plotlines and read things like Far Side or Garfield instead, so while I was aware of Doonesbury and could pick it out of a lineup based on the art style, I have no idea who any of these characters are or what other plotlines are going on besides the Trump theme here. So it was a little confusing in that regard, but not to the point of making it unenjoyable.

It was an interesting read and I'm glad I picked it up, but I think people who are already fans of Doonesbury or people who have more familiarity with Trump through the years and can link real life events to the portrayal in the comic would get more from this than me.

What do you think you'll read next?
The two books I've got in progress, for sure, and maybe one of these days I'll actually read some more manga again? idk why, but it seems like I'm always either in book mode or manga mode, and I just haven't been picking up the ipad lately.
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!
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What are you currently reading?
The other day my mom gave me a bag of books to put in the little library down the street, but before we took them over, we decided to look through them and see if there was anything we wanted to read ourselves and I found there were three All-of-a-Kind Family books! I loved these books as a kid and decided I'd read them again before giving them away. I cracked open the first one tonight and read about half of it in one go. It's just as charming as I remember.

I also started reading (but have really not read anything yet) The Invisible Library, which I believe I saw recced by someone on my flist and it sounded interesting, but I've already forgotten what it's supposed to be about, so that will be a nice surprise. XD

Still no progress on Mayor of Castro Street. ;_;

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished Modern Romance. Overall it was a pretty fun book. I read it entirely for Aziz Ansari rather than the content, but the content was actually pretty interesting. Basically, he talks about how technology has changed the way people look for relationships these days, using a lot of research, interviews, and personal anecdotes. Really it just made me want to read more books by him, and also made me look forward to season two of Master of None, which is out next month.

What do you think you'll read next?
Stuff, probably.
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!
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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