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.
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What are you currently reading?
I just started two new books yesterday, Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children and The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory, both of which I've only read a little of so far, but they both seem promising.

What did you recently finish reading?
I actually finished The New Jim Crow a couple weeks ago, but since I didn't do a reading post last week, that goes here. I definitely recommend this to anyone who's interested in anti-racism, police/prison reform/abolition, or if you're just curious about the various policies that have led to the US law enforcement system ending up as it is today.

I finished The Library at Mount Char a few days ago, after holding off for like a week on the last couple chapters because I didn't want it to end. The ending was extremely satisfying, though, and for a book that I felt got off to such a rocky start, I really ended up loving this. I think the reason I wasn't sure at first is that it sets itself up to be a very different story than it actually ends up being. And the reveal of what actually is going on is great and I loved all the secrets and surprises and twists and turns. But the story is seemed to be at first wasn't really grabbing me, so I'm glad I am not the type to drop something just because of a slow beginning.

I also read volumes 4-8 of Y: The Last Man, and my feelings are as mixed as when I started. Overall I'm enjoying it, though.

Manga-wise, I read 7 Seeds vol. 34, which is, according to the author's note at the end, the second-to-last volume of the main series, though she is planning on writing some side stories. I will be so, so sad to see this series end, but I also can't wait to see the conclusion. The final volume is coming out next month, but there's usually a one-month delay for ebooks, boo.

I also read volume 1 of Slow Motion wo Mou Ichido, a series about two high school students who are super into 80s music/pop culture and can't relate to the stuff their peers are into. It's pretty cute, and also super nostalgic.

What do you think you'll read next?
I'm probably going to read the last two volumes of Y: The Last Man today, and I also finally got around to getting the last book in the All-of-a-Kind Family series transferred from the main library to the one near me, so I'm going to pick that up tonight and will probably read it right away.

By the way, if any of you are on Goodreads and we're not friended yet, hit me up! Lately I've been using it a lot more frequently, updating my progress in books as I read them, etc. rather than just going on once in a while to input books I've finished, and I found I really like seeing the sidebar with books my friends are reading or interested in reading, and I've picked up a lot of interesting-sounding stuff that way.
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.
torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
What are you currently reading?
No progress at all on The New Jim Crow or The Library at Mount Char, as I was focused on finishing my library book before it's due.

I also started a new book, A Chance Child by Jill Paton Walsh. [personal profile] rachelmanija recently reviewed another book by the author and it made me remember that I'd picked this up a few years ago, meaning to reread it, and hadn't gotten around to it yet. I read this as a kid and it's one of those books that always stuck with me because it was so weird, but all I remembered was a boy going down a river, something to do with locks (of the river variety), and going back in time. I finally found it again thanks to a post in a book-finding post, so I'm curious to see if it's still as weird as it seemed when I was a kid or if it makes more sense now. From the first three chapters, so far I'm on the side of "yeah, still weird and confusing".

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished up Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout today. I like a couple songs by Against Me! but otherwise am not at all familiar with them or their music, so this was interesting not just to read about the author's journey to coming out as trans, but also to learn about the band. I really enjoyed it.

I also read volumes 25, 26, and 27 of Kimi ni Todoke. I see on Amazon that volume 29 is coming out in July, but I wonder how many more volumes there will be after that. It seems like it's going to be wrapping up pretty soon.

Vague spoilers )

What do you think you'll read next?
I have one more volume of Kimi ni Todoke, and then idk.
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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.
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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.
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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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