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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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