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What are you currently reading?
Right now I am reading what is honestly one of the best HP fics I've ever read. I'm going to go ahead and rec this here even though I'm not finished yet.

Secrets (155290 words) by Elizabeth Culmer
Chapters: 16/16
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Tom Riddle & Ginny Weasley
Characters: Ginny Weasley, Tom Riddle, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Colin Creevey, Molly Weasley, Arthur Weasley, Apple Rumluck (OFC), Daphne Rumluck (OFC), Susan Ward (OFC), Xanthe Delaflor (OFC), Sir Vladislav von Pitula (OMC), Pomona Sprout, Severus Snape, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Percy Weasley, Rubeus Hagrid, Electra Summers (OFC), Minerva McGonagall, Albus Dumbledore
Additional Tags: Book 2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chamber of Secrets, Women Being Awesome, Retelling, Possession, Angst with a Happy Ending, POV Female Character, Betrayal, Worldbuilding, Ethical Dilemmas, Mind Control Aftermath & Recovery, Denial, Depression, Emotional/Psychological Abuse, Friendship, Female Friendship, Male-Female Friendship, Family, Weasley Family, Bigotry & Prejudice
Summary: CoS according to Ginny. Nobody noticed anything wrong for an entire year -- how did she slip so far from her family and friends? Angst and betrayal, but also mysteries, jokes, an enchanted suit of armor, and a guaranteed happy ending.

How did I never know I needed this fic in my life!? Basically it does what it says on the tin. It's Chamber of Secrets from Ginny's POV, and it's really, really good.

What did you recently finish reading?
The only other thing I've read since last week's post is volume one of Chitose Etc. by Yoshizumi Wataru. Which apparently is not her current series, as it's actually ended (seven volumes total) and she's now working on a sequel to Marmalade Boy! I guess I'm going to have to reread Marmalade Boy, then? (Unfortunately I can't seem to find scans anywhere online (I found links for both the original and bunko rerelease, but both were dead) and of course I've long since sold my own copies. Maybe I'll take a look next time I'm at Book Off and hope they have copies there.)

Anyway, Chitose Etc! It's really cute. The story is of an Okinawan girl who spends a day with a boy who's down there on vacation. She falls for him and they make plans to meet the next day, but she gets the flu and can't go. She's really upset about it and when her brother comes home to visit, she tells him and he suggests she move in with him in Tokyo and she can transfer to this boy's school (which they are able to figure out because of things he said about his school; otherwise she has no contact info for him). But on the first day of school, she finds out that this boy barely remembers her and actually already has a girlfriend.

It sounds like a silly plot, but I love Yoshizumi Wataru and am enjoying it a lot so far.

What do you think you'll read next?
If I download some more volumes of Chitose Etc. then probably that (I wasn't able to find scans, so I've got to get them off iTunes and hadn't bought more than the first volume yet).

Also Secrets has really made me want to read more HP fic, so maybe that? idk.
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Whoops. Been so busy with Irene here that I haven't had much time on the internet and didn't manage to get my reading post done on Wednesday or even on Thursday! Still, I had a lot to talk about this week and by next week will surely have forgotten, so I'd better do it now while I have a chance. :D

What are you currently reading?
Currently back to reading manga only, I guess? I'm about halfway through two different volumes, 7 Seeds 24 and Aozora Yell 11. Aozora Yell is one that I bought several months ago and it's just been sitting on my desk because I always go for my iphone instead of physical books. But since I'm not doing a book club book this round, I thought I would try and read some physical books (both prose and manga) that I have sitting around, as I really like the idea of using the book club to read non-ebooks.

I forgot how much I love Aozora Yell. How could I have forgotten? It's just so, so, so cute. (If you're not familiar with the series, you may be familiar with the author from her other series, High School Debut, which actually did get an official English release. All her stuff is the same sweet/heartwarming kind of thing.) This volume starts Tsubasa's second year, so there are a bunch of new characters introduced as new first-years join the brass band.

Meanwhile in 7 Seeds, things continue to get more and more exciting. Really, I am just absolutely blown away by the most recent turn of events. How does Tamura-sensei manage to keep coming up with these awesome ideas?

What did you recently finish reading?
Well, on Sunday I finished Go by Kaneshiro Kazuki, exactly on the last day of that book club round, so perfect timing. :) Here's my book club questions for the end of the round:

1. Are you glad you've finally read this book? Would you read more books in this genre or by this author as a result? Would you recommend this book to others?

Very glad I finally read it! Like I said in my initial post, I watched the movie over ten years ago and bought the book soon after and it's just been sitting here ever since. XD Plus it's very good timing since I'm heading to Book Off next week and taking some stuff to sell and I can include this with my manga and CDs.

I don't think the author has really written a whole lot else, and the genre is just...modern fiction/literary fiction, I guess. Which is what I mostly read in Japanese anyway. I would recommend it to anyone who can read Japanese! It's both an interesting story and a good look at what it's like to be an ethnic minority in Japan.

2. What's your favourite quote or scene from the book? Alternatively, which is your least favourite, or the one that made you think the most, or the one that made you lose all patience with the book?
I don't really tend to think of books in terms of favorite scenes and least favorite scenes.

3. How did you enjoy reading to a deadline? Were you strict with yourself? Did you have a schedule? Was the book too long or too short for the time frame of the challenge?

This book was really the perfect length (a bit under 250 pages). If I were reading an ebook, I could do with something longer, but since this was a physical book, it meant that my two main reading times (in bed before going to sleep and on my lunch breaks at work) were times I was reading something other than the book club book. (I don't want to lug a physical book to work and I don't have a bedside lamp, so the only reading I can do is with something that has its own light like my phone.) By reading about twenty pages a day, I was able to keep on track while still being able to miss a day or two if I didn't have time to get to my reading. I didn't really have a set schedule, just tried to keep to about that number of pages each time.

In addition to my book club book, I also finally finished the fic I was reading for what felt like forever!

How the mouth changes its shape (132531 words) by breathedout
Chapters: 20/20
Fandom: Sherlock (TV), Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Underage
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John(nie) Watson, Sherlock Holmes/Victor(ia) Trevor, John(nie) Watson/OFC
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John(nie) Watson, Victor(ia) Trevor, Sally Donovan, Original Characters, lots of them
Additional Tags: Genderswap, Alternate Universe - 1950s, Butch/Femme, Gender Issues, Gender Roles, Case Fic, bildungsroman, World War II
Summary: 1955. Under the placid veneer of suburban playparks and middle-class conformity churns a hidden London: femmes and butches dancing close in basement bars; clandestine love between women. To Sherlock Holmes, struggling private detective and mistress of disguise, it’s a realm she renounced years before. To Johnnie Watson, daredevil ambulance driver turned auto mechanic, it’s become a little too familiar. But when someone is murdered in the washroom of the city’s most notorious lesbian club, the investigation will lead both women to reconsider their assumptions about themselves, each other, and the world in which they live.

This was really good! I've not read anything this long in years and the length was definitely daunting, but I'm glad I gave it a chance. I definitely found Sherlock more likable as a woman (I'm sure that male!Sherlock is often written in a more likable way in fic than he is on the show, but here it was more that I didn't find the arrogance as off-putting in a female character vs a male character).

What do you think you'll read next?
I just realised I hadn't downloaded this week's Jump, so that for sure! But also in addition to Aozora Yell, I'd like to read at least one other volume of physical manga that I have here on my desk, maybe either Tegami Bachi 15 or Tera Girl 2. Also I would like to read one of the non-manga books on my shelf, something short that I can finish in the two weeks of the book club round, so that I'm ready to start fresh with a new book when the round I'm sitting out ends. A likely candidate is All I Asking for Is My Body by Milton Murayama, since it's only about a hundred pages long.
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Well, the scanlation of this chapter is already out, so I don't know how much a summary is really needed, but since I already did the rest of the volume, I wanted to finish it up for completion's sake, if nothing else. ^_^;; And volume 23 will be out in just a couple weeks, so there's that to look forward to!

Beneath the cut is a detailed summary of 7 Seeds vol. 22, chapter 116 by Tamura Yumi. Don't click through if you don't want spoilers. Download the raw here.



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Beneath the cut is a detailed summary of 7 Seeds vol. 22, chapter 115 by Tamura Yumi. Don't click through if you don't want spoilers. Download the raw here.



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Beneath the cut is a detailed summary of 7 Seeds vol. 22, chapter 114 by Tamura Yumi. Don't click through if you don't want spoilers. Download the raw here.



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Beneath the cut is a detailed summary of 7 Seeds vol. 22, chapter 113 by Tamura Yumi. Don't click through if you don't want spoilers. Download the raw here.



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First chapter of volume 22! My goal is to get at least half of this volume done this month, and so far I'm on the right track!

Beneath the cut is a detailed summary of 7 Seeds vol. 22, chapter 112 by Tamura Yumi. Don't click through if you don't want spoilers. Download the raw here.



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Finally, the last chapter of volume 21! I'll be starting on 22 next month. :)

Beneath the cut is a detailed summary of 7 Seeds vol. 21, chapter 111 by Tamura Yumi. Don't click through if you don't want spoilers. Download the raw here.



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Beneath the cut is a detailed summary of 7 Seeds vol. 21, chapter 110 by Tamura Yumi. Don't click through if you don't want spoilers. Download the raw here.



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Well, vol. 22 is out now, and I have scans of it, so hopefully I can finish up the last two chapters of vol. 21 fairly soon and get started on that! :D (I haven't had a chance to read it myself yet, though.)

Beneath the cut is a detailed summary of 7 Seeds vol. 21, chapter 109 by Tamura Yumi. Don't click through if you don't want spoilers. Download the raw here.



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Beneath the cut is a detailed summary of 7 Seeds vol. 21, chapter 108 by Tamura Yumi. Don't click through if you don't want spoilers. Download the raw here.



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I was originally going to do a joint post for 107 and 108, since 107 is almost entirely textless, but somehow I wrote almost 600 words of summary for it anyway? So I guess I will just go ahead and post it on its own. XD

Beneath the cut is a detailed summary of 7 Seeds vol. 21, chapter 107 by Tamura Yumi. Don't click through if you don't want spoilers. Download the raw here.



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Woohoo! The last chapter of vol. 20! Hopefully I'll have some of 21 for you guys soon, too. And vol. 22 will be released on June 8th, so there's that to look forward to as well. :D

Beneath the cut is a detailed summary of 7 Seeds vol. 20, chapter 105 by Tamura Yumi. Don't click through if you don't want spoilers. Download the raw here.



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Beneath the cut is a detailed summary of 7 Seeds vol. 20, chapter 105 by Tamura Yumi. Don't click through if you don't want spoilers. Download the raw here.



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Beneath the cut is a detailed summary of 7 Seeds vol. 20, chapter 104 by Tamura Yumi. Don't click through if you don't want spoilers. Download the raw here.



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Beneath the cut is a detailed summary of 7 Seeds vol. 20, chapter 103 by Tamura Yumi. Don't click through if you don't want spoilers. Download the raw here.



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Title: Ryuu no Hanawazurai
Author: Kusakawa Nari
Number of Volumes: 7
My Rating: 4/5

Summary: Teenage Shakuya, the next head of the Dragon Clan, suddenly finds herself with two fiancés! The first vanished years ago but has now mysteriously returned. But betrothed number two is not about to just step aside. What's a girl to do? Her mother decides that at the end of a year, Shakuya will marry the man she has the strongest feelings for. How that will be determined is by "magic tattoos" on both of Shakuya's hands, each representing one of her suitors. As her love grows, so do the tattoos! And complicating all of this is that fact that whenever Shakuya gets upset, she turns into a fearsome dragon! (Taken from Baka Updates.)

Review: This is not a series I would have ever picked up on my own. I'm not that fond of fantasy manga, and the plot just didn't sound that appealing. But I had a commission to summarise the final volume, dude to its English release being discontinued after volume 6, so obviously I had to read the first six volumes to figure out what was going on. The first volume was sort of eh, just what I had anticipated it being. An okay-enough story, but not really grabbing me. But by volume 2 I was totally sucked in and ended up really enjoying the series. One thing I liked about it was that unlike many love-triangle stories, it wasn't totally obvious who she would pick in the end. And in fact, while she did pick one person, it actually acknowledged a poly relationship as a real option.

Volumes 1-6 are officially available in English (though since the publisher went under, they may not be easy to get a hold of) and the series is being scanlated as well. You can also check out my summary of vol. 7 on my website.
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Title: Crazy for You
Author: Shiina Karuho
Number of Volumes: 6
My Rating: 4/5

Summary: Sachi goes to an all-girls' school and has zero experience with boys. When she goes on a group date with some girls in her class, she falls for Yuki, but he says while he really likes Sachi, he could never see her as girlfriend material. They try to be just friends, but soon things get even more complicated, and although she knows the best thing would be to move on and find happiness with someone else, she just can't seem to get over Yuki.

Review: This is an earlier series by the author of Kimi ni Todoke, which is one of my favorite manga ever. This has a lot of what I like in Kimi ni Todoke, but I really am not that big a fan of love-triangle plots, especially ones like this. I actually liked the guy she didn't get with a lot more (except for the part where he threatened to rape her if she didn't choose him (!?), which was totally OOC and gross and yet not treated as such in the text). I did like how Yuki's ~first love he could never get over~ was handled, though. And this has some great friendships. Definitely an enjoyable read, just not as awesome as Kimi ni Todoke (which I shouldn't have expected, but still).


This series has been fully scanlated (it's not listed as complete on this group's page, but that's just because they haven't done the unrelated one-shot included in the last volume).
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I haven't had much time to work on this, or any of the other dozens of projects I'm juggling, and meanwhile Tsukihana Scans has been updating quite frequently with their scanlations and are already on volume 19! So I began wondering whether it was really worth it to keep working on the summaries for vols. 20 and 21. I mean, I originally started writing these because the scanlations were so, so far behind. And now they're not.

Anyway, I had already done most of the first chapter of vol. 20 when I decided to (maybe) call it quits, so I just finished up the chapter tonight. I may finish up this volume, or I may not, just depends on how much time I have to devote to it and how fast Tsukihana works. XD But for now there's this. :)


Beneath the cut is a detailed summary of 7 Seeds vol. 20, chapter 102 by Tamura Yumi. Don't click through if you don't want spoilers. Download the raw here.



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1. So I work next to a Taco Bell and a lot of us at work eat over there fairly often, and a lot of folks who work there come into our store to buy lunch and snacks. Apparently Taco Bell is relaunching their breakfast line, and they have these coupons for free items, and so yesterday one of the girls who works there gave us a whole book of them to share amongst ourselves and give to any customers if we want. She also said we can use multiple ones at a time, even though they say just one per customer per visit. So tomorrow is on of my morning days and I'm planning to go a bit early and have a free breakfast burrito and Cinnabon puff thingies. :D

2. The Craigslist guy came today and I am now the proud owner of $50 and he is the proud owner of an exercise bike. I kind of wish we could keep it, but it's always seemed too big for this house, and we are going to be downgrading from two bedrooms to no bedrooms, so there will definitely be no room for it. XD Also I'm pretty sure the guy and his wife took the magazines we had out on the curb, too, as I happened to look outside five or ten minutes after they'd left and the magazines were gone.

3. I finished reading the newest volume of Kimi ni Todoke today and omg it's so awesome! It's mostly flashbacks of wee!Chizu and Ryu and they are just so adorable and it made me all flaily reading it. Especially Ryu! I just...gah! His little face! And how Chizu understands him when nobody else does! As for Ayane and Kent, idk idk. I like Kent a lot, and I won't be unhappy if he and Ayane get together (which at this point seems kind of inevitable), but I also really like Ayane and Pin! And if I were really to have my heart's wish (which has like zero chance of being true) I like asexual!Ayane and Kent as her gay best friend. I mean, she talks about never having liked anyone before! And Kent has this crowd of girls that hang around him because it's nice having a guy friend they can confide their love woes to. XD It's all right there! So yeah. I know that's not going to happen, and I'm pretty okay with that. I wouldn't mind the fanfic, though.

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