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What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading vol. 3 of Amaama to Inazuma, which continues to be in the "cute but not in love with it" category for me.

Bookwise, I'm a couple chapters in to The Westing Game, which I read several times as a kid, but remember virtually nothing about. I saw [personal profile] thefourthvine tweet about it the other day and was like, oh hey, I remember liking that, and here we are.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished several things!

I finally finished For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood. Overall it was interesting, but I really got bogged down in the detailed explanations of how to implement his suggestions in the classroom. Obviously that would be a real plus to readers who actually are teachers (whether in the "hood" or not; honestly a lot of his suggestions are just good strategies overall in terms of getting students more engaged in learning rather than just straight up lecturing to them), but for me it was slow going. Also it really did feel like an academic text, rather than something aimed at laymen, and as such just wasn't as engaging to me.

I also read Fallout by Gwenda Bond, a YA novel about teen!Lois Lane getting her start in journalism. It was a lot of fun, but I kind of wish it had left out Clark Kent as her mysterious chat buddy and just focused on her and the friends she makes at her new Metropolis high school. It looks like there's a second book out in the series, and I'm definitely going to pick that up at some point.

Mangawise, I finished up Tetsugaku Letra, a short (6 volume) series about a boy who takes up flamenco dancing after a chance encounter with a girl who is about to throw her dance shoes away because she's too tall and awkward for dancing. The boy was about to throw away his basketball shoes because he's no good at basketball, and instead they trade shoes. At first he just sticks her shoes in the shoe cabinet at home, but a couple years later he happens to see her playing basketball, now the star of her team, and using his old shoes as a good luck charm. This prompts him to take her dance shoes out of the cabinet and finds they are just his size, and he decides to find someone to teach him flamenco dancing. It was pretty cute! (It looks like it's been fully scanlated at Batoto.)

What do you think you'll read next?
No idea! I'm not really near the point of picking something else yet.
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Title: Girl x Girl x Boy -Otome no Inori-
Author: Kujira
My Rating: 3.5/5

Riri and Fuuka have been best friends since they were kids, and lovers since they were in jr. high. Then one day Riri tells Fuuka that she's fallen for a boy and they should just go back to being "normal best friends". Unfortunately the boy doesn't like Riri back...he likes Fuuka.

Spoilery )

Like most yuri, there's a "only gay for you" vibe to it (though Fuuka clearly states that she doesn't like guys at all), but still it was cute.

Title: Hoshi no Koe (The Voices of a Distant Star)
Author: Shinkai Makoto & Sahara Mizu
My Rating: 4/5

When Noboru and Mikako are in 9th grade, Mikako is drafted to join a squad that will explore the alien Tarsian civilization found on Mars, and follow the traces of the Tarsians further into space. She and Noboru communicate by email, but as she moves further and further from Earth, her messages take longer and longer to reach him. In addition, thanks to some lightspeed jumps, she's aging at a different rate than everyone back on Earth. As she fights the Tarsians, Noboru goes on with his life but is unable to forget her.

I liked this quite a bit, though I wish it hadn't been so derivative. The kids in giant robots trope has never been a favorite of mine (and here they don't even bother to explain why they're sending kids into space, I don't think (unless I'm forgetting something)), but this especially feels so much like it's copying Eva. The character designs, the organic-looking ships and robots, the aliens. Even the style of the manga in terms of layout and the sort of dreamy quality of the narration.


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