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What are you currently reading?
I'm about a third of the way through on Satan: A Biography and enjoying it so far.

I've been finding it hard to make progress on Meddling Kids, though, as despite being really excited by the premise, the book itself is kind of disappointing so far. The writing itself is not great, and the story is not making up for it. I'm hoping it'll get better as it goes along, though.

I also started Beezus and Ramona and am about a third of the way through that, too. I downloaded all the Ramona ebooks a couple years ago to do a reread and then never did, but then iTunes was updated the other day to remove ebooks and apps from the interface, and when I finally figured out how to add ebooks to my phone the new way, I tested it with this book, and then since I wasn't feeling Meddling Kids, just started reading it.

What did you recently finish reading?
Volumes two through five of Giant Days, as well as a bunch of single issues after that (I still have a handful of issues to read before being completely caught up, and then I will be sad because I love this series so much).

What do you think you'll read next?
The rest of Giant Days, for sure, and also volume 10 of You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead came out the other day and I'd already preordered it so it's on my ipad awaiting me.
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What are you currently reading?
Eh, same as last week: Meddling Kids and Satan: A Biography. It's been a really busy week, so I haven't made much progress on either (I think I'm at 10% and 15%, respectively).

What did you recently finish reading?
See above, re: busy week. I did read the most recent volume of Silver Spoon, though. I guess it's on a fairly erratic schedule these days, but it continues to be really cute, so I'll continue to read a volume whenever one comes out. (And thankfully it's easy enough to pick up after a long time, even if I've forgotten what's going on.)

What do you think you'll read next?
No idea. I really should just concentrate on those two books, but I also want to read some more manga or comics, maybe.
torachan: ewan mcgregor pulling his glasses down to look over the top (ewan glasses)
What are you currently reading?
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. I think I saw this on Goodreads somewhere and the cover and blurb ("The surviving members of a forgotten teenage detective club (and their dog) must reunite as broken adults to finally solve the terrifying case that ruined them all and sent the wrong man to prison.") caught my interest right away. I only read the prologue so far, so I don't really have anything to say about it yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

Also just started Satan: A Biography by Henry Ansgar Kelly. It's a look at the history of Satan in Christianity and how he's actually portrayed in the Bible itself versus what came later. Again, I've only read a little so far, but I'm enjoying it.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished up Theater People the other day. It was slow to start with, but the further I got into it, the more I got sucked in, and I ended up reading the last fourth of it in one day. I think I ended up liking it even more than the first book.

I also finished Rat Bohemia a few days ago. I didn't like it as much as some of her other stuff, but it was still pretty good.

I read volumes five and six of Koiiji. Although I've liked this series from the beginning, it's really starting to heat up. For a while there I was content to just read it as I translated, but this time I was screencapping volume five and what I saw made me want to read it right away, and then that was kind of cliffhangery, so I read volume six as well. Volume seven is out next month, I believe, so I'll probably read that when it comes out, too.

I also read vol. 29 of Kimi ni Todoke today, which is probably the second to last volume? This covered up through their graduation, and I can't imagine it going on much longer. I really hope there's a flash-forward chapter, though, because spoilers )

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, I just got started on these two books, so probably not anything else bookwise for a bit, and as for manga, idk. I did just download the newest volume of Silver Spoon today, so probably that!
torachan: a cartoon owl with the text "everyone is fond of owls" (everyone is fond of owls)
What are you currently reading?
No progress on Theater People, due to going to bed late every night and being too tired to read.

I'm almost two-thirds of the way done with Rat Bohemia, though. I think the super short chapters make it really easy to pick up and read a bit at my desk.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished up The Big Picture: Murals of Los Angeles, which was a really fun read. Today as I passed by one of the murals featured in it, I saw workers out doing some restoration work. I'm glad to know it's still being kept up after all these years.

I also read the final volume of 7 Seeds. Such a good ending! Technically it's not the final-final volume, since there will be a volume or two of bonus stories, but it's the end of the main story. I'm glad to finally read the ending, but I'm sad to see it go. After all, I've been reading this series since it first started sixteen years ago.

What do you think you'll read next?
No idea!
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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: anime-style me ver. 2.0 (anime me)
What are you currently reading?
I haven't read much this week, again. :( I did make some progress on The History of Forgetting and am now over halfway through, but otherwise...

I started Attack of the Theater People by Marc Acito and read the first chapter and that's it. :p

What did you recently finish reading?
I read the final volume of Otouto no Otto. This is such a cute series, I'm sad to see it end, but just based on the premise it really couldn't go on for too long.

What do you think you'll read next?
Hopefully anything, lol.
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: charlotte from bad machinery saying "oh the mysteries of the moth farm" (oh the mysteries of the moth farm)
What are you currently reading?
I'm still reading both Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children and The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory. I'm about 3/4 of the way done with Miss Peregrine's and a third of the way done with History of Forgetting. I've actually been picking up the latter more often this week, but it's just slower going in general.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finally finished the final volume of Y: The Last Man. Overall, I enjoyed the series, though it's not something I'd read again. And I was pretty bummed by spoilers ).

I read volume one of Giant Days by John Allison, a cute slice-of-life comic about three girls at university. I've read a bit of his webcomic Bad Machinery (that's where this icon is from) but got frustrated with webcomics and stopped reading all the ones I was following, so I never read the whole thing.

Sawtelle: West Los Angeles's Japantown turned out to be a much quicker read than I was expecting when I ordered it, as I didn't realize how little text there was to go along with the pictures (one full page of text at the start of each of the five chapters, plus captions on the photos). I enjoyed this as a look at local history, but it really made me want to read something more in-depth.

I also finished up Ella of All-of-a-Kind Family. I was worried it was going to focus entirely on Ella based on the title, but while there was more focus on her than there had been in past books, there were still chapters about other family members as well.

What do you think you'll read next?
I still have not actually started Are You My Mother?, and I also picked up another library book on Monday, too. We saw the preview for the upcoming Wrinkle in Time movie and that made me want to reread the book. I think I read it more than once as a kid, but it's probably been like thirty years or more, so I remember virtually nothing about it.
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.
torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
What are you currently reading?
Same as last week, The Invisible Library and The New Jim Crow, both of which I've made good progress on. I'm over halfway through The Invisible Library and about a quarter of the way through The New Jim Crow.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finally picked up my ipad and read some manga today! I think part of why I've been dragging my feet on manga is that I'm not hugely enjoying what I'm reading right now. I have several volumes of Saint Oniisan as I apparently hadn't read it in a few years, so I thought I'd read them all and get caught up, but I just don't love this series anymore. It's gone on too long and isn't nearly as funny as it was at first, but it's not like I completely hate it, so I don't just want to give it up either. There were a couple chapters in this one where I really did laugh out loud (the one with Jesus trying to get Buddha into Instagram was hilarious), but most of it was just kind of meh. On the one hand I want to read the next two volumes so I can be caught up and have one less folder on my ipad, but maybe I should take a break and read something else instead.

What do you think you'll read next?
Scrolling through what's on my ipad, apparently I have three volumes of Kimi in Todoke to catch up on, so I think I'll read those next and give Saint Oniisan a break!
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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: nepeta from homestuck (nepeta)
What are you currently reading?
Yep, still reading the same two books as last time, The Mayor of Castro Street and The Invisible Library, however, I did make good progress on both, especially Mayor of Castro Street, which I'm almost done with now.

What did you recently finish reading?
Nothing!

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, I should be finished with Mayor of Castro Street within the next few days, but I'm not sure what will replace it. I like having multiple books going, but I don't want to switch between ebooks, at least not in the same app. So it will either be a physical book or something I have on the Kindle app, rather than iBooks, which is where I'm reading Invisible Library. We'll see!
torachan: aradia from homestuck (aradia)
What are you currently reading?
I read a chapter or two more of The Mayor of Castro Street. Progress is progress!

I read a tiny bit more of The Invisible Library, but mostly didn't touch it.

What did you recently finish reading?
The reason I didn't touch those two much is that I did read two more All-of-a-Kind Family books, which I think brings me to the end of the ones I read as a kid. There is a fifth book, which seems to focus more on Ella on her own from the description (and title!) and I'd like to read that at some point, but I don't have a copy of it and am not sure I want to pay $6.99 for a Kindle version. Maybe I should try the library (though that seems like work :p).

What do you think you'll read next?
The in-progress ones, mostly, though I really do want to read some manga, too.

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