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Familiar Diversions

I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

Daughter of Mystery
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 136/399 pages
50 Girls 50 and Other Stories
Al Williamson, Frank Frazetta, Gary Groth
Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 1: Lights, Camera, Snacktion!
Natalie Reiss
Progress: 20/120 pages
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: A Novel
Becky Chambers
Progress: 148/441 pages
The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas, Bill Homewood, Naxos AudioBooks
Progress: 667/3165 minutes
A Matter of Oaths
Helen S. Wright
Progress: 101/277 pages
Report on the Selected Problems of the Technical Departments of the University of Illinois Library
Raynard C. Swank
Progress: 20/42 pages
Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases
Professor Roy Benaroch, The Great Courses, The Great Courses
Progress: 34/725 minutes

Used bookstore shopping trip

For the record, my 2015 shelf space count is now at -1 5/8 inches. Oops.


It's all good, though, because I had a fabulous day. Chocolate mousse, books, a couple hours of reading with no one and nothing bothering me, and baby guinea pigs (one litter was only 3 days old!). Here are the books I bought:




The Coelura - Anne McCaffrey - The last time I read this was many years ago. I remember it feeling a bit dated even back then, but I also remember enjoying it.


Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel - Jacqueline Koyanagi - This one caught my eye back when Grim posted about getting her copy.


vN - Madeline Ashby - A total impulse buy. The publisher description makes it sound like the heroine is maybe half android, half something else. I'm not sure how that works, but I'm intrigued.




Obsidian and Blood (Obsidian & Blood) - Aliette de Bodard - This is three books in one, and so dauntingly thick I almost put it back. Maybe I should have, considering how slow my reading speed is anymore. It sounds really interesting, though. The back of the book says "File under: Fantasy; Magical murder; Aztec mystery; Human sacrifice; The gods walk."


The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya - Nagaru Tanigawa,Noizi Ito - This is a Japanese light novel. I've watched the original anime, plus a couple of the spinoffs, and I own (but haven't yet read) the first book in the series. This is the third, a collection of short stories.


Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 1 (Voyage to the Moon World - Novel) - Kaoru Shizuka,Mark Giambruno,Cindy H. Yamauchi - Another light novel. I don't have high hopes for it, based on my experiences with other shounen manga-based novels, but it was cheap and should be a quick read.




Volumes 4-6 of Dawn of the Arcana - I own volumes 1-3 and have only read volume 1 so far. The artwork is nice, and it has the potential for some really twisty politics and romance. I think this would be a nice one to binge read, and now I can.




Black Gate Volume 1 - Yukiko Sumiyoshi - I know nothing about this one, but it's a 3-in-1 omnibus edition, which gives me plenty to judge it by. I flipped through it and the artwork looks okay.


Aron's Absurd Armada Omnibus, Vol. 1 - MiSun Kim and Aron's Absurd Armada Omnibus, Vol. 2 - MiSun Kim  - Another one I know nothing about. It's in full color and consists almost entirely of 4-panel comics.




Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel - Richelle Mead,Emma Vieceli,Leigh Dragoon - Okay, so graphic novel adaptations of English language novels almost never work for me, but I flipped through this one and thought the artwork actually looked really nice. It looks like it covers the entire first Vampire Academy book.