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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

Vintage: A Ghost Story
Berman, Steve, Steve Berman
The Moai Island Puzzle
Ho-Ling Wong, Alice Arisugawa
Progress: 30/239 pages
The snail-watcher, and other stories
Patricia Highsmith
Progress: 9/177 pages
Jane Jensen: Gabriel Knight, Adventure Games, Hidden Objects (Influential Video Game Designers)
Jennifer deWinter, Carly A. Kocurek, Anastasia Salter
The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't
Robert I. Sutton
Progress: 140/210 pages
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality
Julie Sondra Decker
The Mystic Marriage
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 302/426 pages
Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
Kazuto Tatsuta
Progress: 448/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 20/187 pages
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

August 2015 reviews


If you can believe it, I wrote over half these reviews this past weekend.


The best stuff I read and reviewed:

  • Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie - After rereading it twice, I had to admit I actually liked it more than the first book. My favorite scene? "Sir. I'm Ship."
  • We Are All Completely Fine - Daryl Gregory - Not as creepy as the cover led me to believe, which is not a complaint, by the way. I really enjoyed getting to find out each of the characters' secrets.


The best stuff I watched and reviewed:

  • Skip Beat! - This is the Taiwanese adaptation of the Japanese manga of the same title. The special effects are cheesy, the acting is often over-the-top, and Gong Xi (the Taiwanese Kyoko) is almost too childish at times, and yet I loved this show. It was incredibly addictive. It's too bad the ending was even more disappointing than the ending of the anime.


Honorable mention:

  • Bake Sale - Sara Varon - This gave me a wonderful brownie recipe, although I still need to fiddle around with it and see if it's as delicious with a lot less sugar than the original recipe calls for. Seriously, the sugar in this is kind of ridiculous.