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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

Night Shield
Nora Roberts
Progress: 46/250 pages
The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't
Robert I. Sutton
Progress: 6/210 pages
The Listerdale Mystery and Eleven Other Stories
Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser
Progress: 3/6 minutes
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality
Julie Sondra Decker
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Abigail Revasch, Tara Sands
Progress: 372/473 minutes
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
Fluency
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages
The Drops of God 1
Shu Okimoto, Tadashi Agi
Progress: 99/424 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 26 out of 400 pages.

Out - Natsuo Kirino, Stephen Snyder

One good thing about tonight's after-work excitement: it got me to mop my floors and clean my tub. That tired me out, so I picked a new book to read before going to bed. Tomorrow I'll see about looking over my lease and talking to my apartment management. ::sigh::

 

Anyway, this is a bit different from most of the Japanese novels I've read, which are usually written for teens. So far, it stars a group of women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s who all work at a boxed lunch factory. There's Masako, who I don't know much about yet, Yayoi, a pretty young mom with an abusive husband, Yoshie, a widow who acts as caretaker for her mother-in-law, and Kuniko, a woman who has gotten herself deeply in debt by buying the things that fit the kind of life she wants rather than the one she has.

 

Kuniko just tried to get a better paying job but was flat out told she was too old (she's 33) and not attractive enough. Yoshie just learned that the fast food place her daughter will be working at offers high school students more per hour than she makes per hour doing back-breaking work at the factory. I have a feeling I'm going to need a happy fluffy read after I'm done with this book.