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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

Alliance In Blood
Ariel Tachna
Progress: 63/210 pages
To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
Connie Willis, Recorded Books LLC, Steven Crossley
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

July 2016 Reviews


I'm very pleased with how much I managed to review in July, 19 things total. TV and movie reviews are still way down - I just don't seem to be interested in watching much lately. Not a bad thing, since it's usually the other way around if I prefer one thing over another, with my desire to read nearly at zero and my TV watching taking over everything.


The quality of the stuff I reviewed in July could have been better. There were a surprising number of things I awarded one or even a half star to, plus a few 2-star things. However, not all of it was bad, and the month did at least feature some quality covers.


My top favorite cover for the month:


Binti - Nnedi Okorafor 


I love how the warmer orange looks next to the cooler color of her skin. That cover has stuck with me since I saw it for the first time. Now that I've read the story, though, I have a couple other things to add. 1) With that little otjize covering her skin, poor Binti would feel horribly exposed. 2) Binti's supposed to be 16 years old, and I think the person on the cover looks older than that.