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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

The Very First Damned Thing: An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
Jodi Taylor
Progress: 68/151 minutes
Black Klansman
Anne Nall Stallworth
Progress: 88/188 pages
The Sting of the Wild
Justin O. Schmidt
Progress: 12/230 pages
Binary Storm (Liege-Killer)
Christopher Hinz
Progress: 331/436 pages
Princess Prince
Tomoko Taniguchi
Progress: 310/336 pages
FREE: Locke & Key
Tatiana Maslany, Audible Studios, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Kate Mulgrew, Haley Joel Osment, Full Cast
Progress: 91/806 minutes

Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 207 pages.

The Dark Maidens - Rikako Akiyoshi, Booota, Kristi Fernandez

I'm reading the third story now. Story #1: accuses one of the Literature Club members of murder. Story #2: directly contradicts Story #1. Parts of it seem unlikely, but other parts are pretty convincing. Story #3: Wow, these girls are just letting all their personal feelings out, aren't they? And now we have a third member accused of murder. Nothing in this story contradicts either Story #1 or Story #2 (yet).


And a quote from earlier, which seems to perfectly sum up the perspective through which this book approaches female relationships:


"Don't you find that friendships between girls our age exist within two extremes? If a girl is similar to you, you'll either hate her or love her; if she's your opposite, you'll either lover her or hate her. I imagine you learn how to gracefully handle these kinds of things as you become an adult: you learn that whether you are similar or different, get along or don't, these relationships provide us with the wisdom we need to survive in society.


But for our generation, this wisdom is impossible. All we care about are our own selfish emotions. We have to protect our feelings more than anything else. So, do we kill, or allow ourselves to be killed? Friendships between girls are always hanging in this balance. Life-or-death survival. This is especially true at an all-girls school like ours. Right, ladies?" (18-19)