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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

Lying in Wait
Liz Nugent
Progress: 28/310 pages
The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
Progress: 72/313 pages
To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines
Judith Newman
Princess Prince
Tomoko Taniguchi
Progress: 310/336 pages
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Peter Godfrey-Smith
Progress: 41/255 pages
FREE: Locke & Key
Tatiana Maslany, Audible Studios, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Kate Mulgrew, Haley Joel Osment, Full Cast
Progress: 91/806 minutes

It's reading time!

A Promise of Romance - Kyoko Akitsu, Tooko Miyagi Blood+ Volume 1: First Kiss (Novel) (v. 1) - Ryo Ikehata Paratwa - Christopher Hinz Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan  Cain

My past couple workdays were longer than usual, so that I could afford to take a four-day weekend. Which seems kind of backwards, but stuff happened and the week didn't go quite like how I had planned. Thankfully, I am now in the first day of my four-day weekend. Yay!


For the most part, I have no plans beyond relaxing and reading. I've received a lot of book packages in the past week and my TBR pile is huge, so I have plenty to choose from. Here's what I've got lined up so far:


A Promise of Romance - Kyoko Akitsu,Tooko Miyagi - I started this last night because I decided I needed something that was silly/crazy. And also short. This is a contemporary m/m romance starring a drunken English lord named Edward and a Japanese man named Satsuki who's studying to be an actor. Edward is described as "noble" and "drunk" in the same paragraph, and Satsuki has more pride than sense. The artwork inside is in a style I have nicknamed "stick insect." Just look at Satsuki's arm on the cover!


Blood+ Volume 1: First Kiss (Novel) (v. 1) - Ryo Ikehata - I wish the translation weren't so bad. It takes a little too much concentration for me to follow what's going on, sometimes. On the plus side, there have been a few details that I don't recall the anime mentioning, such as George getting paid a monthly stipend for taking care of Saya (the poor girl would be so upset if she knew).


Paratwa - Christopher Hinz - Technically, this is due tomorrow, although there's a grace period. I'm sooo behind. Either I'm not as good at plowing through print books as I am e-books anymore, or this trilogy has lost its grip on me. I need to try to read as much of this as I can today.


Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain - So far, this is really good.