Jun. 7th, 2017

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 Well, this was not a great week for reading for me for some reason.  I have a TON of stuff in my TBR pile, but very little that I can report having finished.  Here's what I did get done, however:

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (Volumes 5-7) by Tsubaki Izumi.

I mean, that's three volumes, but that's all I managed in a week.  I feel kind of dumb about that. But, like I said, I have a bunch of stuff that I'm anxious to start.  Here's what's sitting on my end table next to my chair in the living room waiting for me:

Haikyu!! (Volumes 1 & 2) by Haruichi Furudate.  
Lupin III (Volumes 1-4) by Monkey Punch
Oishinbo: A La Carte, Japanese Cuisine & Oishinbo: A La Carte, Ramen and Gyoza by Tetsu Kariya/Akira Hanasaki
Invisible Boy (Volume 1) by Hotaru Odagiri
Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson
Accident of Stars by Fox Meadows
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

All of these books, outside of the Lupins, are library books, so I'd better get cracking.  

I've started A Closed and Common Orbit, which is a sequel to A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, which I loved (with a few caveats. My main caveat being that, if you're the sort who really wants your science fiction to have high-octane plot, A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is not for you.  However, if you read fan fic and don't mind a travelogue with heavy characterization, this is the best book EVER.)  

I suspect I'm going to end up returning Last Year without cracking the cover.  I enjoyed Wilson's Affinities, but I'm just not sure about this one. Given that it's an interlibrary loan (and thus can not be renewed), I probably should have started it, if I wanted to get it back on time.  The yaoi manga Invisible Boy is probably going back, too, unless I decide to power through it in the next couple of days.  I could renew that one, but I've had it sitting here a long time and not been terribly drawn to it (the art style is very "wispy.")

Mason has already helped himself to Haikyu!! and I would like to catch up on these because I watched the first season of this anime and adored it. Who knew I had a space in my heart for SPORTS anime?  And this one is about volleyball of all things. But, it's so, so shounen that it's almost an accidental parody of all things shounen.  Look, the two rivals! They hate each other with a passion of a thousand burning suns, this pushes them to succeed, but WAIT, they must learn to work together on the same team!!  Can they overcome their rivalry to win?  

I picked up Accident of Stars which looks nothing like anything I would ever read because it is a Bisexual Book Award finalist. Speaking of interlibrary loan, I'm trying to get the other nominees through my library, too, because Bisexual Book Award! (I might have to try to pick up their YA books, too, though some of them are self-published....) 

The Japanese foodie books looked weird and interesting when I came across them on the St. Paul Public Library catalogue (which I was looking at while working at the Ramsey County Public Library!)  Lupin I picked up at Uncle Hugo's during their 20% off sale, because one of my favorite early anime movies was "Castle of Cagliostro," which I saw on a big screen at the Uptown Theater at midnight sometime in the 1990s, which features Lupin III.  They're really hard to read, like the art is both rough, and it honestly looks badly reproduced, but what the hey, it was 20% off.

So, that's me. Hopefully, I'll have more to report having READ next week.

How about you? What've you read? What are you looking forward to reading?

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