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text 2017-03-28 19:44
Reading progress update: I've listened 58 out of 473 minutes.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World - Abigail Revasch,Shannon Hale,Dean Hale,Tara Sands,Listening Library

"I'm sure Tony Stark is a very nice man who is just confused about facial hair trends."

 

Doreen and her new squirrel friend are discussing the Avengers, and Tony Stark isn't faring well. The squirrel also referred to him as Garbage Can Man.

 

This is all part of a discussion about which one of the Avengers would be the best at picking up garbage. The squirrel thinks Iron Man would be best (because he flies around in a garbage can), or maybe Daredevil. Doreen thinks Captain America would be best.

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text 2017-03-28 16:40
Reading progress update: I've listened 25 out of 473 minutes.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World - Abigail Revasch,Shannon Hale,Dean Hale,Tara Sands,Listening Library

19 minutes in:

"When she didn't know what to say, she defaulted to extreme friendliness."

 

And now:

"At moments like this, she briefly considered giving up on optimism. Expecting the worst sounded so much easier than demanding wonderfulness from life. But no, she would not be defeated."

 

I tend to be a pessimist, but I like Doreen's attitude anyway.

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text 2017-03-28 15:58
Reading progress update: I've listened to 1 out of 473 minutes.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World - Abigail Revasch,Shannon Hale,Dean Hale,Tara Sands,Listening Library

I used up all my Audible credits and cancelled my membership, because I've been listening to a lot of library audiobooks lately and I'm horribly behind on my Audible stuff. I'll start up my membership again once I've made it through a big enough chunk of my backlog.

 

Okay, so everything I know about Squirrel Girl I learned from reading reviews of the comics here on Booklikes. We'll see how well this book works for me. The excerpt sounded fun.

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text 2017-03-19 19:52
Reading progress update: I've read 302 out of 426 pages.
The Mystic Marriage - Heather Rose Jones

Jeanne and Antuniet's romance makes me anxious. As much as I enjoy the two of them as individuals and want to root for them as a couple, it feels like there's a very basic mismatch.

 

Antuniet can devote herself to her research and experiments for hours on end. Jeanne is a social butterfly who thrives on interaction. Antuniet doesn't feel like she has much of a safety net (not quite true, but close enough that her fears aren't unfounded), and so the slightest possibility of gossip terrifies her. Jeanne doesn't mind a certain level of gossip and, in fact, has figured out how to benefit from a slightly scandalous public image. Antuniet is more reserved, while Jeanne is more openly affectionate.

 

I keep expecting one or the other of them to decide this just isn't working anymore. :-/

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text 2017-03-19 04:29
Reading progress update: I've read 174 out of 426 pages.
The Mystic Marriage - Heather Rose Jones

For some reason, both this book and Daughter of Mystery have me mentally comparing at least one character to "types" in anime. It's weird, because it isn't like I've even been watching much anime lately - just Haikyu!! a few weeks ago and yet another rewatch of Big Windup! (which seems to have become my #1 comfort anime for this year).

 

In Daughter of Mystery, Barbara was the "cool girl" type you sometimes see in high school comedies, the one that at least one of the other female characters has a crush on. I kept thinking of Azumanga Daioh's Sakaki, or at least the Sakaki that Kaorin saw.

 

In The Mystic Marriage, Jeanne is the enormous flirt who looks all light and sparkly on the surface but is secretly vulnerable underneath. Maybe Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club, except he's kind of an idiot and Jeanne definitely isn't.

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