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text 2020-05-26 04:28
Reading progress update: I've read 16 out of 428 pages.
Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 1 Vol. 3 - Miya Kazuki,Karuho Shiina,quof

OMG, I totally forgot that commoners with the Devouring (a magical illness) have to become the slaves of nobles to survive. In Freida's case,

her contract states that once she's legally an adult, she's going to be the mistress of the noble who essentially bought her. So gross.

(spoiler show)
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text 2020-05-25 23:07
Reading progress update: I've read 320 out of 333 pages.
Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 1 Vol. 2 - Miya Kazuki,Karuho Shiina,quof

I just finished the first of the two bonus stories, and hoo boy was it a mistake to include it. Otto's "courtship" of Corinna was exactly as creepily sudden and rushed as he made it sound. More so, in some ways - I had thought he'd actually gotten to know her somehow before deciding that she was absolutely the one for him, but no, it was literally love at first sight for him. Three days later, and he'd completely and expensively abandoned his old life just for the chance to marry her. She, by the way, was still considered a minor for six more months. And speaking of minors, I sure hope that talk about hooking up Myne and Benno was some kind of creepy joke. Myne is six, and Benno is probably in his twenties.

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text 2020-05-24 19:17
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 333 pages.
Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 1 Vol. 2 - Miya Kazuki,Karuho Shiina,quof

The first book was decent enough, but this one is definitely better. And I don't think it's just my love of fantasy merchants speaking, although Benno just got to face off against the guildmaster of the Merchants' Guild, yay.

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text 2020-05-24 15:52
Reading progress update: I've read 119 out of 333 pages.
Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 1 Vol. 2 - Miya Kazuki,Karuho Shiina,quof

"Well, it'll be hard for you to carry back a corpse, right? If I leave, I think the only thing I'll leave behind is a corpse. You don't want my family thinking you killed me, do you?"

 

O_O

 

I was not expecting something like this to happen for at least a few more books, and even then I didn't think she'd be quite so calm about it.

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text 2020-05-24 04:04
Reading progress update: I've read 98 out of 333 pages.
Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 1 Vol. 2 - Miya Kazuki,Karuho Shiina,quof

Three cheers for Benno the merchant, who is now financing Myne's papermaking efforts. That means I don't have to suffer through endless equipment-making details like I thought I would. Instead we've skipped straight to wood steaming and fiber pounding.

 

I hope the grumpy craftsman becomes a series regular. Also, more merchant scenes, please. Benno is now a favorite of mine, ever since he told Myne off for overworking herself and made her go home without even giving him the recipe she'd promised him first. 

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