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text 2017-06-01 14:20
Reading progress update: I've read 32 out of 177 pages.
No Longer Human - Osamu Dazai,Donald Keene

This is due on the 11th, so I can no longer wait for a Booklikesopoly roll that will let me read it and have it count. Oh well.

 

I may change my mind on this later, but so far this is making for interesting reading from the perspective of a still mostly closeted asexual person. I probably won't be bringing that up in my eventual review, but I may go into it more in status updates.

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text 2017-01-22 08:15
24in48 Readathon - Hours 3 and 4...
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir - Felicia Day

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I'm not gonna make it to the full 24 hours like I wanted to, but I will definitely be finishing this amazing memoir autobiography thing, and soon! I'm going to sleep before I do so, but at least I will have knocked out a great read in a weekend before this thing wraps up. Once I do so, I'll keep reading other books to see how many hours I can read before midnight and continue posting updates. 

 

I've got a few options: Me Before You, The Scribe of Siena, a book of short stories by Virginia Woolf (supposedly a complete collection), and a curious little book called Church of the Divine Duck, which I read a chapter of in mid-December and haven't touched since. This isn't because of lack of interest, mind you.

 

Nope. This is entirely because of a lack of an attention span on my part. It's honestly somewhat miraculous that I am on the cusp of finishing my fifth book for the year, not counting the book I had to read about 40% of to finish off.

 

That's all for now, guys. Assuming anybody is reading this, that is. I'll drop a review of Felicia Day's book at some point tomorrow amidst the general turmoil that is going grocery shopping within 50 miles of New York City.

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text 2017-01-21 18:59
24in48 Readathon - Hour 2 Progress Report and more Felicia Day
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir - Felicia Day

Oh, I do so adore how my brain short circuits. "Let's take a screenshot of the timer on our phone so we can share that we spent another hour reading."

 

*closes timer without taking screenshot*

 

"Excellent. Well-done, me."

 

On the plus side, I did just spend another hour reading. I'm realizing this is going to be much harder than I thought it was going to because of distractions, like my boyfriend looking over while I'm in the middle of reading a chapter asking if I want to go for a walk. Yes, I do, but give me a bit.

 

On the reading front, I'm now on Chapter 5 of Felicia Day's fabulous and funny autobiography. She is so fabulously human in her writing and in her actual life, even if she is ten times the genius/prodigy that most people ever will be. My boyfriend even commented that he saw the cover earlier and thought it was probably a funny book, although I don't know how much he knows about Felicia Day. Probably not much.

 

I think I made a solid choice for my first read of this weekend, though. I don't normally get into celebrity biographies/memoirs/etc. but there are a few I'll gladly make that exception for and she is one of them.

 

In other news, there's worldwide women's marches going on today and I am so, so proud of those going out there to stand up for women everywhere. I just need to do a better job of avoiding the comments sections, because people can be rather putrid. It's all fuel for my fire, though, and I'll keep reading and learning and fighting.

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text 2017-01-18 20:50
I knew it within seconds - I'm on page 88 of Me Before You
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes

I knew Jojo Moyes was British within a few pages of this book thanks to my upbringing in an Air Force family and British teachers when I was young. It's that dry, slightly twisted sense of humor that is so common among the British people that tipped me off about this author I knew absolutely nothing about before starting this book.

 

That's also what's saving this book for me. The story itself is decently written with a nice plot, but the humor in it is what makes me continue reading it. The characters themselves I find a bit annoying, but I also have never cared for irredeemably pessimistic characters. I find it hard to relate to them, which is a relief for me at least since it probably means I'm not as pessimistic as I sometimes fear. Lou is slowly growing on me, although her complete lack of interest in developing a life for herself is a bit irksome, as well. Even when I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, I was determined to explore some options and try to find something that attracted me.

 

I'm still not that far into the book, though, so I'm going to continue on reading and hoping that Lou will grow as a character and that Will might hopefully be a little less of a drag to read about.

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text 2015-12-13 12:03
Reading progress update: I've read 82 out of 400 pages.
Black Blade Blues - J.A. Pitts

I can see this is going to be a bit of a challenge to read. The main character is an idiot. I understand her being upset by what happened that day, afterwards she talks about not digging a deeper hole, but then she runs around cursing and yelling at everyone, being super rude then freaks out when someone yells back at her? and others are annoyed with her. get over yourself love and start acting like an adult.

I would normally just quit the book here, I'm not very invested in any of it (well the smithing is an interesting idea, and i like the guild family) but i actually own it and therefore want to finish the stupid thing. maybe it'll get better?

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