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What I've read: Haven't done this for a while, so I actually have read things! I got CB the Pusheen the Cat book and volume 1 of Chi's Sweet Home for Christmas, so I read those and was suitably bowled over by the cute. Pusheen is great, but I really love Chi's Sweet Home, which is just so cat. Possibly people might get annoyed by Chi's baby talk, but given that she is a kitten, I am okay with this. Also, CAT!! (Also also, I love the fact that Konami Kanata's entire career is basically cat manga.)

I also read Allie Brosh's book, which I think I laughed at less than a lot of people? It's not that it isn't hilarious, because it is, it's just that after reading her depression posts, some of the ones on procrastination and self sabotage and etc. make me wince more than laugh in that painful, looking-in-the-mirror way. All the entries about her dogs totally crack me up, the entire thing is very worth reading (even if I do wish the one about her dead fish made it to the book), and I would have paid the same price just to get her two posts on depression in print. I'm also really impressed by how spot-on the expressions she draws are.

What I'm reading: I started Anuja Chauhan's Those Pricey Thakur Girls and have been enjoying the third-person narrative voices... I like the first-person narrators of her first two books as well, but they did sound a bit similar at certain points. Really looking forward to an expanded cast of characters, because I love Chauhan most for her various character dynamics, especially of people in small communities and large families, and read her more for that than the romance. I also started Jessica Snyder Sachs' Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death as my own brand of pick-me-up reading, and I should get back to it because it's gruesomely fascinating.

Random book-shaped space: This cover alone makes me want to read Max Gladstone. Also hoping that adding "reading" to my Dailies for HabitRPG helps me get back into it.

Next: Chi's Sweet Home, vol. 2!

Date: 2014-01-08 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thomasyan
I was also mildly disappointed by the Hyperbole book. I like her blog posts a lot more. Still, I did enjoy it and do not regret buying it.

Date: 2014-01-08 11:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
It never ceases to delight me how much information Brosh can convey in her computer-mediated stick figures. I bought it to support her but I think that the experience of reading it real-time is what I want to remember. I'm sure there will come a time in a couple decades when that memory is gone, and if I still know how to decode *.epubs, I read it then.

Date: 2014-01-08 11:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] troisroyaumes
Those Pricey Thakur Girls was my favorite of the three! Looking forward to reading your write-up when you finish. XD

Date: 2014-01-09 01:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sumofparts
The two books you're reading sound really interesting! Going to add them to my to-read list.

And wow, that cover is great.

Date: 2014-01-09 02:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rilina
I've been told that Chi's way of speaking is supposed to be like a speech impediment (I think the comparison he offered was Tweety Bird) rather than like a baby. Chi is adorable, but I found the translation hard to read for that reason.

Date: 2014-01-13 06:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rilina
Ed Chavez at Vertical told me that at a con!

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