Hikaru no Go
I caught up with this series after having not read it for a couple of years. The volumes are just coming out that slowly. I’ll reread it through again once the final few volumes are out — hopefully soon. It remains excellent. Go is a very complicated game, but it’s still a board game, and I’m still impressed at how dynamic the artwork and the story make it feel.

Fruits Basket
I started this series when it first came out, then started hoarding and waiting for it to be finished. I finally got around to acquiring the last few volumes over the winter. And then, a month or so ago, I realized I hadn’t read any Fruits Basket in FIVE YEARS. Holy cow. That was enough to get me going and I read through the whole series. I have quite a few thoughts on it as a whole which I plan to expound upon in another post.

Sookie Stackhouse
In spite of my continuing interest in fantasy and witches and dragons and even fairies, I’m not at all a fan of contemporary urban fantasy or supernatural romance. I make individual exceptions to this (why hello Harry Dresden) but they’re few and far between. After True Blood became so popular, I watched this book series go in and out of the library for months, and I resisted reading it because it wasn’t really my cup of tea. But I don’t know, somehow recently I got the urge to try it out. I think that came about when I found Charlaine Harris’s first series of books was about a mystery solving librarian. She couldn’t be all bad then, could she? I’ll have more to report when I’m further into the series, but so far they are far more light and fluffy than I imagined.

Aurora Teagarden
The aforementioned mystery solving librarian. Amazingly, the library also has the whole of this series — they are notoriously poor at having whole series, especially when the earlier volumes are older than about 10 years or so, but this one appears to have been an exception. Again, more to report after I finish it. I’m not impressed with the character as a librarian, but Harris’s writing seems to agree with me for the most part.

Encyclopedia Brown
I don’t know why but I have had a hankering after these books recently. I picked up a few of them at a used booksale a year ago and more and more of them have been making their way into our house since then. The character of Sally is remarkably progressive considering the first books were written in the early 60s. My question: Why does the bully constantly try to get Encyclopedia in trouble with the police? And why do the police believe him? Encyclopedia’s dad is THEIR BOSS. Does not compute.

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