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Our manga dilemma 
3rd-Nov-2018 09:39 pm
I don't know if I have anything to talk about today. Maybe I could talk about how much trouble we have reading manga for fun these days. I think it's so complicated I'm not even sure how to explain it.

Basically, we have a bunch of manga to read, and a bunch of different series we're in the middle of. We stay caught up on them for a while, but then our schedule explodes, and we're super busy and have no time for anything for a very long time. Of course, since we did used to read manga on Sundays, this shouldn't have really been a problem, but what then happens is that we'll have extra things to do on Sundays that take up our manga-reading time, or maybe we'll have really wanted to watch a Disney movie, and it goes on for a few weeks.

So then! we forget where we were in our manga reading. And since there's two of us, but only one of us can read manga at a time, it gets especially complicated when we're both reading the same series, but one of us has read through, for example, volume 15, and the other has only read through volume 13, or we think that's where we are, but nobody knows! Not to mention the fact that we'd have to search the apartment for some volumes of manga, because we don't know where we left it, or if we "put it away" or what.

And the upshot of all that is that by the time we feel like we have time to read manga, we have no idea where we are in anything, and we're too tired to want to bother to figure it out. And that is why we still haven't read the latest volume of Skip Beat!--obviously we know we're both on the latest volume, but neither of us is sure what she's going to read while the other is reading Skip Beat!. So of course we think about all the new series we want to try...but then we just see this whole thing happening all over again. Clearly we need a better way of keeping track of these things, but this goes back to the whole thing about not having the time and/or energy to figure it out. Alas.

Athena says the simple solution is bookmarks. The idea is not without merit. But right now we're occupied with Dream Drop Distance and Harry Potter. Almost finished with Harry Potter, though, so maybe soon...

Today I'm thankful for having time to play Kingdom Hearts today, having a new flavor of mug cake to try, having our snazzy new pins from Lumos, getting our work done, and being ready for new experiments with Disneyland Office on Monday.
7th-Nov-2018 04:57 am (UTC)
Reading this makes me want to create a spreadsheet for you with all the manga series you read and you can mark boxes for what volumes you have and which of those you've each read... But that would still involve the work for you of updating it (which is a problem I eventually run into with spreadsheets, is that I stop remembering to update them.) And it wouldn't do anything for the problem of where the books are when you decide it's time to read them.

I'm behind on so many series myself so I'm not the best person to give advice, but when I want to read a new volume of a series I like to gather up a few volumes—the last one or two I remember reading, and whatever I've got ahead, and browse to refresh my memory before getting into the new content. Then they can be found together the next time I want the books. I try to keep ongoing series somewhere more accessible and only pack away the series I'm done with or know I'm not going to get around to reading any time soon.

Relatedly, last night I was reading v6 of a series and this character showed up who I had nooooo memory of but the other characters apparently did, so I had to skim over the first several volumes (which I didn't do in order, of course) and I finally found them in v2. It seemed like the author had had plans for them but maybe forgot for a while.

I hope you can get your own reading situation figured out! I've been getting HtY digitally for the last few months (except when there's a furoku item I need so I buy it in paper) so I still buy new volumes but don't have the same urgency to read them. With Skip Beat! it probably helps though, since the story moves so slowly I need to read a few chapters at once to see the big picture. So far I'm limiting myself to doing this with just one magazine... (I wonder, if you buy ebooks can you read them on two devices at once? Would this be an option you want to pursue so you don't have to coordinate books??)
7th-Nov-2018 05:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, if we had a chart to check off physically that was on the wall and easily accessible with a pen nearby it would be a lot more likely to get updated, but then changing it when a new series comes along would be problematic.

I seem to remember a character or two like that in a Banri Hidaka series...

We will get it figured out eventually! Right now it's a matter of time and priorities. Depending on the app, it is possible for us to share books and read them at the same time--that's what we're doing with Harry Potter. But figuring out how to do that with imported manga is going to be another issue. And hey, if you're reading digital manga now, you should totally check out Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun!
7th-Nov-2018 05:13 am (UTC)
But but I'm only buying digitally for the magazine because the issues take up so much space physically and cost so much to import! (and because after BetsuHana ended I thought it might be good to support magazines that serialize series I like...) I also usually end up reading it on my phone screen, which is tiny and makes it hard to appreciate the art—it really only satisfies my curiosity and impatience. I still prefer to read out of real books for full series... (possibly poor excuses. but I thought I saw a couple formerly digital series on Yen's upcoming print schedule when I looked the other day, so I still hope it'll get a paper release one day!)
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