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Books: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

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There's no denying that since moving to Korea I've had way less time to read. Even so, I'm as determined as usual to reach my annual goal of reading 50 books this year. I am now on year four of this.
 Anyway, I want a way to keep track of my thoughts on each book. So, I'll post here with a review of each book.

Today's book is Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstoreby Robin Sloan, and it's actually the ninth book I've read this year, but ideas sometimes come later than an actual start.


What I liked
Sloan's writing style is very smooth (does this make sense? It's the only word I could think fit what I wanted to say), it just flows well without jumping around. The book does draw you in, particularly in the middle. At that point the book goes through a few chapters of feeling like an exciting mystery. The chapter "Why do you love books so much?" was one of the best, in my opinion.

I also liked how she captured both sides of the computer vs. book …

Two months

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It's been almost two months since I last blogged anything. So far, I'm not doing that great on my resolution to blog more, am I? Life is incredibly unpredictable, which brings me to my next topic. I have a little less than two months until I leave Korea. It's both sad and exciting, as all major changes are.

And some fun updates...

Dracula's Lounge is an awesome Romanian restaurant in Seoul that you should 100% check out. Delicious food, great atmosphere, all-in-all excellent. I went with friends and a Meetup group for Valentine's Day dinner.


I went skating for the first time in ages. It was not as big a disaster as I thought it would be. I didn't fall once, and therefore feel very accomplished. It doesn't matter that I spent the entire time no more than two feet from the wall. Besides, I was never draped over it, I just reached out a hand to catch my balance when needed.

So, if you like skating and will be in Korea/Seoul for winter, Garden 5 has a pretty ni…