Adventures in Reading — December 14 — December 20, 2015

What did I read (and finish) this week? Look below to find out!

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger (2013) – This short book offers Jonah Berger’s insights into why things go viral/become popular and attempts to provide a step-by-step plan on how to replicate these results (imaginatively titled STEPPS). Interspersed are anecdotes on things that became viral and insight into how advertisers and companies manipulate us. It’s a good read but pretty terrifying. Great for citing the next time you want to rant against your friends for being “sheeple.”

Deadly Class, Vol. 1: Reagan Youth by Rick Remender (2014) – Deadly Class follows homeless, possibly psychopath Marcus as he tries to navigate life in an assassination high school. He searches for his own loser-y niche, struggles with assignments, and takes a ridiculous amount of acid. He’s joined by other students, all of them the quintessential 1980s punk teen. It’s a really interesting book, though the acid trip takes away too long. I especially love the artwork by Wesley Craig.

Ongoing manga:

Cherry Boy, That Girl by South Ant (ongoing) ch. 80 – In this chapter, Berry meets with Lime’s sister La-Min, who explains Lime’s damage. It’s a pretty low-key chapter.

AC169Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom) by Yusei Matsui (2012 – ongoing) ch. 168 and 169 – In these chapters, the kids infiltrate the mountain and show off their supreme assassination skills, handily beating the professional team and doing Koro-sensei proud. It was pretty touching, actually.

Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars!/Soma’s Cooking Battles) by Yuto Tsukuda (2012 – ongoing) ch. 148 – Soma returns to the Polar Star dorm after beating Eizan. Everyone is happy. Yay.

One Piece by Oda Eiichiro (1997 – ongoing) ch. 395 – 405 – We learn the tragic end of the archaeology island Ohara and how Nico Robin survived all these years. Robin admits that she wants to keep living, and the Strawhat pirates go after her and begin fighting the members of CP9.

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