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I'm always reading something, usually multiple books at a time.

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The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
Mark Bramhall, Lev Grossman

Empire State

Empire State: A Love Story (or Not) - Jason Shiga

Jimmy is 25 years old and still living at home in Oakland, CA. He dreams of trading his library job for a web-developer position at a dot-com, and he also misses his best friend Sara, who has relocated to NYC for a publishing internship. Hoping that he can start a new life in the big city and also act on his non-platonic feelings for Sara, Jimmy buys himself a bus ticket to NYC and plans what he hopes will be a grand, romantic gesture. Things do not go quite as he hopes they will.

Shiga's note at the end informs the reader that the story is based on a real-life bus trip he made. His art and writing do a great job capturing those small real-life dramas people go through, so one might laugh while also cringing just a little bit here and there.