I've got a pupper, a drink and a book...my day is made
#CatsofLitsy my baby Smudge and her spot laying on top of my books 😂
Today was the perfect day, and I‘m so happy, I could give the sun a hickey! I picked up a bunch of things at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY, squeezed some of my favorite people, had a delicious lunch, and sang at the top of my lungs in the car on my 9 & 1/2 hour trip. (If you live near the Mass Pike or the Taconic and thought you heard a cat being strangled, that was me, sorry.) 😝📚❤️
I read this for my IRL book club. Think: “The Selection” (by Kiera Cass) but set in Japan & way more fantastical.
I enjoyed learning about Japanese folklore & the host of mythological creatures. The writing, however, was less than perfect (overblown metaphors, repetition). The romance portion suffered two, twin blows dealt by insta-love & a love triangle. The end felt rushed.
More details (with spoilers) in comments.👇🏻
I get it, I get it. It‘s a Disney reference. Once would have been enough! Please stop saying it now.
Sometimes, I get grumpy (maybe unfairly) when I don‘t get to choose what I‘m reading. #bookclubproblems
I‘m told this reads quickly. Crossing my fingers that‘s true.🤞🏻So far, I‘m not impressed with the writing at all.
I mean, “sprinkled sugar on A BLACK MAT” was really the best the author could come up with? 🤦♀️ I‘m not familiar with Japanese cuisine but there‘s *gotta be* something dark & edible that sugar is actually, intentionally sprinkled on. Right?
I wanted to like the book, but:
- love triangle
- plot twist could be seen from chapter 2
- the book reads a if the author had planned a sequel, but the publishers did not pay for one. The ending was rushed.
Also: it is Japan inspired, but I fail to understand why every foreign mythological word has to written in cursive. For this world, the word is normal and it just destroyed the flow. But that's my personal pet peeve, I guess...
This book kept surprising me. You think it‘s about a forbidden love but in reality it‘s about self acceptance and self love. Mari is a great character that you root for.