So you can see that life around here is pretty hard. It gets worse too - just out of the shot is an almost new box of chocolates and a humungous pile of delicious books.
I finished The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino this morning in exactly this position, and followed it up with another JLit classic, Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto. As I say, somebody's gotta do it.
The former novel is a crime thriller with a twist - you know whodunit and why by the end of the first chapter. It takes the rest of the book to discover whether they get away with it. On the way you're confronted by the fact that the heroes are the bad guys. Do you want them to get away...well...with murder...or do you want the detectives to solve the mystery and put them where they belong? Highly recommended. This book, a huge success, selling more than 2 million copies in its native Japan, has been made into a film. You can see the trailer on YouTube if you want to google.
Kitchen is also highly popular in Japan. It's the coming-of-age story of a young woman left all alone by the death of her grandmother. It's filled with Japanese culture and wonderful, wonderful food. This book also has a twist, but I'll leave you to discover this one yourself. It is easy to see why Banana Yoshimoto is Japan's most popular female author though.
I'm now reading Aussie author Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. I'll let you know my opinion of this one once I'm further into it.
Not much to report on the Second-hand Book Trail today - most of them seem to be closed on a Monday. I did pick up a copy of Edith Nesbit's Grammar-Land though, which is a bit of fun. I have it as an e-book, but a real life paper copy is so much nicer. I'm thinking I might use this book - or Nuri Mass' Aussie equivalent, The Little Grammar People, this coming term as a break from more formalised grammar. I'll decide when I get home and compare both books, I think.
I also grabbed a copy of Michael Morpungo's Kensuke's Kingdom for Jemimah to read. Have any of you read it? It looks a lovely story.
That's about it for Day 4. Any more burning questions on life, the universe and anything that you want be to expostulate on this week while I have time? If not, it's back to the chocolates.