The end of September was so crazy, I didn’t have time to write the Books and Beverages, so I’m going to combine September and October into one post. In the two months combined, I read a total of four books. And being in Japan has allowed me to try a lot of new and interesting beverages.
This is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles. It continues Cinder’s story and introduces a few new characters, like Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood) and Wolf. Scarlet works on her grandmother’s farm and her grandmother has mysteriously gone missing. She meets a man named Wolf, a street fighter, who is willing to help Scarlet look for her grandmother. I thought I smelled a love triangle coming, but in this book it didn’t turn into one. Sometimes the next book in a series isn’t as good as the first, but this one was just as good and I didn’t see the twists coming as much as I did in Cinder.
I had Cress ready to go after I finished reading Scarlet. In this one, it was even harder to see the twists coming, and I think that made it even better than the first two. This book further develops Cress’s character, who showed up in the first book. Cress lives all alone in a satellite in Earth’s orbit with only her portscreens for company and her hair has never been cut since she’s been in the satellite (Rapunzel). She is a very good computer hacker and has done much research on Cinder and her allies. Thankfully, the love triangle I saw forming did not come to be, so I was glad for this little surprise.
This was the first book I read on my new Kindle. It was a free download, and I figured I might as well read it since it’s about Asian and Japanese culture. I think a lot of it went over my head, but I think I got the basics. It compares Asian and Western cultures through things like tea and flowers. It was very interesting and I think it helped me gain a better understanding of Asian culture. It was a quick read and worth it.
This book is narrated by a dog named Enzo whose master is a semi-professional race car driver who lives in Seattle. Living in Seattle, you can imagine that he has mastered the art of racing cars in the rain, which turns out to be a metaphor for getting through life’s difficulties. Denny, his master, gets married and has a baby girl named Zoe. Enzo is an unreliable narrator, given that he’s a dog, but he is also very wise and believes that his soul will be reincarnated into a human’s body after he has fulfilled his purpose as a dog. This book made me cry, and I had to stop reading it because I was on a train and didn’t want to cry in public. When I got back home, though, I picked it up again and cried.
Being in Japan, matcha is everywhere. Matcha is green tea powder, and The Book of Tea informed me that powdered tea is the best form of tea. At most sushi restaurants, it comes complimentary. You just put a few scoops in your mug and fill it up with the hot water spout nearby. It’s very nice.
One of my roommates bought drinkable yogurt, thinking it was milk. It came in a carton and looked like dairy, so it was easily mistaken if you can’t read Japanese. Thankfully, I was able to read the carton and figure out what it was before we put it in our coffee. Since we couldn’t return it, we had to drink it and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise and very refreshing.
Honey Milk Latte
One day, I needed some good coffee, so I walked into a Tully’s and figured I’d try this honey milk latte. It is so good. And they even made the latte right, with a layer of foam at the top on which they drizzle extra honey. I hope I can find this in the States when I get back, because I love it so much.