Friday, May 26, 2017

Kamisama Kiss, v. 20 by Julietta Suzuki

Kamisama Kiss, v. 20 by Julietta Suzuki - 208 pages

The school trip comes to an end with a couple more adventures.  When they get back home, Tomoe expresses a desire to become human.  But when Tomoe tries to become human he is instead transformed into a fox.
This volume probably does best so far at realizing Tomoe's feelings and emotions.  It also reveals his motivations for his actions.

THE SECRET KEEPER by Beverly Lewis

The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis - 467 pages

This story is about a young woman who lives a fairly normal life....an English life.  She's always been drawn to the Amish culture and decides to join them.  That lasts 2 months.  She goes back to her family and finds a closeness that wasn't there before....but she is still drawn to the Amish way of life, goes back to make it work, and gets to the point of baptism and having a finance.  A very good story if you like the Amish books.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kamisama Kiss, v. 19 by Julietta Suzuki

Kamisama Kiss, v. 19 by Julietta Suzuki - 200 pages

Tomoe must rescue Nanami after she gives up most of her life force to save Kirohito.  This leaves Karuma and Mizuki to save Ami from the mermaid queen.  Another great entry in the series.

The Broken Ladder by Keith Payne

The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne --- 246 pages including footnotes and index.

Drawing on his research on the psychology of inequality and discrimination, Payne (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) argues that the amount of money you have doesn't directly equate with your sense of success or satisfaction. Instead, what really matters is how you feel when you compare yourself with other people. Research shows that poverty harms health, encourages short term thinking and bad decisions and de-stabilizes families and communities. But Payne demonstrates the deeper issue is not just poverty. Even people who by any objective measure are not economically deprived may act as if they are because they feel poor compared to the affluence they perceive around them. Regardless of their actual incomes, people who live in areas with greater levels of income inequality statistically demonstrate higher rates of the social problems associated with poverty: shorter life expectancy; more chronic diseases, more mental disorders, increased incidence of family instability, neighborhood violence and crime.

Payne explores how people's perceptions of their social status warps political and religious beliefs; how inequality in the workplace undermines performance and job satisfaction; how inequality in our communities destroys social cohesion and saps belief in the American dream.

Click HERE to read the review in Kirkus.

Click HERE to read a review from the National Book Review.com

Click HERE to read a review from the Los Angeles Our Weekly.com

Kamisama Kiss, v. 13-18 by Julietta Suzuki

Kamisama Kiss, v. 13 by Julietta Suzuki - 200 pages
Kamisama Kiss, v. 14 by Julietta Suzuki - 200 pages
Kamisama Kiss, v. 15 by Julietta Suzuki - 200 pages
Kamisama Kiss, v. 16 by Julietta Suzuki - 200 pages
Kamisama Kiss, v. 17 by Julietta Suzuki - 200 pages
Kamisama Kiss, v. 18 by Julietta Suzuki - 200 pages

Himemiko and Kota's love story becomes complicated when Kota discovers Himemiko's lies.  Then Tomoe's memories of his lost love are returning which means a death curse is nearing it's end and it is up to Nanami to find the cure.  Finally, it's time for the school trip to Okinawa . . .

These volumes are really starting to up the romance factor in the series.  It is becoming less comedic and more dramatic.  Still, I am enjoying the series.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kamisama Kiss, v. 9-12 by Julietta Suzuki

Kamisama Kiss, v. 9 by Julietta Suzuki - 200 pages
Kamisama Kiss, v. 10 by Julietta Suzuki - 200 pages
Kamisama Kiss, v. 11 by Julietta Suzuki - 200 pages
Kamisama Kiss, v. 12 by Julietta Suzuki - 192 pages

In these volumes, Nanami determines to help Kazuma heal his father from an illness.  She's then kidnapped, along with the shrine, to officiate a wedding between Himemiko and Prince Nishiki.
I'm continuing to enjoy the series and learning more of the backstories of all the different characters.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kamisama Kiss, v. 5-8 by Julietta Suzuki

Kamisama Kiss, v. 5 by Julietta Suzuki - 200 pages
Kamisama Kiss, v. 6 by Julietta Suzuki - 200 pages
Kamisama Kiss, v. 7 by Julietta Suzuki - 192 pages
Kamisama Kiss, v. 8 by Julietta Suzuki - 200 pages

These volumes continue the story of Nanami and Tomoe as they deal with holding a festival at the Mikage Shrine and the week-long gathering of kamisama in Izuma.

Unfortunately, we no longer have volume 4 (and neither does anyone else in Evergreen) so I had to skip that volume in the series.  It was a little confusing for the first part of fifth volume as a couple new characters were introduced that became friends of Nanami.  Luckily, I was able to figure out most of what was going on.  I might try to interlibrary loan the fifth book just to see what I missed.  I still enjoyed the rest of the books and look forward to reading more of the series.