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Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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@Megabooks @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB
#camplisty24

I don't know if I will be able to stop at the half way mark! I had my doubts about this but I am enjoying the first half, and looking into the real woman this story is based off of, excited to discuss.

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kspenmoll
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On the porch early while it is in low 70s with a slight breeze. By noon it is predicted to be in 90s. Heat wave until Saturday, could get up to 100. While I can, I am enjoying my porch. #porchlife #birdsong #camplitsy24
My first day of summer vacation!!! 💛🎈📚🏖️☀️🌊🍦🧊🌸🌼

Sace You‘re off to a good vacation start! 10h
Tamra Enjoy! 😎🌻 9h
BittersweetBooks I just love your porch! 💕 7h
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squirrelbrain Looks lovely! 🥰 4h
kspenmoll @Sace I am sooo happy! 3h
kspenmoll @BittersweetBooks @squirrelbrain Thanks! My porch is the best room in the house. It‘s not even totally furnished yet- waiting for next week when my son is around to help me. 3h
kspenmoll @Tamra I plan to savor every minute! 3h
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Prairiegirl_reading
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I got one on paper and one on audio, in hindsight I wish I would have done it the other way around. Really looking forward to the discussion on Saturday. #CampLitsy24

BarbaraBB So much to discuss about Butter! 18h
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BarbaraBB
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Pickpick

I can‘t say too much about this book, which we will discuss the next two Saturday‘s at #CampLitsy24.

It is a light pick for me. I loved the butter, the recipes, the Japanese atmosphere and most characters. However, so much is happening, so many sidelines and sometimes I lost track and noticed myself skimming. Leaving me with many unresolved questions, so I am looking forward to our discussion!

(Photo: Canal St Martin, Paris)

Chelsea.Poole I am feeling similar with this. I do love the food descriptions but…so many threads to follow. Gorgeous canal photo! 1d
TrishB I‘m definitely struggling…. 1d
squirrelbrain Yes, I skimmed quite a bit too! 16h
BookWrym I am really enjoying it especially the social commentary 10h
BarbaraBB @BookWrym I am very happy to hear that 9h
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Kitta
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Anyone else finding Butter a little triggering?

Maybe I‘m sensitive since I‘ve suffered with an eating disorder but her talking about being fat at 120 lbs is… hard. I know it‘s part of Japanese culture to be thin, and it‘s a comment on their society how much the other characters are commenting on it but it‘s making me uncomfortable. Maybe it‘s supposed to?

#camplitsy24

LiteraryinLawrence Oof, that sounds rough. Remember that your wellness is the most important thing, even if that means needing to bail on or skim certain books. 💗💗 1d
Kitta @LiteraryinLawrence thanks, that‘s a good thing to remember! I‘m enjoying the book otherwise and am going to persevere but try not to take it to heart. ❤️ Honestly my therapy this week has been about addressing my hatred of my body and that‘s probably contributing to it too. I‘m very overweight now and I‘d love to be 55 kg again, I swung straight from underweight to overweight while eating healthier and it‘s like a whole new set of problems. 1d
LiteraryinLawrence I hear you, friend. It‘s a lifelong journey and it‘s awesome that you‘re trying to heal. 1d
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Kitta @LiteraryinLawrence yes, and I feel much happier than before! I just am struggling today. Tomorrow is a new day. 1d
Jari-chan That would trigger me too... I've struggled with an ED as well, and had to learn to accept my bigger body. But I try to think about all those things I wasn't able to do during my ED years (sleeping, lifting things, having a social life, well having a life at all). Maybe that can give you a little more self-acceptance too🙏 you're worthy and loved and capable ❤️ 1d
BarbaraBB I think Rika is struggling too and she‘s confronting those (absurd!) Japanese beauty ideals but I found it hard to read sometimes too. As if I should feel guilty for not fitting that ideal. 1d
RaeLovesToRead Thank you for the heads up. You're not alone 💕. Here's a little video I made a few months ago about the tagged book: https://youtu.be/gk1maXwYYt4?feature=shared It's a partial antidote to some of the poisonous nonsense out there. 1d
Kitta @RaeLovesToRead thanks for the recommendation! Added to my TBR. 22h
Kitta @Jari-chan I‘m getting better, slowly. I love myself more and the things I‘m able to do (wanting to go snowboarding was one reason I wanted to get healthy again, although it‘s not the season for it now haha) but my desire to be at my gw is still there sometimes. I ate dinner and am focusing on the things I can do. Thanks for your words. ❤️ 22h
Kitta @BarbaraBB glad to know it‘s not just me! I agree Rika is struggling with the societal pressure. From the part I‘m at though she seems to like her body even if others don‘t. And I like that outlook. 22h
Jari-chan @Kitta It's great that you have a reason to recover. And I also sometimes miss my old body, even though I would never go back. That's absolutely normal 🫂 you're doing great, keep going ❤️ 19h
Hooked_on_books Keep at it with this book. The main character has an arc related to weight that I found quite satisfying in the end, so I think you‘ll be happy with where it ends up. 16h
Kitta @Jari-chan thanks 😊 14h
Kitta @Hooked_on_books That‘s great, thanks for letting me know. I‘m at chapter 8 now so making progress! 14h
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yourfavouritemixtape
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Next #camplitsy book! And what a book it was. My feelings changed every few pages and I can‘t really put into words whether really liked it or not (apart from all the food and all the cooking).

BarbaraBB What a great edition you have! I just finished it too. 1d
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kspenmoll
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Just finished ch. 3. I am smelling, tasting, feeling butter‘s melting yumminess on every food imaginable! Also, an AHA moment: my go to food when my stomach is irritated or I am in distress is rice with yes, butter & a dash of soy sauce. If not full of ice cream, I could go for some now, just at the drooling thought of it in my mouth, filling my senses. 🧈 🐄
#camplitsy24

Megabooks I think this book is making us all hungry! 2d
kspenmoll @Megabooks 😂😂😂 2d
BarbaraBB It already is your go to food? That is great! I‘ve been thinking to try it rather sooner than later 😋 2d
squirrelbrain I can‘t believe that‘s already your go-to food! 2d
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Megabooks
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I‘m very excited to start discussing this next week for #CampLitsy24. Since finishing it, I‘m not sure what to make of or how I feel about the way the story unfolded. 🤔🤔 @BarbaraBB has some wonderful questions lined up! 🏕️💜

BarbaraBB Thanks to you and @squirrelbrain 🧡 2d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 😘😘😘 2d
squirrelbrain I agree with all of your comments! 🤔 😃 2d
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kspenmoll I am hoping to finish because we are having a heat wave in CT predicted for Tuesday-Saturday- in the 100s. So I plan to hibernate in our air conditioned living room/dining room area.we do not have central air- old house 2d
Megabooks @kspenmoll we‘ve got a heatwave here, too! I hope you‘re able to stay cool. 2d
Megabooks @squirrelbrain 😘😘😘 2d
sarahbarnes Looking forward to the discussion too! 2d
Hooked_on_books I didn‘t vote for this one, but I‘m glad it‘s one of our books because I think there‘s a lot to discuss. I definitely have some mixed feelings about it and I think those make for the best book club/buddy read books. 2d
yourfavouritemixtape Can‘t wait for the discussions! I am not done yet but feel like my feelings towards it change every few pages! 2d
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books I had mixed feelings too. There is a lot to discuss. I think Saturday will be interesting! 1d
Megabooks @yourfavouritemixtape yes, it definitely brought out a lot of conflicting feelings. 1d
Megabooks @sarahbarnes I think it will be great. 👍🏻🏕️ 1d
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MicheleinPhilly
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I just turned over my UK paperback copy of Butter and now I seriously can not stop laughing. #CampLitsy24

kspenmoll 😂😂😂😂 thanks for sharing!!!!!- i have a different edition. 2d
LeahBergen 🤣 2d
BarbaraBB That made me laugh too! 2d
Caroline2 Ha!! 😂 when I see things like that, I always think of Monica from Friends shouting “It‘s not mayonnaise!!” (About low fat mayo). 1d
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Kitta
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Got so hungry reading Butter for #camplitsy24 yesterday I had to make some butter on toast!

This book really makes me want to invest in specialty ingredients 😆

Megabooks Same! 2d
BarbaraBB Same! 2d
Kitta @Megabooks @BarbaraBB glad I‘m not alone haha 2d
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BookWrym
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#CampLitsy enjoying an all butter croissant while audiobooking Butter. Life is good.

Looking forward to the discussion on this one as there are some really interesting observations so far.

Megabooks Yum!! Butter with a side of butter! 2d
BookmarkTavern Delicious! 2d
squirrelbrain Yummy! 🤤 2d
BarbaraBB Looking good. I had one too for breakfast! 2d
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kspenmoll
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Sunday morning coffee.It‘s actually chilly on my porch-57 degrees but with a cool wind.The sun rises to the east in back of my porch so despite its appearance I do not feel it.Brilliant cloudless blue sky.Such a chorus of birds- Merlin keeps adding more birds even as i write. Relaxing after a day in Brooklyn NY-just starting the book Butter. #porchlife #camplitsy24 #litsolace #missummerlisolace #coffeeandbooks ☕️📙8:00 am church bells chiming🔔

BookWrym I started Butter yesterday and am loving it so far although the descriptions of food make me hungry LOL 2d
BarbaraBB @BookWrym I don‘t even like butter but I‘ve been craving it since starting the book! 2d
BookWrym @BarbaraBB unfortunately I love butter and already use it for cooking rice but I have so many new ideas now 🤣 will be having a butter croissant this afternoon 2d
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Ladygodiva7 Gorgeous porch furniture and pillow!! 😍 2d
kspenmoll @BookWrym Croissant with butter- heaven! 2d
Megabooks Looks lovely! Enjoy your morning! 2d
squirrelbrain Beautiful! 😍 2d
AllDebooks 💚Beautiful💚 2d
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mcctrish
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Weekends are for gardening and #bookclubs #sundaybuddyread and #camplitsy

kspenmoll 😀 Yes! 3d
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Texreader
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Since I‘m still listening to the tagged book and wanting to try the various foods described in it, slathered in butter, this article is appropriate. #camplitsy24

https://apple.news/AUptKHfLgQpSFcB8OAN-IZg

Megabooks It‘s so easy to get obsessed with butter while reading this! 3d
MatchlessMarie I knew in my heart what it would be and just needed to see Stanley Tucci‘s name to confirm it lol 3d
Cuilin I‘m afraid to look because if it‘s not Kerrygold I will be 😠. Says the Irish woman with no bias whatsoever. 😆 3d
Meshell1313 Oooh fantastic! ❤️🧈🧈🧈🧈 3d
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Daisey
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Pickpick

I‘m giving this one a pick, but it‘s not an enthusiastic one. I really enjoyed the food aspects and the narrator‘s growth over the course of the story, but I wasn‘t really satisfied with the murder mystery aspect. I‘ll be curious to see the Camp Litsy discussion.

📷: I listened to quite a bit of this one around the farm and at home, including checking cows a couple days.

#audiobook #CampLitsy24 #BooksOnTheFarm

squirrelbrain I agree with your review - looking forward to the discussion. 3d
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Texreader
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Meanwhile, I‘m gaining weight now just listening to this book. Anyone else craving expensive butter? I confess I bought Kerrygold for the first time. Haven‘t tried it yet. Waiting for the perfect description in the book.

#camplitsy24 @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain

KathyWheeler Kerrygold is my favorite butter. 😊 6d
squirrelbrain Lol, I can‘t believe you bought some butter! Well, actually, I can because the food descriptions are 🤤. 6d
BarbaraBB I don‘t like butter but even I am tempted to buy it and let it melt on everything 😂 6d
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Megabooks I could really go for just some steamed rice with soy sauce and butter. The ramen bowl sounded good, too. Maybe that's why I picked up gluten-free ramen at the grocery yesterday?? 6d
slategreyskies @Megabooks I didn‘t know they made GF ramen! How did I not know this? I‘m GF due to an allergy, and I thought I had to give up ramen. I‘m definitely going to look for it now! Thanks for the tip! 😋😊 5d
Megabooks @slategreyskies this is the brand that I get! I‘ve tried the mushroom one and loved it. Now I‘m trying the white miso one. https://www.lotusfoods.com/collections/rice-ramen-noodles 5d
Meshell1313 Exactly how I felt reading it! I also love Kerrygold! But this book made me want some fancy French butter! 🤣 5d
Bookwormjillk Haha yeah. Just finishing the first chapter and really want cake. 2d
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dabbe
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#Two4Tuesday
@TheSpineView (thanks for the tag! 😘)

1. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 I am all over the place all the time.
2. BUTTER for #CampLitsy.

Leftcoastzen #1 I hear that! 1w
dabbe @Leftcoastzen 🤩😀🤗 1w
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1w
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Texreader
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Good heavens I just want to go eat a slab of butter on rice, and even try it with soy sauce. Dang I am loving the food already described in chapter one! 😋

#camplitsy24 @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain

BarbaraBB I felt exactly the same, reading this! 1w
squirrelbrain It‘s bad for our health, this book! 🤣 1w
kspenmoll I have to finish Clear then in to Butter! Yum! 1w
Megabooks It sounded good to me, too! 1w
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Chelsea.Poole
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Started reading the next #camplitsy24 read at the baseball diamond. ⚾️

Texreader So far I‘m really enjoying it and wanting to go have a slab of butter on rice 1w
Megabooks I hope you like it. It was a bit of a slow start for me, but the second half is 🔥 1w
Chelsea.Poole @Texreader apparently butter on rice is amazingly delicious lol. 1w
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks I can see the slow start. I‘m there at the moment but also intrigued so I‘m glad to hear it picks up at the second half! 1w
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Texreader
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I started this audiobook today. #camplitsy24

squirrelbrain I‘m think of mixing it up by adding a bit of audio to the recipe too. (See what I did there?! 🤦‍♀️) 1w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain clever Helen! 😆 I‘m in print and it‘s finally getting good! 1w
squirrelbrain Oh good @Megabooks ! I haven‘t read much of it for a few days but I should have some time tomorrow. 1w
Daisey I started the audio today as well! 1w
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Jen2
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Pickpick

Good!

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monkeygirlsmama
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Mehso-so

3.5 stars

Lots of good social commentary in this one along with some incredibly delicious sounding foods. Basically zero likeable characters though. I debated sticking it out when I was about 1/4 in, but decided to stick with it after feedback from @BarbaraJean who'd read it. I am glad I did, but I'm also happy to be done with it. 😂

dabbe Oy, this makes me not want to start this one! 😬😂😀 2w
monkeygirlsmama @dabbe 😄Nah... It was worth giving a chance. You might love it! And if nothing else, you might get some food ideas for some delicious foods to either make or go find. 🍜 2w
BarbaraJean Ah, bummer! I just finished it over the weekend, and came around with some of the characters by the end, but yeah--if you want likeable characters, this is not the book for it! The length probably didn't help. Since you did finish it, maybe check out the #CampLitsy2024 discussion in a couple weeks! 2w
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monkeygirlsmama @BarbaraJean I'm definitely glad I stuck it out. I did enjoy aspects of it! And the foods almost all made my mouth water and stomach growl. Hehe 2w
Megabooks Some of the food porn definitely sounded yummy! 1w
Megabooks Join us a camp the last two Saturdays in June to discuss! 1w
monkeygirlsmama @Megabooks No promises because I'm bad at participating in these things, but I will try! Thanks :) 5d
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BarbaraJean
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I‘m still not sure what I think of this—but kind of in a good way. There‘s a lot here to unpack, from ideas about beauty and socially-imposed female roles, to all the descriptions of food! All against a backdrop of a journalist pursuing a story that quickly (literally?) begins to consume her. I didn‘t like any of the characters, but by the end I was won over. This was SUPER interesting and I‘m excited for the #CampLitsy24 discussion!

squirrelbrain Glad you enjoyed it! I‘m about 30% in so far and intrigued to find out where it will go. 2w
BarbaraBB An intriguing review! I‘ll start the book one of these days! 2w
BarbaraJean @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB It was an intriguing book! Should make for a good discussion. I had to finish it quickly because it was due back at the library... I was a bad library patron and ended up keeping it an extra few days 😬 2w
Megabooks This sounds like it will make for great discussion! I‘m about 10% in now. 2w
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Meshell1313
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Pickpick

Soo much to discuss in this #CampLitsy24 book! I do think it could have used some editing- but I wonder how much really gets lost in translation? A story about a journalist trying to find her way and come to terms with past trauma as well as Japan‘s societal expectations! I‘ve traveled there so I enjoyed the neighborhood descriptions. This was truly a unique slow burn. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Megabooks So glad you enjoyed it! 2w
BarbaraBB Me too! I am about to start it myself! 2w
squirrelbrain Glad you enjoyed it! 2w
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monkeygirlsmama
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Listening to the #audio version of this book. 4+ hours in with 12+ hours to go. I am enjoying it, but also don't feel incredibly engaged. Feeling like if I'm going to bail I need to do it sooner rather than later so as to not just waste time. So, that leaves me with a question for those of you who've read it...

Yay or Nay for sticking it out? Is it worth it and going to pull me back in? 🤷‍♀️

JamieArc Are you reading this for #camplitsy24? A bunch of us will be reading it in the second half of June, so it might be worth sticking it out of you want to be part of the dialogue. 3w
BarbaraJean I'm about halfway through and am finding the ideas more and more interesting as the book goes on. I'm not liking any of the characters, though! I do think it's a worthwhile read (so far) for the way the narrative explores ideas of beauty and socially-imposed female roles. But obviously everyone's mileage will vary... 3w
monkeygirlsmama @JamieArc No, just discovered it on Libby and thought it sounded interesting. 3w
monkeygirlsmama @BarbaraJean That's the problem I've been having. 😝 I'm liking that aspect and enjoy the foodie discussions which is why I'm less inclined to give up. LoL Guess I'll stick with it for now. 3w
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LitsyEvents
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Megabooks Thanks for posting!! 🙌🏻🫶🏻 3w
BarbaraBB You‘re the best! 3w
squirrelbrain Thank you! 🙏 3w
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Suet624
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Mehso-so

1. This book was MUCH too long and it took away from some of the important points the author was making.
2. Parts of the book were quite meaningful and worthy of a lengthy conversation, so I‘m glad #camplitsy24 will be discussing the details.
3. I don‘t cook and this book made me want to.
4. I think I enjoyed reading it but I could be convinced otherwise. I definitely am glad I‘m done.

Megabooks This sounds like a good one for discussion then, especially based on points 2 and 4. I didn't know much about it until it was nominated for camp. I'm curious where we'll all come down on it. (edited) 3w
BarbaraBB I‘ll read it next week. I‘ve become very curious now where I‘ll end up. I do like to cook though 😀 3w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I always imagined that you like to cook. 💕 3w
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Suet624 @Megabooks I can‘t wait for that discussion. 3w
squirrelbrain Always better when there‘s lots to discuss! 😜 3w
sarahbarnes I agree on all points. I love to cook and the descriptions of food were my favorite part of the book. Looking forward to the discussion. 3w
Suet624 @sarahbarnes Near the beginning of the book she talks about rice with butter and for some reason it made my mouth water and I had to jump up and cook some rice. I'm glad you had the same thoughts I did. 3w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Such a homey type, me 😉 3w
Hooked_on_books Funny enough, it actually didn‘t make me want to cook or eat. I think it‘s because she kept mentioning fat/grease glistening on people‘s lips, which just made me gag. 3w
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books that‘s so interesting. 3w
Chelsea.Poole I like your points! I was also worried about it being too long, just by looking at it! 3w
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BarbaraJean
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So… the murderer in this book is described as “neither young nor beautiful,” and she weighs “over 70 kilos.” And an earlier comment says: “It‘s a miracle that someone that fat could con so many people into wanting to marry her!”

I never remember the kilo to pound ratio, so I looked it up. 154 pounds. She weighs over 154 pounds. That‘s how “fat” she is. 😳😐🙄

#CampLitsy24

julesG Doesn't sound like much to me, unless she's very short. 3w
Amiable 😖 3w
BarbaraBB That isn‘t even much for a Japanese I think. Very annoying those things. 3w
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Megabooks Definitely not fat! #annoying 🙄 3w
Hooked_on_books There were some bits of fat-shaming for not fat people in this book that irked me. But when it starts with the main character, keep with it, is all I‘ll say. 🫢 3w
squirrelbrain How annoying! Intrigued by your comment though @Hooked_on_books 3w
Suet624 The way she talks about how little women eat there, I assume that weight is more than most. 3w
Aimeesue 😳 3w
dabbe 😱 3w
BarbaraJean @JulesG @BarbaraBB @Suet624 I'm sure there's a cultural component going on with Japanese standards of beauty, but I was very taken aback with seeing this particular number! @Hooked_on_books I'm into Chapter Two now... I keep thinking the emphasis on weight has faded into the background and then there will be another offhanded “fat“-shaming comment. 🙄 But the story has me hooked! 3w
Ruthiella I just read the first chapter where it states she‘s 5 foot five inches. 150 lbs is not fat at this height, IMO. 3w
julesG @Ruthiella had to translate that into the metric system. So she's 165 centimetres and 70 kilograms. 3w
BarbaraBB I am taken aback too, I can‘t imagine someone writing that today. I‘ll read the book next week. 3w
monkeygirlsmama Listening to this a #audiobook right now and I did the same thing. And, yeah, pretty cheeky concept, but it is Japan so it makes sense they focus on thin as beautiful. 3w
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LitsyEvents
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repost for @BarbaraBB

Our second #CampLitsy24 book is Butter. We‘ll discuss it after Clear, in the second half of June. Our reading schedule is as follows: we‘ll discuss chapter 1 to 8 on June 22 and chapter 9 to the end on June 29.

Looking forward to the book, I hope it is just as good as Clear, that we will discuss on June 8 and 14!

#BuddyRead

original post:
https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2737320

kspenmoll Yay! 3w
BarbaraBB Thank you again @LitsyEvents 🙏 3w
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BarbaraBB
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Our second #CampLitsy24 book is Butter. We‘ll discuss it after Clear, in the second half of June. Our reading schedule is as follows: we‘ll discuss chapter 1 to 8 on June 22 and chapter 9 to the end on June 29.

Looking forward to the book, I hope it is just as good as Clear, that we will discuss on June 8 and 14!

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Ruthiella I got lucky and have this from the library now. Perfect timing. 4w
squirrelbrain That‘s perfect timing @ruthiella! I‘m just about to start this…. 4w
monalyisha I‘ll be skipping this title but if it‘s easier to continue tagging me, that‘s fine. 😉 Hope you all enjoy! 3w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella That‘s perfect! Looking forward to your thoughts! 3w
BarbaraBB @monalyisha I think it is… but i‘ll try to think of untagging you when adding the tags…! You‘ll join for Clear, right? 3w
mcctrish I‘m hoping for my library hold to come in otherwise I will buy the e book 3w
monalyisha That‘s my plan! For the second half of the discussion, anyway! 3w
AmyG I‘m all set! 3w
GatheringBooks Yayyy! Super grateful for the tag. I was wondering about the order in which the books need to be read. 💕🤗🥰😘 3w
ChaoticMissAdventures I am 41st in line at my library so caved and ordered a copy, hopefully one of them gets to me in time! We have picked very popular books at my library! 3w
BarbaraBB @GatheringBooks did you miss the posts we shared about the order? In July we‘ll read All Fours and James, in August Bear and The Alternatives! 3w
BarbaraBB @AmyG Yay!🙌🏽 3w
BarbaraBB @ChaoticMissAdventures I hope it‘ll work out! 3w
BookWrym Eeek 10 week wait at the library for this one might be late to the discussion 🤣 3w
jhod Bought at Hay today! 3w
BarbaraBB @BookWrym But you do have the audio right? 3w
BarbaraBB @jhod Yay 🤍 3w
GatheringBooks Hello hello! Thank youuu for the tag and sharing this. Do we also have the order of books to be read for july and august? I have five book clubs so making sure i prioritize the reading of the titles. 💕💕💕 3w
BarbaraBB @GatheringBooks Hi Myra we do! We‘ll read James followed All Fours in July and The Alternatives followed by Bear in August. For the exact reading schedule I am tagging @Megabooks and @squirrelbrain 3w
GatheringBooks Perfect! Thank you so much! 💕💕💕 3w
squirrelbrain @GatheringBooks - we‘ll be discussing The Alternatives on Aug 7th and 14th, then Bear on Aug 21st and 28th. 2w
Kitta Ooo I‘m on chapter 8 now. Just came by to check where we were reading to for this weekend! 13h
BarbaraBB @Kitta You‘ll be all set by Saturday! 12h
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yourfavouritemixtape
Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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Library haul! I cannot remember the last time I did a proper one for myself. One for #camplitsy, one for an IRL bookclub and one because I loved the first #camplitsy so much. I am very excited ☺️

RaeLovesToRead Richard Scarry 🥰🥰 4w
RaeLovesToRead This reminds me, I need to buy my nephers some Scarry.. 4w
yourfavouritemixtape @RaeLovesToRead always a favourite!! 😊🪱 4w
BarbaraBB Such a great haul! 4w
Megabooks Yay!! 4w
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sarahbarnes
Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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Pickpick

I read this while I had it from the library. Looking forward to discussing it at #CampLitsy. A slow simmer of a book in true Japanese style. I will say I enjoyed the second half more than the first. Overall a pick. 🧈

batsy Nice! Glad to see it was a pick for you 🧈 1mo
BarbaraBB Glad it was a pick although you don‘t sound too thrilled 🤨. I‘ll read it soon! 1mo
squirrelbrain Glad it was a pick - hopefully we‘ll get some good discussion from it. (Sometimes Asher when it‘s not universally loved! 🤣) 1mo
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sarahbarnes @batsy @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain very much looking forward to your thoughts. And agreed @squirrelbrain I think it will lead to some good discussion! 4w
Megabooks I‘m wondering if I‘ll like this. 🤔 excited to discuss it with you! 4w
Suet624 It just keeps going and going. 😒 …. 4w
sarahbarnes @Megabooks likewise! I‘ll be interested to hear what you think. 4w
sarahbarnes @Suet624 I did feel like that at times. I liked the second half better. 4w
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Oryx
Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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Making a head start on this, because it's looooong. #camplitsy24

squirrelbrain Ooh are you going or coming home?! 1mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain Going to NI 😊 1mo
squirrelbrain Hooray- enjoy! 1mo
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TrishB Have fun ♥️ 1mo
BarbaraBB Enjoy 💕🏕️ 1mo
Megabooks Yay! 🏕️🙌🏻 4w
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BookishTrish
Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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Mehso-so

I loved the narration in the audiobook. The first half was excellent. Journalist Rika seeks an interview with a famous female serial killer / gourmand. Like Clarice Starling before her the killer gets deep into Rika‘s head. The initial promise of the novel is squandered as it drags on too long (and sometimes inexplicably).

Suet624 Starting it now. It‘s making me want to buy a rice cooker and some good butter. (I hate cooking.). Beautiful photo! 1mo
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Hooked_on_books
Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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Pickpick

My hold came in, so I listened to this a bit in advance of camp. I ended up really enjoying it. It‘s a slow burn and there are aspects I didn‘t like (way too much focus in the first half on equating food to sex), but the main character has a really good arc. And, somewhat surprisingly, it didn‘t make me hungry!

BarbaraBB So glad you liked it! That is encouraging for the rest of us! 1mo
squirrelbrain Glad you enjoyed it! 1mo
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MicheleinPhilly
Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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Camping supplies coming in. And a couple of extras just because. #CampLitsy #bookmail

TrishB Good choices 👍🏻 1mo
Librarybelle I loved Watermelon! 1mo
AmyG Ha, I went shopping too…e-shopping. 1mo
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Ruthiella You have to be prepared for all eventualities! 1mo
BarbaraBB Camping supplies 🤣🤣 1mo
squirrelbrain Well, you need books to read at camp under the covers with a flashlight! 🔦 1mo
CarolynM Greta & Valdin is gorgeous. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 1mo
sarahbarnes ⛺️🎉 1mo
Megabooks I spy some uk covers! International bookmail is always exciting! 4w
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BarbaraJean
Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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Waaaait, not yet!! I need this for June, not May!! #CampLitsy24 #LibraryProblems

monkeygirlsmama I've been stuck on hold for this one myself. Better get it while the gettin's good. LoL 2mo
BarbaraJean @monkeygirlsmama Hahaha—I know, right?! The same kind of thing happened with Clear—I already had it checked out when it was picked for Camp Litsy. I went ahead and read it because the odds of it coming around again in time are too slim! 2mo
Kitta I might not get my library hold for this in time!! I think last I checked it said 20 weeks 😬 I might have to buy a copy. 2mo
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BarbaraJean @Kitta The hold lists were VASTLY different between print copies and digital in my library system. The ebook and audio versions both had a 20-ish week wait, but when I put a hold on the print copy I was 3rd in line! Wish I could lend this library print copy your way 🙃 (edited) 2mo
Ruthiella Just take good notes! 😂 Holds are insane - you never know when a forecasted 10 week wait turns into to pick up tomorrow! 2mo
BarbaraJean @Ruthiella I know, right?! So often, I put a book on hold expressly because the wait is so long and I'll have time to clear some other holds before it arrives. Then it's suddenly ready before I am!! 2mo
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Abailliekaras
Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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Mehso-so

I liked this but didn‘t love it as much as I wanted to. It was sold as a novel of food & murder but it‘s really about journalist Rika navigating work, friendships and society‘s expectations of women in Japan. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of food & her life in Tokyo & the unexpected turns the characters take. But it became repetitive & was more a coming of age than a suspenseful mystery. Authentic & thought-provoking but too long.

BarbaraBB Oooh that‘s disappointing. We‘re going to read this for #CampLitsy24 and my expectations are high - just like yours. We‘ll see! 2mo
sarahbarnes What @BarbaraBB said - I‘ve been looking forward to this one, too; disappointed to see it didn‘t meet your expectations. 2mo
Abailliekaras @BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes we did it on the podcast and Annie loved it, so I might be in the minority! 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear, I just got this one. Fingers crossed… 2mo
Abailliekaras @Cathythoughts I‘m sure you‘ll love it! The food is 🔥 2mo
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Sace
Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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I got so excited when I saw Butter was on Hoopla. I‘m so disappointed. I wish I understood the workings of Hoopla and my library. I don‘t know that we have enough…ANY German speakers in my area for there to be the German language audio.

Will I be forced to buy a copy so I can pretend to participate in #CampLitsy2024?

Prairiegirl_reading 😲 I would be sooo mad!!!! 2mo
Sace @Prairiegirl_reading and it‘s the only option. The library doesn‘t even have it. How odd that this random German language audio book is the one offering. 2mo
TheKidUpstairs I did the same today! It's so weird... 2mo
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Sace @TheKidUpstairs Wait…so your hoopla only has the German version too? 🤔 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @Sace yup, mine too! 2mo
Sace So unfair! *pout* I‘m probably going to end up buying it. It sounds so interesting. 2mo
TheKidUpstairs @Sace I'm thinking I'll end up buying the digital copy (hardcover is just too expensive!). One of the libraries o belong to has a physical copy, but I'm 7th on the list so I doubt it'll get to me in time. 2mo
Sace @TheKidUpstairs I‘m torn between kindle and paperback. The kindle is less expensive but I do love reading physical books. 2mo
CBee I just looked at my Hoopla and the one I found is in German too 😂😂 2mo
BarbaraJean Same here--my Hoopla only has the German audio version. It must be something to do with what rights are available where at this point (and for how much)! My library does have audio and ebook versions available (through Libby/Overdrive)--but there's a 24-week wait on the audio and a 22-week wait on the ebook. 🙄 I'm 2nd in line for the print version, though! 🎉 (edited) 2mo
Sace @CBee Really wishing I had taken more German classes in college! (edited) 2mo
Sace @BarbaraJean it‘s funny how physical copies have shorter wait times. My daughter has had similar experiences with her library. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Hi all @CBee @Sace @TheKidUpstairs @BarbaraJean — librarian here 👋 the way hoopla works for most libraries: there‘s an Instant Borrow catalog which borrowers have access to: anything at all on the platform (unless your library suppresses certain titles/formats/$/etc) Certain publishers work with hoopla to allow their titles to be sold there. Libraries do *not* select certain titles for that platform like Libby/the physical library. More ⬇️ 2mo
Chelsea.Poole So there ends up being random stuff there that wouldn‘t be of local interest to your library system, but since it‘s a part of the offerings from the publishers hoopla works with, it shows up in the catalog. Theres really great titles there but also some low quality content that comes along with it. Also, there is a new program hoopla offers called “flex titles” where libraries can purchase titles but users have to wait for them like Libby. 2mo
Sace @Chelsea.Poole thanks for the explanation! 2mo
CBee @Sace my hubby speaks German. I‘ll have him read it and translate 😂😂 2mo
CBee @Chelsea.Poole thank you ♥️ 2mo
Sace @CBee I am jealous! 🤣 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @CBee record him—audio for us English speakers lol. 2mo
CBee @Chelsea.Poole haha he would look at me like I was crazy if I asked him 😂😂 He isn‘t much of a reader these days. 2mo
CBee @Sace he‘s pretty cool ♥️ 2mo
julesG I should get hoopla. 😬 2mo
Sace @julesG yes. And then record a translation for us 🤣 🤣 🤣. 2mo
Suet624 Thanks for the explanation @Chelsea.Poole 2mo
julesG It would be easier to just read the eBook out loud. 😉😉 2mo
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thewallflower0707
Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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Mehso-so

#Butter sounded great, and it did make me very hungry. However, I somehow got lost in the middle and my interest dwindled. Also, some sentences were so awkwardly formulated, I don‘t know if that‘s because of the translation or the original?

#review #read

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5