Monthly Archives: April 2016

Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa

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Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa
164 pages
Harvell Secker
Rating: 3/5

When I finished reading this book, my cheeks were red and hot and I had a chilling sensation in my body.

This book is about a particular sexual fetish which takes advantage of a young, Japanese woman in her limited world working in a hotel with her mother. Some would read this book and be disgusted, others would be fascinated.

I liked how the book exposed a topic that many are afraid to look into. Instead of being the outsider, we are giving the insider’s perspective. We agree with Mari until a certain point where things change, but we can sympathize with her and understand the draw.

What I liked and will remember about this book was the writing. It evoked a lot of emotions and sensations regarding touch – which is a sense that I am particularly sensitive towards. I could feel everything that happened to Mari. Was that a good thing? Well it wasn’t a bad thing, but it also wasn’t the most comfortable feeling in the world. As I was able to experience what Mari was experiencing so clearly, I think it is a sign of great descriptive writing.

As this book deals with adult content, I would only recommend this to curious minds that are very open minded about sexual fetishes and that want to be challenged by reading something that may make you feel like you are doing something wrong.

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April ElleBox

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This was a wonderful box. The tea tasted fantastic ¬†and bright, and it contained magnesium which is something my body needs right now. I have been getting cramps in my legs which is a sign of magnesium deficiency so being able to have a salt bath with a cup of wholesome tea was just wonderful. The candle smells very sweet, as it should as it is sugar cookie scented. The scent was not over powering, and instead it was just really nice. I found the flame to be quite large. I’m not sure if that was just my candle or if all of them are like that, so be careful about what you put it around. The bath salts smell like black licorice from the fennel, which is quite strong. I enjoyed it because I like that smell, but my mom took one sniff and said “no way.” And as always, I got the dark chocolate for my treat. I highly recommend this monthly subscription to anyone that would perk up from receiving a box of comfort items just in time for your period.

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Finish 7 by Summer

 

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In my Finish 7 by Summer, I have a collection of tea, makeup, a book, and something that smells super yummy.

 

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I have a couple of teas from Davids Tea that I want to finish. The first is the “Me to We” tea which was a promotion to donate the entire cost towards the “Me to We” charity. The tea only has a little bit left in the tin, because it was that delicious. It is a fruity blend, no black tea or caffeine at all. The taste is bold and bright, like cherries and raspberries.

The other Davids Tea is the White Nectarine white tea. This one contains: Apricots, white tea, blackberry leaves, safflowers, and natural nectarine flavours. It is a very light, delicate tea that I find is amazing for unwinding in the evening. As much as I enjoy this tea, I haven’t been reaching for it, which is why I am setting a goal to actually finish it.

 

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The last tea was actually given to me by one of my coworkers. Steeped Tea is a home based company, similar to Epicure, Mary Kay, Avon, Tupperware, etc. I haven’t experienced them until I tried this tea. When I lived in Victoria, BC, there was a tea that I used to get from a locally owned and operated tea store that was a woman’s tea blend. I remember it had cinnamon and juniper in it, and since then I have missed it greatly. This one is pretty similar and is a nice tasting tea that is also medicinal. The ingredients are apple pieces, rooibos, ginger pieces, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, juniper berries, raspberry leaves, chamomile, lady’s mantel, cloves, orange peel, St. John’s wort, black pepper, silver weed, and natural flavours.

 

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I have two makeup pallets that I want to try to get some decent wear into. The one on the left is by Quo and the one on the right is by Pacifica. The Quo pallet already has some good use for the darker colours, but I want to try to use the brighter colours this Spring. The Pacifica eyeshadows are very light on the skin, even the dark blue. They all blend together quite nicely but I find they don’t last as long as the ones from Quo. Still, it is a natural product that is made from coconuts, I believe, and so I would like to get my money’s worth.

 

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I love incense and candles. I always have something burning when I am at home. This pack of chocolate chip cookie dough incense has been hanging around my basket for quite awhile, so it is time to use it up. I love the scent but it makes me hungry so I have been avoiding it. Not anymore!

 

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My book choice is Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, the second book in the Lunar Chronicles. This one is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and so far it is pretty good. I am on page 30 and so far so good. I’m immediately sucked into the environment and I can tell I have many good nights ahead of me.

 

That’s it for my Finish 7 by Summer post. What are yours?

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