|White tank - Target, Dress - Gap Outlet, White watch - Michele Watches, Bracelets - Uniquities, Blue boots - Frye|
|The Commoner, House of Sand and Fog, and Room (another book for book club)|
I was excited to read a book based in Japan because I don't get around to doing that much, unfortunately. The book is a work of fiction, but is very clearly based on the life of Empress Michiko and later in the book, Crown Princess Masako. The beginning jumped around, giving you bits and pieces of Haruko's childhood (that's the one that's supposed to be like the empress). It was a bit too choppy for my liking. When we finally get into Haruko's twenties, when she's playing tennis and meets the prince, things pick up and are more cohesive. It was interesting reading about the rigid rules this very old lineage of royalty places on themselves (and place on others in their family) and it was understandable how some would suffer because of it, especially a commoner. It made me wonder how Kate Middleton is feeling (I adore her, really and completely). The writing itself was...fine. Not great, not terrible, just kind of ho-hum. The book did make me want to find a non-fiction account of the family.