So started the last booklet in the last Ask Graded Reader I own. I’m almost done and I’m so relieved because this booklet is reminding my why I picked to read these things—I wanted to get them read so I never had to look at them again.
The last 3 booklets spoiled me, they were so good. 坊っちゃん (上下) and the telling of the 47 samurai. Enjoyed both so much.
And now I have ローマの休日… The premise is pretty good: 19 yo princess of unnamed (probably European) nation is going on an Europe tour. The story mentions going to London, Amsterdam and Paris, but our story starts at the last stop of Rome. By now the princess is tired of same old same old, probably saying the same pleasantries and discussing the same meaningless things with people for the fourth time. So she runs away during the night to have her own adventure in Rome.
Well, that premise sounds like fun, so far the execution started okay with some what is wrong with people to then lead into boring.
Spoiler details of the start to this story
So the princess leaves the first (Italian) diplomatic shindig and is preparing for bed with a Countess companion/older woman (servant-ish?). After the princess lays down in bed the Countess starts going over the schedule for the next day (serious? How is that gonna help her sleep?) and the princess is so bored/tired/exhausted with these kinds of events that she starts crying and telling the Countess to stop. Well, the Countess thinks this means the princess is sick, so she gets a doctor. Who says “well, she is indeed sick, lets give her sleeping pills”, and I’m like… whut just happened? … So they inject? her (at least that was the translation of the verb used! But I think they meant sleeping aid/pills).
Anyway, they leave and after the princess has slept for a short while, she wakes up and this is when she does her escape. Yay! Except, the sleeping aid is still in her system so after a short while she falls asleep on a bench. Now enters the male lead, a 30 yo American reporter who works in Rome and is perpetually low on funds (partly because he gambles them away). He finds the princess and for the next few pages, he gets her in a taxi, takes her to his home and lets her sleep there. And this takes several pages and aren’t interesting in the least. Down right boring.
And that is where I left off for the day. I hope the story picks up when the princess finally wakes up again…
I also spent time moving around the boxes with my manga/books so that I have easy access to all the books I had in the poll, and also to some others (like Fruit Basket) so if I change my mind about what to read next, I have all the likely candidates fairly easily reached. But since everything was crammed into a corner with a slopping ceiling, my back was a little mad at my weird lifting of boxes with books. Haha.
Well, it is done. xD