While Konoha is aware that he will soon be losing his book-eating club president when she ventures off to college, a new relationship blossoms between him and the once standoffish Kotobuki. The two even manage to spend New Year's Day together! However, the dawn of the new year also ushers in the return of a familiar face - a girl whose every line Konoha has memorized and one the heartbroken boy thought he would never see again. Just as she reenters his life, though, Konoha feels the ties he has established with the people around him begin to sever... Can a simple book girl shed some much-needed insight on the situation before it's too late?
Life in the literary club has settled into a predictable - if unusual - routine. Junior member Konoha Inoue dutifully writes short stories for his club president, Tohko Amano, who subsequently shreds them and devours each morsel like the book-eating goblin she is. When the club begins receiving cryptic messages, though, routine goes out the window as Tohko sets out to find the culprit with Konoha in tow! When their investigation suggests that a tormented spirit might be stalking the school halls, matters quickly take an ominous turn. Is it possible that ghosts really exist, or is there something even more disturbing at play? But if there is room in the world for a literature-consuming goblin, then, really, how unlikely is a famished spirit?
A Journey through the Treasures and Transforming Power of a Reading Life
Author: Sarah Clarkson
When you hear a riveting story, does it thrill your heart and stir your soul? Do you hunger for truth and goodness? Do you secretly relate to Belle’s delight in the library in Beauty and the Beast? If so, you may be on your way to being a book girl. Books were always Sarah Clarkson’s delight. Raised in the company of the lively Anne of Green Gables, the brave Pevensie children of Narnia, and the wise Austen heroines, she discovered reading early on as a daily gift, a way of encountering the world in all its wonder. But what she came to realize as an adult was just how powerfully books had shaped her as a woman to live a story within that world, to be a lifelong learner, to grasp hope in struggle, and to create and act with courage. She’s convinced that books can do the same for you. Join Sarah in exploring the reading life as a gift and an adventure, one meant to enrich, broaden, and delight you in each season of your life as a woman. In Book Girl, you’ll discover: how reading can strengthen your spiritual life and deepen your faith, why a journey through classic literature might be just what you need (and where to begin), how stories form your sense of identity, how Sarah’s parents raised her to be a reader—and what you can do to cultivate a love of reading in the growing readers around you, and 20+ annotated book lists, including some old favorites and many new discoveries. Whether you’ve long considered yourself a reader or have dreams of becoming one, Book Girl will draw you into the life-giving journey of becoming a woman who reads and lives well.
When Tohko learns that someone is vandalizing books in the school library, she immediately launches an investigation. After all, there is hardly a more serious crime imaginable to a literature-eating goblin! Of course, Konoha is pulled (reluctantly) into his capricious club president's latest obsession, and when the culprit is caught, his penance is to participate in a play that Tohko has decided to organize for the school's cultural festival. Just as Oscar Wilde posited that "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life," Konoha begins to notice similarities emerging between the circumstances that led to the vandalism of the library books and the relationships borne out in the literature club's play. The sometimes-frightening ties between people force Konoha to reexamine his understanding of true friendship...but will Konoha's newfound openness only leave him more vulnerable to betrayal?
For Tohko Amano, a third-year high school student and self-styled "book girl," being the head of the literary club is more than just an extracurricular activity. It's her bread and butter...literally! Tohko is actually a literature-gobbling demon, who can be found at all hours of the day munching on torn out pages from all kinds of books. But for Tohko, the real delicacies are hand-written stories. To satisfy her gourmet tastes, she's employed (rather, browbeaten) one Konoha Inoue, who scribbles away each day after school to satisfy Tohko's appetite. But when another student comes knocking on the literary club door for advice on writing love letters, will Tohko discover a new kind of delicacy?
"I've been kidnapped by a bad person. Bring a change of clothes and your homework and come save me!" Duped by this seemingly earnest summons from Tohko, Konoha finds himself forced to spend his summer break at the Himekura villa, writing snacks for his greedy club president. But the shadow of a tragedy from eighty years past threatens to destroy their otherwise peaceful summer! What is the "secret" that stirs the Book Girl's imagination?
"I am Tohko Amano. As you can see, I am a book girl." "You don't have to write. I'll stay with you." Nanase's words may have saved Konoha, but Ryuto's words only trouble his heart once more: "I might break Kotobuki." And just after, Tohko vanishes. All that remains in her empty house is a shredded school uniform. Can Konoha follow her? What answer will he find as the truth gradually comes to light? Tohko's prayer, Kanako's hatred, Ryuto's anguish - the story hidden at the root of them all is about to be revealed! The bold final episode of Book Girl!
With college exams approaching, Tohko Amano - president of the literary club, closet book-eating goblin, and shameless procrastinator - does the unthinkable and declares club activities suspended! Unencumbered by the demand of his taskmistress to deliver handwritten improv stories, Konoha finds himself helping his oft-estranged classmate, Nanase Kotobuki, in the music room after school. When one of Kotobuki's friends goes missing before Christmas, though - vanishing amidst rumors of her being an "Angel of Music" - Konoha finds himself swept up in a mystery unfolding as if from the pages of Gaston Leroux's seminal work...
"I am Tohko Amano. As you can see, I am a Book Girl." It's been two years since Konoha's first encounter with Tohko, the mysterious girl who introduced herself so oddly. The two have shared any number of unusual adventures int he interim, but as Tohko's graduation approaches, she inadvertently confesses a betrayal. Stunned by this revelation, Konoha is further rattled by a warning that his club president will soon disappear! What is the secret that Tohko has kept hidden? The first act in the finale of Konoha and Tohko's story begins here!