Do you wish that life was all roses, gypsy shawls, Starbucks lattes, classy spectacles carelessly tossed down on a table, and a trashy-looking paperback heavily annotated with color-coded sticky tabs?
You, too, can live this life. All you have to do is pretend that you have an Instagram account!
I have a history with Georgette Heyer’s Devil’s Cub. You may remember that I keep finding it at the Little Free Library. I keep bringing it home because everyone recommends Heyer. I keep taking it back because I don’t want to read it. The cover proclaims that it is the story of “a bewitching beauty and a dangerous masquerade.”
On Instagram and YouTube, some enthusiastic readers annotate nearly every page of their books with color-coded sticky tabs. The tabs are so colorful and decorative!
I wickedly decided to satirize this charming trend by “annotating” Devil’s Cub. At least, you might assume it was annotated by the number of sticky tabs applied to the pages.
I confess, I found no reason to read the book. This is not, after all, Regency Buck or Faro’s Daughter, both of which are listed on the “England’s ‘Mistress of Suspense’ Georgette Heyer” page at the back of the book. No, probably better not to read Devil’s Cub. “As she gazed defiantly into those smouldering grey eyes, Mary Chalmer’s heart melted. Against her will, against all her plans, the Marquis of Vidal had won her love forever.”
And finally, here is my satiric diary entry!
Has anybody read Devil’ Cub? I do recommend Heyer’s The Transformation of Philip Jettan and Venetia. But she is not my go-to comfort read, as she is for many.