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30 Days of Books – Day 01

6 Feb

Day 01 – Best book you read last year

This is actually really difficult as its between two books and i just cant pick between the two!

The first is To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee. I read this as part of the Rory Gilmore Challenge and i really really loved it. I had heard good things about and decided to give it a go. In the end, i could not put this down and really really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

The second is Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golding. This was a book that i thought i wouldnt like and totally shyed away from it. In the end i picked it up and loved it. It was fantastic. I got totally hooked in by the culture and everything in the book. Another book to read if you havent already!

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

28 Dec

Synopsis – This story is a rare and utterly engaging experience. It tells the extraordinary story of a geisha -summoning up a quarter century from 1929 to the post-war years of Japan’s dramatic history, and opening a window into a half-hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation.

A young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house. She tells her story many years later from the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Her memoirs conjure up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice-paper screens, where young girls learn the arts of geisha – dancing and singing, how to wind the kimono, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the most land’s powerful men.

My thoughts – This book was one that my mum absolutly loved, and i brought this as part of a bundle of books. I’m quite ashamed to say that i would have probably have not read it if i hadnt. It is an absolutly fantastic book! Just the description of how geishas live and what they had to go through, was like it was on another world. I had to keep remembering that this sort of thing actually happened. I had reservations about the language and weather it would be difficult to get into, but i needent have worrried. It was so easy to get into i was reading for two hours without even noticing. I would highly recommend this book to anybody, an absoutly lovely read!