Archive for April, 2011


Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha (film)

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Title: Memoirs of a Geisha

Author: Arthur Golden

I will admit that I had no clue what a geisha even was until I read this book. I read this around the time the movie version was released. Even better was that I found this at the library book sale. You can’t go wrong buying the book by the inch instead of cover price. Personal victory.

For a complete work of fiction the story is as real as the country it takes place in. The lies and deceit of those who are greedy and prey on the innocence and less fortunate. The tearing apart of a family and the lengths a girl will go to find real love.

This book was worth the read and the movie was worth the viewing. đŸ™‚

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The cover of the 1994 novel

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Title: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Author: John Berendt

I loved this book. This was one of the books I read after I saw the movie but only because I didn’t know it was a book first. I love how this reads like a fictional novel when it is about real people and events. I love how Mr. Berendt makes the scenes come to life-like they are happening now.

“Elegant and wicked…. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil might be the first true-crime book that makes the reader want to book a bed and breakfast for an extended weekend at the scene of the crime.” –The New York Times Book Review

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Title: Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

Author: Lorna Landvik

I know the rule is to never judge a book by its cover, but I couldn’t help but grab this one off the shelf right after I read the title. I do believe I laughed out loud in the middle of the book store. After my skeptical reading of the first chapter in the aisle, I knew I had to buy it.

If you are an avid reader and like having a list of books to read on hand this book is perfect. Each chapter has the title of a different book. This book was also awesome because although it is fiction it is congruent to life and the issues we face everyday.

I believe this book is the proof that with a few good friends and a good book you can make it through anything.

Cover of "A Secret Kept"

Cover of A Secret Kept

Title: A Secret Kept

Author: Tatiana de Rosnay

A Secret Kept is about the discovery of the past of two adult children’s deceased mother. The discovery comes on a birthday weekend when the older brother chooses to surprise his sister on her 40th birthday and take her to a place they used to visit in the summer with their grandparents. As the trip draws to a close and the siblings are on their way back to reality, the sister remembers something that changes both of their views of their mother.

I love that I opened up Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key and that this novel left me just as satisfied. The world she creates is full of normalcy and whimsy. The characters are so vivid you can almost feel like you want to have them over for tea.

Eat Pray Love

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Title: Eat Pray Love

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

 

So this is going to be an off review since I honestly couldn’t finish either the book or the movie. I wasn’t a huge fan of the beginning but I loved the part that took place in Italy. I got half way through India and was thoroughly bored. I tried to get into it the way I got into Italy. I just couldn’t. I will confess. I began reading the book because I wanted to see the movie and I have this thing where, if I know the movie is based on a book beforehand, I do my best to read it prior to seeing it. I don’t like to have someone’s face in the novel unless it is because the author did a fantastic job describing them and I can mentally imagine the words being acted out in my head. I hope to hunker down and finish it eventually but my attention span is on vacation right now and I seem to get distracted by random thoughts or my dog barking at something outside at the present time.

 

If you loved the book and/or the movie don’t ruin it for me. I am sure I could use some encouragement to finish though. đŸ™‚ Leave some in the comments if you wish.