Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Memoirs of a Geisha is so beautifully written, and easy to read. The story is fiction yet written in a way that is believed to be told by the Geisha herself. I really enjoyed reading the book from the beginning to the end.
Chiyo was only nine years old when she was sold to an okiya to become a Geisha. The story follows her through her life as she discovers who she really is, and what her destiny is to be.
There are so many eloquent analogies, and great descriptions about her emotions that it is hard to not feel as she feels.
I was really apprehensive to start this book as I thought that it would be above my realm of understanding, but it was so easy and smooth to read. I enjoyed the book the whole way through though at times I felt the book was anti-climactic. However, the story developed and moved along without me even knowing it. I felt that this book was taking me a long time to read. I don't know why, but I never felt bored while reading it. Strange. I have never felt that way about a book before...
Reading this story has made me fall in love even more with the Japanese culture. I definately will be reading a lot more about the Japanese , and will do more to learn about the history of Japan. I love when a book can inspire that.
The first book I finished was Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden). As I said before, I will write my reviews of the books at a later time because I am short on time now. But here is a quote from the book that really stuck out to me.
"We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course."
The second book that I finished was Suzannes Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson. What a heart wrenching and beautiful story. When I became a mother, anything that I see or read about children affects me on a different level. I really did love this book. It was not as predictable as I thought, and there are a couple of twists to it.
And the third book that I am just about finished with is Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. I have seen the movie but never read the book. I have always wanted to pick this up, but for some reason never did. I really do love this book so far. Of course, I have some idea how the story is going to end, but movies never follow the book like they should.
Overall, I had a great time, but really would have loved to devote more of my time to it. Next time around, I will definitely come more prepared and make sure that I can give more time to it! I love reading and I love participating in these challenges. Thanks to all that organized and encouraged. See you in the blogospere!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Date Finished: October 15, 2008
I think I enjoyed this book a little better than the first. Bridget is so frustratingly lovable. In this novel she is up to her usual antics. She is someone who will be happy when... Again it is a character piece that every woman can relate to. It is perfectly put at the end of the book when she says "Will be fantastic in California with sunshine and millions of self help books..."
Bridget is always trying to better her life, and she is endearing and ridiculous all at the same time.
I watched the movie to this book and to the first Bridget Jones movie. I was wondering how they were going to put the interview with Colin Firth into the movie because Colin Firth plays the part of Mark Darcy. Of course that part was taken out. I was definitely disappointed in the movie not surprisingly enough. I thought that the movie did a terrible job of following the book. It was totally different. But oh well, what do you expect?
Monday, October 6, 2008
This book was such an easy read. I read through it virtually in one afternoon. Of course a little below my level of maturity, but always nice to revisit your childhood if even in a book.
Charlotte, the spider, befriends a pig who feels alone, and afraid. The story follows them as they both benefit from this friendship in different ways.
I couldn't help but catch the under-toned messages that come along with children's novels, which felt a little cheesy, but all in all, a good easy read.
I will probably choose to watch this movie along with the book for my lit flick challenge. I have not seen the movie in ages, but was always one of my favorites growing up.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Date Finished: Oct. 3, 2008
She finds herself working with a couple of sisters as a beekeeper and maker of honey. This story follows her through her discoveries, heartaches, and learning about life and her mother.
I have heard this book has "changed lives". I really loved reading this book, but would hardly say that my life is "changed".