Book post #2 | Recent Reads

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

So recently I haven't been as consistent with blogging as I had planned, I haven't posted for a while because I wasn't feeling very inspired, but in the mean time I've been reading a lot so to get back into things, I bring you a review of my latest reads.

The Girl in Times Square , Paulina Simon
This I picked up on a whim in the thrift store, I was looking for something light and the cover caught my eye, it kinda reminded me of Audrey Hepburn for some reason. The only thing I really liked about this book was that it was set in New York. I read the first few chapters nothing seemed to happen really. I will admit I didn't really read it properly as it was terrible, but I skimmed through the chapters because I was curious to know what happened to her missing best friend. *Spoilers ahead* Things that happen in this book: The main character's boyfriend leaves her, her best friend has disappeared, She fancies the cop looking for her friend. Her family is awful, especially her mother. She's been trying to finish college for six years. She has a winning lotto ticket she won't cash and instead works really long hours in a diner until she gets cancer. I know, as if her life isn't miserable enough. Then in the end it turns out her brother who is some big-shot in politics or something, and married, was having an affair with her friend and is responsible for her death. The friend was actually trying to destroy him and in the course of trying to do so, developed feelings for him and tried to warn him that her partner is trying to kill him or something. And somehow that's how she ends up dead. Overall it was just an awful story in my opinion. I might be being harsh as I didn't read it properly, but that was because I couldn't, it was too bad. 

My rating: 1/5

The Historian , Elizabeth Kostova
This book I bought because the blurb, "Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’" Sounded intriguing. I did't spend long reading anymore of the back after that and just decided to get it. (It was a thrift store too) It was only later I realized it's actually about vampires. Not just any vampires though, the one OG, Dracula. I got it at the beginning of last month and I featured it in my June Favourites post as I liked it so much. For the first few chapters I had to make myself keep reading, it seemed a quite dull but it got so much better, I was really glad I hadn't abandoned it. Basically, it's about a hunt for Dracula who is suspected to be still alive, and some creepy books with dragons in them that are supposed to be clues that lead to his tomb. The pace stays quick and it was quite gripping, I couldn't tell what was going to happen. The characters travel around the world in their hunt for Dracula. I liked that you get a nice feel for each city they go to.  It was confusing to read at times as there is a narrator, in a narrator in a narrator, so if you don't concentrate it's tricky. I liked the close relationships the characters have to each other, the tight dad and daughter relationship is sweet. The the ending isn't amazing, but overall I really enjoyed this book, it was an interesting read.

My rating: 4/5

Memoirs of a Geisha , Arthur Golden
I saw the film of this book years ago and didn't really remember a whole lot of the story. I decided to see what the book was like. (I also found this in the thrift store, duh :p) While reading this book it really made me feel like I was right there experiencing everything with the character. I didn't really put it down once I started reading it. The story is quite horrible, the main character, Sayuri, is sold into slavery and gets the chance to become a geisha, (basically a glorified prostitute) At fourteen. And this is like a good thing for her, as its the only way for her to gain wealth and status after putting up with years of abuse from the people around her. Horrible, I know. One day a man "The Chairman" shows her some kindness and she then develops this completely unrealistic and creepy infatuated obsession with him. Which lasts years. It turns out he was the one who arranged for her opportunity to become a geisha, all because he liked the unusual colour of her eyes. Creepy. There was a lot in the book that gave me the creeps, sleazy men and their grossness. (I'm not gonna detail it but know that it's awful) But this story is basically about sex slavery.  It was interesting to learn a bit about geisha culture and customs, although I'm not sure how accurate any of the details are. The author has a bunch of qualifications in Japanese culture and stuff but I don't really believe any of this book has much basis in fact although it's presented as though it is 100% true. It was interesting to read, but really very forgettable.

My rating: 2/5

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