Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
This is a historical fiction book set back in nineteenth century China. Our story follows the life of Lily. Her feet get bound, she gets married and has children, but the most important thing that happens to her is that she is chosen to have a laotong, a same, another girl who will be her best friend throughout her entire life. It is this friendship we follow as they write to each other using the secret nu shu language that only women write.
This is not necessarily a gripping book but it is a beautiful and interesting book. It does a very good job of explaining the customs and reasons why things happen the way they do. A lot of what this book does is just explain every day life for Lily. Yes, big events happen but mostly it is about what her life is like and how she and Snow Flower continue to communicate (or not).
I’m not really sure what else to say about this book. It is very peaceful despite the terrible things that happen and I definitely felt like I was surrounded by a different culture without feeling confused or overwhelmed by it.
I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it. Yes, it is technically an adult book and some of the situations are not something I would want children to read about but this is not necessarily an adult book more of just a mature book. I did really enjoy learning about nu shu and all the ways women were able to try and reach out of the boxes they were put in and ultimately the power they sometimes did have despite what the men around them might have wanted.
If you want to read a book about women, friendship, and China then I would say give this book a try.
Also apparently they made this into a movie which actually seems very different from the book.
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The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan
How to describe this book? This is a historical fiction book based off of reality and many Indian legends. It is basically an epic love story following the life of Mehrunnisa as she is born and falls in love with Prince Salim while her life takes her far from him. It is a story of duty and death, intrigue and war, and the idea that love will ultimately prevail. Also it is the story of how a woman gained incredible power at a time where women were not allowed any. Continue reading “(49) The Twentieth Wife // Bookish Blurb”
Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
After reading Eat Pray Love I wanted to read everything else that Gilbert has ever written. This book takes place a few years after Eat Pray Love ends and is all about marriage. Specifically, it is about Elizabeth trying to understand what marriage really is as she tries to pep herself up for her upcoming wedding after deciding that she would never remarry after her failed first marriage. Continue reading “(41) Committed // Bookish Blurb”
Today will be different by Maria Semple
This book is by the same author who wrote Where’d You Go Bernadette? which is why I picked up this book. Spoiler, I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as I hoped. In fact, I almost didn’t finish this book.
I found this book incredibly confusing which I guess it’s supposed to be considering it follows a woman who doesn’t really have anything put together. Basically we follow one day in her life but we also switch to other time periods and to realities that aren’t real and it’s just confusing. Basically we follow Liz on a day that she wants to be a good day but ends up just kind of going haywire. Continue reading “(35) Today Will Be Different // Bookish Blurb”
Eat pray love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
After reading Big Magic I realized that this was by the same author and I wanted to read it. I used to not want to read this book because it got so much hype. But guess what, things usually get talked about for a reason. And this one is good.
Basically this book follows the author’s life after her divorce and a heartbreaking relationship when she decides to travel to Italy, India and Indonesia to rebuild herself. I realize that doesn’t sound super fascinating but oh this book was good. Continue reading “(32) Eat Pray Love // Bookish Blurb”
In the Company of Secrets by Judith Miller
I had run out of things to read and this was on my Kindle (I got it for free a long time ago) so I decided to read it. I guess it classifies as Christian historical fiction and really it doesn’t deserve its own blog post but I guess it gets one anyway. Continue reading “(28) In the Company of Secrets // Bookish Blurb”
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
I had been meaning to read this book for a while especially after I read The Invention of Wings and realized that it was written by the same author. I knew I needed to read this book. In this book we follow 14 yr old Lily Owens as she escapes the horrors of her existence and tries to find out more about her dead mother. It is about race and strong women who have lots of hardship. Continue reading “(26)The Secret Life of Bees // Bookish Blurb”
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Finally I got to read some fantasy. I thought this book started a little slow but once it got going I was totally hooked and didn’t want to put it down. I’m not exactly sure how to explain this book but it is about magic and an evil forest that corrupts people and wants everyone to die. That sounds very dark and I guess it is actually quite a dark book (I mean, a lot of people die just not very many people I cared about) but it is also a book about hope and discovering yourself.
This book is set in kind of your typical kings and townspeople sort of world where there are rich people who live in the city and all the villagers who do their own thing and then there are randomly magical people and evil creatures. Continue reading “(25) Uprooted // Bookish Blurb”
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
After reading March I got a hankering to read Little Women again and since I was able to get it for free on my kindle, I did. The book tells the story of the four March daughters (Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy) and all the adventures they have and lessons they learn. Continue reading “(23) Little Women // Bookish Blurb”
March by Geraldine Brooks
This book takes the story of Little Women and tells the story of Mr. March when he goes away to be a chaplain during the civil war.
I was really intrigued by the premise of this book since I have fond memories of Little Women but ultimately that was my downfall concerning this book. Continue reading “(21) March // Bookish Blurb”