Omigosh, you guys. This book.
There are books you read once and like, books that you read twice and love, and then there are books you read once a year and can basically recite word for word. For me, Memoirs of a Geisha is one of those books. It’s also one of the only books I’ve ever described as ‘stunning’.
Memoirs of a Geisha tells the story of Chiyo, a young Japanese girl who is sold into an okiya in the geisha district of Gion. After its publication in 1997, it quickly became an international bestseller – and boy, can I see why. The breadth of historical detail in it is astonishing, and yet, despite the enormous amount of research that must of gone into it, the writing itself feels effortless.
Honestly, if you only have time to read one book this month (and if you’re doing NaNoWriMo, that might be the case), please make it this one. I promise you won’t regret it.**
Read and enjoy!
**Unless you also watch the dreadful movie adaptation, in which case, you probably will.