Monday, June 16, 2008

Summer Assignment: Book challenge -- book two

I've been debating for the last 24 hours about which book would be an appropriate, non-disappointing second act to Memoirs of a Geisha. I'd hate to pick a slow-moving book for the next one since Memoirs was so seducing and fascinating.
Next up, we'll be reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Besides hearing rave reviews from people who read mounds of books, I thought it would be cool to read Sara Gruen's book as she used to live in Prairie Crossing in Grayslake. I plan to officially begin reading the second book Wednesday, June 25, so try to finish book one by then if you're reading it for the book challenge. A warning: the same numerous people who loved this book also recommend that potential readers avoid reading any summaries of the book as most do not do the novel justice.
Also, if you're reading Memoirs of a Geisha, let me know if you'd like to get together for a Japanese dinner along with the others who've read it and discuss the book while enjoying some yummy food. (Thanks for the great idea, Margot!)
Happy reading!


  1. I will try to read Water for Elephants. I did read the summary for this book and it did not grab me. Now I am interested.

    I would love to have a dinner get together to discuss Memoirs of a Geisha. I still think of the book... its characters and it has been about a week since I have read it.

  2. Glad you liked the book. I would love to get together for a japanese meal/book discussion (so long as babes are welcome; can't leave the houes without Cam these days). I read the book over a year ago though so my memory may be a bit foggy.


  3. Hi Hyacynth... I finished Water for Elephants. Hmmm... I look forward to reading what you thought of the book. I liked the book but barely. I wrote a bit of what I thought of this book on my blog. To sum up though, I liked and felt more for Jacob during his present age of 90 or 93 vs when he was in the circus. Look forward to the next book title.


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