Recent Reads: All The Good Books

I have read quite a lot in the past month (what even, has October gone already?). The first week of November was pretty hectic, but I squeezed a book in it, already. Maybe it's the effect of my bookaholic friends or all the book suggestions I keep getting, I am not sure.
Today, I am sharing all of my recent reads. I am glad to say that none of those reads were bad in any way. Reading a bad book is like learning something from a mistake: the lesson of not doing it again.

Eleanor and Park: It's a young adult novel written by Rainbow Rowell. This story takes place back in 1986 when walkmans and comics were a big thing. It revolves around two teenagers who fall in love despite their differences. Park, the guy, is  half Korean while Eleanor is red-headed with a troubling family. It's a lovely book. I love the way the author writes. It's simple & sweet. I posted it on my Instagram today & everyone had such deep comments to add to this wonderful book.

Memoirs of a Geisha: It is a historical + fictional novel by American author Arthur Golden, which tells the story of a girl who was sold by her family to become a geisha. This book covered the background of Japan's financial condition during WW-II, the training of the geishas and local customs and traditions in a beautiful way. I was pretty shocked to know it was written by an American. There's a movie adaption of this book, too. I haven't watched that, but I would love to since the characters seem so real to me now.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: It is an epistolary novel by American writer Stephen Chbosky. The story is on a lonesome guy Charlie, who writes letters to an anonymous person about his life. These letters are about his life and how things happen in his life. There's a famous movie adaption (with Emma Watson) of this book.
The main topics of this book were domestic abuse, violence, and family issues. I loved how it was written simply in a teen's writing style so you could sense how Charlie would be feeling while writing those letters.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles: It is a detective novel by Agatha Christie. A brilliant case that's twisted in so many ways. I couldn't even make a wild guess while reading. The story was about a murder of an elderly rich woman, who had a stepfamily & a young husband, with a large property divided by a will that went with her. There were quite a lot of suspicions and personal matters attached with this mystery that the author unfolded, in an awesome way. It was my first ever Agatha Christie novel. I might read another one soon.

I am making a to-read list for November right now. I'm planning to read at least 4 books. I've already started The Architect's Apprentice by Elif Shafak. It's a beautiful book (as said by many people) and I'm dreaming of Istanbul already.

What did you recently read?
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  1. Eleanor and Park has been on my to-read list for a while. I really liked Fan Girl by the same author!

  2. Mine is Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer Smith. I don't know why I'm taking such a long time to read it though. I wanna read November 9 by Colleen Hoover ASAP. She's my fave author ever!


  3. I've read the first three books in the list and I've got to disagree with Eleanor and Park being a wonderful book -- I found it terrible. I've got a fulllll review on this on my goodreads account, but in short, it was just awfully racist (ironic considering how Rowell intentionally set up the novel to be as racially diverse as possible) and the writing, romance and characters were the equivalent of cutboard. I detested the book.

    Perks was alright for me, but I feel like a terrible person saying that the impact the book seemed to have on everyone just didn't hit me. Geisha, on the other hand, is immaculate. Stunning writing and wonderful concept.

    I'm a huge fan of Agatha Christie and have read quite a few of her Poirot novels, but this one I have not. A reminder that I have to read more of her!

    I've been reading Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series! I'm halfway through the novel series and I've been enjoying them immensely!

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  4. I loved Memoirs of a Geisha! And a mysterious affair at styles is on my to-read list. I'm currently reading short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald and I would totally recommend those!
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  5. I'm not really reading anything right now but glad you have some good reads under your sleeve. :) I'm always perusing the internets for good articles and such that's about it. My other books are on hold on my kindle.. hopefully one day I'll finish them. :) Have a great one Noor! -Iva

  6. Hi! Stumbled across your blog's link through Yes and Yes ;)

    I've read all those books except Memoirs Of Geisha. I liked them all, but Agatha Christie's is my favourite one! I've just finished reading Rainbow Rowell's Carry On. Have you read it? It's YA too and kinda cute. It's different from Eleanor & Park, but just as good :)


  7. I didn't get a chance to read Eleanor and Park yet - there are so many holds on it at the library, but it seems like one of those John Green types, you either love it or you hate it.

    I remember reading Memoirs of a Geisha when I was much younger (it was probably inappropriate for me then haha), and I can't remember much of it, except that it was very captivating. I'll have to give it a go again sometime!

    I recently read Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford - definitely recommend. It's a bit girly, but I think it bridges the gap between YA and "adult" fiction very well.

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  8. I am reading Love in the time of cholera, since Marquez is one of my favourite writers. Great selection!


  9. Great choice of books! I watched Memories of Geisha movie and its really good! I would love to read a book, too! x

    The Fashion Spell

  10. I've always been fascinated by Japan's culture and I read Memoirs of a Geisha a few years ago. Beautiful and sad at the same time, I remember I was very touched by it. The movie is great too, by the way, you should watch it sometime :) I will check out the other books you mentioned, especially the Perks of Being a Wallflower, I've heard so many good things about it. Have a lovely weekend x

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  11. I keep meaning to read Perks, especially before I see the movie. I just recently met a girl who had a tattoo from that book & she was explaining how much it touched her, so I want to read it soon.

    If you're a fan of crime novels, you should add JK Rowling's new book Career of Evil (under her pen name, Robert Galbraith). I love that series, and I haven't read the new one so I'm excited to read the new one.


  12. The only book on this list I've read is Perks! I also loved it :) I've been meaning to read Eleanor and Park too...

    Chic Dream Jar


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