I’ve always been a book addict, and an old-school one at that. Not only are my preferred selections are the ones published in the nineteenth century under obsolete pseudonyms, but the way I like to enjoy my novels is rather old-fashioned as well. Tablets and Kindles? Forget it. I need to put a book up to my nose and sniff it to know if I’m going to buy it.
Admittedly, I do frequently reread books the books I love and cherish. Some of the books I read again and again include Anne of Green Gables, Memoirs of a Geisha, When You Reach Me, and Little Women. Anything with a strong female lead a heart-twisting plot evokes both my mind and my wallet, without question. The four books I’m currently reading go as follows:
Memoirs of a Geisha
Author: Arthur Golden
Page Count: 428
Genre: Historical Novel
As previously said, this bestselling novel is one that I find myself picking up again and again. This timeless classic work is so beautifully written, you’ll find yourself periodically forgetting it’s a work of fiction. Nitta Sayuri, the main protagonist, weaves a story of success and prosperity after loss and trauma. Golden gives also gives an extraordinary look into the scenery Japan’s beauty, and reading this book made me want to hop on the next flight to Kyoto. This novel is a perfect blend of history and romance, and a must-have for any serious book lover.
The Name of the Star
Author: Maureen Johnson
Page Count: 372
Genre: Fiction, Ghost Story
For someone who adores books and buys them on a whim, I have a surprisingly difficult time getting into books that I’m not priorly familiar with. And, for this reason, I was a little skeptical to dive into the Shades of London series. Apparently, I didn’t need to worry; I finished this book in three days, and I currently have the second book in my Amazon cart. This book has the perfect elements for a ghost story: a boarding school in London, a century-old killer, and a brashly brave female heroine. And really, what’s cooler than a secret British Police Force that fights off ghosts with diamonds?
And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Page Count: 284
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Psychological Thriller
As you’ve probably caught on to, I’m a sucker for anything that’s spooky and psychologically thrilling. That being said, how could I not pick up a copy of this classic Christie novel? This bestselling thriller has sold 100 million copies worldwide, and as I delve into it, I can see why. Christie’s hauntingly beautiful dialogue and nuggets of details tie the plot together into something truly magical. Similarly to The Name of the Star, I see myself devouring this book within weeks, if not days.
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
Author: Edith Hamilton
Page Count: 465
Growing up, one of my favorite things to read was a children’s book of mythology stories. I especially loved the tragic (yet oddly fascinating?) story of Persephone’s kidnapping to the underworld, and the tragic death of Icarus. Nothing compares to the beauty and intricacy of these stories, and Edith Hamilton does an excellent job weaving the tales. I love enjoying this book over a cup of ginger tea with my feet kicked up on the ottoman- and maybe The Office playing in the background. (Trust me, I’m an excellent multitasker.)