Review: The Woman In The White Kimono

The Woman In The White Kimono by Ana Johns

Publication Date: 5/28/19

Publisher: Park Row Books (Harlequin)

Rating: 4/5

Disclaimer: I received a free advanced reader copy of this book from TLC Book Tours & Harper Collins in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review or rating.

Review: Ana Johns’ debut novel, The Woman In The White Kimono, is told in alternating perspectives from 17-year-old Naoko living in Japan in 1957 Japan and Tori Kovac, an investigative journalist, living in present day America. Overall, I found this novel to be beautifully written and heartbreaking. The story reminds me a bit of Memoirs of a Geisha and the writing style reminds me bit of Lisa See’s writing. Ana Johns does a great job portraying post-WWII and describing the relationship between America and Japan. I really loved reading Naoko’s perspective as her story was fast paced and kept me on my toes. I found Tori’s perspective to be less interesting and at a slower pace, but understand the importance of her character in the story. Though I found some parts of the book to be a bit predictable, I really liked the way that Ana Johns ended the story. I would recommend reading this novel if you love historical fiction and/or interested in Japanese and American history.

Best 9 Books I Read In 2017

This year I decided to pick up my old hobby of reading. I couldn’t remember the last time I read a novel for leisure. I used to read a lot back in middle school and high school and dropped it off after I went to college. After that, I made up excuses of work, lack of time or that I didn’t have the attention span for it anymore. But then something in me changed for the better this year. Getting back into the habit of reading was difficult at first, but I slowly gained momentum and finally realized what I’ve been missing out on these past few years.

When I started to read again this year, I didn’t set up any goals on how many books I would read in a month or how many I wanted to read by the end of this year. I didn’t want to set too high expectations so then I could easily get discouraged.

I don’t think I’ll do a reading goal for next year either. For me, it’s not about the quantity of books. It’s about the quality that I read and finding ones that resonate with me.

Without further ado, here are the best 9 books I read in 2017 in no particular order: Continue reading

Review: Shanghai Girls Series

Book 1: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Clues to describe this book: Sisterhood, Paris of Asia, Secrets, American Dream / Nightmare

Book 2: Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

Clues to describe this book: Mother / Daughter Relationships, Patriotism, Strength, Forgiveness Continue reading

3 Black Friday Amazon Kindle Book Deals

Amazon has some great Black Friday Kindle book deals going on right now that I couldn’t resist. I ended up buying three books under $10 which was an awesome bargain. Here are the books I bought:

Irresistible? by Stephanie Bond
Kindle Price: $0.99
This was an impulse buy. I never heard of the author before, but the premise of the story looked funny and light-hearted. Also there were positive reviews from Amazon readers so I thought why not? This romantic comedy is about Elle participating in a four-week clinical study which involves taking a pill that makes the taker more attractive to the opposite sex. Based on the plot, this could either be really cheesy and bad which then I would have wasted a dollar or it could be really intriguing and laugh out loud funny so then it would be totally worth every cent. I guess I’ll need to read to find out.

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Kindle Price: $1.99
I was so excited to see that this book was part of the Kindle Deals on Amazon. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, but it’s on a long hold list at the library and before then, I was on the fence of whether to buy or not since it’s a YA novel. This book is about two teens with completely different lives and backgrounds falling in love. I heard such great reviews about this book and originally found it on Book of the Month so when I saw the price drop on this then I knew I had to get this.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Price: $3.99
This book has been on my TBR list for a while as well. I read Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee and fell in love with her writing so I was excited to hear about her newest book. The book is about four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family living in Japan in the 20th century. Pachinko has been on the best seller’s list for Amazon for quite a while and it is a National Award Finalist as well. So seeing the price drop on this was definitely a treat and I can’t wait to pick this up.