The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Reviewed By: Brittany Morgan

Alma Whittaker, the daughter of the famous botanist tycoon Henry Whittaker, is a revolutionary in the field of mosses. She spends her life studying this slow growing species and publishing her work via her friend George Hawkings. As an older Alma continues her research on mosses, and human nature, a young man named Ambrose Pike. This unlikely pairing of a scientists and a utopian artist is joined by a mutual desire to understand of human nature and the universe.

I love the storytelling aspect of this novel. Gilbert did an amazing job of providing a history of Alma and her family throughout. This allowed the reader to follow Alma from before her birth until she reached 90 years old. I was able to see her grow, mature and develop as the years went on, which added an emotional connection fro the reader as well. A negative aspect of the novel is at some points it can be a bit draggy.

Overall I enjoyed the book and appreciated Gilbert’s tacking of powerful themes ranging from the meaning of life to self discovery.

RATING: 4 stars


Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Reviewed By: Brittany Morgan

This book lives up to the hype! Since I was in elementary school, people have been raving about Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of A Geisha and I could not have been less interested in picking up the novel. A few weeks ago something in me changed when I selected the text to be my next audio book venture. Memoirs of A Geisha has been of the the surprise reads of 2013 and also one of the best that I have read this year.

Golden adds different layers to the story of feeling, passion and literary features. The symbolism, similes, foreshadowing and irony is top notch and elevates the story from good to great. I loved the historical aspect of it and I was able to learn new things about Japan and the life a geisha through the text. This book has something for everyone in it: romance, rivalries, extreme happiness and sadness and more.

RATING: 5 stars