And here is another Bout of Books Challenge! This one is the Double Date Book Challenge hosted at Writing My Own Fairytale.
Here are the rules for the challenge:
You must pick two books that you would recommend someone read together (like a double date!) and explain your reasons for the recommendation. You can recommend the books because they are in the same genre, one is a retelling of the other, they deal with the same issues, or maybe they're complete opposites, whatever you want as long as you can explain why they should be read together. Just one exception: they cannot be books from the same series. You can leave your answers in the comments or post your answers wherever you're posting your Bout of Books updates and leave the link in the comments. Then make sure you fill out the Rafflecopter! And don't forget to have fun with it! I can't wait to see all the pairings you guys come up with!
Here are my choices:
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
The first books is about Japan and the other one is about China. But I think both are very good books in portraying two cultures so different than our own and my interest in them has grown since I read these two books.
Desert Flower by Waris Dirie and Sold by Zana Muhsen
I remember reading these books in my early teens and they felt like I was hit by a train. I had no idea that such atrocities were done to women in other parts of the world and the stories of Waris and Zana have been with me ever since. Waris' book is about female circumcision and her opressive life in Somalia, and Zana's is about her life after being sold into marriage by her father in Yemen, a place where she has never been, since she was brought up in England.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Some say you are either team Charlotte or team Emily on this one. They are both love stories but they are completely different from each other. Why don't you read both and decide for yourself?