I would definitely suggest reading this book when you have plenty of time and won't have to let is sit for days at a time. I enjoyed most of the book, but did have to put it down and it would be at the end of a major event. Picking it back up again was hard. I learned alot about geisha living and lives and enjoyed the fictional story portrayed. It seemed to kind of lose its steam toward the end of the book, however, you definitely need to finish it because of what ultimately happens to Sayuri.