Mineko Iwasaki, Geisha, a Life, fun and informative about the geiko world, though still just echoing everything I learned via Kurotsubaki. Alas, the protagonist doesn't come off as a terribly nice person. If you don't like the fact that the Queen of England isn't eating anything at the banquet where you, my dear, are no more than the entertainment, suck it up. She probably had stomach flu and was soldiering on in spite of it. It's not for you to go flirting with Prince Phillip in order to piss her off and then smugly say, 'Bad manners are bad manners, no matter who it is.'
What are you reading now?
Ysabeau Wilce, Flora's Fury. Been three years since I read Flora's Dare and clearly retained nothing of it. I like the books in spite of Flora being predictable and tiresome: but then, I'm not the intended age range.
What will you read next?
Larissa Lai, When Fox is a Thousand is on its way to me, as is Flora's Dare for rereads.
Also what he said, especially his reaction immediately post-read. We're obviously of the same generation.