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Rich People Problems

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I received Rich People Problems via Netgalley on digital arc. I love these books so much I believe I danced around the room when my copy request was accepted. It is the third (I hope not final) book in the Crazy Rich Asians series which started with book one, Crazy Rich Asians. This book followed Nick and Rachel on their way to the altar. Rachel had no idea her boyfriend Nick was one of the richest men in Asia. When she goes to meet his family she realizes she is in for a whole new world and it is not a world that wants her involved. Book two, China Rich Girlfriend, was not my favorite. Nick and Rachel were no longer the main characters, and we heard a lot from Kitty Pong. Kitty is more of a main character in this third book as well, and although I hate her less, she’s still not my favorite. Nick and Rachel are rarely present, so if you love them be aware. Astrid has more of a play, like she did in book two. Because of the multiple POVs, which I always love in books, I can’t say there really is a main character unless you count Su Li. I don’t want to tell you much of what happens because the central plot is based around a spoiler.

I loved the conclusion and hope to see these wonderful characters again. It did wrap up nicely, but I felt that way about the others as well, so hopefully the stories will continue.

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long

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Name of the Wind

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I don’t read science fiction or fantasy very much. I know there are people out there who will be upset that I even put those two genres together. Name of the Wind is shelved in the sci fi fantasy section at Barnes and Noble. I know, because that’s where I bought it and that’s where I first saw it when the second book came out and I was working at a B&N. This is specifically a fantasy. From my limited knowledge, there is nothing sci fi about it. I’ve loved the covers since I first saw them 5+ years ago but never picked them up because the genre is not my thing.

But then I did pick it up. And it was very good! I was surprised I stuck with it. I bought the mass market paperback and it’s a whopping 722 pages. Which isn’t saying much because I’ve also purchased the second one and it’s 1107 pages. Whether I’ll actually read the second one is another thing entirely. But I did read the first one. Let me talk about it before I get distracted again.

It’s a story within a story. Which I love. It’s kind of like having multiple POVs. Kvothe, the main character, is telling his life story in the present (technically the past but the present of the book anyway). We as the reader go back in time to follow that story while also being pulled to the present for occasional commentary. The premise of the story is that Kvothe, a trouper, is a newly made orphan whose only desire is to go to University. He eventually gets there after a crazy amount of trials and tribulations that sometimes go longer than they’re good for. At it’s heart the book is a hero story and a love story. There’s a climactic event at the conclusion of the book in both the past and the present. I didn’t love the present ending but I’m going to at least start book two. I’ll probably get pulled away, series are hard to complete for me these days. I’m also a bit worried because book three isn’t out yet, not even rumors.

Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book that’s more than 600 pages

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : a book that is a story within a story

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 : read a fantasy novel

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The Mothers

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This book is on a lot of the “best of the year” book lists – which are coming out slowly now that fall book season is in full swing. I’ll have to gather some of those together..

Anyway, this book is a debut. It was very very good. Especially for a first novel. I read it while I was traveling home and my dad asked me what it was about and I wasn’t sure how to describe it. On the surface it’s about a girl who gets pregnant by the pastors son and has an abortion. But really that’s not it. That happens in the first 30 pages? I was reading an advanced copy on my Kindle so I’m really not sure how many pages in it happens but it seemed very quick. The book is about the reprucussions of that decision for her (the pregnant girl), the pastor’s son, their parents, the church, the town, etc. I find multiple POV novels to be amazing and page turning and this  novel is no different. It was a great book to get me out of my reading slump.

Don’t trust me, read the buzz : New York Times, Washington Post, Vogue, The Guardian

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Modern Lovers

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I received Modern Lovers through my Traveling Book Club. I read Emma Straub’s other book, the Vacationers, in 2014 and loved it. I didn’t love this one as much. Sometimes I wonder if that’s just me not remembering the specifics of the previous book or being so in love with a debut novel that I compare everything. Anyway, I disliked most of the characters in Modern Lovers. Which is fine. Sometimes characters are meant to be that way. I liked Harry, the son. And I sometimes liked his mom, Elizabeth. But everyone else was a wash. I had to force myself through just to see what happened to the characters I liked. However, at the end she had impartial newspaper articles, announcements and such to give a sort of epilogue to all the characters and I liked that. It was unique. Recommended for summer. Along with the hardcover mailed to me for my book club, I also received a copy of this book on Netgalley.

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Siracusa by Delia Ephron

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I haven’t had a lot of time to read recently because I started a new job. This one I’m going to stay at awhile because it’s a manager position. I did make time for this book though. Delia Ephron is sister to Nora Ephron who is amazing. She is also the screenwriter of You’ve Got Mail, one of my favorite movies, and a producer of Sleepless in Seattle, also up there on the favorites scale. I mean seriously, what an amazing woman. This book is set in Italy, Siracusa to be exact, where there are two couples and a daughter on vacation together. Enter the weird dynamics. They are talking about the vacation as if it is in the past so you are reliving their memories of it while also getting some current day opinions in hindsight. Each character is represented so there are multiple POVs, a style that will appeal to Liane Moriarty fans. Highly recommended as a summer read.

Oh and also, I just got a Kindle Paperwhite and it’s amazing. I read this book on it and was immediately in love.

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Selection series by Cass

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Welcome to the Selection! Let me tell you about all the ridiculous enjoyment I received from reading these books. After reading A Little Life, the most depressing book ever written, I knew I needed something fluffy. You can’t get any more fluffy than this series. It is a marriage of the Bachelor and the Hunger Games.

The first 3 books are about America Singer, a girl in a future America called Illéa. The prince of the country is coming of age and in order to find a wife he participates in a selection process where 35 girls are sent to the castle for him to choose from (hello, Bachelor!). The citizens of Illéa are broken into castes and there’s some unrest (hello, Hunger Games!). While it’s hard to explain books 4 & 5 without giving any major plot points away let me say that they are the same concept but reversed, a princess is participating in the selection.

I liked these books a lot. They were quick and painless. I love the covers and all the talk about dresses. The fashion in them is awesome. While I completely forgot how angsty teen books can be I powered through and I’m glad I did.

2016 Reading Challenge: a romance set in the future

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Sorcerer to the Crown

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I read this book because of Book Riot: All the Books Podcast. A lot of books I’ve checked out lately have been due to these two moderating redheads.

It’s about Zacarias, the Sorcerer Royal of England, and his new apprentice Prunella. Women are not meant to be magicians and Zacharias goes against a lot of rules to attain her as his apprentice even though she has no interest at first in becoming a magician. She wants money and to get married. She’s really not as gold digger as that sounds but it’s true in the beginning. What happens once she becomes his apprentice and is put out into society is a whole other story and is the delight of this book.

I did enjoy it, but the language was really hard to get into. I kept comparing it to A Discovery of Witches which I loved. Not sure I’d suggest it to someone unless I knew they loved fantasy and wanted to invest in a series. It does have great character dynamics and diversity which is why (I think) it’s being written up a lot.

NPR review

2016 Reading Challenge: a book set in Europe

 

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