What's on My Reading List: August Edition
Gosh, I love the summer and the many, many hours it affords me for pleasurable reading. I always tell myself: "Read one professional book to help you grow this summer!" I end up reading one professional book in a rush two days before going back. Summer's for reading all the fun books I don't get to the rest of the year.
July was a fun month for reading. I didn't read everything on my list (didn't get to the daily habits book) but what I did read was absolutely amazing. I'm also really excited that every book I read in July was by an Asian American author. Being more diverse about the books I read and choosing titles from more diverse authors is definitely something I want more of in 2018.
Books I read in July
P.S. I Love You by Jenny Han
I love Lara Jean's story. It's not the typical dramatic YA love story that you're used to. The drama is much more subtle, believable, and reminiscent of your high school experience. It's a great sequel to To All the Boys I've Loved Before (soon to be on Netflix as a movie!). Highly recommend this series (psssttt look below at what's on my list for this month...)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
This is hands down one of the best books I've read in awhile. It focuses on the complexities of relationships, choices, privilege, and race. The characters are so compelling and the more you read, the more the story unfolds in intriguing layers. But I will say I was strangely satisfied with the ending, though it maybe wasn't the perfect resolution.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
I devoured this book. It was one of those can't-put-it-down reads. It was full of vibrant, amazing characters and it really dives into money and love and just the crazy lives of the super rich. Of course it's becoming a movie (what isn't these days?) but I highly recommend reading the book first.
Books to read in August
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
Duh, of course, the second book in the three-part series of Crazy Rich Asians is on my list. I actually had to run out to the bookstore to buy it because there are about a million holds at the library.
From Good Reads: Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather.
Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Another book in a series? Seems to be my thing this summer! This is the final book in Jenny Han's Lara Jean series.
From Good Reads: Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there's still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad's wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she'll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekend. Life couldn't be more perfect! At least that's what Lara Jean thinks...until she gets some unexpected news. Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans- but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
The Assistants by Camille Perri
I'd love to give credit to whatever blogger/blog post recommended this book but I can't remember. Either way, I saw it recommended online so now I'm going to read it! It looks like a good light-hearted read for the end of summer.
From Amazon: Tina Fontana is a thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss—but after six years of making reservations and pouring drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, the glamour of working for a media company in New York has completely faded, but her student loan debt has not. When a technical error with Robert’s expense report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her loans with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she hesitates. She’s always played by the rules, but this would be a life-changer. As Tina begins to fall down the rabbit hole of her morally questionable plan, other assistants with crushing debt and fewer scruples approach her to say that they want in. Before she knows it, she’s at the forefront of a movement that has implications far beyond what anyone anticipated...