Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Recently Read - Vol. 11 (Aug. '16)
Alright, peeps... It's the second Tuesday of the month, so if you're a regular visitor here, you know what that means - today's the day when I link up with Steph and Jana for their monthly Show Us Your Books linkup and share my thoughts on the books I read the previous month.
Today's post will be incredibly short because, believe it or not, I only read ONE book the entire month of August. That's right, you read that correctly - ONE piddly, little book. (I did start a second one, The Nightingale, but I haven't finished it.)
I'm not sure of what to make of this anomaly other than I had a lot of distractions last month - the Olympics, I started back to work, and August was one hell of a month in terms of personal stuff that resulted in me having a lot on my mind. There were many days when I left work and chose to listen to music on my commute home rather than listen to an audiobook. But, whatever the reason for this slump, I have faith that it will pass. Unfortunately, September's not looking much better, but this may just be the universe's way of telling me that I need to chill and work through some things instead of distracting myself and losing myself in a book like I have a tendency to do.
So, without further ado... Here's the one book I read last month:
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
Read August 1-25 | Format: Audiobook | Rating: 4/5
China Rich Girlfriend is the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians and it pretty much picks up where CRA left off with the main character, Rachel Chu, and her fiancé, Nick, who is heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia. I've discovered that it is sometimes difficult to review a book that is a sequel out of fear of revealing spoilers from the first book. So, having said that, China Rich Girlfriend is very much like a literary soap opera. There is a large cast of supporting characters, many of whom are involved in the main plot involving Rachel and Nick as well as in the subplots that take place simultaneously throughout the book. There are high end cars, high end couture fashion, outrageous parties, and all kinds of soap opera-esque drama.
Despite the fact that it took me over three weeks to finish it, I did enjoy it. I didn't think it was nearly as funny as the first, but it definitely had its moments. If you are interested in reading China Rich Girlfriend, I strongly suggest reading Crazy Rich Asians first in order to gain the foundational knowledge necessary to fully comprehend and enjoy CRG.
What have you read lately? Please feel free to share. I'm always on the lookout for books to add to my TBR.
As always, thanks for stopping by!