I've been getting back into the flow of reading this month and it feels so good! I went through my Goodreads "to read" list and cleaned it out so that it only consists of books that I actually, really want to read. Before, I would save anything that sounded interesting just so that I wouldn't forget about it but then it would lose my interest a few weeks later. Now, I actually have fewer books on my "to read" list than on my "read" list (although, I've read much more than what's catalogued on there). This month, I read the following three books.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
I'm slowly working my way back through the Harry Potter books. Surprisingly, I think I've almost reached the point where I stopped reading many years ago. I've, of course, seen all of the films one hundred times but I don't believe I've ever read the sixth or seventh books. Goblet of Fire is one of my favorites, so this was a shockingly quick read for a book with over 700 pages.
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
This was a quirky little book, only 96 pages with illustrations. It's about a young boy who becomes trapped in the basement of a library by a vicious old man. He is trapped alongside a strange girl and a sheep man (yes, a sheep man). The strange tone of the book kind of reminded me of Chuck Palahniuk, actually. I didn't get much out of it, but I recommend it if you just want a weird, quick read. Plus, the book was designed by Chip Kidd who is wonderful.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
I absolutely love Kevin Kwan's books! This one is the first in a series, followed by China Rich Girlfriend (2015) and Rich People Problems which comes out this summer. They each follow a cast of characters who are (obviously) outrageously wealthy and Asian. Crazy Rich Asians specifically follows Nicholas, a bachelor and heir to an enormous fortune, and his American girlfriend Rachel who has no idea that he comes from such wealth. Nicholas invites Rachel to visit his family in Singapore, which sets off a chain of events surrounding his extended family. This is the perfect beach read. It's hilarious, there's lots of champagne and couture and outrageous displays of wealth, plus the characters are all pretty likable (even the ones filling the villain roles).
Books I Ditched: The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. This may sound contradictory since I just talked about how much I love Crazy Rich Asians but I'm really not into stories about unlikable, dysfunctional wealthy families. I had to ditch The Nest because the first few chapters were centered around these people who just seemed unnecessarily miserable in their wealth. Not my thing.
Books In Progress: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.
What have you been reading lately?