The podcast NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour is one of my favorite podcasts and it’s hosted by Linda Holmes, who just happens to be the author of this book. She mentioned it briefly on PCHH and one of her co-hosts wanted to talk about it in their “What’s Making Me Happy” section, but couldn’t because it wasn’t out yet. Then she went on Nerdette, which is another of my favorite podcasts, to promote her book and I got all excited for it and ordered the audiobook from my library.MORE +
I read Crazy Rich Asians last year, and while I didn’t love it, it was a lot of fun. I saw the movie, and while it was certainly fun, I hated Gemma Chan’s portrayal of Astrid. Astrid was my favorite character in the book, but Chan’s portrayal of her was just so wooden, and most of her storyline got cut to keep the movie a reasonable length, and while I understand why they had to do that, it still bummed me out.
When we last left Astrid, she and her husband, Michael, were on the brink of divorce because Michael wasn’t making as much money as his in-laws and he felt like they were constantly holding it over him. He made it look like he was having an affair so Astrid would divorce him, but Astrid discovered the real story and they made up. It helped that Astrid’s ex-boyfriend, Charlie Wu, who is super rich and successful, bought Michael’s company for way too much money, allowing Michael to take that money and turn it into way more money and finally become the huge success he always wanted to be. Charlie didn’t tell Astrid any of this and he buried it under a mountain of parent companies so it couldn’t be traced back to him.MORE +
I wasn’t too thrilled with The Belles, which is the prequel to this book by Dhonielle Clayton, but I found myself between audiobooks and caught up on all my podcasts, which meant it was time to download another audiobook. I happened to remember that the sequel to The Belles had come out a few months ago, so I decided to get this audiobook from my library. It’s the same narrator as the first book and the prose is just as flowery and over the top, which I really could have done without.
I soon found myself wondering why I was bothering to waste time on a series I wasn’t fully enjoying, but then the book got good and I was reminded that the story Clayton is telling is pretty fun and she’s making some really interesting comments on beauty, freedom, and the hierarchical nature of society. I felt that it was worth it to stick around for all that.MORE +
I was blown away by this book by Rebecca Makkai. I had heard really good things about it, but hadn’t taken the time to read it until my book club elected to discuss it, at which point I had to get it from the library. Then I couldn’t put it down.
The novel follows two timelines: Yale in 1980s Chicago and Fiona in 2015. I’m going to focus on Yale because more happens with his story and I think it really takes up most of the book.MORE +
I have so much to say about this book by Jane Austen that I don’t even know where to begin.MORE +
I first heard of this book by Graham Moore around the time it came out. The publisher had given a copy to the woman who owns Roscoe Books, which hosts Book Riot’s IRL Read Harder book group every month. She gave a brief description of it, and said that isn’t normally her thing, but she really enjoyed this one. But, as she was giving her initial description, I thought, “That sounds right up my alley!” I acquired a copy shortly after that and it got shoved in my closet along with a bunch of other books I have yet to get around to.MORE +
I had really high hopes for this YA novel by Samira Ahmed, but unfortunately, this book just did not meet those expectations.
SPOILER ALERT! If you have yet to read this book and you don’t want any of it spoiled for you, I suggest you just stop reading right now, because I’m going to talk about it all.MORE +
This was my first book by Nora Ephron. I had heard good things about her writing and her wit, but hadn’t experienced any of it for myself. Then I stumbled across this audiobook on my Overdrive app, narrated by none other than Meryl Streep. SOLD!MORE +
I had never heard of this book by Walter Mosley (or Walter Mosley, for that matter), but my book club elected to read it, and I figured I had nothing to lose by giving it a try.
Not only did I have nothing to lose, but I ended up really enjoying this novel.MORE +
This book by J. Sheridan Le Fanu was so much fun! I had never heard of it before until Book Riot decided to have their own Vampire Day, during which they celebrated a bunch of vampire-related books, including this one based on a web series I’ve never heard of, but it sounds like it’s right up my alley. When I tried to get it from my library, all I could find was the original Carmilla by Le Fanu, and I was like, “Yeah, OK, let’s see what this is all about.”MORE +