(A) Crazy Rich Asians -
Rich people are weird
Lots of fashion names were dropped
This was like a soap opera so if you're into that, you'll like it. It was great for the way to and from work. There was a bit too much description of characters that was completely irrelevant, but after talking to my friend who lives in Singapore, I found other descriptors particularly interesting.
After You -
Lou will never learn.
Teens are a dumb plot device
No tears with this one
At the end of my last post, I said I was reading this but not enjoying it. Kristen said to read it like it wasn't a sequel and let it stand on its own. I took her advice and thought it was much better. Me Before You is a much better story, but if you like Jojo Moyes and how she writes relationships and dialogue, give this one a try. Though I could have done without there being a dramatic teenager plus Lou's lack of maturity, but that could just be me.
The Nightingale -
France in World War II
A family's love endures
It might make you cry.
I got really into this one. I don't remember learning much about France during WWII but the history there is heartbreaking. It dragged in parts, but there was enough going on to where I always wanted more from at least one character's storyline.
(A) The Last Anniversary -
Love interests take a back seat
I want marble cake
I liked that for a Liane Moriarty book, there was more going on than romantic love. I also like that there weren't three female characters with intertwining stories. But, like most of her books, there's a huge event where everything comes together. This book was cute and fluffy in the typical Moriarty way but also had some more serious themes to cut through the fluff. I liked it.
Inside newsroom life
Meditation works for some
Respond, don't react
I'm an ABC News watcher, so I picked up this book both to see how the author, Dan Harris, got happier, but also for insider tidbits about the news branch. Harris talks about his work life and a little about his personal life and the things that lead to him having an on-air meltdown and who and what he studied to get past that and learn to manage stress. He talks about religious ideas without being preachy and offers tips that people of any mindset or religion can apply in their own ways. While I don't think I'll pick up meditation anytime soon, the mantra to respond, don't react and some of his thoughts on success have stayed with me.
Love and Miss Communication: A Novel -
When she went offline
She learned that Facebook stalking
I liked the idea behind this - a woman gives up on the internet during a time in her life when she happens to be single and unemployed. As someone who feels like she spends way too much time with her nose buried in a device, I was interested to see how a person - even a fictional one - fared in these circumstances. Some of the situations were funny - not knowing about social events because she didn't get evites anymore - and others were enlightening. She wasn't able to google a date beforehand and didn't know some very public things about him. It definitely made me think about how we process life in the digital age but as a story, it was just okay.
I'm currently having a hard time finding an audiobook I love (I quit Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Infinite Home, The Condition, and probably Mosquitoland) and my nighttime reading time has been reduced in favor of going to bed early so I can go to the gym in the mornings. I do try to read while on the elliptical, but my pace is definitely slower. Looking forward to some new finds today. Thanks as always to Steph and Jana for hosting!