It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 14.0

Happy Monday everyone! This week I am participating in the “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” meme.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Book reviews from last week:

None! I’ve been busy/am just generally lazy when it comes to posting book reviews.

My thoughts on books I recently finished:


Synopsis adapted from Goodreads:

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry.

Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.

Although I have never been to Singapore and am neither Asian or “crazy rich,” I found much to relate to in this funny and very entertaining novel. First of all, anyone who has ever traveled somewhere far away from where they grew up (especially somewhere overseas) can relate to the culture shock Rachel experiences when she first steps off the plane in Singapore. The sights, smells, and language of a new place can be disorienting and overwhelming. For Rachel, this culture shock is compounded by the fact that she has no idea of her boyfriend Nick’s past or family life in Singapore.

As Rachel learns more about Nick’s past and bumps up against his very opinionated family, she starts to question how well she really knows Nick and (based off of some things that happen late in the book) herself. These issues of family and the complications and baggage they bring to your life is the part of the book I think most people would easily identify with. Even though we may move away from our childhood homes, the baggage we left behind will still be there waiting for us when we return, as both Nick and Rachel learn by the end of the book.

Overall I very much enjoyed this book and heartily recommend it! If I have any complaints, it would be the somewhat abrupt ending…but that alone isn’t enough to diminish my overall enjoyment of it. 4/5 stars.

Books I recently read:

 The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling


The Rook by Daniel O’Malley


This Week I am reading:

the smartest guys in the room

Synopsis adapted from Goodreads:

Remarkably, it was just a few years ago that Enron was thought to epitomize a great New Economy company, with its skyrocketing profits and share price. But that was before Fortune published an article by McLean that asked a seemingly innocent question: How exactly does Enron make money? From that point on, Enron’s house of cards began to crumble. Now, McLean and Elkind have investigated much deeper, to offer the definitive book about the Enron scandal and the fascinating people behind it.

Meticulously researched and character driven, Smartest Guys in the Room takes the reader deep into Enron’s past—and behind the closed doors of private meetings. Drawing on a wide range of unique sources, the book follows Enron’s rise from obscurity to the top of the business world to its disastrous demise. It reveals as never before major characters such as Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, and Andy Fastow, as well as lesser known players like Cliff Baxter and Rebecca Mark. Smartest Guys in the Room is a story of greed, arrogance, and deceit—a microcosm of all that is wrong with American business today. Above all, it’s a fascinating human drama that will prove to be the authoritative account of the Enron scandal.

This Week I am listening to:

27mantel"Bringing Up the Bodies" by Hilary Mantel

Synopsis adapted from Goodreads:

The sequel to Hilary Mantel’s 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and “New York Times” bestseller, “Wolf Hall” delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn

Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice.

At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel’s “Bring Up the Bodies” follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?


What are you reading this week?

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shannon
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 15:31:53

    Looks like a great week of reading for you! Enjoy!


  2. Lindsey
    Nov 05, 2013 @ 08:15:17

    I bet listening to Bring Up the Bodies is less intimidating than picking up that giant book! I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts and reading it myself. 🙂


    • exlibrisheather
      Nov 05, 2013 @ 09:35:41

      I actually like listening to these alot (although they are admittedly a bit long). I actually think I like Bring Up The Bodies better than Wolf Hall…maybe I’m just more used to the dry humor and somewhat dark subject matter 😛


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