Reading has long served as a way for me to relax. To unwind and transcend into a world completely brought to life by someone else's genius. In the loosest terms — I love reading. While some people find solace in self-help books or read to gain insight, I've long loved the fictional side. Likely because of the writer in me, there's just something about a good story that can pull me in and not let go. With summer well set in, I wanted to share three books I'm reading with you.
My husband bought me a Kindle white a few months ago and it's definitely perfect for throwing in my purse so I always have a book on hand but to be quite honest there's something I love about having a tangible read in hand. Whether I'm skimming through lists on Amazon, reading the titles picked out by my book club, or simply enjoying something I've grabbed on the go in an airport – there is always a book nearby.
Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
I had heard a lot about Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians and had yet to read it. On one of my frequent visits through LAX I decided to finally see what the hype was about. And it did not disappoint. A tale following the life of the uber wealthy in Singapore, Crazy Rich Asians lays the backdrop for what it's really like trying to date in a family that's all about titles and cash. I found it to be an easy read that made me laugh aloud at times and definitely shake my head at others. I will say that the constant label dropping and reference to the abundance, came off after a while as a fallback tactic to move the story along, but the book did its job. It kept me entertained and I will certainly be reading the follow up novel.
The Idiot – Elif Batuman
Full transparency or nothing is the motto here, right? I had heard loads of press about this book. From NPR, in magazines, etc so when I finally had it in hand I was more than excited to tear into it. Not to mention that millennial pink cover was a genius move and yeah I know, don't judge by the cover. Blah blah. This book definitely isn't a instant page turner. And I was a bit disappointed sadly. It is more so a dedicated read that may take you a while you get into. However once I start a book I tend to try and finish it no matter what. Always good to knock one off the list of those novels that burst onto the scene with vigor.
Today Will Be Different – Maria Semple
After reading Maria's novel, "Where'd You Go Bernadette?" I was eager to tear into this. Known for being hilariously witty and laugh out loud funny, Maria's novels always make me look crazy if I attempt reading them in public. Prepare to crack up and also enjoy some quality storytelling and excellent first person narration. I thoroughly enjoy when a book can make me chuckle and still make me think. Maria's ability to tell a story and also use Seattle as a character is another love of mine. When a city also becomes a part of the book you feel like you're there. Pick this up!
There's no better time to allow yourself to lay down a blanket in the backyard, throw a chair up on your balcony, pour some wine and dive into a good book. Long days and warm weather make the perfect backdrop. For me reading is also learning time. They say if you want to be a stellar writer you must be an avid reader. With my novel in the works, reading other ones helps me stay committed to getting it completed. Don't worry you all will be the first to know when it's done!
Have you read any great books lately? I'm always down to try some – share them with me!