Crazy Rich Asians
This is my favorite book of all time, I am always re-reading it. Not only does it immerse you into the luxury world of Singapore society, but Kevin Kwan also gets every reference just right, every hotel, designer, socialite, or even golf course he mentions are spot on. The little details are to be appreciated just as much as the incredible wit, wealth, and personality each character bring. If you have already seen the movie reading the book will be just as enchanting if not more, it’s a real page-turner.
The Singles Game
The Singles Game is my favorite beach read. It follows a young female pro-tennis player who’s game and social celebrity are rising at the same time and the costs of both being so public. There’s romance, travel, and lots of tennis. It’s an entertaining look into the life of a pro-athlete in the public eye.
I Am Malala
Malala’s autobiography was an inspiring, humbling, and impactful story. Those who tried to silence her gave her the voice to make real change. Every line in this book is so powerful, you have to step back to take in all the good she has done in the fight for girls education.
The Way I Used To Be
This book follows Eden through her four years of high school following an assault by a close family friend. Within the four years, Eden unpacks the trauma of that mixed with a complicated family, friend, and romantic relationships. The author does an incredible job of depicting the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of a high school girl which I related to and enjoyed. The best part of this book is the end, It was so brilliant, I read the last 200 pages or so in one sitting.
The hype and literary praise for this classic are absolutely deserved. I’m very apprehensive when picking up anything labelled “classic” or any period piece but I could not put this down. I found myself annotating and analyzing like an English teacher by choice. There are so many wonderful things to say about this book that has already been said, but I want to tell people to not be overwhelmed by its fancy accolades as it is a great book to be enjoyed and understand. It also is a fantastic discussion book.
This book was part of my English curriculum last year and I am so thankful for it. The well-done writing perfectly complements the overwhelmingly brilliant content. It’s a collection of stories, each about a different world with a new conception of time. Each one was more interesting than the next described in emotionally moving scenarios. As part of my work for the class, I was to write a summary on the last page of each theory. I frequently read through them late at night and appreciate Lightman’s genius.
Do You Mind If I Cancel?
Writer and producer Gary Janetti’s autobiography had me laughing out loud. A witty take of annoying things in everyday life, funny stories in his life, through his always hilarious point of view. Each chapter is something completely different and it was a fast and fun read. Additionally, if you don’t already follow Gary Janetti’s hysterical Instagram I highly recommend it.
Set in Ireland, Normal People follows two teenagers relationship through high school, college and beyond and how their undeniable bond and love for one another repeatedly pulls them together despite their efforts to go about their lives separately. It was such a subtle love story and a realistic story of life. The perfect before-bed read.