So far this summer, two books have really stood out for me in terms of hype: The Rosie Project and Crazy Rich Asians.
The Rosie Project was a spotlight read on the 50 Book Pledge (have you participated yet? I know it’s the middle of summer, but it’s a great New Year’s Resolution for 2014!) and was basically forced on me by the all-knowing reading guru at my local bookstore.
Well everyone was right because The Rosie Project is freakin’ adorable. It is such a feel-good read! A total delight.
Don Tillman is a genetics professor at a university in Australia. He’s completely brilliant and has his life running just-so. There are rules and a schedule but he feels like he needs a wife. So he comes up with a way to find one: The Wife Project. He comes up with a questionnaire to hand out to prospective dates so that he can find the perfect mate and not waste a lot of time on women that aren’t perfect matches.
Then the universe sends him Rosie who is the exact opposite of what his questionnaire is looking for. But he finds himself wanting to spend time with her anyway.
This new plan sees them doing all kinds of crazy, unscheduled, things like tending bar for a medical school reunion, flying to New York City, climbing down fire escapes and making friends in unexpected places.
It’s a short read – less than 300 pages – but it will leave you with a big smile on your face.
The other book that I kept running into this summer was Crazy Rich Asians. I saw the book launch party photos on instagram and the cover of the book is pink and gold and shiny and by that alone I was intrigued. My favourite gossip blogger, Lainey Gossip, (as well as being my go-to for gossip, her blog has now become one of the places I mine for potential new reads) mentioned the book as well so as with Life After Life, I was going to get it.
I’ve never read a book like Crazy Rich Asians. It’s a cultural tutorial into a world I had no idea existed. A world so extravagant and over-the-top it seems completely made up. But the author, Kevin Kwan, insists that it’s real and it’s getting crazier and more over-the-top every year.
The story of 3 insanely wealthy and interconnected Chinese families over a summer leading up to the wedding of the century is fictional, but the world described really exists. When the son and heir of one of the largest Chinese fortunes brings his ABC (American Born Chinese) girlfriend home to meet the family, the games are on. So much gossip and backstabbing. It’s delicious while being totally eye-opening.
For a fictional book, it is surprisingly full of footnotes to help explain cultural facts and rituals as well as some actual history of the area and the families.
I was left wanting more. Much more. I hope there’s another book but it looks like we’ll have to be satisfied with the movie for now.
What’s been your favourite summer read so far?