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What I read: The Heat Wave Edition

BOOK COUNT FOR THE YEAR: 89

  • January: 14
  • February: 5
  • March: 12
  • April: 8
  • May: 7
  • June: 12
  • July: 15
  • August: 16
  • September:
  • October:
  • November:
  • December:

WHAT LITTLE BUN READ

  • A lot has happened this month, so he hasn’t been reading.

If anyone can give any other book series recommendations, let me know! As long as they’re fun and interesting.

WHAT I READ

All of the “Little Book” Guides

(11 books in total)

[ Fashion, Guide, History, Overview ]

All the short biographies on each fashion house. I started with Herm├Ęs and then just bought the entire set because they’re very nice to read through as well as to display. I try not to buy books as a general rule because then you need a massive library to house them all. I only make exceptions for fashion, style, and photography books as you really do need full colour to appreciate it.

GUILTY PLEASURES

[ CHICKLIT, RICH, BUSINESS, ENTREPRENEURIAL, SUCCESSION, CAREER ]

I love Tasmina Perry’s books because they are not entirely 100% focused on the lovey-dovey aspect of chicklit. Yes there are relationships, but it isn’t the main focus. She also goes into the luxury bit of life, has deeper character development and is overall a very fun read (and re-read!!) for when you want something luxe, decadent and interesting all at the same time. This particular book had a business/entrepreneurial/succession vibe which I really enjoyed.

KEVIN KWAN’S BOOKS

[ TRILOGY, ASIA, SINGAPORE, CHINA, CHICKLIT, LUXURY ]

I re-read them again.. which I think counts. They are some of my favourite books to read because the characters are so outlandish, the development of the whole arc of the story is so well done, and the way he weaves in sayings of the region in other languages is something I REALLY appreciate in books, to give another perspective of a region without it being solely English.

THE GILDED YEARS

[ TRUE STORY, EDUCATION, LIFE, VASSAR, RACE RELATIONS, WOMEN ]

My goodness this is a good book. And it was extremely painful to read, but I powered through it anyway. The most painful part was basically being in the shoes of Anita Hemmings (true person, you can google her), and imagining if you were the one going through this. Also, just reading about the way people talked about race, is heartbreaking and infuriating. I would highly recommend this book, but brace your heart.

I will say that the portrayal of Anita Hemmings was lacklustre. I found that they did not delve into her true thoughts and feelings (yes, it’s difficult as you are recreating history and this is not a fictional character), but I would have appreciated a bit more poetic waxing or imaginings on what she might have thought or felt from her days in school in more detail and depth.

Still. Very good read.

2 Comments

  • Me

    I think what I really appreciate about the Crazy Rich Asians is that there are no white main characters. Which I think is really different from most books that have Asian -based storylines. There’s always a centering of those experiences, whereas these are centering Asian people in their own cultures and their own storylines. Plus – honestly, the descriptions of food and clothes and luxury are SO freaking good. And even though the movie is not exactly the same, there is the same feeling of indescribable affluence which is absolutely bonkers.

    • Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      I google everything they write about so that I can see what it looks like IRL and imagine it in the book. It’s why I love the books so much, and there is a different perspective on life that is so refreshing.

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