Sunday, February 25, 2018

Stacking the Shelves, February 24th

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

One of my reading goals this year is to read more non-fiction so a few of my books are in this genre.  I love unsolved mysteries so, to make sure I accomplish my goal, I grabbed three that I am sure I will enjoy.  One is a reread and the other two are new.


I've read Dead Mountain but I recently watched a horror movie (I love horror movies) based on it titled Devil's Pass, and now I want to read it again.  It is about a group of hikers that went climbing and never returned.  They were found dead but the strange circumstances and evidence did not allow for a clear cause of death.  I found it to be fascinating.  I bought a hard cover this time instead of an e-book and plan to keep it on my shelf.  The other two seem interesting and I'm looking forward to them.

I also grabbed A Treacherous Curse, which is the third book in the Veronica Speedwell mystery series.  I loved the first two books so I'm excited for this one as well.

Finally, I was given Friends and Other Liars in exchange for an honest review. It looks great so I'll get started on that soon!

Happy reading everyone!  
Laura :)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Crazy, Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians was a lot of fun. I would have never known about this author or series if a friend hadn't recommended it to me so I'm so glad she did. 

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.

I was hooked from the first scene in the coffee shop where Nick asked Rachel to join him in Singapore for the summer and I stayed hooked all the way to the end.  It helped that the narrator's voice was perfect for the story (I listened to the audiobook).  I always know I am enjoying a book when I start getting emotionally involved in it, talking to it (or yelling), feeling angry, happy, etc... The characters in this book were written so well that I felt like I was going through all of the emotional turmoil with them. Their personalities ranged from down to earth and modest to crazy eccentric and completely out of control. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions and also wanting a few of the characters to be swiftly removed from their high horses. Mostly though, I rooted for the two main characters to find their happiness.

And yes, I grabbed the sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, immediately.  I'm really looking forward to the continuation of this series.

Monday, February 12, 2018

It's Monday, What are You Reading? February 12th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date and is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and add to that ever growing TBR pile! Also, one of my favorite book memes because I get to spend hours browsing everyone else titles... 

What I just finished:
Crazy Rich Asians was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it.  It's like a peek into the lives of fantastically rich families in Singapore.  The characters were all completely engaging and I became quite invested in the happiness of the two main characters as they navigated through the sea of eccentric and extremely meddlesome family members trying to plan their lives for them. 

What I'm reading now:
I have two books going right now.  I grabbed the audio of China Rich Girlfriend as soon as I finished Crazy Rich Asians and one print book that I have been trying to find time to finish The Dire King for several weeks now.  It is good but my schedule has been crazy.

What I'm reading next:
I'm really looking forward to my next read.  It is the third book in the Veronica Speedwell mystery series, A Treacherous Curse.  These are a lot of fun and I adore this setting.  It is one of my favorites!

What are you reading?