Friday, May 26, 2017

2017 Carefree Colourful Women Beach Reads


Summer is just around the corner. I know the calendar says it doesn't start until June 20, but if you're like me, it starts somewhere around Memorial Day and doesn't end until Labor Day. While some people prefer mysteries, thrillers or biographies for their beach reading, I like to keep it light. I'm sharing some of my favorite reads that pair nicely with a refreshing pina colada or Bahama Mama. Or maybe you're not planning to hit the beach this summer, but you need a palate cleanser after some of the heavier books you've been reading. I've got you!

Some of my favorite books are about women of colour just having fun. Too often we get saddled down with other people's problems and take on the burden of the world. All you'll find in these selections are carefree, colourful women who sometimes get caught up in quirky situations, bad romances and silly schemes. All of the books are about women of colour from around the globe and were written by women from around the globe. Happy reading!

Beach Thing by D.L. White
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Dinner at Sam's by D.L. White
Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Release date: June 13, 2017)
I Left My Back Door Open by April Sinclair
Almost Single by Advaita Kala
The Perfect Find by Tia Williams
Because My Heart Said So by Nia Forrester, Jacinta Howard, Lily Java & Rae Lamar
The Sistahood of Shopaholics by Leslie Esdaile
Serving Crazy with Curry by Amulya Malladi
Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing by Kathy Cano-Murillo

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

#BookReview: RICH PEOPLE PROBLEMS by Kevin Kwan

Summary: When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

As her relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by her ex-husband—a man hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to China’s second richest man, billionaire Jack Bing, still feels second best next to her new step-daughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing.

A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong’s most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan’s hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia’s most privileged families and their rich people problems.

Gemma Chan
Review:
You'd think that the third book into the series, Kevin Kwan might run out of outrageous plot lines and over the top characters, but nope. Rich People Problems is just as entertaining as Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend were. He's brought back the same cast of characters, though we do see less of some and more of others, for a delightful romp through the lives of the well monied members of China and Singapore society.

Constance Wu
As always, Nicholas is the one character that remains steady and down to earth. Along with his wife, Rachel, and cousin, Astrid, he continues to be my favorite character of the series - the wealthy man with a heart of gold. On the flip side, his cousin Eddie continues to be the absolute worst person in the world. While Nick and Astrid are concerned about their grandmother, Eddie is only concerned about what he has coming to him and he pulls out every trick in the book to keep his cousins from inheriting what he believes is rightly his.

Henry Golding
So I loved the book and the characters, but right now I'm most excited about the news that Crazy Rich Asians, the book that started it all, is making its way to the big screen. While we don't know all of the cast, my favorite characters have been announced. Constance Wu, whom I love, love, LOVE on Fresh Off the Boat, will take on the role of Rachel, Nick's wife. Nick will be played by Henry Golding. And Gemma Chan will play Astrid. It's been announced that Ken Jeong will join the cast as well, but so far which character he'll play hasn't been announced, though I think he's be absolutely perfect as clothes horse and perfectionist Eddie.
Ken Jeong

Well what do you think readers? Are you excited about the movie? Excited to join in on the next adventures of this crazy clan? I certainly am.

416 p.
Published: May 2017
Disclaimer: Copy of book received from publisher; opinions are mine.