I’ve been playing catch-up with my reading lately, as I’ve been waiting for a ton of books to come in from the library. I had like 15 books on hold and then they all came in at once. So now I’m drowning in books and I’m reading every night like a madwoman. What a life.
These three books, in particular, were at the top of my list to finish because I had heard so much about them. In short, they did not disappoint! I would seriously recommend picking these up right now if you can.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Has there been a cuter love story? No, at least not since The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I have no clue why cutesy, rom-com like stories are coming back into the limelight all of a sudden, but I am digging it. What I really loved about this book is that the main heroine has autism and struggles with social interactions. It is so rare to see these types of characters in romance novels, and even more rare to see them depicted in such a real and authentic light. Stella isn’t glossed over or made into somebody to pity. She is an extremely successful woman seeking love, just like any other woman out to find her other half. I’ve never related to a book character as much as I did with Stella, and I really hope to see more from this author!
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Saw this book, had Little Mermaid flashbacks and had to read it. But boy, I was not expecting something so dark. Sea Witch tells the origin story of the witch who takes away the little mermaid’s voice so she can have legs. (Basically, it’s Ursula’s backstory, although she’s not called Ursula in this version.) The tale is interwoven with history and knowledge of people living in the seaside villages at the time, which makes the story feel a little bit more ‘real.’ The book has a bit of a morose tone because you already know going in that it doesn’t end well. But it’s interesting to be taken on the journey to that point.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Full disclosure, I still haven’t seen the movie so I can’t really say if the book is better than the movie or not. However, I will say that you should definitely read the book regardless. I’m even more excited to see the movie now because I have a better grasp of the characters and their backstories. I loved the drama in this book, although I wouldn’t want to live in that world no matter how rich they are. Also, can I just say that I’m not a fan of Nick? Like, why in the world did he not prepare Rachel for what she was getting into? There really was no excuse and he seemed like a limp fish throughout the entire novel, not realizing she was getting torn apart by his mom and the catty women out to get her. He was an awful boyfriend for most of the book; his only shining moment is when he finally defends Rachel against his mother and grandmother. Personally, I think Rachel should have tossed him and his money to the curb for good.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Do you agree with me that Nick from Crazy Rich Asians is a bad boyfriend? (I gotta know if I’m the only Nick-hater out there)