[727]: Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Rich People Problems
by Kevin Kwan
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2017
Series: Crazy Rich Asians, #3
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


The last book in this wildly audacious series is just as ridiculous as its predecessors – and I loved it!

We find the matriarch of the family in her apparent deathbed. So of course, every single of this ostentatious family is scrambling to find out to whom she would leave her fortune. Nick Young, having had a falling out with his grandmother since marrying Rachel, did not have any hopes in hell of getting the family estate. Not that he cared either way. All he wanted was to get back into her good graces before she dies. But all bets are off with the Youngs. Knives will be wielded, and tongues will be sharpened (even more lethal than usual). The rest of the family will do their best to keep the favourite grandson (Nick) from seeing, much less talk to the matriarch.

Meanwhile, Astrid, the ever private and also a favourite, is dealing with a nasty divorce from Michael. A scandal purported in the form of a sex tape will leave her stocks falling faster than a speeding G6. Who knew Michael would be a vindictive, bitter foe? He will stop at nothing until he ruins Astrid. Drama, drama, drama.

Expect the same frivolity from this family; ridiculousness abounds, with backstabbing as a sport. In short, it was AWESOME. 🙂 The perfect ending to this trilogy delivering a laugh-out-loud dysfunction and a smorgasbord of glitzy glamour. It was a guilty pleasure of a read that’s as wholesome as they come. It features great delicacies for foodies and high-brow fashions for name brand whores. I love that it didn’t veer away from its core values: that money speaks, and social castes are alive and well. There is also much to be said about what was more important above all things: preserving the rich history of what made the Youngs the imperious family that they are.

Looking forward to seeing these books in their film version. I bet it would be like Joy Luck Club only funnier and more dysfunctional. Haha.

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Photo Vomit [21]: Summer Reading

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Lately, I’ve been thinking and rethinking about the title of this feature. It just sounds so crass, and frankly, it more often doesn’t go well with the message of my post. Last weekend, I’ve consider what to call it instead. Some of the choices that I’ve come up with are:

  • Livres et Images (books and images)
  • Entre LĂ­neas (between the lines)
  • Pages et Images (pages and images)

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

Anyway, back to my post. Well, I know summer is coming to a close. So I wanted to go back and see how many books I read this past couple of months that were actually summer-themed books. Sadly, I didn’t read too many. I’ve never been one to discriminate when it comes to what books to bring to the beach, but I do look for a couple of distinct characteristics. One, the setting has to be on a beach somewhere, and two, it has to be a decadent novel. I also try go for books that do not put a strain in the brain, ‘knowwhatImean?

So going by those, I can only find three novels in my READ bookshelf.

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Admittedly, I wasn’t really that surprise that I only read three ‘summer-themed’ novels. I’m not the type of reader whose reading choices are dictated by a particular season. I’m usually flying by the seat of my pants kind of reader. Though sometimes, I’ll give in to reading a horror novel in time for Halloween.

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is a book set by the beach. And with its mystical quality, I say, it goes perfectly well with the season. Plus, summer romance! China Rich Girlfriend and Villa America both fall under the decadent, luxurious category. I don’t think I need to expand on how. While I didn’t necessarily read them while sipping some piña colada (more like, on the couch in my living room), these books were perfect reads in your beach bag.

What about you? What did you read on your summer vacation?
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[539]: China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

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GOODREADS SUMMARY | Double Day Canada | Hardcover, 378 pp. | June 16th, 2015 | Adult Fiction | Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


Kevin Kwan is back with his instalment of what has easily become a perennial favourite book of mine. Crazy Rich Asians gave us a peek at how the outrageously rich Asians live. He skewered and ridiculed, enlightened and entertained us with their antics. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know there was to be an instalment until I started seeing lucky bloggers received ARCs of this book. I was lucky enough to receive a finished copy from the publisher because this was a book that I genuinely coveted to the marrow of my bones. Well, it did not disappoint (see: 5 star-rating).

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When we left Crazy Rich Asians, Nick was disowned by the matriarch of the Young family for wanting to marry an American Chinese with no lineage to speak of. The story starts off with Rachel and Nick on the eve of their wedding pensive because Astrid (Nick’s cousin) just gave them the news that his mother found out about their pending marriage.

RACHEL was happy that Nick chose her despite all the billions of dollars he’s to lose for marrying a nobody like her. But finding her father would make it even much sweeter. As luck would have it, Nick’s mother found him. But knowing her track record, it could only mean one thing: the possibility that she would use this information to stop her son from marrying her.

MICHAEL and ASTRID separated at the end of Crazy Rich Asians. Two years later, they managed to reconcile and patch up their marriage – somewhat. Now, Michael has vastly become one of the most successful, rich tech venture capitalist in Singapore. But he’s not the same person. He’s more confident, more secure in his place in the society. He feels he can now go toe-to-toe with Astrid’s opulent family. But with every evidence of this newfound confidence sheds another layer of the old Michael that Astrid used to know. Did he change for the better? Or worse?

Delicious Desert.

This book is absolutely decadent. But like every good deserts known to mankind, there’s never enough supply of it. So at the end of this book, I’m both satiated and hungry for more. I don’t feel like I’ve gotten my closure just yet. Much like Crazy Rich Asians, this instalment is just as ridiculous, if not more. I could name every single thing that made this book even more outrageous than the first, but I don’t want to do you a disservice. The best thing about this book is discovering all the ridiculousness of the rich. Once again, I’m in awe. You’ve never known excess until you’ve seen how these people live. And if you think this is just another version of The Real Housewives of ___________ (city), you will be wrong. The drama here is something that will surprise and amuse you.

I cannot recommend this book enough. I know most of you read YA, but if you ever decide to check out an Adult Fiction that YA readers could like, this is perhaps,  a series that you should stock in your shelves.

 

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On the Night Table [19]: From the Orient to France

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Hello.

I bet some of you missed me, huh? Well, I missed ALL of you. Sometimes, all we need to feel better is to step back and take stock of what’s important, what we have, and how lucky we are. That’s what I did last week. I spent time doing a lot of thinking, and in a series of one-person debate against myself. Needless to say, I’m over all the drama of the past couple of weeks. I’m going to move forward.

So yeah. I’m back. I bet these books look oddly familiar, huh? It’s because along with my dark mood is the inability to focus on anything on my shelves. Hence the reason why these books kept popping up on my reading list. Trust me, these two have been predictably fantastic so far, I just haven’t been able to give them the attention they deserve. But I’m determined to finish these two this week.

Gratitudes.

I would just like to thank all of you for your words of encouragement and love. Also to those who have sent me a personal message. It means a lot to me. It forever cemented the fact that this community is wonderful, kind and supportive.  Thank you. Thank you so, so much. <3

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I’ve read a few books the past two weeks. I finished the Billionaire Boys Club by Jessica Clare; read The Deal by Elle Kennedy; and a highly recommended LGBT book by Maja of The Nocturnal Library, Shattered Glass. The rest are as follow:

  • Romancing the Billionaire [Billionaire Boys Club, #5]
  • One Night with a Billionaire [Billionaire Boys Club, #6]
  • The Deal by Elle Kennedy
  • Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander
  • The Taker by Alma Katsu
  • The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart
  • Knight of Ocean Avenue [Love in Laguna, #1] by Tara Lain
  • One Night of Sin by Elle Kennedy
  • Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

I’m sad that Shattered Glass’ instalment has been stalled for a couple of years now. I’ve been stalking the author’s website, but he hasn’t posted anything for a while now. Seriously guys, this book is awesome. So different from anything I’ve ever read in a while. And it’s hilarious. 🙂

So that’s what I’ve been up to for the last two weeks.

How are you guys? Tell me what’s been up with you in the comments. Have a fantastic week, everyone!

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On the Night Table [18]: This Week’s Reading Pile

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China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan | The New Neighbour by Leah Stewart | The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George


Hello.

How was your weekend, everyone? I had a quiet one. We stayed in the city because my kids had their own thing to do, so I had a lovely lunch date with my husband, which of course, included a visit to the bookstore. Sticking to a book buying ban of sorts has always been a struggle when you’re married to an incredible guy like my husband. His natural reaction to us having a day for ourselves is to take me to a bookstore. So of course, being a weakling that I am, I always end up taking a few home. I’ll probably do a post next weekend for books that I got. Just a heads up, the book buying ban is not going so well for me – which is to be expected, isn’t it? Sigh.

The weather was finicky last weekend, so we couldn’t decide on what to do exactly (to stay home or to do stuff around the yard). So we did a bit of both. Mostly, I tried to write some posts for the coming days, and revisit my blogging tasks to see what I can tick off ( working on the third in a list of eight).

This week’s reading pile includes a remnant from two weeks ago (The New Neighbour). I was not able to finish it, so I’m working on doing that this week. I also have a couple of books that Random House sent me last week (The Little Paris Bookshop & China Rich Girlfriend). The Little Paris Bookshop is really good so far. I mentioned this on my Instagram post that if you liked The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, chances are, you’re going to love Monsieur Perdu as well. China Rich Girlfriend was the book that I sacrificed a virgin goat for way back when. I was so excited when I got this in the mail! My offering to the goddess worked! Lol.

Books Read in the Last Two Weeks:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Last Hit [Hitman, #1] by Jessica Clare
  • Stranded with a Billionaire [Billionaire Boys Club, #1] by Jessica Clare
  • Beauty and the Billionaire [Billionaire Boys Club, #2] by Jessica Clare
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed [Billionaire Boys Club, #3] by Jessica Clare
  • Once Upon a Billionaire [Billionaire Boys Club, #4] by Jessica Clare

As you can see, I’ve decided to check out Jessica Clare’s books. I don’t know where I’ve seen a recommendation for her books, but I thought I’d see what they’re about. I mean, it’s kind of obvious based on the title of the series. I guess, I should admit that I’m a sucker for rich men in books as well. They’re humdrum predictable, but fun. Don’t judge me. Lol. That’s it for me this week. I hope you’ll have a great one!

What’s in your pile this week?

 

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Waiting on Wednesday [7]: China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

22674105 PUBLICATION DATE: June 16th, 2015
Knopf Doubleday


 

On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiancé willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her. But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined.

Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father. Meanwhile, Singapore’s It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia’s most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it’s like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich.


When was the last time I’ve done one of these, you ask? Well, considering I’ve been blogging for a number of years and this is only the 7th time I’ve done one of these posts…I honestly cannot even remember.

My need for this book is dire. This is Kevin Kwan’s second book; his follow-up to Crazy Rich Asians. I didn’t even know there was an instalment until I saw some pretty lucky bloggers Instagramming their ARCs. After adding this book to my Goodreads shelves, I slaughtered a virgin goat and offered it to the statue of Libriosa (ARC-giving goddess). Hopefully, she’ll hear my prayers and grant me this wish.

What are you waiting on today?

 

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