Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is just pure escapism. Part romance, part gossip, part nuts, this book is just fun to listen to. I did listen to it, I have found that I like audio books on my commute home. It helps me get my mind off work and I can relax.

This is also a perfect bathtub book. I will say that the family in here is huge, I can see one advantage to having  a paper copy there is a family tree in the book. The audio version was just so fun to listen to.  Half the time I did not know what was going on. One person in the book I wanted to BITCH slap. Oh, he is an asshole.

I do not handle animal abuse well there should be a trigger waning for that. It is there but not bold in your face there, but enough that I had to skip that part of the book.

The book will also make you hungry if you like good food. MMMMmmm good food.

Would I recommend,?yes.  Will I listen to the second one? yes. Will I go see the movie when it come out? I don’t know. Oh, I should tell you that this is being made into a movie.

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

Charms

If I had not listened to this as an audio-book I would call this a bathtub book for sure. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phardra Patrick is adorable.

Arthur Pepper lives his life by a set schedule, wakes up at 7:00am, has one cup of tea, waters Fredreka you get the idea. The book opens on the one year anniversary of the death of his wife. Mr. Pepper decides that he is going to clear out her belongings, and in her boot he finds a box.

Once he opens that box his neat orderly world is turned upside down. He makes phone calls, he travels, he has adventures and all because he cannot leave a mystery alone.

This story was so sweet and it made for a great read in the car when I was commuting. I need to see if Ms. Patrick has written any other books.

Would I recommend, yes. Would I own, no.

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

Born

I bet people are going to wonder if I ever pick out books just for the fun of it. Yep, I do, but this one was a book club book. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah according to the title the book is about his childhood in South Africa. I and many others in the book club thought the book was more about his mother.

WOW! What a strong woman! She did illegal things to better her life and the life of her son. She fought, and did her best to have him be the best that he could be. I cannot even imagine her life living in apartheid. What she had to go through to keep him safe and healthy.

If you want to read a book about a strong woman this is one that should be read. I have also heard that this is going to be made into a movie. FYI the poop story is the best poop story I have read.

I did read this as a physical book, I do want to listen to it as an audio book. Mr. Noah reads it and I have heard that it is amazing.

QUOTE

“But I still had to pick. Because racism exists, and you have to pick a side. “

Portlandtown: A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes

Portland

Portlandtown by Rob DeBorde is another one of my books for my TBR challenge the one that is being hosted at Roof Beam Reader.  This makes three down nine to go.

First I have to say I added this to my stack because I love reading books that take place where I have lived or do live, and I love Portland. Now on to the book.

You might be able to tell from the cover that something is not right in Portlandtown (FYI that was the cities name in the way old times).  This book creepped me out. I really gave me the willies, and I don’t know if that is because I know the town the author wrote about or if it was just that good.

Each person in the Wylde family has a special ability, and that all comes into play in the book. I am not sure how to describe how all the characters in the book relate but it works. Including the Voodoo, and the Zombies. Yes, this book has zombies in it.

This was so fun and when you read the quotes that I have for this book if you are from the PNW you will see that the author really knows what he his talking about. This book ends like there will be a sequel however I have not heard anything about a follow up book. I do hope that there is one. This was a fun read.

QUOTES

“Without a soul to turn the page, it is but ink on paper.”

“A few umbrellas popped open- Out-Of_Towners no doubt- but most in the crowd simply smiled and drank it in.”

Yummah ( Bahrain)

Yummy

Yumma by Sarah A. Al Shafei took me forever to find. My library did not have it and I had to get a copy from an inner library loan. I am so grateful for those. There is not a link to Powell’s for the book as they do not have a copy.

Yumma covers my reading around the world challenge for the country of Bahrain. I learned a few things from this book. I know some of you out there are going to just be amazed that I did not know that Bahrain was an island. Then the other thing I did not know was how close the island is to a few other countries.

Khadeeja was 12 when she goes into an arranged marriage, and this book covers her life from then until her death.  She is married to a man much older then she is, and by the time she is 24 she has nine living children. The book did not start out with a time frame, however there were cars, and her house did have the first refrigerator on the island. About half way through the book there is a year listed, and I figured out that she was about 12 in the 1950’s. My time however can be wrong. Math is not my best subject.

I had a lot of questions about this book, and I know that some of it comes from not understanding the culture. That is why I am doing this I want to know more than what I already do. So on with my questions.

Did Khadeeja really love her husband, or was it a reaction to being married so young and not knowing what sex was?

Was Layla (her doll) a representation of her lost childhood?

Why with all of the hardships she faced did she still have a blessed life? (The hardships were glossed over)

QUOTES

“”No, you have forgotten that after all I have been through, I am still a child.””

“Funny how life forces you to live in so many illusions.”

 

 

Bone Gap

Bone

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby was a book I got for a book exchange. I do have to send it back but I want to send some goodies with it. This was an amazing book that is about coming of age and acceptance for who is different.

My two favorite characters in the book are Petey and Finn. Petey because she is smart, funny and strong in a way I could never be. Finn because he is the white knight, the one who wants to save everyone.

This book had some places that are scary, some that make you wonder, and some that make me glad I no longer live in a small town like that.

Finn’s brother Sean is the protagonist of the book, and he is called Moony, Moon boy and it bullied by a local family of boys. No one understands him. I do not know if this will be a spoiler or not, if it is you have been warned. Sean has face blindness, and the way that is incorporated into the book is amazing. It was not until I got to the end that I realized no once in the book did the author describe anyone’s face. That was an amazing bit of writing.

Would I recommend this book yes, would I own this book yes.

Sing No Evil

Sing no evil

Sing No Evil by JP Ahonen is a wonderful little graphic novel about a heavy metal band and the evil that the encounter when the are trying to make it big.

Aksel is the stuttering lead guitar player for the band Perkeros. However, that is not what this book is about. It is about music and how it connects to every and all things. How there might be a perfect song or sound out there that will unleash the demons from hell.

OK, there were parts of it I did not understand, the band thing is not something that I have ever been involved in and I am not sure how true what Perkeros went through to get where they wanted to be. I am not even sure if they made it there.

Would I recommend reading this sure, would I add it to my shelf to keep no.