I’m realizing I like these weekly posts since it gives me a chance to talk about things I might not get to until my wrap up at the end of the month. This week, I have more movie adaptations I wanted to talk about before I dive in. Mainly, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix. This movie is just as good as the hype will have you believe. After The Kissing Booth I was skeptical at best about another YA adaptation, but much like Love, Simon, it was completely adorable. The casting was perfect, the soundtrack was amazing, and it is the ROM-COM WE NEEDED THIS SUMMER.
I also saw Crazy Rich Asians without reading the book, and fell in love with it. I now need to read the whole series ASAP. I loved every one of the characters, but especially Rachel Chu and Astrid. And the soundtrack! The Chinese cover of Yellow is incredible and has basically been on a loop since I saw the movie. Another one well worth the hype!
And now the books!
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
I had tried and failed to read this book a few times before, so I’m not sure what made me download the audiobook from my library, but I’m so glad I did. The narrator was absolutely perfect. He really brought all the characters to life in my head, and I ended up really loving Ove. I can see what all the hype for this book was about. Definitely a sweet read if you’re in the mood for something light. Highly recommend the audio, especially if you’re like me and couldn’t get into the physical copy!
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
I landed pretty middle of the road on this one. On one hand, I absolutely loved the story of friendship that examines the AIDS crisis of 1980s Chicago. You really feel for the characters, and they’re all so well-developed that you feel like you know them in real life. Which makes the subject matter even harder to read about. But, there was an alternate storyline 30 years in the future, in Paris of 2015 that I felt like I had to force myself not to skip every time it came around. I just didn’t care about it nearly as much. I gave this somewhere between a 3.5 and 4 stars on Goodreads, because I really loved a good chunk of it.
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
I really enjoyed this memoir about the founding and running of Nike shoes. The author seems like a huge jerk to me, and I didn’t like how he never wanted to talk to or motivate his employees, even when they asked him for things. Especially the people who believed in him in the beginning, he kind of treated them like dirt! But, it got a little better as it went on, and I ended up enjoying his perspective on business and life as I read.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Oh man. Last but definitely, definitely not least. Where the Crawdads Sing is worth every bit of hype I’ve heard about it. I FINALLY was moving out of my post-Hearts Invisible Furies slump, and this might have just thrown me right back in. This book is gorgeous, and while it took me a little to get past the writing (books written heavily in a dialect normally get DNFed almost immediately), I fell in love with the story and the characters. It reminded me a lot of Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer, which I’ve been wanting to re-read recently, and now must pick up. Part literary mystery, part romance, part ode to nature, Where the Crawdads Sing spans years as Kya, the Marsh Girl naviagtes life alone in a marsh from the age of seven. It’s incredible.
A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
I basically screamed when I heard John Boyne had another book out so soon after The Heart’s invisible Furies. It’s coming out in the US in November, but since it’s already out in the UK, Book Depository had it available, and with free shipping, well, it couldn’t be helped.
I JUST started this one but I had a similar drawn in feeling from the first page of this as I had when I picked up HIF, so I’m feeling pretty good.
Likely to Read Next:
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
I never see a movie and then read the book, but I have the audiobook and the physical copy, which I think will make this 500 page book feel a lot more doable. Plus, I’m not ready to be done with the characters, so I need three books to read in preparation for the next movie!
What are you reading?