How to End a Year-Long Reading Challenge

When I started the 2018 Mama’s Reading Challenge, I was naive to the negatives of such an endeavor. I started with the desire to challenge myself to read different, norm-challenging titles. And I did this, but with one major cost to myself.

I didn’t get to read the books I wanted to read all year!

I found myself consistently frustrated with my reading homework. And, yes, it felt like homework. I’m a procrastinator who believes she reads faster than she does, so I struggled each month to wrap up my reading.

I just have too many books on my to-be-read list…and too few years in life! I also helped start a book club and had weekly Bible study homework, and Mama only has so much reading time in her week!

So, I’ve decided to be selfish and not do an out-of-the-ordinary reading challenge in 2019.

crazy rich asiansHowever, I did read a fairly good book for November’s challenge.

November asked me to read a book on the best seller’s list. I picked up Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan from a local bookstore and loved every spectacular moment.

And by “spectacular,” I mean that the story is a spectacle. What’s more fun than watching ridiculously (seriously) wealthy people blow wads of money in insane ways while causing lots (and lots) of drama?

It’s a story of a normal girl who falls in love with a too-perfect, devastatingly handsome man. He asks her to travel Asia with him over their summer break (they’re both college professors). Romantic (it’d be better if there were a wedding ring involved, but, hello, low morals of today!)! The girl, Rachel, has no idea about her boyfriend-of-two-year’s family, but, obviously, she’s about to meet a bundle of crazy-rich (also “crazy, rich”) Asians.

Crazy Rich Asians is a romp through decadence and back-biting hysterics. I don’t know much about up-scale brands, so the name-dropping got a bit tedious.

What I do know, though, is that I’m now on the library’s wait list for the sequel, China Rich Girlfriend.

Also, I watched the movie this past week. While I’d give the book an 8 out of 10, I think the movie stands around a 7ish. I enjoyed it, but it missed a few obvious points in the book. *shrug*

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