Reading Roundup: March 2019

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

I've never been particularly interested in Scientology, but I've heard good things about this book for years and I like Wright's writing. He excels at creating coherent narrative through a long period of time and across many different characters. Although not a quick or easy read, this was a fascinating book and I will be thinking about it for a long time.

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

This is the last book in Atkinson's mystery series, but I'm happy to hear that there is another one coming out this summer. Jackson Brodie and his crazy antics have grown on me, and while this wasn't my favorite in the series, it was a fun read.

Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls by Lisa Damour

Damour's book Untangled was one of my favorites from last year. This book was a great follow-up that talks more specifically about stress and teens. I marked…

Reading Roundup: February 2019

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

I loved the first book in this series and was excited to get the second one so I could revisit my favorite characters and keep up with their lives. This book moves the action primarily to China and introduces some new characters, not all of them as interesting or likeable as the original group. Also, Rachel seems to have changed and become more one-dimensional in the book than in the first one. Nevertheless, I mostly enjoyed reading it and was happy that my library hold on the third book was available just as soon as I finished this one. 

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

The second book in the trilogy was a bit disappointing, but this one was definitely not. It came back to some of my favorite characters from the first book, introduced some fascinating historical content, and brought everything together in a satisfying conclusion. I had a lot of fun reading all three books and will miss this family and all their craziness now that I'm done.