These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: December 2018

Here are some of my favorite things from December. We’ve got two books.

[WARNING: SOME SPOILERS DOWN BELOW]

Books

1.) Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

So in August I went, and saw the movie adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians, and I really enjoyed it. Going into this book I was excited to see what was similar to the movie and what was different. The movie did a great job of preparing me for what the book was going to offer, but there was quite a few differences between the two that the book still had some surprises for me.
First and foremost, I adore the world and characters that Kevin Kwan created. Everything in this book is so well described that I could picture it in my head, and each character is so well flushed out that I completely understood their motivations and actions. Rachel and Nick’s relationship was so cute and reading the journey their characters go on, both separate and together, was really enjoyable. Astrid was a character I enjoyed in the movie, but I was surprised with how conflicted I felt about her character in the book. The way the Astrid/Michael story went in the book was different and I still don’t know how I feel about it. I sometimes found myself feeling sympathy for Astrid, but also finding her a little pathetic. Eddie is the worst character, and member of Nick’s family, and I hate his character so freaking much. I was so freaking happy when Fiona told him off near the end of the book. Eleanor was different from the movie and sometimes in the book she came across a little too over the top, but I still enjoyed her character overall.
I’d say the only complaints I have when it comes to the book is I felt Kevin Kwan could be a little too descriptive during some parts where it just seemed to drag on and on. The other thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the ending. I get that there is a sequel so Kevin Kwan couldn’t wrap up every story, but I still felt annoyed that it just sort of ended. I, as the reader, didn’t feel any real closure which was just really annoying. I will say I am eager to read the sequel, which I guess means the ending did its job, but I’m still annoyed.
Overall, I really enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and I would give it 4outof5Stars.

2.) Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

This collection of comics from Sarah Andersen was just as cute and fun as the first one. I really enjoy the reliability of her work and how it makes me feel like I’m not alone. I like how near the end Sarah told a story both with her writing and comics combined. It was different and helped me get to know Sarah as a person. 
Overall, this was another quick read that I really enjoyed and I would give Big Mushy Happy Lumpby Sarah Andersen, 4outof5Stars.

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