June | Coffee Table Thursday

9:26 AM

Surprise! There's no Game of Thrones novel to be discussed this month, partially because I'm still really mad about the season finale and I don't even want to talk about it. I'm two books away from finishing the series so far, but I think I'll save it until I finally get over that stupid episode.

Anyway, this month I read 3.5 books. I say 3.5 because well, you'll see once we get into the reviews. 

1. 3:AM Kisses by Addison Moore

This was such a cute, easy read. I literally finished this book in a four hour car ride. I found this for free on Amazon, and it's such a cute, quirky story told by an awkward college freshman during her first few weeks on campus. She finds out that her idolized big brother happens to be an even bigger womanizer than the guy she bumps into on her first day, who also happens to be her brother's best friend and room mate. 

Verdict: Get this if you're bored and have some time to kill. It's such a quick, fun story to read.

2. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Oh Jenny Han, how you just get my teenage high school girl soul. 

P.S. Get ready for a long review. I found the first book on my Kindle, and instantly fell in love. I was so ecstatic when I found out that Jenny Han was writing another follow-up book.

 Lara Jean Song Covey is a girl that anyone who ever felt out of place at high school can relate to. Awkward and naive, the middle sister of the Song girls (Kitty being the youngest and Margot the oldest), it is very easy to imagine  yourself as Lara Jean. 

Now that she's finally in a real relationship with Peter Kavinsky (what a name *sigh*), Lara Jean faces more problems like Peter's ex-girlfriend Genevieve and the horrible cyber bully video going around of them (Genevieve swears she didn't post it). What's worse is that Peter is still friends with Gen, and won't tell Lara Jean why they keep meeting up together, or talking on the phone. And then, throw in another love letter reply from John Ambrose McClaren (what another great name *sigh*). 

Not to mention this book covers the male/female double standard when it comes to dating and "just friends" and features a great older lady at a senior home named Stormy. I aspire to be a Stormy when I'm an old gal. 

I really wish I had had these books in high school, but it just would have set an even earlier unrealistic boyfriend expectation for myself. 

Some of my favorite quotes/passages:

 But then she says, "What if we use our cookie cutter to make heart-shaped pancakes instead? And put in red food coloring?"

I beam at her. "Attagirl!" So maybe she's got a little bit of me in her after all.

Kitty continues. "We could put red food coloring in the syrup, too, to make it look like blood. A bloody heart!"

No, never mind. Kitty is all her own. 

- Pg. 140 

I text Peter that I don't need a ride, because I want to get there early and put the valentine in his locker. There's something sweet about a valentine in a locker - when you think about it, a locker is much like a mailbox, and everyone knows that letters sent in the mail are far more romantic than when they're unceremoniously handed over in person.

- Pg. 141

Verdict: Clearly, I am absolutely over-the-moon, in love with this book. Please go ahead and buy the first one and read them both. I guess I really relate to Lara Jean because of the fact that she's the first Korean character I've ever got the pleasure of meeting in the world of fiction. 

3. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 

Or as I like to jokingly call it, a book about me. I remember watching a vlog on YT and someone mentioned this book, so naturally I had to go out and get it. 

My god is this a riot! It's not just about a relationship between a woman and a man, it's about all of these nosy mothers, aunts, cousins, and social climbers as well! 

Rachel Chu is about to meet her boyfriend's family for the first time on a summer-long vacation in Singapore, but Nicholas Young doesn't tell her in advance that he's basically the heir to one of the oldest, richest Chinese families in the world. Tyersall Park is basically a palace, you know? 

Nick's scheming mother, Eleanor, and co. dig up all the dirt on this ABC (American-born Chinese) named Rachel Chu. Aiyah, her Nicky can't marry some commoner gold digger, not when he is a Young and Shang Su Yi's favorite grandson - one day he's going to inherit all of those unspeakable billions. 

What my favorite part about Kwan's writing style is that it's fast-paced and witty, blending different points of view seamlessly within the same chapters. Not to mention, he keeps footnotes for everything that needs to be explained, and will keep you laughing and slapping your knee. 

Verdict: This is like the Real Housewives of Singapore, if any Real Housewives show could be classy and elegant. One of my favorite books. I had to reread this before I dove into the sequel that was just released this last week. To think that people like this actually exist in the world ...  

3.5. It Must Be Your Love by Bella Andre

And now for the half that I couldn't finish ...

I've read books by Bella Andre before, and have always thought they were cute or worth the read, but this was unbearable. I don't normally like to bash stories or plots and characters, but I feel like Andre really just wanted to live in a fantasy world writing this one.

She focuses sorely on material wealth, because it seems like everyone in Mia Sullivan's family is either famous, rich beyond god, drop dead gorgeous, and/or any combination of the three. Mia herself became a six-figure income at the age of 23 right after she sold her first million-dollar home and then decided to start her own - wait for it - successful real estate business. 

She's the youngest of x amount of boys (such a cliche), and she falls in love with Ford Vincent, a famous "rock star" (picture a male Taylor Swift) in just a week of basically humping like rabbits. Who falls in love in less than a week? And they're apparently still in love with each other 5 years later, after a week together? 

Not to mention that they all have these cliche meet-cutes, and all have boy-girl twin children who are just so well behaved. 

I was half-way into the book and there was still nothing about Ford and Mia's relationship. 

Verdict: No family is ever that close or that rich and famous. The whole thing was just very annoying. 

What did you guys read this month? 

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