Book Review: Five Books I Recently Read

Reading is one of my favorite, favorite hobbys and things to do in my down time, I just love getting lost in a storyline and really getting to know another world/ era/ culture and the personalities and certain roles in a good book.  I feel like reading a book helps my mind to truly disconnect from the real world and soothes my thoughts A LOT - much more than Netflix could ever do! I also don't really have a genre I favor, I read a lot of different books and authors, however, I dislike anything too scary or gory, haha ;)

Naturally, I adoooore reading book reviews and blogposts with book recommendations, my favorite have to be the ones from Caitlin from Southercurlsandpearls for sure! :) Which is exactly why I wanted to bring some of that content here on my own blog and today I want to start my book and reading content with five books I read recently. I hope you enjoy!

Btw: I wrote a post on How To Get Back Into Reading Books that you might want to take a look at if you are convinced that you are too busy to read books, which I totally thought I was!

The Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy 

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan was all the rage last year, everybody talked about it! I jumped on the bandwagon a little bit later and ordered that book earlier this year - and absolutely loved it! What I didn't even notice until then was that Crazy Rich Asians is part of a trilogy and I immediately ordered part 2 and 3, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems.
Essentially, the series is about NY based Rachel, who marries into a filthy rich, high-society (and high-snobbery!) Singaporean family. However, I mainly enjoyed the intertwined storylines of all the other characters in the book and the way the author manages to describe and gives insights into the lives of Asias elite (Gossip Girl pun definitely intended) in such a super funny way. Uber-glamorous on the outside, ultra-dramatic behind the scenes! I flew through all three books and would 100% recommend them, though I loved the second part the most, because it was that little bit more extravagant, crazy, over-the-top and witty! You can save money and get the whole series here.

The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters bei Lucinda Riley is one of those books that I am so excited to recommend to my friends, my colleagues and, of course, you guys! The story is about six (yes, six!) sisters, who were all adopted by their father from different countries, different circumstances and at different time points, but all grew up together at their father's estate in Switzerland. With the father's quite misterious passing, he left each of the sisters a letter indicating hints about their real descent and family history. This particular book follows the story of the oldest sister Maia descovering her past and her country of origin. What I love most about this book is how picture-esque and vivid the author manages to tell the story and really dives into describing a country, a past era and culture, so much so that I feelt like actually watching a movie when reading the book! It's a long book, over 500 pages, but I would 10/10 recommend it if you are into novels with twists, a story that feels like solving a puzzle and learning about history alike! I can not wait to read the other books of this series, as they each follow another sister on her journey!

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck 

Now, that's a throwback, am I right?? The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson was all the rage about two years ago I'd say and people were raving about it how it changed their lives! I picked it up then and read it - and still remember how disappointed I was, lol. I decided to re-read it last month, because I feel like my life situation and mindset has changed a lot since last reading it and I wanted to see how that affected my perception of it. And the verdict is that I still not really like that book! While I love a good self-help book, I found this one to be a bit too extreme actually and in the first half of the book I found myself even getting angry at some of the statements being made, haha. However, I do feel that towards the second half of the book I could come to terms with more that was being said and identify with it a little more, I even highlighted some passages. It's definitely a book that makes you think and most importantly channels your former beliefs. I am super interested to hear your thoughts on this book if you have read it!

What books have you been reading recently? Any cool suggestions?
Please let me know in the comments below!

xx Janine

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