Weekend Watching Recap
1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Netflix)
A 16 year old’s secret letters to her crushes, some years old, get mailed. Including one to her first kiss and one to her neighbor, who her older sister just broke up with. Yikes. A soon-to-be-classic teen romance starring an East Asian protagonist.
2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Netflix)
Just after WWII, a London writer begins conversing with a member of a book club on Guernsey, an island in the English Channel which was under German occupation. The writer travels there to meet the club’s members, including her handsome pen pal, and begins uncovering the mystery of what happened to the book club’s founding member.
3. Crazy Rich Asians (theater)
An NYU economics professor is invited to join her boyfriend on a trip home to Singapore for a friend’s wedding, where she discovers he’s the “crazy rich” Prince Harry of Southeast Asia. And almost no one—from his mother to the bride’s friends to strangers on the street—are happy about him choosing a “commoner”. A modern Cinderella retelling with an all Asian cast.
All three movies are based on books! Speaking of books…
Summer Reading Recap
–Furyborn by Claire Legrand
If you don’t like fantasy, this book is my best hope for changing your mind.
–The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean
A compelling, complex, nuanced love story that begins with a petition for divorce.
–The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford
A novel about the real journey that inspired at least 3 of Agatha Christie’s novels, including her most famous.
–The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
One of the best Agatha Christie’s I’ve read yet.
–Jackaby series by William Ritter
Sherlock meets Grimm-style fairytales in an alternate 19th-century NYC.
–Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant
While filming a mockumentary in the Marianas Trench, the crew discovers real (murderous) mermaids.
–Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
I’ve written about this book before. Basically, it’s a novel in prose and you need it in your life.
–Tropic of Squalor by Mary Karr
A short but deep collection of poetry by a best-selling, hilarious memoirist.
–The Martian by Andy Weir
I’ve read this 4 times in as many years.