What I Have Read Since Starting My Second 101 in 1001 List

I am going to keep a running tab on this page of what I have read since beginning my second 101 in 1001 list. One of my goals was to read 50 books over the next 2.75 years (starting August 2017, ending May 2020), and I will be listing the ones I have read below along with my ratings for each book. Enjoy!

  • All The Light We Cannot See (5/5)
    • Amazing book, seriously chilling. It's two separate stories about a boy and a girl in WWII, but the stories become intertwined as the book draws to a close. The amount of detail the author includes is amazing, and I got so attached to the characters. I wish they would make this into a movie.
  • When To Rob A Bank (3.5/5)
    • This book is by the same authors that wrote Freakonimics and Super Freakonimics, both of which I would definitely recommend. This wasn't really a book as much as it was a bunch of stories and posts from the authors' online blog, but it is super informative if you like random facts and statistics. Other than that, it was disorganized and at some times boring.
  • Crazy Rich Asians (4/5)
    • I honestly ordered this off of Amazon because of all the hype surrounding it, as it is being turned into a movie. It's a super easy, mindless read, and although entertaining at times, I was not as impressed as I thought I would be. It's a fictional tale about the over-the-top lives of Asian billionaires, and it's pretty crazy to see how things differ across the Pacific Ocean. It's still good though, and I would recommend it as a beach read or something to read on a plane or train.
  • China Rich Girlfriend (4.5/5)
    • This is the second in the trilogy by Kevin Kwan, with Crazy Rich Asians being the first book. Oddly enough, I found the second book to be much better than the first. Once I start a series, I become pretty committed to finishing it if the first book is decent. I am glad I did, because Kwan's second novel had a lot more suspense and action than the first one, and I want to purchase the final one as soon as I can get my hands on a paperback copy (am I the only one who finds hardcovers annoying?). 
  • Rules of Civility (5/5)
    • Let me say, I devoured this book in less than 3 days because of how much I loved it. This book made me glad that I have taken up reading again. It's about a girl living in '30s New York City and how she uses her wit and charm to climb up the social ladder, and the way Amor Towles tells the story is intriguing and lovely. For a debut novel, it's quite impressive, and I cannot wait to read his second novel that he recently published.
  • Forty Autumns (5/5)
    • First off, I cannot believe how much this book made me cry–– both happy tears and sad ones (and I don't usually cry). This is a true story about a family in communist Germany and it documents Hanna's (one of the family members) escape and what the rest of the family was subjected to in such a difficult time. It was so well written.
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns (5/5)
    • I promise you guys I'm not just throwing 5s to every book I'm picking up–– it seems like I just know a good book when I see it, haha. But this book is one I had been meaning to read for years and never got around to it until recently. It's by one of my favorite authors, Khaled Hosseini–– he wrote my all-time favorite book, Kite Runner, so I knew I had to give this book a try too. I'm so glad I did because it was unreal. Not as good as Kite Runner in my opinion, but definitely something everyone should read.

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