I have been reading a LOT lately. I read 5 books in the last two weeks of 2015 – there’s nothing quite like letting yourself get lost in the written word. I’ve seen a number of people list “Read more books” in their New Year’s Resolutions, and assuming that those resolutions still hold true, I’d like to recommend two of my favorite books for a cold night spent at home.
I first read Crazy Rich Asians in 2014. It tells the story of economics profession Rachel Chu who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick Young for a wedding, and to meet Nick’s family. Rachel doesn’t know that Nick’s family is in the top 1% of wealthiest people in the WHOLE WORLD. What follows is a fun family saga and peek into what it must be like to have unimaginable wealth. This is a super fun read for any lover of fashion and travel: lots and lots of designer name drops, and the book takes you from NYC to Singapore to Hong Kong and London and Paris. I visited Singapore a few years ago, and I will say that it has some of the most expensive real estate in the world. It’s also an island country, so owning a car involves a $200,000 permit and crazy import taxes. And there is luxury EVERYWHERE. There’s even a Louis Vuitton store partially submerged in the bay (and its just one of many LV stores in Singapore).