I discovered a Free Little Library at work today and grabbed these two BOTM books. I will drop off several books on Monday.
I liked this one. Chic-lit/coming of age, but from a slightly different perspective and background than the "usual" one. And that specificity let it to being unique whole still making some of the themes very relatable. The main character has a distinct voice that for in with her background and added to the story.
I liked this one.
#ReadHarder2019 - A book by a woman and/or AOC that won a literary award in 2018
Took myself out to lunch last week and this was my reading companion. This is our current #bookclubread, but I'm also listening to "the life-changing magic of not giving a f*ck". This last one has gotten a little repetitive for me and I don't necessarily agree with the majority of her sentiments, but it's definitely been helpful in questioning some of my habits and putting things in perspective.
Despite it‘s short length this one took me a very long time to get into. I enjoyed the story and the structure but the narrator‘s voice was a bit much. At times I felt like I was trying to follow a hummingbird. It was stressful to the point where I was identifying with Eric‘s exasperation. It wasn‘t until Part 2 that I found myself enjoying it fully. I may read this again someday but also, maybe not. 😉 3.75🌟
My journey with pharmacy is the closest I come to understanding our narrator‘s struggles w/ her chemistry PhD. She is young and scared, but so much more than that. She is brilliant, yet broken. It is hard, at any age, to find yourself somewhere you don‘t want to be. More so when everyone around you is succeeding. Chemistry is a self-recovery novel, told in unique form, with levity & a great deal of fun science thrown in for good measure. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Different, in such a good way. This narrative of a woman at a crossroads in her Chem PhD program and in her romantic relationship is told in bite sized, almost choppy, vignettes. The timeline isn‘t linear, and interesting facts about chemistry are interspersed throughout. Sometimes they don‘t connect, and other times they reveal a profound connection. This book made me care about the characters and, in its meandering way, think about life itself.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It took me a minute to get used to the style, but the off-beat, often very dry humor won me. I like quirk and this short, but impactful novel, has scads. I like how Wang only gave one character an actual name. I think that speaks loudly of the walls - visible from the moon - the narrator has raised around herself. I liked this debut very much! Plus, that cover! 🤩
A little post-workout reading before grabbing the little dude from childcare. Enjoying this one so far. I love a quirky book and a pretty cover. 💛
Not since Dept of Speculation have I adored a little book about relationships as much as this one. An absolute gem, with many facets: love, loss, starting over, renegotiating the parent-child dynamic, changing seasons, self awareness, spanning multiple cultures, and in a way that pleasantly surprised me, science. This has moved into position as my favorite book I‘ve read this year. You can knock it out in a day. Don‘t think about it. Just do it.
I listened to this on audio and found it to be very brief. I enjoyed the perspective of the main character, and get relationship with her life was very interesting. She definitely went on a journey, with growth and change. I just wanted more.
We follow an unnamed woman who has just had a breakdown while doing her postgrad in chemistry. This was a beautiful collection of episodes that tie memories with the present as she goes on this journey of self discovery. It‘s an immigrant story, having to straddle that awkward border of your new country with your family‘s expectations/tradition. There‘s some intense mother daughter stuff. There‘s great friendship in here. All around a great book!!
Did anybody get major Maureen from Center Stage vibes while reading this? I love books like this where the person is so specialized in a subject that all allusions, metaphors, and similes have to do with the subject. I think people like this MC could be off putting. But just like in real life when you look at people and think they have it all, sometimes you can‘t see that they‘re in a hell of their own. Loving this book so far.
Very unique story of a young woman discovering who she is apart from her parents & significant other. Change & suddenly not knowing for sure your true self is a very vulnerable place to be in. The main character journeys through her longest journey- the journey of knowing her true self.
Hey whatcha doing??? This is my dog Easy. She is afraid of the dishwasher now. So...having a hard time finishing #Chemistry by #WeikeWang. I need the dishwasher to finish because I have bookclub tomorrow and haven‘t started that book yet. I‘m a book club procrastinator.
Not a bad read, but the style it's written in kind of bore me halfway through. It took a bit to get into but was enjoyable for the most part. However, it's a very interesting look at immigration, marriage, parenthood, academia, and ambitions, and I would recommend it. It's a tale about parents who push their children WAY too hard and how that can affect them later on in life.
“His career path is very straight, like that of an arrow to its target. If I were to draw my path out, it would look like a gas particle flying around in space.”
I apologize, Weike. I have to stop reading your book although I am thoroughly enjoying it. Undoubtedly, the last person who read this book had a cat nearby and I am extremely allergic to them. My allergy pill failed to work. When this happens, I stop reading and have to take the book back to the library. Cat lovers of the world, I have nothing against cats. Its the way I was made. 😔
Quirky. Sometimes while reading this book, I felt like the author was just throwing in random facts she found interesting. Usually these tidbits segued into some personal experience and sometimes they just hung there. Truth is I just enjoyed reading this novel and I found the narrator endearing. My heart hurt for her. I felt it ended on a hopeful note.
A woman juggles the expectations of her Chinese-immigrant parents, her marriage-ready boyfriend and her impatient PhD advisor-all while struggling with crippling indecision. This book was a quiet whirlwind, full of beautiful insights and a protagonist I was desperately rooting for. I loved it.
I‘m a fan. This book was about way more than just a PhD student having a quarter life crisis, it was about immigrants, relationships, family expectations, happiness and mental health. The characters felt so real to me. I would have liked a more fleshed out ending, but overall this was a win for me. If you can get it on audio, do it! The narration was fantastic🤗