Most Laugh Out Loud Read: Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang. I randomly picked up this audiobook just because I needed to mix up my audiobook reading list. I am a fan of the author’s restaurant so I thought I would give it a try. Surprisingly, it is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.
Best Reread: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. I first read this book probably 10 years ago. I’ve always thought of it as a favorite, but I’ve never reread it until now. The House of the Scorpion continues to be one of my science fiction favorites.
Most Disappointing Read: Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt. I absolutely loved Lauren Barnholdt’s Two-Way Street so I was excited when I found out that a spin-off novel was going to be released. Unfortunately, the book failed to live up to my expectations… So bad that I like to pretend that this book never happened.
Sexiest Read: The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst. Jennifer Probst continues to be one of my go-to authors when it comes to adult contemporary romance. The Marriage Trap is particularly memorable for me because on top of all the sexy fun times, it made me crave SO MUCH PASTA.
Best Book Read for School: Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen. I guess I’m not really a high fantasy person because I never would have picked this book up on my own. Yeah, I’ve also read The Lightning Thief and The Hunger Games for class this past year, but they don’t count because they are rereads. Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen was such a fun read because the majority of the characters are based on literary figures, real and fiction.
Book that Most Reminds Me of High School: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Okay, let’s face it: part of why I read YA is to remind me of what it feels like to be a teenager. In this case, Rainbow Rowell brought me back to my days of reading fan fiction endlessly in high school.
Most Anticipated Read: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Isla was supposed to release this year, but unfortunately publication had been delayed. I still have not had the pleasure of reading the second companion novel to one of my favorite books. Isla tops the list of my anticipated reads of 2014.
I guess it’s no surprise that I’ve been a lot less active in the book blogging community for the last year. This has partly a lot to do with personal changes, and also a lot to do with a change in my reading habits.
I spent half the year reviewing at PostScript’d, where I’ve written some of my favorite reviews to date. Notably, I love the reviews I’ve written for Easy by Tammara Webber and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
I’ve started working a new job over the summer which led to a newfound love of audiobooks. I spend approximately 20 hours at a desk job and I get through my day with audiobooks. I’ve probably read a third of the books this year through this format and I absolutely love it. The days where I forget to bring headphones are my least favorite ones at work.
Some of my favorite audiobooks from the year include:
I managed to surpass my reading goal of 100 books this year. I did not manage to read more than last year, but I’m surprised to even have read this much. I couldn’t have done it without the help of audiobooks.
So aside from listening to more audiobooks, I’ve also reduced the number of ARCs that I’ve been reading. I really started to read more books for pleasure – especially because I went through a reading slump when I started my fall semester.
We always have to remind ourselves that reading and blogging should both be fun. And for a while, I did feel wiped out about the constant need to update my blog. I think I’m ready to dive back into book blogging, but I doubt that I’ll ever reach the same level of commitment that I once have. This is a hobby and I want it to be stress-free.
Regardless, I still would love to know what my bookish friends are up to and all the books that you guys are reading. I’m definitely more active on Twitter, so follow me and send me a message so I know to reach out to you!
FRESH OFF THE BOAT by Eddie Huang Book Review
Publication Date: January 29th 2013 by Spiegel & Grau
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations |
Book Summary: Eddie Huang is the thirty-year-old proprietor of Baohaus—the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night—and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, Eddie wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own.
Eddie grew up in theme-park America, on a could-be-anywhere cul-de-sac in suburban Orlando, raised by a wild family of FOB (“fresh off the boat”) hustlers and hysterics from Taiwan. While his father improbably launched a series of successful seafood and steak restaurants, Eddie burned his way through American culture, defying every “model minority” stereotype along the way. He obsessed over football, fought the All-American boys who called him a chink, partied like a gremlin, sold drugs with his crew, and idolized Tupac. His anchor through it all was food—from making Southern ribs (and scoring drugs) with the Haitian cooks in his dad’s restaurant to preparing traditional meals in his mother’s kitchen to haunting the midnight markets of Taipei when he was shipped off to the homeland. After misadventures as an unlikely lawyer, street fashion renegade, and stand-up comic, Eddie finally threw everything he loved—past and present, family and food—into his own restaurant, bringing together a legacy stretching back to China and the shards of global culture he’d melded into his own identity.
Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the twenty-first century—it’s a story of food, family, and the forging of a new notion of what it means to be American.
Book Review Overview:
- Laugh-out-loud funny
- I couldn’t relate to his ramblings on hip-hop and basketball, but his story-telling was far too amusing
- Eddie Huang knows his food; this will make you have lots of cravings
Ever since I started my new job a few months ago, I’ve been listening to a lot more audiobooks. Lucky for me, I can work and listen to audiobooks at the same time. My work day on the computer goes by a lot faster when I have an interesting book to listen to.
Memoirs usually aren’t my thing, but I thought I would give Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang a try. Aside from being a total book nerd, I’m also a huge foodie. Baohaus, the restaurant owned by Eddie Huang, is one of my favorite places to eat.
In Fresh Off the Boat, Eddie Huang combines his experience in growing up as an Asian-American with his love of food. What makes this audiobook so fun to listen to is the fact that he narrates it himself and he talks as if he is talking to one of his very good friends. His casual prose makes for entertaining story-telling. There were a handful of times that I wanted to laugh out loud, and I had to remind myself that it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to do that at work.
There were times where I found myself unable to relate to Eddie’s story. Eddie Huang loves to talk about hip-hop and basketball – two things that I’m not very familiar with. But his anecdotes are always mixed with humor, so even if I cannot relate 100%, I can still find his stories entertaining.
Furthermore, don’t let his love of hip-hop and street-talk fool you. Eddie Huang is quite smart and thoughtful. His thoughts on growing up as an Asian-American are quite provoking. Plus, there is no doubt that he knows his food. Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang will make you hungry. I craved all kinds of food while listening to his audiobook. I couldn’t get the thought of eating a bao out of my mind until I made my way downtown to Baohaus.
I’m so glad I went out of my comfort zone and picked up Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang. Fresh Off the Boat is eight hours of non-stop laughter and food cravings.