Blanche’s Book Club: ‘China Rich Girlfriend’.

Guess what?! I’m writing this post from my *NEW* iPad! Now, before you get jealous, it may be a good time to point out that this entire time… I’ve been using my same Mac laptop I got in college.

I graduated from college in 2007, so that computer is 14 years old (I got it my sophomore year). It’s so old that it doesn’t function as a laptop – it has to be plugged in. It also isn’t compatible with any new updates, and has Microsoft Office 2004.

Now, I love that laptop and will still use it until I can afford a new one, but this girl cannot run an empire on 2004 equipment! So, I have been looking at tablets since mid-December to help me with my business.

I wasn’t originally going to get an iPad because I didn’t think I could afford it, so I looked at Samsung tablets, Amazon fire options, and even a Chromebook. I looked at all sorts of refurbished models, too.

But I stumbled across a deal on the latest generation iPad and I couldn’t stop thinking about it – 9-inch screen, 32gb, compatible with iPencil (that’ll be  my next treat to myself).

Between the deal and all of the contracts I signed this week (5 so far!), I knew this was a much-needed investment. And then my mom came through with a gift card to help me out some!

So anyway, it arrived yesterday, and I’m amazed at how nice it is (my first iPad got stolen 3 years ago, so it’s been awhile). I’m excited to try all of it’s new features and relieved that I now have a portable device that allows me to work away from my desk, and for out-of-office client meetings. Cheers to geeking out!

What I really came here to talk about today was the latest read from Blanche’s Book Club! It’s “China Rich Girlfriend” by Kevin Kwan. Here is the book’s description from Kevin Kwan’s website:

On the eve of her wedding to Nicholas Young, heir to one of the greatest fortunes in Asia, Rachel should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond from JAR, a wedding dress she loves more than anything found in the salons of Paris, and a fiancé willing to sacrifice his entire inheritance in order to marry her.

But Rachel still mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be able to walk her down the aisle. Until: a shocking revelation draws Rachel into a world of Shanghai splendor beyond anything she has ever imagined. Here we meet Carlton, a Ferrari-crashing bad boy known for Prince Harry-like antics; Colette, a celebrity girlfriend chased by fevered paparazzi; and the man Rachel has spent her entire life waiting to meet: her father.

Meanwhile, Singapore’s It Girl, Astrid Leong, is shocked to discover that there is a downside to having a newly minted tech billionaire husband. A romp through Asia’s most exclusive clubs, auction houses, and estates, China Rich Girlfriend brings us into the elite circles of Mainland China, introducing a captivating cast of characters, and offering an inside glimpse at what it’s like to be gloriously, crazily, China-rich.

This is book two of the “Crazy Rich Asians” trilogy. While I really enjoyed reading the first book (you can see my full review here), I think I liked this one even more!

There was an entirely new character (and I wouldn’t be surprised if she showed up in book three, too) and there was a lot of suspense and mystery.

I still haven’t seen the “Crazy Rich Asians” movie, but someone told me there were bits of book two in it – which likely wouldn’t be recognizable if you haven’t read book two yet.

As promised, I’ve created a Reading Guide for this book (I’m planning to do this for all of the books I read this year)! The Reading Guide includes:

  • 5 Original book club and discussion questions, written by me
  • Additional insights from yours truly
  • 2 related videos featuring the author (both are longer videos)
  • 5 of my favorite quotes from the book
  • A related recipe
  • Three hand-selected book recommendations as to what you should read next

Please note, once you complete your payment of $1.99, you will be directed to the Reading Guide. Feel free to bookmark the URL so you can refer back to it at your leisure.

I’m recommending this book to anyone who read and enjoyed the first book! You definitely could read this book as a stand-alone, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

The next book Blanche’s Book Club will be Reading is, “The Challenge Culture: Why the Most Successful Organizations Run on Pushback” by Nigel Travis.

I hope you all have a great Friday!

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