Reading Reflections: What’s on my Nightstand

Modern Romance: Done!
At the urgings of my sister-in-law, I downloaded the audio version of Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. At first I didn’t think this book would be for me. After all, it’s about dating in the modern age and I have been married for almost 10 years. Actually, I know very little about dating since I married my first boyfriend and we met when I was 18. But I downloaded it on Audible anyway because I love Aziz Ansari. I’ve watched his stand-up and binge-watched both seasons of Master of None (which is an excellent show if you haven’t watched it already). If you decide to read this book, you HAVE to listen to the audio version. Ansari narrates it and is hilarious!

This book is very well-done and gives some interesting perspectives on love that anyone can relate to. I love that Ansari paired up with psychologists to do the research for this book. He regularly references the interviews and focus groups he conducted while writing the book. He also frequently sites research done by other psychologists. He’s not just writing his take on modern romance, he’s done the research to show what dating is like in modern society as well as what it’s like in other countries and what it used to be like generations ago. He also goes on a lot of tangents and is brutally honest. I literally laughed so hard I cried in several parts. Entertaining and informative. What more can you ask for?

What I’m Currently Reading: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
So far I’m loving it, but I’m afraid I’ll never finish it. Maybe I should have gotten the e-book because the sheer weight of this book intimidates me every time I pick it up. Even though I have very little in common with the main characters, I find them incredibly relatable. Ngozi Adichie is an excellent story-teller and so far I am highly intrigued as to what will happen next. I’m about 20% of the way through the book. Hopefully I will finish it sooner than I anticipate.

What’s Next…
I’m going to have a hard time not picking up one of these two books while I’m still reading Americanah. I’m very excited about both of them. I just picked up my reserved copy of Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan from the library. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book. I’m assuming it’ll be a quick read.

I’m super pumped about A Beautiful Work In Progress in progress by Mirna Valerio. Mirna is a powerful inspiration that demolishes classic stereotypes. I have been struggling to lose my baby weight and have started running more, so I feel that this book will be relatable and inspirational. This book was released on October 1st and I’m anxiously awaiting its arrival in the mail.

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4 thoughts on “Reading Reflections: What’s on my Nightstand

  1. So glad you enjoyed Modern Romance. I listened to this book on my drives to visit you and the family, and started it towards the end of my last relationship, and finished it after the break-up. The laughter and insights really helped me through that time. I’m not really surprised that even those that are married and have very little experience in “modern dating” still find it relatable and relevant.

    Loving your blog, Allison!

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