THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO is a book I’ve been anticipating for a while, and it did not disappoint: the foundation in Chinese mythology and hyper-competitive Asian-American high school happens to appeal to me personally because both reflect my own background, but it’s also very funny and smart and has really great characters. I… Continue reading THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO Book Playlist
Confession: I didn’t actually like Sarah Kuhn’s Asian superheroine book, HEROINE COMPLEX, that much. I really wanted to because ASIAN SUPERHEROINES! But the repetitiveness of the narration and overly on-the-nose dialogue unfortunately really slowed the story down for me. But I LOVED the summary for the sequel, HEROINE WORSHIP! I was pretty obsessed with My Fair Wedding with… Continue reading ARC Review: Heroine Complex (with GIFs!)
Earlier this month, I did a post about the #AsianLitBingo challenge hosted by Reading (As)(i)an (Am)erican. I really enjoyed the challenge, so I just wanted to post how I did! BOOKS READ BY ASIAN AUTHORS FOR MAY: 8!!! (Lucky number in many Asian cultures!) BOOKS BY ASIAN AUTHORS W/ ASIAN MCS (i.e. books qualifying for the… Continue reading Recap Post: The #AsianLitBingo Reading Challenge!
Last week I reviewed FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie C. Dao, but I was also inspired to compile a playlist. Now, when making book playlists, I like to use songs that fit both sonically and lyrically. FOTL is an Asian-inspired fantasy, but I don’t listen to much Asian music and my Chinese is not very… Continue reading FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS: Book Playlist
May is Asian American Heritage Month, so I’m participating in the #AsianLitBingo reading challenge hosted by Reading (As)(i)an (Am)erica! (Note from Reading (As)(i)an (Am)erica: “May is technically designated as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. However, a number of Pasifika activists and friends of mine have stated that lumping together Asian Americans with Pacific Islanders results in… Continue reading The #AsianLitBingo Challenge!
Today I’m extremely excited to review FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie C. Dao! This has been on my most-anticipated YA list pretty much since the deal was announced, so I was ecstatic to win a signed ARC! This was a great read and one you definitely shouldn’t miss. First, some background: Forest of… Continue reading ARC Review: FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie C. Dao
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon is a sweet YA romance about love, immigration, science, fate, and the universe. It reminded me of classic indie movies like Before Sunrise, and I was inspired to compile another playlist. Music has a presence in the book–female lead Natasha, a scientifically-minded undocumented immigrant from Jamaica, loves ’90s grunge rock and has… Continue reading The Sun is Also a Star Book Playlist