Review: Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

But I wasn’t crying because I was sad. I guess I was crying because we had nowhere else to go, no choice but to go on living in this world. Crying because we had no other world to choose, and crying at everything before us, everything around us. – Heaven Summary and Thoughts Hailed asContinue reading “Review: Heaven by Mieko Kawakami”

5 Books to Check out for Women in Translation Month

It’s August, which means it’s Women in Translation Month! I’d love to spotlight 5 reads I’m looking forward to reading and would recommend others check out too! Heaven by Meiko Kawakami Ever since I read Meiko Kawakami’s Breasts and Eggs, she had me by the NECK! I bought this book as soon as it cameContinue reading “5 Books to Check out for Women in Translation Month”

July Books

Ya’ll . . . I must admit I’m in a bit of a reading slump. Amongst a variety of responsibilities (including making an interactive visual novel), my head just hasn’t been in reading mode. Hopefully, I’ll get back into my rhythm next month, but for now, I only have a few lovely reads to talkContinue reading “July Books”

Review: She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard

This couldn’t be good. The layers of lies and secrets were piling up fast now, like dirt being shoveled into a grave. – She’s Too Pretty To Burn Summary and Thoughts The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessedContinue reading “Review: She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard”

LGBTQ+ Visual Novel Recommendations

Hi all! This week has been pretty rough for me, and while I had intended to publish a review, I’ve had so much on my plate that I didn’t think I’d have it done in time. So for this week I’d like to instead recommend 10 LGBTQ+ visual novels to play/read! I love visual novelsContinue reading “LGBTQ+ Visual Novel Recommendations”

Review: Betraying Big Brother by Leta Hong Fincher

Nearly one out of every five women in the world lives in China—more than 650 million women in total. Any major demographic shift as a result of women choosing to reject marriage and children—or perhaps even to rise up collectively against the Communist Party’s oppression—will inevitably reverberate throughout the global economy. – Betraying Big BrotherContinue reading “Review: Betraying Big Brother by Leta Hong Fincher”

April Reads

April’s been an up-and-down month for me. Aside from working on a variety of personal projects (which I may provide updates on here), I’ve also been busy with work/job hunting, leaving me with less time to read than usual. Still, I’m happy with the diverse books I had a chance to pick up and I’mContinue reading “April Reads”

Review: Infinite Country by Patricia Engel

Emigration was a peeling away of the skin. An undoing. You wake each morning and forget where you are, who you are, and when the world outside shows you your reflection, it’s ugly and distorted; you’ve become a scorned, unwanted creature. – Infinite Country Summary and Thoughts At the dawn of the new millennium, ColombiaContinue reading “Review: Infinite Country by Patricia Engel”

Review: The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar

I think to myself, It is terrifying to be visible, and then I think, I have been waiting all my life to be seen. – The Thirty Names of Night Summary and Thoughts Five years after a suspicious fire killed his ornithologist mother, a closeted Syrian American trans boy sheds his birth name and searchesContinue reading “Review: The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar”

Review: Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

People find unusual habits more charming when they are included. Eve had always known that, in the back of her mind, but it was something she’d resented, and so she tended to ignore it. Now, though—now, here was Jacob, laying it out like a military tactic rather than some sort of moral directive. Like aContinue reading “Review: Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert”