May Reads

For Asian Readathon and AAPI heritage month I read a diverse selection of stories, alongside some other pieces in-between selections. In total I read about 18 books (one being the next installment of Yona of the Dawn, which I did not include here), all of which provided a plethora of unique narratives, even if IContinue reading “May Reads”

Review: Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

She was just a person, someone who’d never even learned to fire a gun. And the police had offered her up, to draw attention from their own mistakes. They would do it again if they had the chance. – Your House Will Pay Summary and Thoughts In the wake of the police shooting of aContinue reading “Review: Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha”

Review: The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee

There is great diversity within Asian America and across Asian American history, but there are also significant similarities and connections. The experiences of previous generations shaped the world that Asian Americans live in today.  – The Making of Asian America Summary and Thoughts The Making of Asian America shows how generations of Asian immigrants and theirContinue reading “Review: The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee”

Review: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee

When I am gripped with despair, when I think I might stop, I speak to my dead. Tell them a story. What am I doing with this life? They hold me accountable. I let them make me bolder or more modest or louder or more moving, but I ask them to listen, and then write.Continue reading “Review: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee”

April Reads

It’s been a weird month – but reading has definitely provided some much needed stability for me. Also . . . ya’ll . . . I thought it was Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (but that’s NEXT month, which make sense, since that’s when Asian Readathon starts) so I’ve also started reading inContinue reading “April Reads”

Review: A Girl Goes Into The Forest by Peg Alford Pursell

Having and wanting at the same time – that’s what it was to carry my daughter inside me. After, I was emptier than I could ever have imagined, I thought then. Then, when I thought I would have the chance to tell her one day. – A Girl Goes Into The Forest Summary and ThoughtsContinue reading “Review: A Girl Goes Into The Forest by Peg Alford Pursell”

Review: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

They did what human beings looking for freedom, throughout history, have often done. They left. – The Warmth of Other Suns Summary and Thoughts In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the SouthContinue reading “Review: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson”

Review: The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD

When people are compulsively and constantly pulled back into the past, to the last time they felt intense involvement and deep emotions, they suffer from a failure of imagination, a loss of the mental flexibility. Without imagination there is no hope, no chance to envision a better future, no place to go, no goal toContinue reading “Review: The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD”

March Reads

March flew by – and with it, Women’s History month. Fulfilling WeirdZeal’s bingo chart (shown below) with the listed reads was a treat and I’m glad to have read so many diverse works. Though we’re in the midst of scary times, I’m hoping to read more in these upcoming months now driven by the themes,Continue reading “March Reads”

Review: The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter

I exhale and go another type of soft, a softness unrecorded before, I sink back into him, rest my body on his thighs, chest, more. He holds tighter, tighter, and then the loneliness gets small, smaller, smallest until it is a pinprick, an inverse star, a dust. – The Book of X Summary and ThoughtsContinue reading “Review: The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter”