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”

June Reads

Another up and down month for me . . . I got a new job which has been great but also time-consuming, hence why I’ve read less this month (and this will probably be my new pace moving forward). Still, I’m still happy that I’ve had the chance to read such a wide breadth ofContinue reading “June Reads”

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”

Review: Ace: What Asexuality Reveals about Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex

Normal is often treated as a moral judgment, when it is often simply a statistical matter. The question of what everyone else is doing is less important than the question of what works for the two people in the actual relationship. It matters that everyone’s needs are carefully considered and respected, not that everyone is doingContinue reading “Review: Ace: What Asexuality Reveals about Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex”

May Reads

With #AsianReadaThon now complete, I’m happy with the books I’ve read this past month, though I do wish I was able to read even half as many as last year. Still, each piece had its own unique tale to tell and I’d definitely recommend giving them all a try (if they suit your own personalContinue reading “May Reads”

Review: The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam

‘Things being as bad as they are,’ the baker had said to the two brothers earlier, ‘this world won’t last for much longer.’ ‘I’ve got worse news for you, Uncle,’ Laal had replied. ‘The world will survive forever, with everything staying exactly as it is now.’ – The Golden Legend Summary and Thoughts When shotsContinue reading “Review: The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam”

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”

Review: Serena Singh Flips the Script by Sonya Lalli

I’d discovered that I did have time for a fuller life. Because it was other people that made life meaningful. – Serena Singh Flips the Script Summary and Thoughts Serena Singh is tired of everyone telling her what she should want–and she is ready to prove to her mother, her sister, and the aunties inContinue reading “Review: Serena Singh Flips the Script by Sonya Lalli”