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”

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”

Book Recommendations: If You Like This . . . Then Try This!

I’ve noticed a trend among various book-tubers I enjoy watching where they recommend books based upon their viewers’ enjoyment of other books, and thought I’d give it a try! Here, I’ve listed a few book recommendations based upon other books you may have enjoyed. If you like THIS book, then perhaps you should try THISContinue reading “Book Recommendations: If You Like This . . . Then Try This!”

Review: Island of Shattered Dreams

During the tāmā’ara’a that follows the meeting, the whole village talks of nothing else but this war. Where on earth is this Motherland, and whatever is this Germany? Why should they defend a country they’ve never seen and whose name they’ve probably heard a dozen times in their lives, if that! Why did that Papa’āContinue reading “Review: Island of Shattered Dreams”

October Reads

This month has been full of spooky, Halloween themed reads! Though I don’t think any will reach my top books for the year, I’ve still enjoyed the opportunity to pick up such diverse stories. This is also Filipino-Heritage month in the US, with First Nations/Indigenous Heritage month coming soon in November. Overall, I’m pleased withContinue reading “October Reads”

August Reads

August has been such a great month for diverse reads. As women in translation month (#WIT), August for me has provided another great opportunity to read global women’s voices often ignored by English-speaking publishing companies (who prioritize english-written works and when they do seek translated books, skew heavily male). In addition, I’ve read Radio SilenceContinue reading “August Reads”

Review: The Man Who Snapped His Fingers by Fariba Hachtroudi

I should tell my namesake that love is the only axiomatic reality, the diagonal line to the divine ratio connecting kindred spirits. The mystery of our being is God’s only refuge for when he feels like letting go. — The Man Who Snapped His Fingers Summary and Thoughts Winner of the 2001 French Human RightsContinue reading “Review: The Man Who Snapped His Fingers by Fariba Hachtroudi”

Review: Like Water for Chocolates by Laura Esquivel

She realized that you can’t be weak when it comes to killing: you have to be strong or it just causes more sorrow. It occurred to her that she could use her mother’s strength right now. Mama Elena was merciless, killing with a single blow. But then again not always. For Tita she had madeContinue reading “Review: Like Water for Chocolates by Laura Esquivel”