• BOOKS,  LIFESTYLE

    What I Read in September 2021

    THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah – 4.25 stars Elsa grew up ostracized by her own family in the pretense of protecting her fragility. Having been an oddball all her life, Elsa jumps at the attention from Rafe Martinelli, a child of Italian immigrant farmers, and finds herself pregnant with Rafe’s child. Though Martinelli family resents her at first for ruining what they had planned for their son (going to college college, marriage to another girl to whom he was engaged to), they grow to accept and love her as much as the two children Elsa eventually has. While life was mostly happy for Elsa, the Great Plains begin to…

  • BOOKS,  LIFESTYLE

    What I Read in August 2021

    Happy September, friends! This week at work, I accidentally typed 2021 for a future date before correcting it to 2022 and was hit by the reality that 2021 is flying by. Here’s everything I read in August. POPISHO by Leone Ross – 4 stars I picked up Popisho while visiting Charleston. I knew nothing about the book but the cover art design grabbed my attention. In the world of Popisho, everyone is born with cors, magical talent gifted by the gods. Though the book only spans just about a day, it covers quite a bit of story. It begins by introducing Xavier Redchoose, the macaenus of the generation which means…

  • BOOKS,  LIFESTYLE

    My Favorite Books by Asian Authors

    Hi, friend! In honor of AAPI month, I am sharing some of my favorite books by Asian authors. Every book on this list was a five-star read for me! Of course, this is not an exhaustive list—there are many books by Asian authors I have yet to read and want to read. If you have a favorite book by an Asian author you don’t see on this list, please share with me! I would love to add it to my TBR list. 🥰 DEAR AMERICA: NOTES OF AN UNDOCUMENTED CITIZEN by Jose Antonio Vargas While I vaguely knew Jose Antonio Vargas as an undocumented journalist who “came out” online, I…

  • LIFESTYLE,  PERSONAL

    Female Friendships

    Hi, friends! Happy Galentine’s Day! Though I am not able to host a Galentine’s Day Brunch this year, but I still wanted to celebrate my favorite holiday (yes, over Valentine’s Day) in some way. So in today’s blog post, I am sharing my favorite books, TV shows, and podcasts about or by female friends as well as a couple of blog posts about how to make friends as an adult.

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    BOOKS,  LIFESTYLE

    Favorite Books by Black Authors

    Hi, friends! It is always my goal to read diverse books, which means reading books authored by people with various lived experiences. For Black History Month, I wanted to share some of my favorite books by Black authors. If you are looking for new recommendations, I hope this blog hope is helpful for you. For the sake of readability, I am not including every book I’ve read by a Black author in this post (because there are a lot of great Black authors and a lot of great books written by Black authors) so check out my Bookshop for an even longer list (some I loved but didn’t include in…