My 2018 Goals: Reading, blogging and more

 

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Hello friends !

How are you doing? How is your 2018 going so far? Mine is only just starting to be honest haha, since I’ve only made it back to the the realm of the living, with you know, exams and hiatus and bla bla bla. I won’t bore you any further with what you already know. Continue reading

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#Diversebookbloggersdiscuss – Enough

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When most people look at me, they see someone who’s East Asian who likes t-shirts and sweaters; Someone who doesn’t wear makeup and who’s acne never fully went away. And while all those things are true, there’s also a lot you don’t know about me. You might assume I speak a second language fluently because I learned it at home. You may assume I love rice. You might assume my parents’ are East Asian. But you’d be right on only one of those accounts. The only thing true about the three statements above is that I love rice. I do speak a second language, but not because I learned it at home. I studied it in college. And my parents’ aren’t East Asian, in fact, my mom is white and she’s a single-mom. Continue reading

Realest post I’ll probably ever write

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Hey guys !

Tomorrow is my birthday and I’m not going to be doing anything extra like last year haha (I was so extra omg). I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do anything at all but as I was talking to some friends I got the idea for this post and I thought leaving it for my birthday would be a good idea. Even a little therapeutic for me.

What this post is basically gonna be is me being candid about some of my life experiences and how that ties in with my love for Six of Crows and why that duology just means so much to me. This won’t be a bookish post, not even a happy post, I think. Maybe a little hopeful by the end but we’ll see how this turns out haha. Continue reading

My Favourite Reads of 2017

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So this year is coming to an end and what that means is that I, as well as many bloggers out there, will use the opportunity to scream about all the books we loved this year and considering how good of a reading year I had, imagine how hard it was for me to narrow it down to a reasonnable number (as I write this intro I have no idea what books/how many books are going to be included, so wish me luck). Just like last year, there’s no way in hell, I’m gonna be ranking these, it’s just impossible for my brain to choose one over the other. Mostly. Eventhough I do have a preference for some of these. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss : Fat Characters Mariam is Excited for

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It’s a great honor to be featured on the blog of the person who literally was the reason I created mine. I began blogging and reviewing seriously because Fadwa inspired me. I would not have half of my confidence if it wasn’t for her and many others in this community. (Fadwa’s note: I had tears in my eyes when I read this. It means the world to me.)

It’s no surprise I’ll be talking about fat protagonists in my feature because I’m a proud fatty and I’ve been recently inspired by the cover reveal of a certain book. Continue reading

This Time Next Year: Check-up

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Exactly one year ago I had done this tag called This Time Next Year which was basically me making a few new years’ resolutions or goals -which I usually suck at- and check on them a year later (today) to see how good or bad I did and I must say, I’m pretty proud of myself, as I said, I usually don’t stick to them but I think for 2017 I kept them pretty realistic and attainable so I was able to meet them. Mostly. Anyway, I’ll stop talking and take you on a review of what I promised myself I would have achieved. Continue reading

Most Anticipated Releases of 2018: January – June

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So…we’re at the last month of the year and you know what that means? A WHOLE BUNCH OF BOOK LISTS !!! So, for the first one I’m going with my most anticipated releases of the first half of the year because I refuse to choose favourites while there still is a few weeks to go. And I chose to do just the first half of the month for two reasons:

  1. I got 32 books for those 6 months alone.
  2. Most books from the second half don’t have covers yet.

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#DiverseBookbloggersDiscuss: Genie Lo and the Importance of Representation

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Recently I picked up F. C. Yee’s The Epic Crush of Genie Lo and had a blast. It was full of humor, action, kick assery, and fluffy romance. However, the thing that really made this something to write home about was the way Yee portrayed Genie Lo and specifically her experiences as an Asian American. Epic Crush is easily one of the best portrayals of the Asian American experience, not only because of the way her life at home was depicted, but the conversations she had with Quentin and later on how that affected her character growth. I’m not sure how spoilery many of the points I talk about will be, but to be safe I’ll give you a spoiler warning. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it. Some of the references might go over your head, but hey, Google is your friend. Continue reading

6 Things Diverse Books added to my Life

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I wanted to save this post for my second blog anniversary in two months which then roughly coincides with my one year anniversary of reading mostly diverse books (around 80-90% of my reading is diverse in one way or another) but then realized I’m gonna be on Hiatus at that time (exams, pray for me) and since next month will be dedicated to all the end of the year posts (I’M SO EXCITED!!!) then this seemed like the right time to just gush about all the things diverse books have added to my life, which are… a lot. Continue reading

#DiverseBookbloggersDiscuss: On why I made a Trigger Warnings Database

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Hi everyone!

A few months ago I got the idea of making a trigger warnings master list. I was so fed up with having to look through Goodreads for half an hour in the hope that someone maybe included trigger warnings in their review, or searching through an author’s website hoping they included them there, before I could start a book. Having everything in one place, and having the community contribute to it, seemed like a good idea. Especially because I know quite a few of my friends struggle with the same problem. Continue reading