Ever since I saw LUCY & LINH on @sachireads stories, I’ve been intrigued! Mostly because I’d never heard of this book before - which is rare because I love and stalk Asian/Asian-American literature. • • “From an author Amy Tan calls “a gem,” this is a witty, highly acclaimed novel that’s “part Mean Girls, part Lord of the Flies” (The Bulletin, Starred review) about navigating life in private school while remaining true to yourself.” • • Have you read this one? What did you think? Any other Asian lit fans in the house? Leave recs please! 👇🏾 #bookstagram #asianamericanlit #asianliterature PS- I’m reading this on @scribd !
Happy Friday! I’m feeling much more (willingly) productive and focused today than I was yesterday and I’m very happy about that. In the spirit of my new goal to read more backlist titles, here’s a middle-grade novel I read and loved earlier this year. • • Counting Thyme is a potent, family-centric novel about raising children when one of your kids has a potentially terminal illness. Although it sounds like a sad read, it’s actually often funny and thought-provoking. I love that facts that book like Counting Thyme exist, because they teach empathy and remind us of the things that truly matter. I’m accepting all the backlist recommendations (books published in 2017 and earlier.) Let me know yo faves 👇🏾 • • How’s your Friday going so far? #bookstagram #kidlit #mglit #family
Let’s talk about a female African author I love: Zambia-born, Zimbabwean-bred author Pettina Gappah. I shared over ten other favorite female African authors on @kacheetee (link in bio) if you’d like to expand your TBR. • • I find Gappah’s writing very thought-provoking. Her stories often tackle societal issues and always incorporate her native language, Shona. Her second novel, The Book Of Memory is centered on an albino woman named Memory who is in jail for murder. • • I’ll admit, Petina Gappah’s books may not be the easiest to read because although quite funny, they’re slow paced and full of Shona words. Still, I enjoyed her most recent collection of short stories, Rotten Row. If you’re a patient reader, who appreciates reading of daily life in other African countries, try Petina Gappah. #bookstagram #africanauthors #bookstagramafrica
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • • 💐 🌸 🌺 It felt so good to be reunited with my favorite bunch of fictional kids! Again, I’m just so warmed by how sweet, adventurous and thoughtful the Vanderbeeker kids are! I loved watching how much growth they experienced in this book and how increasingly distinct their characters became. Would 100% recommend this! • • 💐 🌸 🌺 I’m so excited about my current audiobook TBR! My next listen is Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni! I heard of the author on one of the episodes of @whatshouldireadnext . Nowadays, I’m trying to read more backlist books, adult books and even enjoying non fiction 😱 • • 💐 🌸 🌺 What’s currently popping in your reading life? I’d love to know!
HAPPY PUB DAY to this middle grade novel! Thanks to Starscape Publishing for this e-galley! I’m still in the middle of reading this one, but so far it’s been sensitive and compelling. • • EVERLASTING NORA is the story of a young girl living in a shantytown in the PHILIPPINES North Manila Cemetery . After a tragedy causes the loss of both her father and home, twelve-year-old Nora and her mother take up residence in a cemetery. After her mother disappears one day, Nora embarks on a dangerous journey to find her mother. • • So many great books are out today, and I'll be shouting a few others out in my stories! I'd love more recommendations of stories, middle grade and adult, set in the Philippines, please! ❤️🤗#kidlit #mglit #bookstagram
Back on your feed after a seven day life imposed hiatus! I’ve been digging non-fiction lately, which is shocking 😂 But I’ve also been reading over five books at the same time so I’m not surprised at my reading habits anymore. For the rest of the year, reading will take more of a backseat as I adjust to a new schedule and re-order my priorities. One of the books I’ve been wanting to read for ages is Gretchen Rubin’s HAPPIER. I started this a couple of days ago and I’ve been enjoying slowly combing through it. • • September went by so quickly, right?! What are you most looking forward to reading this month? I’d love to know! 🎈🎧 📖 #bookstagram
New week, new Ferrante 😍 I just started book two in the series while juggle about five other books, but hey, more books, more happiness 😂❤️ • • Happy Monday, lovelies! What are you reading? I wanna know! #bookstagram
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • • A quick Sunday morning shout out to this fantastic middle grade book! I buddy read this with @librarianmsg and finished it in one sitting! 😱Takedown follows two middle-schoolers, Mikayla (Mickey) and Lev, both of whom are wrestlers. I don’t know much about the sport itself and couldn’t picture a lot of the moves the kids performed in the book, but the stand out themes for me were friendship and identity. Both kids grew so much by the end of the book, it made my heart very happy. Plus, I love reading about sensitive male characters and Lev is just the sweetest boy! #bookstagram #kidlit
⭐️⭐️⭐️ • • This cute YA read follows overachieving Desi, a Korean-American at the top of her class and yet on top of alll the extracurriculars. Seriously, she plays soccer too! Her one flaw is her inability to flirt. So she employs all the tropes in a Korean Drama to score the boy of her dreams. • • Loved: that this book is really funny and CUTE! The supporting characters were the best! I liked Desi’s friends and thought Luca’s family dynamics were very interesting. Plus Desi’s dad was 💯 • • Meh: Desi’s shenanigans got a bit too much for me more than once. It actually broke through my whole escapist vibe because at a point I was like “REALLY?! Is it ever this deep?!” But teenagers, eh? • • Overall, would 85% recommend to anyone looking for a light, escapist, YA novel! #bookstagram if you’ve read this, can we talk about your thoughts?