May 2020 TBR | Asian Readathon

Happy May everybody! This month I have been super excited for because it is *drum roll*… the Asian Readathon! This month is Asian Heritage month, and although I am not Asian, I think this month kind of comes at a very important time during these dark days where people, Asians especially, are receiving a lot of unnecessary hate.

This readathon is being hosted by readwithcindy over on youtube! Definitely check out the video in which she goes over her prompts and other things like that in regards to the readathon.

I think celebrating our Asian authors and characters is a great way to shed some positive light on a really negative situation. I have a pretty exciting TBR this month, where all the books are either by Asian authors, or feature Asian characters, or even both! So let’s dive into the TBR!

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The Sun and Her FlowersThe Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
fall
root
rise
in order to bloom

So This is LoveSo This Is Love by Elizabeth Lim

*I have actually pretty excited to pick this one up since it sounds like the most interesting plot the series has put out. I have feelings Cinderella is going to be a badass and I am so here for it!*

What if Cinderella never tried on the glass slipper? Unable to prove that she’s the missing princess, and unable to bear life under Lady Tremaine any longer, Cinderella attempts a fresh start, looking for work at the palace as a seamstress. But when the Grand Duke appoints her to serve under the king’s visiting sister, Cinderella becomes witness to a grand conspiracy to take the king-and the prince-out of power, as well as a longstanding prejudice against fairies, including Cinderella’s own Fairy Godmother. Faced with questions of love and loyalty to the kingdom, Cinderella must find a way to stop the villains of past and present . . . before it’s too late.

 

Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei, #1)Loveboat, Teipei (Loveboat, Teipei #1) by Abigail Hing Wen

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.

Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note, #1)Death Note, Vol 1: Boredom (Death Note #1) by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata, Pookie Rolf (Translator)

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, a death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal… or his life?

Boredom
Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note’s powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily, Light’s father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father’s files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn’t know?

The Way You Make Me FeelThe Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck.

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

With Maurene Goo’s signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.

Emergency ContactEmergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

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Well… this is my Asian Readathon TBR! I am hoping that everything continues to go smoothly enough to where I can read and control my anxiety like I did a little bit better in April. Are you guys participating this year? What are your guys picks? Let me know!

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I Dare You! Book Tag

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! A little life update, but basically I have been absolutely exhausted this past week or so with constant anxiety, and when I get like this I definitely tend to just want to take more time and watch Youtube, relax, play Animal Crossing and chill myself out. So yeah, that’s basically been my life for the past week. I am starting to try and get on track though which is nice.

I was tagged to do this post by Mary from Sophril Reads! Please anyone who feels up to doing this fun tag, defintely participate! Let’s get onto the book tag shall we?

1) What book has been on your shelves the longest?

While It Lasts – Abbi Glines

2) What is your current read, the last book you read, and your next read?

Currently I’m reading Blitzed by Alexa Martin, I just finished More Myself by Alicia Keys and hmm…. my next read will probably be Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

3) What book did everyone like, but you hated?

I would have to say Milk and Honey… everyone loved this little poetry book and I just did not. Way too over-hyped book.

4) What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but probably won’t?

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix. Honestly I don’t think I’ll finish the series, even though I really want to.

5) Which book are you saving for retirement?

I think a nice re-read of Fifty Shades of Grey after I retire would be nice lol.

6) Last Page: Do you read it first or wait until the end?

Haha I am so guilty of this sometimes! Never will I do this in a Mystery/Thriller, but in all other books I may or may not do this…….

7) Acknowledgements: Are they a waste of paper and ink, or interesting?

I wouldn’t say it’s interesting so to speak, but an author deserves to write a thank you to the people who helped them publish that book.

8) Which book character would you switch places with?

Honestly, none? I mean all the books I read the characters go through some SHIT let me tell you. I’m good where I’m at haha.

9) Do you have a specific book that reminds you of something in your life?

Daisy Jones & The Six will always be the book that reminds me of my relationship with my dad. Both my dad and I are big music fans and we would always watch those VH1 shows where the explain the whole backstory on different bands. I think that definitely attributed to my love for this book a little bit as well.

10) Name a book that you acquired in a interesting way.

I have a book that my ex-bestfriend let me ‘borrow’… but before I could return it she cyber bullied me online, so she never got it back 😈

11) Have you ever given away a book for a special person?

I give books away to my younger cousin all the time to encourage her to read. She has a difficult time being able to follow along, but I think her sitting and being able to read on her own definitely helps calm herself and settles her anxiety.

12) Which book has been with you the most places?

All of my Abbi Glines books have been with me the most throughout the years. Her Sea Breeze series has definitely been around for some time now.

13) Any ‘required reading’ you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

The Great Gatsby is actually a really good book now that it isn’t require reading since I’m no longer in high school lol.

14) Used or Brand new?

Brand new! I love the smell of new books. Clean pages…. mmm makes me happy thinking about it.

15) Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Haha, is it sad I had to look up who Dan Brown is? And then realize he’s like actually super popular and that I’ve kind of been living under a rock my whole life? Hahahaaha………..

16) Have you ever seen a movie that you liked more than the book?

Hmm… I think the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movie was 100% better than book one. I think that book was basically just meant to be written as a movie.

17) A book that’s made you hungry?

With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

18) Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Definitely Lala from BooksandLala on youtube.

19) Most read authors?

Abbi Glines, Shari Lapena, J.K. Rowling and a three way tie between Christina Lauren, Stephanie Garber and Marissa Meyer.

20) Ship from two different books?

Hmmm…. I would have to say Nova from the Renegades series and Jacks from Caraval. But Nova when we first met her in the series, not towards the end. Two very evil people together. One with magic, one with powers. I mean cmon, Jacks with his kiss of death and Nova with her sleep powers????! Cmon guys. I have something here.

I tag anyone who wants to do this! Please do so!

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Top Ten Tuesday #54 – Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

Hello everyone and it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday!

This was an idea created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules basically go a little like this:

  1. Jana creates a new topic every Tuesday to make your list, and you create your own Top Ten (or three, or five, or twenty, however many you choose!)
  2. Link back your posts to That Artsy Reader Girl so when others read your post, they’ll know where to go to get more info about future upcoming topics.
  3. There is a linky widget on Jana’s Top Ten Tuesday post so other’s can see your post as well as you being able to check out everyone else’s! So definitely leave your links!
  4. Don’t be afraid to add your own twist to it!

This week’s topic: Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

(1) The Vincent Boys – Abbi Glines

The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys, #1)

(2) Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)

(3) Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1)

(4) Radio Silence – Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

(5) The Diviners – Libba Bray

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

(6) SHOUT – Laurie Halse Anderson

SHOUT

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WWW Wednesday #40 | 4/15/20

Hello everyone! Hope everyone is having a good week so far! Not a lot going on around where I live. Still adjusting to the quieter life, but everyone is still healthy and happy over here.

Now, it’s time for WWW Wednesday! This book meme is hosted over at Sam’s Taking On A World of Words page! Just answer the 3 questions below every Wednesday, and feel free to post your answers in the comments and of course check out the other participants and see what else they are reading for the week. The questions are:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What have you finished reading?
  3. What will you read next?

So let’s get onto the post!

What are you currently reading?

More Myself: A Journey
Blitzed (Playbook, #3)

💜 More Myself: A Journey by Alicia Keys – I am currently listening to the audiobook version of Alicia’s new book and I am really enjoying it so far. I love listening to Alicia’s voice, and hearing from her mother, Oprah Winfrey, and Jay-Z. I am hoping to finish this either tonight or tomorrow night.

💜 Blitzed by Alexa Martin – I also hope to get to this one tonight, and I know as soon as I really dive a little deeper into it, I’ll be hooked and probably read it within a day or two.

What have you finished reading?

I’ve been picking up reading, and then putting down books this whole week, so I have to eventually finish a book at some point this week right?

What will you read next?

The Honey-Don't List

💜 The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren – I am super excited and happy that I found this at Walmart. Once I saw it, I picked it up immediately and didn’t even take a second thought. I really can’t wait to read this as it seems like every single Christina Lauren book I’ve read, I have fallen in love with.

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Book Review | Sabrina The Teenage Witch by Kelly Thompson

Hi everyone! Happy Easter! I hope everyone has a lovely holiday during this otherwise very difficult time. Today I know is meant to be spent with family, but it’s best that we all stay home and just reach out by a phone call. Trust me, when this is all over I am so looking forward to visiting my grandparents and bbq’ing it up.

I know my mom and dad are struggling a little bit with Easter having to be at home and no Easter dinners, but this year I decided to hold an Easter egg hunt at home for my brother and mom and dad. My brother is 18, so we haven’t had an egg hunt at my house for a long time.. but I thought we needed a little bit of fun this year for Easter. I made them nice baskets, and they will be going around the house looking for their eggs.

How are you guys spending your Easter at home? Any dinner plans? Any fun stay at home activities you have planned? Let me know! Now, on to the book review!

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Kelly Thompson, Veronica Fish (Illustrator)

Pages: 144

Audience: YA

Genre(s): Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Paranormal, Witches

Publication Date: November 20, 2019

Sabrina is a teen witch who’s struggling with balancing the double life of high school and her burgeoning powers. Newly relocated to Greendale with her aunts Hilda and Zelda (also witches), Sabrina is trying to make the best of being the new girl in town which so far includes two intriguing love interests, an instant rivalry, a couple of misfits that could turn into BFFs, and trying to save the high school (and maybe the world) from crazy supernatural events. NBD!

  • Sabrina’s Personality – I loved Sabrina’s personality throughout the story. She had a ton of sass and was very sarcastic, just like me which I enjoyed. She was very funny and I loved that she wasn’t afraid of using and showing off her magic! Every witch-y themed book I read, the witches are always scared to use their magic, which is what makes the book great! We saw a lot of magic in this story, and I hope with future stories we continue on with that.
  • Artwork – I really loved the artwork in this one, I also how the included all the different covers at the end that multiple artists has sent in. Just really refreshing artwork.
  • Lots of Action – There were a lot of monsters, magic action. I love seeing that in a book, less drama and more action!
  • Funny – I laughed throughout most of this book to be totally honest. Not laugh at the book obviously, but at Sabrina’s humor and SALEM! Ugh, I loved it.
  • Length – I thought their definitely could have been more, but the cliff hanger was a good starting place for the next book.
  • Love Triangle – I don’t like love triangles in general anyways, so this one definitely did not do it for me. We all know I love Sabrina and Harvey together, so that love triangle was NOT needed!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Absolutely! I thought this was such a refreshing graphic novel. I loved the artwork, the action, the sass. I can’t wait for the second volume/collection to come out!

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