Haruki Murakami Yet Again

I just love curling up with a Haruki Murakami book! Also, this is a pretty awesome NYC puzzle that has a Metro Card on one side and an NYC subway map on the other side! Notable lines: “But at the same time I have this strong urge inside me to try something else, to come Read More…

Haruki Murakami

I seriously need to grab a drink (or several) with Haruki Murakami. It really amazes me how much his imagination runs wild. Yes, it can run across the same theme throughout his books, but that’s similar to many artists and authors. Some of his writing is a little too much for me, but some just Read More…

Hey, Kiddo

This book/memoir/comic/graphic novel was absolutely AMAZING. I was teary-eyed throughout this entire book. I was also tearing up hearing Jarrett speak in person at the Brooklyn library. You can also watch his TedTalk online. “Hey, Kiddo” is a definite must read! I loved the letters his mom wrote to him as well. Battling substance abuse Read More…

Maurene Goo

Love Maurene Goo, and all her cute books! I’d have to say that my favorite was “Somewhere Only We Know.” Here’s a notable line from her “The Way You Make Me Feel Book”- “When you saw the city like this, everything inside you slowed down. Relaxed. It wasn’t that LA was perfect, or some immigrant Read More…

Ryan Higa

I’ve been following Ryan Higa for years on YouTube-he has the funniest videos (SO clever). I finally got to meet him at BookCon a couple years ago, which was amazing. I loved reading his book for so many reasons-it really does tell you a lot about how to write first of all (don’t be fooled Read More…

Rupi Kaur

Major love to Rupi Kaur (and Lilly Singh on the left)! I went to see her read her second book, “The Sun and Her Flowers.” I also absolutely loved “Milk and Honey” as well. Such powerful, thoughtful poems, with fantastic illustrations. I can’t wait to read more of her poems!

Patricia Park

I loved being able to see Patricia Park at the MET several years ago, shortly after reading her Korean American take on “Jane Eyre” with her “Re Jane” novel. I also loved her more recent article on The New Yorker, “Taking My Place at my Father’s Grocery Store.” Check it out here:https://www.newyorker.com/culture/personal-history/taking-my-place-at-my-fathers-grocery-store

To all the Boys…

Yes, that would be interesting to send out love letters to all the boys you’ve loved before! LOVE the movies on Netflix, and the books by Jenny Han! The top photo was based on a Korean American panel of books hosted by BookCon. Check these amazing YA authors out! Notable lines from Jenny Han’s “To Read More…

Hello, World: New York

The best way to build up your vocabulary and writing skills is to read. Even though the Hello, World books are for younger readers, my son can still benefit from them. Just this page alone is first of all absolutely adorable, but you can say words like “taxis” and “library.” Ok, maybe that’s not a Read More…

Tiny Beautiful Things

I watched an off-Broadway show on Cheryl Strayed’s “Tiny Beautiful Things” and was tearing up by how much the stories moved me. These words pierced and comforted me greatly:“. . . my grief is tremendous but my love is bigger. So is yours. You are not grieving your son’s death because his death was ugly Read More…