If I Had Your Face

Great story of several women who grow up in an orphanage and other dire circumstances yet try to make it through life by coping in various ways. I loved Kyuri’s story the best and wish more was revealed about Ara. These women are all strong in their own unique ways, despite battling a sexist and Read More…

Shine in the World of K-Pop

What an AMAZING book about the K-pop world, growing up as a Korean American and navigating both worlds! Loved the love story in here, tales about varying friendships, and references to so many things I could relate to growing up! I can’t wait until the second book comes out!! Notable lines: I wish I could Read More…

Invisible Women

Such a fantastic book uncovering how women are often not included in so many studies pertaining to work, the building of smartphones, health diagnoses, car safety measures, etc. Additional notes: -women are more likely to travel encumbered (with strollers, for instance) on foot and take public transportation and get more affected by inadequate walkways (I Read More…

Poisoned Apples

Such a fantastic array of poems mirroring/responding to the typical fairy tales! I liked “Photoshopped Poem,” “Rapunzel,” “The Wicked Queen’s Legacy,” “You Go, Girl!”, “Blow Your House In,” and so much more. Notable lines: “It used to be just the one,But now all mirrors chatter.In fact, every reflective surface has opinionsOn the shape of my Read More…

When We Left Cuba

This is book #2 in the Cuba saga, and I definitely enjoyed it more than the first (though “Next Year in Havana” was great as well! I loved Beatriz, her love for her twin brother, her dedication to making a difference and refusal to concede to anyone else’s restrictions. I learned so much about Cuba’s Read More…

Library Haul

I LOVE the New York Public Library! I think I was affected by library closures the most during quarantine, as I have been going almost twice a week for years. I’ve been able to read 150 books each year for the past couple of years, which has served as a major catharsis, increased my empathy, Read More…

Parachutes

This was an AMAZING book!! It captured so much about how it feels to assimilate, fit in at a new school, want your parents’ love, the aspects of rape culture, being believed…everything! I am also in AWE with how BRAVE Kelly Yang is. What a true inspiration!! Notable lines: “Is this what the rest of Read More…

Becoming Bulletproof

I got so many great takeaways from reading this book! It’s very much needed, especially during a time like this. I felt overwhelmed by fear at the height of this pandemic, but I’ve been aiming to stay positive, believe in humanity and be courageous. Notable lines: “Throughout your life, you’re going to cross paths with Read More…

Next Year in Havana

Happy November! I’ve really been loving reading historical fiction these past few years, especially since I never learned much History when I was growing up. It was always too boring or difficult to understand, but now I can learn and be more engaged from historical fiction books!! I learned so much about Cuba, identity, patriotism Read More…

Almost American Girl

Such an amazing story of a mother’s love, a child’s struggle to fit in, and a strong family battling society’s judgments. I’ve been loving graphic memoirs these days! Some notable lines (though it’s even more powerful when reading the dialogue while seeing the graphics): “Once I opened my eyes, I saw the judgment and prejudice Read More…