Charming As A Verb

This book was such a delightful YA read on high school, young love, NYC life, and yes-dog walking! LOVE this title too! Quotes that resonated: “I imagine this is how childhood friends feel walking together, talking animatedly without a clear thesis in mind, throwing multiple conversational balls into the air, all at once, and picking Read More…

Instructions for Dancing

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Concrete Rose

This was an amazing book that got me teary-eyed throughout. Years ago, I had also written my own version of Tupac’s “Concrete Rose.” Here’s mine: Did you hear about the naysayers who discourage you from standing out?Provin’ the general consensus wrong, I learned how to sound out the discouraging remarks all over my routeFunny it Read More…

Awesome Asian Americans

It’s so amazing that my son gets to grow up reading about inspiring Asian Americans who made a true difference. I loved reading about people I never even heard of (Tyrus Wong was the lead illustrator in Bambi whaaat?!)  The collection of 20 stars highlighted here were brave, courageous, resilient, and full of dreams that Read More…

Love, Lashes, and Lipstick

Mally reminded me of how when I had to wear a back brace in high school, I cut off my undershirt to make it like a tube top so I could wear tube tops, halter dresses, etc. And when I had to wear an external fixator consisting of five thick needles in my leg for Read More…

The Midnight Library

OMG this book was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.Made me think so much about life, regrets, etc. I think we all need to read this book right now especially, damn. And I wish I could enter a Midnight Library of my own… Notable lines (there are so many): “’Between life and death there is a library . . Read More…

Crying in H-Mart

Oh H-Mart and childhood memories…this was a moving memoir about family bonds, obligations, and love. Notable lines: “Every time she . . . pressed her hand between my shoulder blades to keep me from slouching or rubbed her fingers on my forehead to ward off wrinkles, it felt like a hot iron puckering against my Read More…

Jeong

Jeong is a Korean word that is difficult to define, but Charlotte Cho defines it as “a deep and emotional connection with a person, place, or thing that builds over time and through shared experiences” in her book, “The Little Book of Jeong.” I absolutely love Charlotte Cho, Soko Glam, her Then I Met You Read More…

Little People, Big Dreams

I’ve read some of the toddler board books in this series, and now I’m reading the nonfiction picture books for my son! There’s so many, I want to get them all-but here’s some :D. I think all of these books are so inspirational and leave me teary-eyed…what a great way to share real stories of Read More…

AAPI Book Recs!

I won a pile of amazing board books by Joyce Wan, who I’ve met before and absolutely love! I bid on her books for the “Kid Lit Against Anti-AAPI Racism Auction Fundraiser.” As I’ve seen several AAPI book recs from different people and organizations, I thought I’d put together my own list. Happy Reading! 1. Read More…