For some odd reason, the months are going by quicker-ish. This month was so peaceful and went by quick. I think it’s funny March was a decade long, but any month after that goes by quickly.
Black Lives Matter:
I’ve been really active on Twitter with tweeting/retweeting about how Black Lives Matter and how it’s really important. Unfollow me, if you don’t believe BLM, ACAB or any of the protests including being anti-Black. I’ve been bringing it up a little bit on Instagram, but nothing really on my blog.
- Sign petitions
- Donate to funds NOT Change.org
- Text or Call
- Protest if you’re able too
- Talk to your family members about Black Lives Matter, why they should
Stuff that Happened:
- I’m on summer break. Online school was really exhausting, but honestly there were a few good things that came out of this. I passed almost all my classes with an A, the only one was a B+, but I passed Chemistry with an A.
- I found out that my library is opening for curbside pick-up in June and I’m excited! I get new books finally including a book I need to read for an ARC.
- I found out when I’m going to get my wisdom teeth out. Apparently, my insurance did not want to cover the IV, but they’re going some alternative (whatever that means), and I get my impacted wisdom teeth out! No more pressure in my mouth. I’m going be in so much pain June 10th-13th, but hopefully the pain won’t be bad. Okay, uh from what I’ve seen-it might not because they’re impacted so it does take longer, but I have a good healing rate. As long as they don’t give me permanent nerve damage.
The Storyteller by Traci Chee:
Mini-Review: This book really wrecked me more than the first two books did. I’m still crying after reading those deaths and I’m NOT OKAY after that. I’m such a SMOL BEAN with this trilogy. The book is heavily plot-focused in this book, and it was so interesting even though I’m still NOT OVER IT. I loved the romance and it just destroyed me, but it was seriously so cute to see how it developed. The whole Storyteller thing was rushed, and it didn’t play a huge success like I hoped it would and the matter of switching from third person to first person threw me off a little.
TW: Death, Fantasy Violence, Poisoning, Imprisonment, Blood, Heart Attack (mentioned), gore
Rep: Asian MC, LGBTQ+ side characters
Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin Van Whye:
Mini-Review: I could relate to this quite a bit, and I loved that this book is ownvoices which is a lot better than being written by cishet white women instead. There was a lot of experiences that Kai went through as a closeted teen and it almost put me to tears, but this is in words. I loved the fake-dating and the romance in this book. The characters were decent, but they kinda seemed one-dimensional. The writing was iffy because there was a lot of telling instead of showing, repetition and something that weirded me out quite a bit, because I can’t tell if people do that or not.
TW: Blood, Homophobia, Forced Outing, Racism (mentioned), car accident, cheating (mentioned), divorce, use of a slur
Rep: M/M Relationship, Gay MC, Possible Bisexual LI, Multicultural (black&white) MC, Indian Side Character
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite:
Mini-Review: I wasn’t sure what to expect about this book, but it really impressed me. I liked how witty and snarky Alaine was, and her behavior to some things. There was one specific moment where I got really mad at her and didn’t really like that she didn’t feel any remorse towards her actions. I love that Alaine cared about the family curse and wanted to know more about it. It was one of the best even if it wasn’t exactly clear towards the end. The ending was a little confusing and kinda felt rushed. I loved the uniqueness towards this book telling it in journal entries, letters and all that. What makes this book unique is that this book is set in Haiti and the love pouring out of the pages from these ownvoices writers was really awesome.
TW: Voodoo, Alzheimer, death of an animal (on-page), micro-aggression towards Haitain-Americans, divorce, mention of parental death, mention of slaves & slavery, miscarriage, blood, hospitalization, mention of colonialism, mention of car accident, death of a child, ablest language, smoking, vomit, grief
Rep: Mentally ill Side character, Haitian Cast (MC+Side characters)
I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick:
Mini-Review: Thrillers and mysteries usually are my favorite reads, but this book was really good despite not being one f my favorite genres. I loved that I kept guessing on what happened to Zoe
and how I was wrong. This book was a little hard to read, mostly because it didn’t get good until after the first 20% but after that, I got hooked. Some parts of the ending was confusing, but I was really glad about all the answers that was finally given to us. I loved the podcast aspect to this book and found it unique. I never did connect with the characters at all, but I just liked the mystery.
TW: Death, Murder, underage drinking, overdose, accidental killing, blood, death of a parent (mentioned), absentee parent (mentioned), stomach cancer (mentioned), ablest language, cheating
Rep: Chinese Side Character, Black Side Character
The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala:
Mini-Review: I’m still very mix about this book especially because it’s so interesting, but there’s a lot of faults in this book that I’m not sure how to rate it. I’m still impressed that it was really good, and that it kinda told me to stop reading reviews/ratings when it comes to diverse books. This book was a little messy in terms of the world-building, plot and pacing that didn’t really work to well. The romance was really good, but I’m kind biased since it does have enemies to lovers in it, but with a twist. The pacing was really slow and sped through in specific scenes. Though, I did find the writing to be really good with it’s purple prose, but the world-building was clunky in a few places and a little bit of telling and not showing happened. It kinda seems to be a lack of plot and was mainly a cat and mouse game for most of it, but I do think there’s something more grand happening in the next book. The characters were simply okay and I’m not sure how to like them.
TW: Death, gore/violence, loss of a loved one, blood
Rep: Indian Cast
I Love You So Mochiby Sarah Kuhn:
Mini-Review: This book was really adorable and it’s such a cute rom-com. I love the lovestory and how it developed. The rom-com was set in Japan which makes 100 times better as it’s rare to see a book set in Japan. I love that Kimi was obsessed with fashion and wanted to become a designer, and it was really cool. I could see her passion on the page, and I really hope we get more books like this. The wring was decent, but I love that we got to have some discussion on being “Asian” enough and the difference between being a Japanese immigrant and fourth gen.
TW: I couldn’t pick up on anything
Rep: Japanese American MC, Japanese Cast
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa:
Mini-Review: This book is really interesting and good. I keep expecting to hate it for some odd reason, but it’s impossible. I love the Japanese mythology and the Japanese inspired world! The characters were so lovable and I really liked Kage and Yumeko. Also the romance tension in this book was seriously so good, that I just really need the next book right now, or in a week or longer.
TW: graphic violence, graphic murder, graphic death, loss of a loved one, physical abuse, threat of rape, talk of suicide, war themes, blood
Rep: Japanese Cast
The Silence of Bones by June Hur:
Mini-Review: This book was something I did not expect to love. This book was seriously so good, even though it’s not something I usually read. I loved that this book unexpectedly was one of my best reads so far, and puts it as my second favorite read! This book is set in the 1800’s Joseng (Korea), with classism and laws. I loved Seol a lot, and became one of my favorite characters! Though, I did feel like the identity of the killer could have led more clues.
TW: death, murder, loss of loved ones, mention of dying of starvation, mentions of suicide, being branded, sexism, classism, injured animals and animal death, torture and imprisonment, physical and verbal abuse, slavery, PTSD.
Rep: Korean Cast+MC
Book Tags/Discussion/Blog Tours/Memes:
I have like absolutely no idea how I was able to read to my goal which was 80/200 books, but I’m impressed. I fell in a reading slump during the middle of the month, and I hated it. This month was mainly rereading books, but nothing wrong with rereading. As this month was Asian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month-I wanted to read more books by them. 13 Rereads, 11 Asian Authors, 4 ARCs, 2 LGBTQ+, 1 audiobook
Around the Blogosphere:
There’s way too many content that I found amazing so this list is going to be long.
Rae is one of my favorite book bloggers and I stumbled across her review of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine which she is ownvoices for and what she really liked about the novel, and some of her experience of being a Haitian American.
I live for Krisha’s content and her book review of The Archer at Dawn (which just came out-and it’s really good!) is amazing. This series is really underrated and so good, which I do recommend checking this series out.
I have to, I’m sorry, The Book Community has traveled back in time with all these book news (Midnight Sun, The Hunger Games Prequel, Percy Jackson Adaption), and Eli showed her excitement over when Midnight Sun was announced that it will be released in August.
Celeste recommend some books by black authors during lit fest of black authors week. Some of these books she put on the list is amazing, or they’re on my TBR. Again, please read books by black authors all year round and not for one month.
Carolina shared their 100th blog post (their blog is amazing-so check it out!) of books they wants to reread again in 2020 and I love their choices. Some of these books on their list are great, and recommend reading them!
Every time, I look at May’s content which just gives me life and her content is seriously so great! I may or may not have fall in love with her review of The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar. I’ve been meaning to read this book since it came out (and hopefully I’ll be reading it during Pride Month!), and it sounds so good. I also trust May’s recommendations quite a bit.
Kay is an amazing person who I seriously love and adore, but I also really love her review On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. I love how thoughtful it was and shed quite a bit of light on Angie’s second novel (if you haven’t read her books yet, go read them).
I hope we know how much I adore We Hunt the Flame, but Rameela is seriously the WHTF QUEEN ❤! I still can’t get over that WHTF has been out for over a year, and on WHTF’s birthday-Rameela shared on what WHTF means to her!
There’s a couple of reasons why I haven’t shared my review of Cinderella Is Dead (but it’ll be published next month for Pride!). Cinderella is dead is one of the best Cinderella Retellings there is and it’s a QPOC as the MC?! It’s also filled with feminism! Octavia’s review for Cinderella Is Dead is amazing and shares so many similar thoughts to mine!
If you’re looking for some tips on the free wordpress Clo has an actual guide to help you with your blog! It also kinda helps me in some ways as I don’t know too much of free wordpress and it’s secret despite blogging for 2 years now.
This post is a little old, but it’s a guide on HTML for bloggers which is extremely helpful and Jeimy created it!
As it’s Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (again; should have separate months); Sahi compiled a list of Asian Recommendations to read and it’s really good! It also has quite a bit of underrated Asian books that I’m now going to add on my TBR!
Mythology books are so good and there’s a lot more than just Percy Jackson (sorry, but it’s true) that I don’t see talked too often. Cande has quite a bit of mythology books on her TBR and they are really good! I do hope she gets to read them soon!
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a book that is well beloved in the book community and myself included, and reading Alexa Kristyna’s review of it was really good.
As we’re still stuck at home (most of us), Beth complied a list of YA Movie adaptions to watch and I have to agree with the list. Most of the movies are really accurate to the book, or i haven’t watched some of them yet.
Parachutes is a book that’s been on my radar and I don’t see a lot of people talking about it which is weird. Ikram wrote a fantastic review on Parachutes and how it’s an amazing read despite one of it’s flaws! It’s so in depth that I can’t help but want to read it immediately.
Moodboards always looks so pretty and Emme done a wonderful job when she shared six of her favorite books as moodboards.
I don’t understand people who read books by non-marginalized people (white women don’t count). If you’re looking for some ways to help read diversely, Nandini shared 5 tips on how you could read diversely.
I was never a huge fan of Leah on the Offbeat, and the most harmful thing was the scene near the end. I hated myself more for being queer, resented the fact that I identified as “low-key bi” back than, because it was the only thing that I connected with. Arin has talked about why Leah on the Offbeat was really harmful to her, and other F/F books you should read instead.
Ramadan is over, and I saw this amazing post over by Maha about 6 Muslims who are Bookish creators, and talked about some of their expereinces of being one. It was just really cool, and I do recommend following some of these Muslim creators.
A lot of bloggers always mentioned, don’t try to be someone you’re not, including me. I fell into the deep hole of that for the last few years, and I can’t even look at those posts anymore, because they weren’t me at all. Faith wrote a discussion about having an authentic blogging voice, but don’t try and act like someone you’re not.
If you haven’t been on wordpress for a while, or haven’t even try to attempt using block editor
(me). WordPress has decided to get rid of classic editor on June 1st, unfortunately. Charlotte has saved people by creating a guide on using block editor to help (and it’s extremely helpful.)
How did May 2020 do for you? Have you read any good books? Have you read any of these books? Tell me in the comments!
About the Blogger:
Lori is an advocate for all things diverse to help those who are in the margins. She loves reading, but music holds a dear place in her heart. She is a teenager in high school, a feminist, and is in the LGBTQ+ community. Uses she/her or they/them pronouns 🌈