Diversity This Year: Top Ten Recommendations for Those Who Want to Read Recently and Diversely

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Hello, my pandas! Today, for my first Top Ten Tuesday back, I’m going to share with you my top ten recommendations for those of you who want to read newer releases while reading diversely. These are some of my favorite diverse releases from this year, and almost all of them are #ownvoices. As always, these are in no particular order. Let’s go! Continue reading

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Sorry, I’m Back!

Wow, it’s been ages since I’ve updated on here! I know you probably don’t want to hear all the reasons why I’ve been gone, but suffice it to say that I’ve been super-stressed about college as well as tied up with ballet. I’m so sorry about disappearing unannounced again, but I’m definitely working on that. I also hope to catch up with everything that I missed because I know that I did get behind on a lot of things, and if I flaked on anyone, I sincerely apologize. Since it’s super late right now, this won’t be an overly long post. Basically, I’m just popping in to say, “Hi, I’m back!”

Ooh, and also, Happy Book Birthday to The Epic Crush of Genie Lo! It is such an amazing book, and you really must read it! For more gushing, you can read my review here. 

Thanks for sticking with me, and see you tomorrow!

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Ooh, What’s That Wonderful Smell?: The Secret of a Heart Note

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Hi my pandas! It’s been a long week, hasn’t it? Well, let’s try to end it on a good note. (Was that pun intended? You will never know.) Today I’m going to be reviewing my third Stacey Lee book for the #AsianLitBingo readathon. The Secret of a Heart Note was my choice for the Multiracial Multiethnic Asian MC square, and I’m pleased to say it was yet another delightful read!

I’m giving The Secret of a Heart Note 9 out of 10 stars!

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To The Rescue: Not Your Sidekick

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Today for Fangirl Favorites Friday, I present to you my review for the LGBTQIAP+ MC square of #AsianLitBingo! I chose the book Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee after hearing many rave reviews about it, and I can confirm that it as amazing as you’ve heard. This is the superhero book you’ve all been waiting for! I’m already highly anticipating the sequel, Not your Villain, which comes out later this year. Because…

I’m giving this Not Your Sidekick a perfect 10 out of 10 rating: that’s how amazing it is!

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Anything Is Possible: The Crown’s Fate

This is really late in the day, but Happy Book Birthday to Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh and The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye! These were two of my most anticipated releases for this year, and while I have to wait a little longer for my copy of Flame in the Mist to arrive, I was lucky enough to snag a ARC of The Crown’s Fate at Yallwest from the Epic Reads booth! I actually grabbed the very last copy AND was able to meet Evelyn at her signing, so that makes my book so much sweeter and more precious. I blew through it in just a few hours, and I’m pleased to say that I truly enjoyed it! My final rating?

I give The Crown’s Fate 9 out of 10 stars!

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We’re Coming to America: Girl in Translation

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Hi my pandas! Today, I’m going to be reviewing the book I read for the Asian Immigrant MC square: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok. I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this book to be honest because I wasn’t even sure what it really was: YA or adult? Memoir with a few creative liberties or fiction? To be honest, I’m still not quite sure how to categorize this book, but it ended up being a very insightful, interesting, and highly recommendable read.

I give this book an 8.5 out of 10 star rating!

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A Snake and a Dragon Go On a Journey To the West: Under a Painted Sky

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First of all, today is my bookstagram one-year anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started that account. and almost a year since I started this blog. How time flies! Anyway, my pandas, I have my sixth #AsianLitBingo review, my pick for a religious Asian MC. Now, Samantha is not as religious as the other main character, Annamae, but she is still religious. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure about whether or not I would actually like Under a Painted Sky. On one hand, I’m not really a big fan of “Western” type novels nor of long journey type novels. On the other hand, I loved Stacey Lee’s other book, Outrun the Moon, with its gorgeous dialogue and beautifully crafted characters. The final outcome?

I gave Under a Painted Sky 8/10 stars.

That is probably the highest rating I’ll ever rate a Western journey type novel, so consider me extremely impressed with this book. Let’s see what made it so much better than your average Gold Rush journey! Continue reading

Bookchella: YallWest 2017 Recap

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Sorry for being MIA for a few days, but I had my AP Calc BC exam yesterday and had no time to post. Today, as you can probably guess from the title, I’m going to be doing a recap of YallWest. YallWest, from what I’ve heard about Coachella, is a bookish and obviously much better version. I mean, aside from the long lines and hot weather, there are so many more pluses: free books, meeting authors, and all that good stuff. I will not be doing a book haul today because I got A LOT of books, so I’ve moved that portion into next week. Instead, today I’m going to be covering all the different signings and panels and such that I attended. Loads of pictures and fangirling to follow. I warn you, this will be long, so buckle up my pandas. It’s going to be a bumpy ride! Continue reading

I’m Blue That This Book Is Over: Ramona Blue

img_0568-2.jpgToday I’m going to be taking a short break from my #AsianLitBingo challenge and instead review an amazing book that’s coming out really soon! Thanks to Epic Reads, I was able to grab an ARC of Ramona Blue at YALLWest, although this doesn’t any way influence my review etc.

Ramona Blue comes out on this Tuesday, May 9, and I highly encourage you all to grab a copy of it, or even preorder it! (Pssst, there’s a preorder campaign with lots of fun swag going on.)

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I’m aware that there was initially some controversy regarding the synopsis of this book and that it contained some poorly worded and offensive language. Fortunately, I believe that has been rectified since, and that this is the updated version: Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever. The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.

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