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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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

The Badass Heroine and Her Sidekick the Chinese Batman: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

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“So I didn’t handle the mugging as well as I could have.”

Today’s Fangirl Friday post is going to be about a book that just blew my mind. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I got this book at YallWest. I passed by the Pique booth where F.C Yee was signing, thought, “Cool, free signed ARC,” and that was that. However, I found out that I could use this book for my Asian Superhero MC space, and the rest was history. I am so glad I picked up this book at YallWest! It was completely and absolutely amazing. (Oh and thank you to Pique Beyond and F.C. Yee for this ARC. This has no influence on my review whatsoever.)

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Take it away, Goodreads: The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged. Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven. Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…
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I give this book a full 10 stars and I want all of you to buy this book when it comes out in August of this year. Cue the fangirling and actual review.

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Getting a Head Start: YallWest Fierce Friday 2017 Wrap Up

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Super quick post today because I have lots to do and am still feeling a bit drained after my AP exam, but today is the first post in my series of YallWest wrap ups! Because I have so much to report, this series is going to be about 3 or 4 posts long. First up is Fierce Friday! Fierce Friday is an awesome event run in conjunction with the Santa Monica Public Library, at that venue. It’s sponsored by Fierce Reads and associated with YallWest but not actually run BY YallWest if I understand correctly. If you’re able to, I highly recommend attending the event because there are less people and therefore shorter lines for authors whose lines might be extremely long during the actual festival. But enough rambling. Let’s dive into the actual recap!

I actually came a little bit later to the event, around 6:15 pm, because I was helping set up for YallWest the next day. Back at Santa Monica High School, I helped move tables and boxes of sponsor’s books as well as watched some author shenanigans. I don’t know what exactly was happening over at Fierce Friday but my mom told me there was some kind of trivia or something.

Anyway, when we got into the event I first fell in line with my mom for Victoria Aveyard’s signing. This is actually the third time this year that I’ve met her, and she actually still remembers me! Given the sheer volume of fans and people she meets, it felt really nice to be remembered and recognized. She signed my copy of Glass Sword as well as Cruel Crown, and off I went to play some trivia and get my photo taken at the photo booth. You can see the Heartless tumbler and ARC (I Believe In a Thing Called Love) that I won from the trivia in the picture, as well as the tote from Fierce Reads. I was extremely excited to get all these items, and the tote was really cool because I got to do some special stuff with it (results to be revealed later.)

At 7 pm I went to meet Roshani Chokshi and have my books signed to her. Guys, she is literally one of the sweetest people on Earth and I just can’t. I fangirled so much when I met because I just love her books so much!!! She was so incredibly warm and she somehow knows me from either Instagram or Twitter and she gave me a hug and gah I just couldn’t stop smiling!!! If you ever have the chance to meet Rosh, do it. You won’t regret it!

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Last but not least, I got to meet the fabulous Nicola Yoon! I don’t even know how late she had to stay there because her line was still really long, but she was still really gracious and had a smile for everyone. It was totally worth the wait to get to meet her. Oh and in case you’re wondering my weird hand gesture is me explaining how much I enjoyed her books, especially The Sun Is Also a Star! 

All in all, Fierce Friday is an incredibly fun event and highly recommend you attend next year! It’s a less stressful way to meet some of your favorite authors, and it also can help free up part of your YallWest schedule! See you next week for another YallWest recap!

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Seeing Asian: Top Ten Covers with Asian Rep on the Front

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a cover freebie. So in keeping with this whole Asian American Heritage theme, I’ve decided to feature covers with Asian people on them, whether a photograph or drawing. Unfortunately, there are not nearly enough covers with PoC on them, but the majority of those that do are gorgeous! All of the following covers are books that I’ve either read and loved or have on my #AsianLitBingo TBR. Don’t forget to check back tonight for my review of Outrun the Moon! The books I have read and reviewed have linked reviews: just click on the title! Without further ado:  Continue reading

Looking Ahead: What’s Up in May Featuring My #AsianLitBingo TBR

Ok my pandas, this might be a long post, but bear with me here. This month is going to be super jam-packed because I have three main topics I have to cover: my YallWest wrap-up, the #AsianLitBingo along with accompanying shenanigans, and of course, my BLOGIVERSARY!!!! I can’t believe this blog is already almost one year old; how time flies!!! However, more on that and YallWest later. I will say though that all these things happening all in the month of May means that my blog schedule is going to be super jam-packed. Not only will I be posting everyday, you might even see two posts on one day: a review and either another type of post or another review. I’ll try to space it all out, but I make no promises. And of course, I chose to do this all during AP exam season. Ain’t I brilliant?

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Anyway, let’s focus on today’s big announcement: the #AsianLitBingo! The amazing Shenwei has all the official rules and such on their blog, so please click here for all the official rules and such! This is going to be so much fun, from author interviews to Twitter chats, to of course, prizes. I will be reviewing all the books I read for this challenge this month and I will try to make as many posts centered around Asian rep as possible. Ooh and shout out to Aentee for creating all the gorgeous graphics! Speaking of gorgeous, here’s the bingo sheet:

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Being the ambitious Hufflepuff that I am, I’m going to try and do a blackout of this. Keyword: try. You never know though! Anyway, keep reading for my TBR. (I will try to keep this updated throughout the challenge by bolding the ones I’ve read.) Let’s go! Continue reading