The Handmaid’s Tale: Book Review

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down. Frankly, I don’t know how to talk about The Handmaid’s Tale, and I don’t think I will be able to form a coherent opinion until I watch the Hulu TV series. I don’t feel adequately equipped to talk about it. It’s not even because of its heightened popularity. It’s that feeling when you discuss … Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale: Book Review

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: Book Review

“The big gay road trip novel set in 18th century Europe you didn’t know you needed” is how author Mackenzi Lee describes her own book The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. But for me, right from the moment I heard about this book, I knew I needed it in my life. It was one of the quirkiest and most fun book I have ever … Continue reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: Book Review

The Upside of Unrequited- review

I’ve had crushes on twenty-six people, twenty-five of whom are not Lin-Manuel Miranda. Becky Albertalli has killed me again. Have you ever read something so relatable, so smart, so hopeful and so sweet that it just leaves a sweet pang in your chest? No you haven’t because you haven’t read The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, the award-winning author of Simon vs The Homosapien … Continue reading The Upside of Unrequited- review

The Night Circus: Realm of Magic, Mystery and… Slight Disappointments

We are such stuff/ As dreams are made on; and our little life/ Is rounded with a sleep. – Prospero, The Tempest, Act IV, Scene I   The Night Circus is the kind of book that I can pick up any time for some well-crafted magical escape, but also put down any time. What I loved about it is the darkly sweet and mesmerizing fantasy … Continue reading The Night Circus: Realm of Magic, Mystery and… Slight Disappointments

books, movies, shows n’ peeps

coucou! it’s been a while… a whole month to be exact. i’ve been busy hosting my exchange partner from france and we had a couple rad weeks together. meanwhile, if you know me, the crazier my life gets, the more stuff i expose myself to. i just can’t help it: books, movies, musicals, and this month i got Netflix, so i watched me some good … Continue reading books, movies, shows n’ peeps

Kids of Appetite + Wrap-up + TBR

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! This month I finished two books, Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick (read the review here) and Kids of Appetite by David Arnold. For February, I am going to continue reading Night Sky Without Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong and Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I am also listening to History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera on Audible. It’s … Continue reading Kids of Appetite + Wrap-up + TBR

to a future beyond trump: books i want to write

Trump’s inauguration shook me, had me crying in fear, made me proud of all the people marching all around the world, and now it got me thinking- i thought about how to stand for who i am and what i believe in, when a caricature sits in the oval office and the world looks like a cartoon. and i landed on the solution that i always … Continue reading to a future beyond trump: books i want to write

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick| review

“Just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you have to do it.” title: Every Exquisite Thing author: Matthew Quick (author of The Silver Lining Playbook) genre: YA/ coming-of-age/ contemporary rating: 🌟🌟🌟❌❌     I was really disappointed by this book. It definitely does have a quirky plot line, but in general it was just- flat. It has a great premise: Nanette O’Hare, straight-A student … Continue reading Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick| review

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah | thoughts mid-read

Okay, okay, okay, so. I’m only on Chapter 7, but this book is so good that I just need to share it. “The doctors took her up to the delivery room, cut open her belly, and reached in and pulled out a half-white, half-black child who violated any number of laws, statutes and regulations. I was born a crime.” You might know Trevor Noah as … Continue reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah | thoughts mid-read