Call Me by Your Name: book review

In the weeks we’d been thrown together that summer, our lives had scarcely touched, but we had crossed to the other bank, where time stops and heaven reaches down to earth and gives us that ration of what is from birth divinely ours… we had found the stars, you and I. And this is given once only. It’s that funny feeling of powerlessness that always … Continue reading Call Me by Your Name: book review

Turtles All the Way Down: John Green was one turtle away

“Because it’s turtles all the way down,” I said again, feeling something akin to a spiritual revelation. The John Green hype is literally inevitable, so i gladly received a signed copy of Turtles All the Way Down as a birthday present. Aza Holmes is a girl who suffers from anxiety and obsessive thoughts- what she calls “thought spirals”. She is frequently anxious about a wound … Continue reading Turtles All the Way Down: John Green was one turtle away

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