Book Reviews

CURRENTLY LOVING…| AUGUST

CURRENTLY LOVING…| AUGUST

Hello there! Can you believe it’s already September? August was an extra busy and draining month for me. However, it was also very productive and satisfying to achieve many goals that I had set. As usual, I’ll be sharing personal updates via my regular monthly […]

If You Leave Me:  A devastating portrait of love, war and a woman’s yearning to belong to herself. 

If You Leave Me:  A devastating portrait of love, war and a woman’s yearning to belong to herself. 

If You Leave Me is an eye opening, engulfing and heartbreaking exploration of what love means, what war does and what womanhood can feel like.

Lucy Tan’s WHAT WE WERE PROMISED is a shimmering debut!

Lucy Tan’s WHAT WE WERE PROMISED is a shimmering debut!

Lucy Tan’s WHAT WE WERE PROMISED – A shimmering debut from a promising new writer WHAT WE WERE PROMISED is one of those books I knew I would love as soon as I read the blurb! (Just look at this book list from January!) So, […]

CURRENTLY LOVING…|JUNE

CURRENTLY LOVING…|JUNE

Hey there! Was it just me or was June ROUGH? I’m glad we’re finally in July and I can get some time off tutoring and just enjoy being on my own schedule for a while. I’m also very excited about this convention that I’ll be […]

Nine Picture Books I’ve Got My Eyes On

Nine Picture Books I’ve Got My Eyes On

Do you read picture books? Honestly, just a month ago, I would have laughed at the idea of reading a picture book. But let me me tell you, it is such a fun experience, especially as a very visual person. I am convinced that if […]

THE MAP OF SALT & STARS: A BREATHTAKING VOYAGE THROUGH TIME.

THE MAP OF SALT & STARS: A BREATHTAKING VOYAGE THROUGH TIME.

The Map Of Salt And Stars is a breathtaking voyage through time. Jennifer Joukhadar’s The Map of Salt and Stars is an alternate telling of the stories of two girls, Nour and Rawiya. Nour’s family has to escape Syria during the war and the story […]

Six Middle Grade Books To Look Out For in 2018

Six Middle Grade Books To Look Out For in 2018

I’m officially a fan of middle grade books. It’s legit. Middle Grade Books and Me: A Brief History Well, maybe I’ve always been but I just never had the opportunity to read a lot of them? Growing up, I read very few middle grade books. […]

The Orphan Band of Springdale: A Review

The Orphan Band of Springdale: A Review

Anne Nesbet’s The Orphan Band of Springdale is a tale of family, patriotism and overcoming prejudice This year, I’ve become more interested in children’s fiction, especially realistic fiction. The Orphan Band of Springdale, set in 1940’s America, as World War II rages in Europe is […]

Gloria Chao’s American Panda: Straddling cultures and finding identity

Gloria Chao’s American Panda: Straddling cultures and finding identity

Gloria Chao’s American Panda on the courage to be yourself even when caught between cultures American Panda follows seventeen year old Taiwanese-American, Mei. Mei is a germaphobe, forced into a premed program by her very traditional parents. They believe that medicine is a secure and […]

BURY WHAT WE CANNOT TAKE IS AN UNSETTLING TALE OF SURVIVAL

BURY WHAT WE CANNOT TAKE IS AN UNSETTLING TALE OF SURVIVAL

Kirstin Chen’s Bury What We Cannot Take is the deeply unsettling story of what happens when your family abandons you. This is one of those books whose titles grabbed me before anything else. I’m pleased to report that the rest of the book is just […]