33

November Recap: Foreword of the new chapter in my life, Pokemon, and celebrating diversity

recap-november

November was a great month for me with ups and downs. I resigned from my job, I read more, I spent more time with my friends and family, I played a ton of Pokemon Sun, and I feel well inside and out.

The not-so-great thing was that I was terrible at blogging and I completely and utterly failed at NaNoWriMo. I only published one review this month! (What is this?) But, on the upside, I posted a new page dedicated to diversity.¬†ūüĆą¬†But, more on that later!

Continue reading

28

NaNoWriMo: My WIP, why I won, what I learned, and reflection

nano2

With two days left of November, unless I get a sudden burst of energy, I can now openly admit that I utterly failed NaNoWriMo.

Well, that’s not entirely true. In my first week of NaNoWriMo, I wrote a post about my goals and what I wanted to do. Looking back on what I have written thus far (which, admittedly, is not a lot at all), I feel like I made headway in achieving those goals.

I had intended to write weekly updates, but with my semi-hiatus, I didn’t get the opportunity. So, I hope today’s post will be a good, hearty post, enough to satiate¬†anyone’s curiosity!

Continue reading

34

My Promise as a Diverse Book Blogger

Hello my dearest friends.

I feel like the last few weeks have been rough. With the election results and all the subsequent events that have followed, there has been such an oppressive atmosphere of anger, fear, grief, and confusion – and justifiably so. I’m not in the US, but for the last few weeks, I’ve felt so much fear and worry for all my friends there. My time lately¬†has involved quite a bit of self-care and checking up on my friends who have been affected – some afar and some closer to home. We live in such uncertain times. And I want all of you to know that I am always here for you – email me or DM me on Twitter if you ever need to talk.¬†‚̧

I have done a lot of reflection over the last few weeks. I have asked myself what I, as an individual, can do.¬†And I’ve come to this: I may not be able to do a lot of things, but I can do small, little things to help create a safe and inclusive space that is welcoming to everyone that visits and interacts with my blog. I¬†value¬†you as individuals and fellow readers, I¬†value¬†your sense of safety. I care, and I will care always.

And so, as a diverse book blogger, I want to make some promises to you.

Continue reading

56

Book Recs: Fantastic Female Friendships

rec-fem-friends-copy

I’m tired of¬†books that portray female relationships purely as competition (especially when their interactions are about¬†vying over a boy’s attention), or two-dimensional placeholders to justify the protagonist’s¬†I’m not like other girls!¬†mentality, or even the absence of female friendships.

I love seeing positive female friendships in my books, and I want to see even more of them. Today, I want to share with you some wonderful books that have fantastic female friendships. Usually when I do book recommendations, I like to lay out criteria for the books I recommend.

Continue reading

21

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #2

diversity-spotlight

Welcome to my¬†second¬†Diversity Spotlight Thursday! ūüíö¬†This wonderful weekly blog meme was created and is hosted by Aimal at Bookshelves and Paperbacks! For more information about the meme, please read the announcement post here.

My participation in this meme is to help me with one of my reading goals: to read books with a variety of perspectives, especially ones different from my own. Every two weeks I will share with you:

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

I wanted to do a theme for this week’s Diversity Spotlight – so this week’s theme is: books with Asian characters or inspired by Asian mythology.

Continue reading

14

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

beauty-queens

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition. Written by Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

Beauty Queens¬†delighted me in every way possible. Brandishing dark comedy and satire, it elucidates and explores complex themes such as feminism, racism, ethnicity, identity, disabilities, gender, sexuality, prejudice, and social standards. That’s a¬†lot¬†of themes to explore, but Bray has done it fantastically. Paired with its plot – when a plane crashes on a remote island, thirteen beauty pageant contestants are the only survivors –¬†the result is an excellent¬†book that manages to be ridiculous¬†but also incredibly intelligent,¬†honest and genuine.

Continue reading

40

My First Week of #NaNoWriMo – Ever

nano1

Hello my friends!¬†‚̧

After a colourful mix of a desire to write, paralysing self-doubt, and much enabling, I decided to participate in #NaNoWriMo.¬†For those of you who are not familiar with #NaNoWriMo, it is an abbreviation of¬†National¬†November¬†Writing¬†Month! To ‘win’¬†NaNoWriMo, you must write 50,000 words in November.

On each Sunday of November, I will be posting a little update about my NaNoWriMo experiences and also an update on my story. It’s my first NaNoWriMo, so I want to engage in a lot of self-reflection and concept generation. Today, I want to give a little ‘background’ information, and also share my experiences with writing thus far!

Continue reading