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Book Recs: Diverse Middle Grade Books

Before this year, I never read middle grade books. Being in my mid-20’s, I knew I was well beyond the target audience for YA; I felt way too old for middle grade books, felt like it would be too juvenile, felt like it wouldn’t be something I’d like. I was a massive skeptic. And then I read¬†Flying Lessons and Other Stories.

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Book Recs: Amazing Romances & Books with Ace Representation

Hello friends! I hope all of you are well.¬†‚̧

Originally, I was going to do a whole book recommendation post on amazing and well-developed romances. But¬†then, while creating the post, I realized that I don’t¬†actually like that many romance books. As someone who falls under the ace (asexual)-spectrum, it was like the stars aligned in my mind: I only like romances that have a close friendship or strong emotional connection preceding the romance – it had never occurred to me before that.

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Book Recs: Feminist Reads for Women’s History Month

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Every March is Women’s History Month; a time for us to remember, celebrate, and commemorate the contributions and achievements women have made¬†in history and in modern society.

I chose this month’s¬†Book Recs¬†theme to center around feminist reads not only because it’s Women’s History Month, but also because I understand that, for those who want to learn about feminism, it can feel like a daunting and overwhelming task. Where do I start? What’s a good start for an individual interested in feminism? Who do I listen to? Though I cannot answer those questions – as feminism can look different to different groups of people and cultures – my advice is to, a) begin with history, b) read widely, c) listen to a diversity of authors/activists/academics, and d) ensure your feminism is intersectional.

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Book Recs: Books by Black Authors

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The month of February is Black History Month.

In New Zealand, we don’t observe Black History Month, so when I first learned about Black History Month and its historical and current significance, it was through watching American television.¬†Black History Month may not be a part of my country’s history, but it is important to so many of you, so I wanted to take the time to highlight this important and absolutely necessary month.

So, I want to take this opportunity to celebrate black authors and their incredible work. I also want to take this opportunity to raise the issue of anti-blackness and how this is a global issue that we must work hard to address, fight against, and to end. To my non-black-PoC friends (especially my non-black Asian friends), I highly encourage you all to [read this article]. Listen, learn, reflect, unlearn, repeat.

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Book Recs: Dongzhi Festival & The Importance of Family

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Something I’d like to do is to make¬†Read Think Ponder¬†more personal. Sharing details about my life (aside from my Monthly Recaps!)¬†isn’t really my style, so I thought: why not incorporate cultural festivals or holidays that are meaningful to me into my blog and do something bookish¬†to celebrate?

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