We’re Almost There! What to Read for #YARC2019 This November

Well folks, this is it. We're in the last 20% of the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge, and I hope everyone has had a great time so far--whether or not you're on track to meet your goal. If you haven’t heard about it, #YARC2019, or the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge, is a … Continue reading We’re Almost There! What to Read for #YARC2019 This November

Not a Romantic Comedy: Frankly in Love by David Yoon & Why I Cried

There are so many layers to this book, and I’m not sure if I can adequately talk about them in a review. A jumble of thoughts is running through my mind, like a tangle of wires. At its core, Frankly in Love is not a romance. It’s a story about family, set against the quirky … Continue reading Not a Romantic Comedy: Frankly in Love by David Yoon & Why I Cried

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi: A Relatable and Modern Contemporary feat. 20 year-old Characters

Mary H.K. Choi's Permanent Record is not a love story. It's a coming of age story. Choi's writing style is refreshing and extremely appealing to an infrequently catered to market. It's labeled as YA by Simon and Schuster (14+), but I think the people who will enjoy and relate to this the most are college … Continue reading Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi: A Relatable and Modern Contemporary feat. 20 year-old Characters

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee: Another Amazing Historical Novel About A Chinese Girl in 1890 Atlanta

I loved reading Outrun the Moon, and can’t believe Stacey Lee managed to outdo herself with another stunning novel. The Downstairs Girl is an immediate new favorite and I absolutely adore not only the entire story, but Jo Kuan herself and her innate spunk. From Jo to her questions about her past to Lee’s intricate … Continue reading The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee: Another Amazing Historical Novel About A Chinese Girl in 1890 Atlanta

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura: Flower Shops, Social Justice, & Jealousy

I knew I was going to enjoy this book, but I didn’t realize I would end up loving this that much. It was just so well developed on so many fronts, and I can’t help but be in love with every bit of this book. From its social activism, to developing CJ’s relationships, to really … Continue reading This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura: Flower Shops, Social Justice, & Jealousy

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad: A Richly Developed Fantasy Perfect for Fans of YA/Adult Crossover Fiction

I feel like The Candle and the Flame deserves so much more buzz and marketing than it currently has. It’s a great book. In the scope of all modern lit, The Candle and the Flame develops a complex story about not only Fatima Ghazala and her newfound powers, but also the entire City of Noor … Continue reading The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad: A Richly Developed Fantasy Perfect for Fans of YA/Adult Crossover Fiction

Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali: Miracles, Romance, and Fierce Muslim Girls

Another hit from Ali, Love from A to Z is more than just a romance—it’s a story about family and friendship and kindred spirits. It’s a story about fighting back and embracing yourself. It’s a fantastic book and one I’d recommend to contemporary, romance, and contemporary romance readers alike. There were just so many things … Continue reading Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali: Miracles, Romance, and Fierce Muslim Girls

April Showers Bring May #YARC2019 Reads! (What to Read for YARC This Month!)

I'm absolutely stunned that we're already 1/3 of the way done with the year and our Year of the Asian Reading Challenge! Are you on track? I'm trying to keep a steady pace of 4 YARC reads a month, and it's going pretty well! But, even if you're behind, there's no worries! We have ample … Continue reading April Showers Bring May #YARC2019 Reads! (What to Read for YARC This Month!)