What I’m Reading This Month – April 2019

What I’m Reading This Month – April 2019

One of the most exciting things happened to me last month…. I won a book giveaway from Goodreads! If you’re not on Goodreads, as soon as you get done reading this post head on over there and make an account. Goodreads allows you join yearly…

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I absolutely fell in love with Celeste Ng’s debut novel, Everything I Never Told You. I knew I had to pick up her second book, Little Fires Everywhere, but with so many fabulous books vying for my attention it hadn’t made it into my hands.…

What I’m Reading This Month – March 2019

What I’m Reading This Month – March 2019

This month I’m picking back up some titles that have been on my To Read list, and my bookshelves, for far too long. Of this month’s five titles, some are for business, some are for pleasure, but all are guaranteed to be good reads. The…

2019 Birthday Book Wish List

2019 Birthday Book Wish List

Not that you ever need an excuse to give or receive books but birthdays do provide a very special occasion to do so. Because I love birthdays and because it’s my birthday and because I love books, I have a birthday book wish list, and I’m…

What I’m Reading This Month – January 2019

What I’m Reading This Month – January 2019

The last fews months were a whirlwind of getting settled back home, in my new job, and into some sort of a routine. All of that transition means that there were a lot of GREAT books collecting dust on my bookshelf. This month I’m excited…

Top 5 Must Reads – Fall 2018

Top 5 Must Reads – Fall 2018

Recently I was a guest on Ena Esco’s “Verbally Effective” podcast, where we talked about Korean adoption, adoptee citizenship, my career trajectory, and of course, this blog. Many of you may remember me from my WendyEats days. Back then I exclusively blogged about locally owned…

The Ensemble

The Ensemble

In the first fews pages of The Ensemble, Aja Gabel introduces her characters swiftly, deftly. A meaty paragraph about each of her four main characters defines their motivations, their role in the quartet, and their worldview. This introduction sets the stage for the stories that follow. “They’d…

I Got Something to Say: Gender, Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music

I Got Something to Say: Gender, Race, and Social Consciousness in Rap Music

Ever since my article, “The cost of being ‘real‘: black authenticity, colorism, and Billboard Rap Chart rankings,” was published in Ethnic & Racial Studies (2018), I’ve gotten requests to review other work on hip hop, lyricism, and identity. Last week I received Matthew Oware’s book I Got Something…

We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

I’m wrapping up my summer reads and Gabrielle Union’s We’re Going to Need More Wine was one title I wanted to get in before the fall semester began. I decided it would be the perfect read for a recent Day In. Instead of wine though, I…

The Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the Attic

In The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka tells the, at times, hopeful and, at other times, heartbreaking stories of Japanese picture brides. Each of the eight chapters details defining elements of the journey of these Japanese women joining their husbands in America and the lives…