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  • Writer's pictureJessica

My Favorite Read in August...

wall calendar turned to August with incense and candle in foreground

...was Dear Girls by Ali Wong! If you're a fan of Ali Wong, or you need a humorous and entertaining read about careers, womanhood, sex, marriage, family, food, travel, and more, read this book.

Runner-up: This was a tough choice, but The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett was my second choice. If you want an excellent family drama about racial identity, read this book.

Other books I read in August and who I'd recommend them to

Genres read: memoir, literary fiction, romcom, dystopian YA, historical fiction

POC- or Black-authored books read: 6/7!

Other content favorites this month

  • The Babysitters Club on Netflix. Sure, I binged the entire series when it came out in July, but I loved it so much I may need to watch it again soon. An excellent update to everyone's favorite middle grade book series.

  • "How Microaggressions Destroyed My Dream of Living in Suburbia." Writer Thao Thai shared an excellent piece about her experience living in suburban Ohio.

  • This elderly couple in Taiwan who model the clothes left behind in their laundromat. I can only hope to be this cool when I'm 83 years old.

  • The Fitness Marshall on YouTube. Caleb Marshall's easy and fun workouts never fail to put me in a good mood. And then he had to go and release a workout for BLACKPINK's "How You Like That" and now that's ALL I want to dance to.

  • "AI wants to make your writing more polite." I am a big fan of having manners, but I'm not sure about this new tech, which directly changes "impolite" or even "neutral" language to be more polite. How does it work from culture to culture? What about the subtle stuff? Hmm...

I'm currently reading Anxious People by Fredrik Backman and Blood of Elves (The Witcher, #1)

by Andrzej Sapkowski. Find me on Goodreads and let's be friends!

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