My Favorite Read in August...
...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
If you like literary fiction about Filipino-American culture, read The Son of Good Fortune by Lysley Tenorio
If you loved Crazy Rich Asians and love fun romcoms, read Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
If you're a diehard fan of The Hunger Games, try The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
If you're looking for an epic family saga set in wartime, read The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
If you're looking for a murder mystery/literary fiction about a mother and daughter, read The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim
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!