Reading update: I’m separated from my TBR!

So I took an early Thanksgiving break and came back home a little early. Now, I’m unexpectedly staying longer than I initially planned to. The issue? I only brought two books with me. And I just finished reading one of them. I just didn’t have the space in my carry ons to bring more books because I had to bring my law books, notebooks, and laptop to study. I had no room. 

Now I’m left with the other book I brought and a book that accidentally got mailed here to my old address. The rest of my 60+ TBR books got left behind. There were some books on there that I really wanted to start reading soon. I also left behind my other currently reading book.  

Now I’m in a dilemma of what to do after I finish these two books. Should I buy more books? Start an e-book? (I’m really terrible at reading those but maybe my desperation can change that) Or just wait until I get back?

Only time will tell! Stay tuned to see how this tragedy ends. 

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What Lara Jean means to me

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It’s been a few months since To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before hit Netflix and I’m still in love with it. I’ve probably seen it at least 10 times (I watch it about once a week). I’m currently listening to the soundtrack while writing this blog post.

I’ve never felt this way about a character before. I remember when I first read the book back in January of 2016. It was the first time I read a book and was like So this is what representation feels like. Lara Jean is half Korean and half white. I am half Filipino and half white. To see and read about a character that was also half and half, was life changing. I related to so many little aspects of Lara Jean’s life. Like the fact that we both hate driving (fun fact: I still do).

I remember people had criticisms about Lara Jean and said that she was “childish.” I never thought that because she was totally me in high school. Being more “innocent” is not a bad thing. I personally think it’s kind of an Asian girl thing. I think a lot (but obviously not all) Asian girls are a bit more innocent than other girls and that is totally okay. I love that Lara Jean normalizes this innocence.

I read the sequel immediately afterwards and fell in love with Lara Jean even more. The third book came out when I was a Senior in college and I didn’t want the book to end because I didn’t want to leave Lara Jean and her story. I was too attached.

Then I got into law school and the weekend before school started, the movie came out on Netflix and took Lara Jean to a whole new level. I loved Lara Jean in the books, but movie Lara Jean was exactly what I needed.

It was crazy to see an Asian American female lead character in a movie. And not just any movie, a movie that everyone was obsessed with. My heart swelled with Asian pride. Who would have thought that Lara Jean would have this kind of impact?

As much as I related to book Lara Jean, movie Lara Jean is literally me right now. And that is what makes her so special to me.

Lara Jean gives me hope. Hope that the shy Asian girl can get the hot guy. That Asian girls are not invisible. That we can get our own Peter Kavinsky. That we don’t need to be like every other white female lead in a rom-com. We are enough just the way we are. And that is the most powerful thing of all.

Just think about it. When have you ever seen a female lead like her?

Lara Jean inspired me this semester and is literally the reason why I’m getting through law school okay. I will often ask myself, What would Lara Jean do?, whenever I find myself in an awkward situation. I even had a crush on a gorgeous boy this semester and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it, but I wrote him a letter (that I never ended up giving to him and never will because he dropped out of school).

Flashback to just last week on Halloween. Nobody in my section dressed up at school except for me and this one other Asian girl. And guess who we were? Lara Jean. I was wearing her airport outfit and she was wearing LJ’s party outfit. Another Asian girl (who first saw my outfit on my Instagram) commented on how much she loved my dressing up as LJ. Crazy what the power of representation can do. Lara Jean was just the second Asian character I have been for Halloween (the first being Mulan). I haven’t dressed up for Halloween in years (the last time was in 5th grade when I was a pirate) but I just had to because I finally had someone worth being.

Basically, Lara Jean is so important to me because she represents so much. She empowers and inspires us Asian girls. Thank you Jenny Han for creating her and sharing her with the world.

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Ponytail. Check. Sunglasses on top of head. Check. Necklace. Check. Striped sweater. Check. Skirt with buttons. Check. Too many feelings. Double check. Let’s do this.

Title and blurb reveal for The Metiks Fade Trilogy #2

Today I am so excited to bring you the title and blurb reveal for the second book in The Metiks Fade Trilogy by Thomas Welsh. I read the first book in the series, Anna Undreamingand absolutely loved it! If you haven’t read it already, you definitely should. So without further ado, here is the blurb and title:


 

Broken, beaten, and exiled to the Sump, Anna has battled her way back to reality, but she returns to find her friends scattered and her enemies have grown in strength and number. Though she’s learned that in the world of Dreamers, sometimes the darkness is just a different type of light, she still hasn’t found her way out. And just like in nightmares, every time she runs away, the monsters lie in wait ahead.

Anna’s only hope for survival lies with new friends and a desperate plan to walk the Moonlight Road—a ghostly passage of frozen moonlight through worlds she can never touch—straight into the arms of the most dangerous Dreamer alive.

But no one, neither friend nor enemy, is prepared for the power Anna now wields. Her flame has kindled, and when they threaten those she loves, she’ll burn them to the ground.

Anna and the Moonlight Road is book two of The Metiks Fade Trilogy.

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*Please note that this image is not the final cover. The cover will be revealed at a later date*

Gratitude

It’s been well over a year since I started bookstgramming and a little over 6 months since I started book blogging and I just wanted to stop and take some time express my gratitude to the bookish community.

When I restarted my bookstagram (I had one back in 2015/2016 but deleted it), I never thought I would get more than 400 followers. Now I’m at 2.6K and am utterly amazed by it. So many doors have opened for because of my bookstagram and I am so grateful for it. I’ve gotten review opportunities and have participated in a bunch of Instagram tours because of it. Same thing with my blog. Having a blog made getting review requests so much more easier. I absolutely love reviewing books and promoting them, so all of this has been a dream come true!

And then of course I want to say thank you to all my wonderful bookish friends I’ve meet through all of my bookish sites. It’s phenomenal connecting with bookworms from all over the world. You guys are the best!

Once again, THANK YOU for taking the time to read this and for supporting me in all my bookish endeavors!

xoxo,

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Exclusive Excerpt: Above the Star

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Hello everyone! I am currently reading Above the Star by Alexis Marie Chute and I wanted to share with you all an exclusive excerpt from the book. But first here is the Goodreads synopsis:

When Archie goes in search of his missing son, Arden, in the Spanish Canary Islands, he stumbles upon a higher mission: to save his ailing fourteen-year-old granddaughter, Ella. Using a portal-jumping device called the Tillastrion, Archie and a strange creature, a Bangol named Zeno, are transported—along with a cruise ship full of people, including Ella and her mother, Tessa—to a magnificent yet terrifying island in another realm, a place called Jarr-Wya, where Archie hopes to locate Ella’s cure.

On Jarr-Wya, the Bangols battle the Olearons—creatures made of fire—and the evil Millia sands for control of Jarr-Wya. When Ella is captured by the Bangols, her wit and resourcefulness emerge as she fights against all odds, and against all manner of creatures, to survive. Meanwhile, Tessa, must confront her long-buried secrets, broken marriage, and a confusing new love triangle, all while navigating the mysterious island in search of her daughter. And unbeknownst to everyone, there is an even greater foe to contend with: a wicked star anchored in the sea beneath them that is poisoning the island.

An epic adventure of three unlikely heroes, Above the Star reminds us that no matter how young, or how old, our bravery transforms not only our lives but the world around us.

Sounds really good right?

To read the excerpt just click here or the above banner to read it! Above The Star is available now!

 

 

Buy me a coffee

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So I joined that “Buy me a coffee” site that I’ve seen some people use. The reason I joined is because in August I will be a first year law student and let’s be real, law school isn’t cheap (especially here in California)! Any spare money would be greatly appreciated.

If you want to buy me a coffee just click here.

Thanks for reading and for your support!

xoxo,

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Quarter year reading update

With the end of March, we’re about a quarter of the way through the year. How time flies! I’ve been reading a lot a the past three months so I wanted to give you guys a little reading update.

How many books have I read?

So far I have read 31 books, which is really good for me. I’ve never started out a year this strong.I’m currently on a gap year so that’s probably why. I don’t have schoolwork to worry about.

How have I been doing on my reading goal?

For my reading goal this year I did the same thing as last year, which was to start low and adjust as needed. I did this so that I wouldn’t be overwhelmed and pressured to read. So far for these past two years, it’s been working great! I set my goal at 30, but once I got close I upped it to 35. I’m really happy with this method.

What have I been reading?

I’ve read all 8 of Jacqueline E. Smith’s books. She is an amazing Indie author who writes the best books. I’m seriously in love with her writing. I really recommend her book, Trashy Romance Novel. I’ve also read quite a few books from other Indie authors such as Control Freakz by Michael Evans and A Cactus in the Valley by Olivia Bennett.

Additionally, I finally read The Hate U Give and it was as amazing as everyone says it is. I also finally read Lolita and damn that was a crazy book.

I’ve loved most of the books I’ve read but a few of them (particularly The Echoes of Love and What the Valley Knows) were just so-so.

25 out of the 31 books I’ve read so far have been books I won in giveaways or review copies that the author or publisher gave to me and I am so thankful for that. Having a bookstagram and a blog has opened so many doors for me and I am eternally grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.

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Some of the books I read so far this year

What’s next?

More books of course! I definitely have some books that have been sitting on my TBR shelf for too long, like Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann, that I’m hoping to read soon. I start law school in August, so that will affect my reading time. For right now, I’m trying to enjoy all this free time I have to read!


 

How are you doing this year in regards to reading? Are you on track for your goal? What have you been reading? What has been your favorite read so far? Tell me in the comments! 

xoxo,

Jessica

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