Category: Bookish Things

The 2022 Mid-Year Check-In Tag

The 2022 Mid-Year Check-In Tag

Posted June 29, 2022 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments

In Book Community Tradition, I’m bringing back the Mid-Year Check-In Tag for June! For those who aren’t familiar with this tag, this is the time we look back at the Year So Far and reflect on what we’ve read and what we want to read and generally celebrate books. You may also know it as the “Mid-Year Freak Out Tag”. This year, I’m changing up the name a little on my blog out of respect for the mental health community. I will warn you ahead of time – I’m a little off on my reading this year. In the course […]

Happy Pride Month! Recognizing the Work Done in the LGBTQIAP+ Community and Recommending Black LGBTQIAP+ Reads!

Happy Pride Month! Recognizing the Work Done in the LGBTQIAP+ Community and Recommending Black LGBTQIAP+ Reads!

Posted June 15, 2022 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments

Happy Pride Month to all of you who are: Out as your authentic self. Unable to come out for safety reasons. Not ready to come out. Still questioning your gender and/or sexuality. Transitioning. Not ready to transition. Excited to share your truth with the world. Tired of explaining your sexuality. Out and private about it. Out to some people but not to everyone. Struggling with guardians/friends who don’t support your sexuality. Searching for the right pronouns. Found your pronouns. Everyone else I may have missed! Pride Month is special and important to me. This community is a home in so […]

Book Vs. Show: Pachinko (2022)

Book Vs. Show: Pachinko (2022)

Posted May 11, 2022 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments

I don’t think I’ve ever had such luck before as I had with Pachinko. Four days after finishing the book, Apple TV’s new K-Drama dropped, and I didn’t know it was coming until I posted my review. Before watching it, I knew the show format with hour-long episodes was perfect for this. I also think it’s important to nod to Parasite, Squid Game, and others like it… because five years ago, US entertainment companies were not making K-Dramas. We still have a long, long way to go to embracing world culture, but the infusion of K-Pop and K-Dramas is a […]

16 Books Starring Asian Protagonists You Have to Read for Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

16 Books Starring Asian Protagonists You Have to Read for Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Posted May 4, 2022 in Bookish Things // 1 Comment

The last couple years have been especially difficult for the Asian community. While all of us have been affected by the pandemic, those in the Asian community have not only had to live with that constant uncertainty, but they have also had to fear for their lives, safety, and livelihoods. For many Asian-Americans, this fear isn’t new as our country’s islamophobia is rampant, but for those who are Chinese-presenting (this includes those who are actually of Thai, Japanese, Korean and other non-Chinese backgrounds), there is a new fear. Before we dig into the book recommendations, I want to tell you […]

Bibliotherapy:  Using Books to Support Good Mental Health

Bibliotherapy: Using Books to Support Good Mental Health

Posted April 27, 2022 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments

Therapy has been one of my favorite topics for the last couple years. The taboo is starting to melt at the edges and I love to see it. I started therapy in 2021 and even though I think I’ve made no progress (I’m stuck, I’m working on it!!!) I’ve reached the point where my therapy session is one of the highlights of my week and I’m a bit sad when I or my therapist have a conflict. It took me a long time to get to the point of finding my own therapist – I was first recommended by my […]