30 Personalized Book Recommendations (& Upcoming Releases) Pt 1: Asian Edition!

Today I’m back on my Asian author support brand!

Earlier I asked for kinds of books that you’re looking for so I could do personalized book recommendations, and I decided to make this list only books by Asian authors. I’m always wanting to support Asian authors, and especially right now!

There were lots of prompts I couldn’t get to, so I’ll be doing a part 2 (open to any authors). Since I felt bad about not doing all of them, I decided to do both a recommendation and an upcoming release, if I could find one! Of course, disclaimer that I haven’t actually read them so I can’t personally recommend them—but definitely put them on your TBRs!!

If you’d like to ask for a(nother) book recommendation for part 2, feel free to comment or use this. And of course, if you’d like to support Asian people beyond supporting their creative work, consider donating to one of these organizations.

Content warnings for books I’ve read are at the end of the post for readability!

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May’s Moments of the Month: March // It’s Still Rough but Getting Better!

Hello… I’m back! For real!

Sorry if my last post gave you a scare (though I think I actually fooled myself into feeling more motivated to do more blogging things again). I personally think it was a fun way to start off April, which I’m hoping will be a good month! :D

Today I’m here to recap the month and update you all on how things have been for me, since it’s been a while! Overall, March was a bit of a rough month for me, but not too terrible. It honestly was just the first half that was miserable, because of school, but later I found some comfort in books and writing.

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Taking a Long Hiatus from Blogging

I didn’t think I’d be making this kind of post any time soon.

I won’t make this post any longer than I have to, since I think it’s pretty clear from the title what I’ll be doing. But recently I’ve been suffering from a lot of burnout, as evidenced by my lack of posts and interaction with the community. I don’t have the same kind of motivation to blog or comment on blogs anymore, I have zero ideas as to what to post, and I have so little time these days to blog because of school. What time I do have is spent mindlessly entertaining myself through shows, videos, books—anything that’s not a task that requires actual thought, like blogging.

So I’ve decided to take a hiatus from blogging, for an indefinite amount of time.

This was a very difficult decision for me to make, and I kept doubting whether this was actually something I wanted or would benefit from (I am an extremely indecisive person in every area of my life). Earlier in the year, I said I had plans for a blog revamp, and I was full of excitement at the prospect of a new year for new ideas and content. But these last few months have been hard for me in blogging, but also in life/school-related things, too.

In all my latest monthly recap posts, I keep repeating that I don’t know what to post, I’m low on motivation, I need to take break, etc. And as I looked over what’s coming up for me this year and next, I came to the conclusion that I’d rather take a clean, complete break from blogging, instead of this on-and-off content creation. I keep promising to be more consistent and then failing to deliver, and it just makes me feel so terrible!! And even if I manage to get back my motivation and inspiration to blog, I won’t have enough time. I owe it to both myself and you all to do things with my full commitment, and what I’m doing right now isn’t that.

(And honestly, I don’t know how bloggers who’ve been around for longer than I have are still keeping this up. Beyond my own personal burnout and lack of blog post ideas, I think being a book blogger—and especially a young blogger of color, in my case—can be very discouraging at times, not just in terms of support from the wider community but also a feeling of not being heard or listened to. I always wondered how other bloggers became so burnt out that they stopped blogging, but I think I understand them a little more now.)

I started blogging at a young age and it was as much a formative experience for me as any other regular teenage experience. It sounds very cheesy, but I couldn’t imagine my life without blogging being at least a small part of it. My blog means a lot to me, and you all mean a lot to me too. I still have a lot of hope for my future with blogging. I just need some time to find my footing again.

If you’d like to keep in touch with me (please do!), my email is always open, and I’m still going to be active on Goodreads and social media if you want to see what I’m currently reading or up to in general. I probably also will still follow along on my favorite blogs—just because I won’t post doesn’t mean I’m entirely gone! 

I love you all very much, and I cannot thank you enough for sticking with me all these years. I’m wishing you all the best of luck and happiness and health, and… happy April Fool’s!!!! :))

A parting gift from me to you (click) sorry, not a gift, but this post will be deleted soon! :p see you in a few days with a new post <3 (also my pride is riding entirely on whether or not someone believed this so if you do not want me to actually disappeared, at least one of you better have been fooled)

Blog Tour Review: When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert // A Beautiful, Heavy yet Hopeful Book

I’ve officially cried over my first book of the year!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that one of my favorite books is Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert. I was highly anticipating her next book and completely prepared to cry because of her words yet again—and that’s exactly what happened!

Today, I’m very excited to review When We Were Infinite, and hopefully persuade you to read it and experience its beauty for yourself, or at the very least add it to your TBRS. I don’t remember the last time I’ve ever felt so hollow after reading a book, and if it was able to make my cold dead heart feel something, you know it was amazing.  

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May’s Moments of the Month: February // Texas Winter Storm but a New Favorite Book!

This month was exhausting.

If my accidental posting hiatus was any indication, I was so tired in February. I’ve been so busy with school, and when I don’t have schoolwork, I am just numbly lying in my bed on my phone. I will say that I had a better mental health month (thank you for all the warm wishes, by the way!!), and there were some good things that happened! Mainly getting to read enjoyable books and also finding a new absolute favorite. But amongst that was a winter storm that left me without power for days and a permeating, overwhelming exhaustion so… not quite the best.

I was very fortunate during the winter storm, but so many others were not, so if you have the means to, maybe consider donating to some TX mutual aid groups: AustinHoustonDallas!

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