I’m opening up with a little saltiness today* but I think it’s very important to mention ethnicity and all other aspects of ourselves that might not be the societal “default”!! So if you think that I’m white because that’s what we’ve all been programmed to think: Hi! I’m Asian!
This month is a special month for Asians: It’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! So OBVIOUSLY, I’m giving a few Asian book recommendations, as well as talking about some ownvoices Asian books on my TBR.
Asian representation in books is SO important to me so I want to make sure that my fellow Asian readers (if that’s you, say hi!) will find some books where they hopefully will feel represented by.
*Nope just kidding I open up with equal amounts of saltiness in each and every post.
This post is brought to you by my forever stressing-out-freaking-out mind!!
It was also inspired by this post by Julianna, and also this post by Marie, so be sure to check those out too!
But basically: I’m an eternally stressed-out person. I can only remember a few times I was stress-free, and what took its place was apathy and feeling just absolutely dead, and that was almost worse than stress.
And blogging isn’t exempt from causing me stress—in fact, it’s put a lot of pressure on me to the point that it affected my health. But I’m slowly slowly climbing back up from that Bad Mental Place I’ve been in for the past few, uh, months and I’m really hoping that I’ll be able to blog the way I did before! She says, coming back from a week-long hiatus.
Because I was in that Bad Mental Place, I noticed a lot of ways that blogging was negatively affecting me, mostly in ways of STRESS and PRESSURE, so I decided to talk about a few of those things, and also provide tips to lessen that stress!!
P.S. I was going to include more stress-inducing things related to blogging but then I just ran out? Okay. Cool. I totally didn’t abandon blogging because of just FOUR things. But there is also the pressure to be/appear perfect, which I talked about before!
So, to the surprise of many, I actually, you know, LIKE books.
I’m getting more and more critical of the books I read, and you’ll see me handing out more 3-star ratings than 5-star (I HAVEN’T READ ANY 5-STAR BOOKS THIS YEAR YET HELP).
But?? All is not completely lost yet???? There are still MANY things in books that I absolutely love to read, and so today, I decided to talk about them! Aka me screaming about my favorite things and then demanding recommendations.
(Also! All the book covers link to the book’s page on Goodreads!!)
As readers, we’re all pretty used to negative feelings.
For me, it’s mainly the pressing feeling of DISAPPOINTMENT, and with disappointment often comes saltiness. (Or maybe I’m just salty all the time.)
So, because I’m currently feeling extra salty about books (meaning I am in between the “I hate books” and “I want to read books” moods), I decided to talk about things relating to books that make me feel angry and/or salty and/or frustrated!!
I also need to make sure that OTHER people experience this too because if I’m salty all of you have to be salty too I do not appreciate being the Special One.
(What a lie. I love being special.)
Smol note: On Friday night, I got really anxious over something and I had a panic attack. Since I really didn’t have my post ready by then, I decided to just skip Saturday and post when I felt ready, so that’s why my schedule is a little messed up! (That’s also why this post is just 5 points, instead of 9, like I usually do!) I’ve been absent from the blogosphere a little bit, and I apologize!! Love you all!!!
For example, the fact that I don’t read fast enough, I don’t own enough books as I’d like, I don’t have nearly enough time to do anything I want.
(So apparently I don’t have enough of a lot of things???)
The point is, I have a lot of complaints. Too many. And WordPress isn’t exempt from any of my complaining nature, because I’m just too full of salt & discontentment that it overflows onto everything I come into contact with. Like mangoes, did you know I HATE mangoes????
So today, I’m going to talk about 9 things that I want WordPress to improve in, since I just have to release all my saltiness!! Hopefully these are all things you want to??? Otherwise that would be awkward and I’d be lying in my post title.