“She picked grapes out of a plastic bag, chewing as she spoke.” • So many laye…

“She picked grapes out of a plastic bag, chewing as she spoke.” ❤️ • So many layers to this book. The premise is Polly, an undocumented Chinese worker, goes to work at the nail salon one day and does not return. She has an eleven year old son, Deming, and this book explores what happens … Read more

“Cold thin flour noodles with spicy gochujang sauce, topped with icy slivers of …

“Cold thin flour noodles with spicy gochujang sauce, topped with icy slivers of cucumber, white radish, and pear.” 💖 • Happy pub day to this book! Thank you penguinteen for this book! What I love about davidoftheyoon books is how he writes about friendship and family. Both this book and Frankly in Love have a … Read more

“Back in Calculus, Q passes the box of donuts around.” • Really loved this boo…

“Back in Calculus, Q passes the box of donuts around.” 💖 • Really loved this book as a Korean American who grew up in the States with the monthly Gatherings and the expectation of getting into top colleges and working at the Store and sacrifices for the Store. My whole teen years seemed to be … Read more

“We gathered around the table with bowls of rice cake soup.” • Oh my heart. Wh…

“We gathered around the table with bowls of rice cake soup.” 💙 • Oh my heart. Why did I feel so much ache while reading this? I read it in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down. Mother daughter stories get to me. Korean mother daughter stories can be so painful, it sears me. … Read more

“She sat her down on a small couch and gave her a Perrier, which gave Lolly hicc…

“She sat her down on a small couch and gave her a Perrier, which gave Lolly hiccups and made her start crying even harder.” 💙 • This month’s pick did not disappoint!! Loved this retelling of Anna Karenina! Let me first state that I have never read Anna Karenina so my review is just based … Read more

I have a strange habit – when I love a book so much , I can’t seem to get it tog…

I have a strange habit – when I love a book so much , I can’t seem to get it together to post about it. I read Pachinko last year and then immediately lent it out to my niece and when reunited with it, I realized I needed to post about it! I wanted to … Read more