[Reading Challenge] Arab-American Heritage Month

Did y’all know that April is Arab-American Heritage Month? I definitely didn’t. Apparently, it was only made official last year, although it’s been celebrated since 2017. One of my favorite things about curating this bookish space on the internet is that I get to learn things and illuminate my blind spots publicly, sharing what IContinue reading “[Reading Challenge] Arab-American Heritage Month”

[READING CHALLENGE] Read All The Women

whew This is extremely late. Things have been busy offline for me lately, but instead of boring you with that, let’s just jump into a reading challenge for what remains of this month. March brings spring, flowers, and a month-long celebration of women’s history for us to read through. There’s a lot I want toContinue reading “[READING CHALLENGE] Read All The Women”

[Booklist] And No-one Kills The Black Boy: A Selection of Black Boy Heroes

Black boys are precious. Let me say that again. Black boys, and the men they grow into, are precious. It happens to be International Men’s Day today. As a result, the internet is full of Things About Men, good, bad, political, personal, and all points in between. I find myself thinking about the men IContinue reading “[Booklist] And No-one Kills The Black Boy: A Selection of Black Boy Heroes”

[Booklist] 1984 Is Trash: Dystopias From The Global Majority

Why yes, I did wake up and choose violence today. Why do you ask? Let me first say that for the time, place and the politics of its day, 1984 was brilliant. It contained very pertinent criticism of post-WWII European governments, strong warnings about government surveillance and police states, and it revolutionized social science fictionContinue reading “[Booklist] 1984 Is Trash: Dystopias From The Global Majority”

[Booklist] Let The Circle Be Unbroken: A Few Favorite Books About Black American Families

We all come from families and have family stories– whether epic, painful, dramatic, loving or joyful. It’s the last two that I think are particularly important to find in stories of Black American families, especially in the current climate. No matter the trauma and oppression we may face in America, Black families still have love,Continue reading “[Booklist] Let The Circle Be Unbroken: A Few Favorite Books About Black American Families”

[BOOKLIST] Ten For The Times: A Social Justice Booklist To Keep Us Moving Forward

Where do I even begin with today, fellow readers? I woke up suddenly at 5 am Korean time on April 20th, only to find that the Derek Chauvin verdict would be read in an hour. I fixed myself a cup of tea and sat, thinking, waiting. I wasn’t expecting much–the USA has done a remarkableContinue reading “[BOOKLIST] Ten For The Times: A Social Justice Booklist To Keep Us Moving Forward”

[BOOKLIST] Earth Is Ghetto: A Booklist Where Aliens Land Everywhere

 “Earth is ghetto / I want to leave / Can you beam me up / I’m out on the street by the corner store / You know the one on 15th…“ I’m sure many of you have heard the viral song by Aliah Sheffield by now–it’s the toast of TikTok. If not, take a moment andContinue reading “[BOOKLIST] Earth Is Ghetto: A Booklist Where Aliens Land Everywhere”

[BOOKLIST] Not Every Interracial Romance Has A White Person In It: A Mini Booklist of Black Woman/Asian Man Love Stories

One of the things I like about writing this blog is that I often get requests via Facebook and Instagram to prove that books about certain people exist and have an audience. To be honest, I enjoy the challenge. Fantasy novels about young Black boys? Have some Okorafor, Reynolds and Mbalia. Summer beach reads aboutContinue reading “[BOOKLIST] Not Every Interracial Romance Has A White Person In It: A Mini Booklist of Black Woman/Asian Man Love Stories”

[BOOKLIST] Divas, Ghosts, and the Opposite of Stranger Danger: The Best Books Published in 2020(that I actually read)

It’s been a hell of a year, hasn’t it? I may be the only writer on the planet to feel this way, but I have absolutely no desire to rehash this year in all its pandemic-ridden, protest-fueled, iconoclastic glory. I don’t want to talk about publishing drama, Black Lives Matter booklists, trends, predictions, or theContinue reading “[BOOKLIST] Divas, Ghosts, and the Opposite of Stranger Danger: The Best Books Published in 2020(that I actually read)”

[BOOKLIST] Indigenous Americans Still Exist!: What I Read for Native American Heritage Month

All year I’ve been reading around themes. In February I read books by Black American authors for Black History Month. In May I read books by Asian and Asian-American authors for Asian-Pacific-Islander Heritage Month. Pride Month had me exploring the words of authors in the LGBTQIA+ community and a little over a month ago, IContinue reading “[BOOKLIST] Indigenous Americans Still Exist!: What I Read for Native American Heritage Month”