2018 Reading Wish List

In 2018, I will probably read less books because I will not have a lot of recreational reading time due to graduate school. But that does not mean I won't be able to carve out time. I usually like to read a paper book before going to bed to relax my eyes after interacting with… Continue reading 2018 Reading Wish List


“Marlena” by Julie Buntin

Female friendships...namely, teenage female friendships are interesting. They're complicated. Marlena by Julie Buntin follows the story of a 15-year old girl, Cat, who moves to a new, rural town in Northern Michigan with her brother and her newly divorced mom. Cat befriends a girl next door named Marlena -- she's older and cooler -- and life for… Continue reading “Marlena” by Julie Buntin


“Never Let Me Go” by Kashuo Ishiguro

*Deep breath* I'm going to try to make this review as spoiler free as possible. At first glance a book titled Never Let Me Go by Kashuo Ishiguro sounds like a typical romance novel about lost love but I certainly did not expect high school romance meets coming-of-age meets quasi-science fiction meets quasi-dystopia. You know something… Continue reading “Never Let Me Go” by Kashuo Ishiguro

The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang

The Wangs vs. The World

...Or is it the Wangs versus the common perceptions of Asians in popular media? "The people of the world could be divided into two groups: those who used all of their chances, and those who stood still through opportunity after opportunity, waiting for a moment that would never be perfect" The Wangs vs. The World… Continue reading The Wangs vs. The World


Hamilton: The Revolution

This Saturday, we're going to see "Hamilton". In honor of that, I'm going share my thoughts on Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. It's part text version of the musical, part behind-the-scenes. Whether you've seen the show, listened to the soundtrack on repeat, or you did neither of the two -- you are… Continue reading Hamilton: The Revolution

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee

Living the High Life at “The Thousandth Floor”

“Up here on the roof, so close to the stars, she felt young and alive and hateful.” The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee is a quick, guilty-pleasure read. It takes place 100 years into the future in Manhattan and it's is no longer an island, but a lone tower stretching into the sky at a thousand… Continue reading Living the High Life at “The Thousandth Floor”


A study in relationships with “Gone Girl”

“There's a difference between really loving someone and loving the idea of her.” I finally got around to reading Gone Girl this year. I know...if you've seen the movie, I am 3 years too late and if you read the book, I am five years too late. Most of the time, I don't read the… Continue reading A study in relationships with “Gone Girl”

Modern Romance Aziz Ansari

“Modern Romance” – How Technology has Changed Courtship and Overall, Adulthood

I was not sure what to expect out of comedian Aziz Ansari and sociologist Eric Klinenberg's Modern Romance. Last year, I read a book called Dataclysm by Christian Rudder (founder of OkCupid) and I mistaken Modern Romance would be the same thing. I was burnt out on reading books revolving around themes of dating, networking, technology, and the… Continue reading “Modern Romance” – How Technology has Changed Courtship and Overall, Adulthood