Reading Wrap Up for May and April

Reading Wrap Up for May and April

#ReadingWrapUp for May and April. I wanted to start this by saying “I don’t have much to say” except that I do, but the thoughts are incoherent and don’t make sense and this will probably just be one long stream of consciousness because the world is burning and we’re killing the kids but still I read sometimes, and when the weight of it all gets to be too much, I somehow can still find comfort in a good book to make me feel less alone, transport me or give me some version of hope, whatever that even means now and lately my brain feels like one big jumble and the depression keeps trying to creep in so I count the colors in the room and focus on my five senses hoping I can keep the tunneling thoughts at bay and it works sometimes, but most times it doesn’t, (and is therapy working?), but how can it when the world is like :this:, but still I really can’t complain because my life is good and I have an embarrassment of riches so here I stand: Reading. Listening. Trying to find a way to fight, for me, for the kids, for everyone.

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Reading Wrap Up for May and April

APIBookstagram Tour Stop

APIBookstagram Tour Stop

#APIBookstagram Tour Stop

I actually started a #bookstagram page because I wanted to find more books by Filipino authors, and honestly meet more Filipino people outside my immediate family. During the pandemic I was sort of having an identity crisis. Am I Filipino enough? What does it mean to me to be Filipino? I remember searching the hashtag for #FilipinoBookstagrammer and the first person that popped up was @mpjustreading . I was so nervous when I first DmEd her! But of course Maria is literally the nicest. So I had nothing to worry about. Also gotta shout out Trish @read_tmc for also being one of the coolest Filipino bookstagrammers I reached out to in my early days.

My favorite part of this journey has been a chill little book club I’m a part of, with Amanda @enjoyjournaling and Amanda @nerdtasticnoms We were all searching for the same thing, a part of our Filipino identity and shaping it to be what we want it to be. We made it our mission to read books only by Filipino authors. I went from having read zero books by Filipino authors to now over a dozen. America is not the Heart and the Patron Saints of Nothing will always be special to me.

I used to think I wasn’t Filipino enough, but now I know that such a statement is damaging, and there is no such thing as “Filipino enough.” So now I can say it with all the pride I have in my heart, that I am Filipino. I am American. I am Californian. I’m a mom, a daughter, a wife, a friend, a writer, a reader, a teacher, a constant napper, a foodie but not a chef, a singer but only in the car or when I’ve had enough beers for karaoke, I’m a dreamer, and so much more that I have yet to uncover. Somewhere along the way over the past two years I have become more comfortable with naming my Filipino identity and how it feels to me, and I do have my wonderful bookstagram community to thank for that. So thank you for being here. Thank you for witnessing my journey and I hope I have made you proud.

Thanks to @booknerdkat for hosting! Please check out @atasteforreading and definitely don’t miss out on tomorrow’s posts from some of my absolute favorites @dogmombookworm @booksonmysidetable and @sparksinwords

APIBookstagram Tour Stop

Dear America

Dear America

Jose Antonio Vargas

DEAR AMERICA by Jose Antonio Vargas is a fantastic memoir about Vargas’ experiences living as an undocumented citizen. I flew through this book. His experiences were really eye opening and gave me a lot to think about. I think he does a great job of trying to balance the telling of his own personal experience, while examining how his experience is VERY different from so many others. I loved how he gets his reader to think about how being undocumented really affects different people differently, depending on hundreds of different factors. But the tie that binds them is still the same, being undocumented presents hundreds of challenges that have damaging effects on your mental health and safety.

I know this may be me being captain obvious, but the more I think about borders the more I just sort of realize how fake it all seems. Haven’t humans been migrating to different areas to escape hardships since literally the beginning of time? Animals still do this…Further, as the climate crisis worsens we will only see more and more movement of people traveling to so-called “better and safer” areas. Reading Vargas’s story was just perplexing. Like why can’t they just give him his damn papers. I know the reason (racism) but the absurdity of it all just seems so…..well, stupid.

Also shoutout to Maria @mpjustreading for putting this on my radar.

[ID: The book DEAR AMERICA: NOTES OF AN UNDOCUMENTED CITIZEN, by Jose Antonia Vargas, rest on some green bushes. The cover is bright yellow with a black fingerprint on the cover.]

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Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas

The Vanished Birds

The Vanished Birds

Simon Jimenez

The Vanished Birds is one of the most beautiful science fiction stories I have ever read. When a young boy crashes onto a planet it is evident he holds some mysterious power. A crew hired by a strange and powerful scientist must hide the child until more is known about his frightening gifts. This is a book I wish I could get lost in again for the first time. It is really about family, and a mother’s love for her child. I also appreciate how queerness is represented throughout the novel. I find it strange when science fiction novels set far in the future aren’t more imaginative about how people love and exist. The Vanished Birds hits all those right notes without bashing you over the head with it. A science fiction favorite, by a half-Filipino author, I am in love. I highly recommend this one if you’re looking to get lost among the stars, the crew of this ship will surely find its way into your heart. Readers of Becky Chambers will definitely find something to love here.

ID: The novel the Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez rests on some plants outside.

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The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

The Blood Trials

The Blood Trials

N. E. Davenport’s

Thanks @bibliolifestyle for hosting this book tour for The Blood Trials. I don’t think I ever signed up for a book tour faster! I first saw this one through @ibingebooks . She has been RAVING about it and Briana is definitely a bookstagrammer with impeccable taste. I can’t wait to dig into this one. Also I do judge books by their covers, and this one is A+. Check out the synopsis: Blending fantasy and science fiction, N. E. Davenport’s fast-paced, action-packed debut kicks off a duology of loyalty and rebellion, in which a young Black woman must survive deadly trials in a racist and misogynistic society to become an elite warrior.
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The Blood Trials by N. E. Davenport’s

Cultish

Cultish

#Bookstagram is an online cultural community on Instagram, where thousands of people take pictures of books and write reviews or reflections. Sometimes community members post pictures of stacks of books or book mail. Niche communities exist within bookstagram, from accounts specializing in science fiction and fantasy to those dedicated to romance novels. When new users find themselves on bookstagram they may at first be perplexed by the language frequently used by more seasoned reviewers. For example, DNF stands for “did not finish” and “TBR” stands for “to be read.” The community itself is sometimes embroiled in heated debates and can become littered with controversy. As a result of this specific language and hyper-cliquishness some people may find certain aspects of Bookstagram to be reminiscent of a cult. In this essay I will……

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Cultish by Amanda Montell

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