Blog Tour: Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn + Interview!

It’s been so long since I last posted on my blog but I’m back with a blog tour through Hear Our Voices for Pintip Dunn’s Dating Makes Perfect! I was so excited when I first heard about this book because it’s an own voices story about a Thai American girl and is the closest I have come to seeing myself represented in a contemporary YA book. I’m not Thai, but I am Lao. They aren’t the same but since the two are neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, they do share a lot of similar cultural aspects like cuisine and primary religion (Buddhism), but I also grew up consuming Thai media, like Thai drama, music, news. So yes, I was really looking forward to this book and the chance to participate in this blog tour and interview with the author!

datingMakesPerfect-1600Synopsis:

The Tech sisters don’t date in high school. Not because they’re not asked. Not because they’re not interested. Not even because no one can pronounce their long, Thai last name—hence the shortened, awkward moniker. But simply because they’re not allowed.

Until now.

In a move that other Asian American girls know all too well, six months after the older Tech twins got to college, their parents asked, “Why aren’t you engaged yet?” The sisters retaliated by vowing that they won’t marry for ten (maybe even twenty!) years, not until they’ve had lots of dating practice.

In a shocking war on the status quo, her parents now insist that their youngest daughter, Orrawin (aka “Winnie”), must date in high school. Under their watchful eyes, of course — and on dates they organize based on their favorite rom-coms. The first candidate? The son of their longtime friends, Mat Songsomboon—arrogant, dreamy, and infuriating.

Winnie’s known him since they were toddlers throwing sticky rice balls at each other. Her parents love him, so naturally he’s the perfect person for her to pretend date.

If only he weren’t her sworn enemy.

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Release Date: August 18, 2020

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Continue reading “Blog Tour: Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn + Interview!”

From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon

I think one of the best things Sandhya Menon does is create characters and stories that feel real and relatable. The story and the character arcs throughout this book have a really good message that I think is important to share, especially with young adults, like navigating friendships, popularity and gaining self-confidence.

From Twinkle, with LoveSynopsis (Goodreads)

An aspiring teen filmmaker finds her voice and falls in love in this delightful romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi.

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy-a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man N begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you. Continue reading “From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon”

Not the Girls You’re Looking For – Aminah Mae Safi

“He was a boy made to be conquered, maybe even saved. But not by Lulu. She was neither a knight nor a Nightingale. She was a girl made to be selfish. She would have her own adventures.” – Aminah Mae Safi, Not the Girls You’re Looking For

Synopsis (Goodreads):

“Lulu Saad doesn’t need your advice, thank you very much. She’s got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at a party, but he was totally faking it. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan. It’s all under control. Ish.

Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can’t find her way out of this mess soon, she’ll have to do more than repair friendships, family alliances, and wet clothing. She’ll have to go looking for herself.”
Continue reading “Not the Girls You’re Looking For – Aminah Mae Safi”

Spring 2018 Wrap-Up!

So the title of this post is kind of a lie, some of these books were read in the winter months, but they fall during my spring semester at school, which is how I usually like to group my wrap-ups. Also I decided to leave my last four books for my summer wrap-up since they are series I binged finals week into summer vacation. All in all, there are 21 books on this list with a mix of genres and a lot of them are standalone novels interestingly enough.

Fantasy / Dystopian / Sci-fi:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated – J.K. Rowling img_7614 Continue reading “Spring 2018 Wrap-Up!”

The Brightsiders – Jen Wilde

Talk about jam packed with diversity, The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde is very much a contemporary novel that captures the now. It’s filled with pop culture and tackles relevant topics with realistic characters. I honestly want The Brightsiders to be a real band so I can fangirl over their music and swoon over them. All of the main characters are diverse, racially or LGBTQIAP+, both. Continue reading “The Brightsiders – Jen Wilde”

Children of Blood and Bone – Now We Rise Blog Tour

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is one of the most anticipated books of 2018 and it does not disappoint. Admittedly I’m still reading it, but even from the first couple chapter I could already tell that I was going to love it, and I do, especially the world building and the magic system in which there are 12 different clans of Maji’s who are people with magic in their blood. Here is a poster in which you can figure out your own Maji power.  Continue reading “Children of Blood and Bone – Now We Rise Blog Tour”

Hope Nation – ed. Rose Brock (Blog Tour)

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I love tabbing my books with stickys when I come across quotes and memorable parts, and I was very much tempted to tab every page. There were moments when I smiled, laughed, held my breath, and cried. I read this book at a time when I really needed some hope and inspiration and motivation and it certainly delivered. And with 25 powerful contributors, how couldn’t it?! So I thought I’d share some of my favorite quotes from the first half of the book in this review. Continue reading “Hope Nation – ed. Rose Brock (Blog Tour)”

Book “Buying” Guide

IMG_2386.jpgBooks are expensive and keeping up with new releases, photos on bookstagram, and the never ending TBR is hard when you’re trying to save money for other things. And then there are those pre-order incentives when you get amazing swag and the shiny book itself. I’ve burned through a lot of my bank account on books and bookish merch. It’s terrible, but not really. I’ve mostly quieted my bookish merch since all I do with it is decorate my shelves and photos, but I am trying to do better at resisting the urge to splurge on books. So I thought I’d share some of my tips for obtaining books on a budget. Continue reading “Book “Buying” Guide”