Kadenang Ginto: My Complicated Relationship with Philippine Telenovelas

Hindi pa ako tapos. May mga heels ako na mas mataas pa sa accomplishments mo. — Romina Mondragon Last night, my brothers and I visited the home of an affluent family friend. As I took in the massive gate, white walls, and seemingly simple design, the first thing that I said was, "This looks like [...]

Bubbly Bookworms: the Social Side of Reading

Since reading is generally a solo activity, people for whom it is a primary pastime ultimately end up spending a lot of time alone, which can lead to social isolation. — Bookstr Reading is a popular hobby. People love to read books because it enables them to increase their knowledge, vicariously travel the world, and [...]

Because the Odds Were in Her Favor

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins My rating: 5 of 5 stars Destroying things is much easier than making them. Just like Twilight, The Hunger Games was one of the books that introduced me to the addictive world of YA literature. I loved it so much that I wrote about it in my undergraduate thesis. Looking [...]

Please Give Me More of Hermione (and Crookshanks)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling My rating: 5 of 5 stars Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. — Dumbledore I'm now inevitably on the verge of a book hangover. I need to get my hands on the [...]

Don’t Let Stereotypes Control Your Fate

Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Thank you, Simon & Schuster, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. If my last interaction with another Asian had proved anything, it was that no one understood me, regardless of race. Do you know what [...]

Arranged Relationships: Do They Stick Like Mehendi?

A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Thank you, Hachette Book Group, for giving me a signed ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Anyone can claim to have good values and integrity. It is the matchmaker's work to determine if the claims are really [...]