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 [...]

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 [...]

Each Day in a Bookworm’s Life Is a Story

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars We are not quite novels. We are not quite short stories. In the end, we are collected works. — A.J. Fikry Like the other books of Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry will warm your heart yet tug at your heartstrings at the [...]