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 [...]

Frankly, I’ve Never Been in Love

Thank you, Penguin Random House, for giving me an ARC of Frankly in Love and inspiring me to write about my nonexistent love life. ...You have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your neck. (Song of Solomon 4:9b) Love is everywhere. You can experience it through various relationships. You can [...]

#FriendshipGoals: My SFF BFFs

The good thing about reading fiction is that it makes us choose our friends wisely. However, the downside is that can make our standards too high, encouraging us to "reject" people who seem inferior to our beloved characters. To strike a balance, bookworms like me should try to get the best of both worlds. Writing [...]

Maternal Triggers: YA Books that Made My Mom Angry

Belated Happy Mother's Day, everyone! In light of the recent celebration of motherhood, I thought of sharing some anecdotes about my mom, who also happens to be an avid reader. Mama and I don't have the same reading tastes (she generally devours devotionals and self-help books), but when we lived under the same roof, she [...]

Gender Stereotypes: Fiction or Nonfiction

It would be interesting to find out what goes on in that moment when someone looks at you and draws all sorts of conclusions. ―Malcolm Gladwell Since time immemorial, people have been subjected to the burden of many expectations. Usually, these notions come from others, and when we do not meet them, insecurity, disappointment, and [...]

Subjective Recommendations: Overcoming Writing Slumps

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” —Maya Angelou Everyone can write. However, not everyone can write consistently. Although I've been writing stories, essays, and journal entries since childhood, I officially became a writer/blogger in 2016. Gleaning from experience, the idea of writing is tantalizing, especially if your word count exceeds 100 [...]

No One Is Born a Reader: My Bookish History

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. ― Lemony Snicket Clean and Clear. Those were the very first words that I learned to read. I was four or five years old back then. Mama was helping me brush my teeth when she noticed that I was fixated on her bottle of facial [...]