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Happy 20th Anniversary to Harry Potter!!

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HAPPY 20TH ANNIVERSARY TO THE HARRY POTTER SERIES!!

It’s beyond difficult to comprehend and wrap my head around this whole thing. This means that I read the first Harry Potter when I was roughly 7/8, which is beyond crazy to think about. I’ll truly never forget the memories of my mom bringing me home the next Harry Potter book, running up to my room and savoring every single word of the next beautifully written book. I have loved this series from the first read of the first book all the way to today…and I know that I will continue to love this series for many years to come. In order to commemorate this incredible series, I thought I would do something fun here and share the 20 lessons that Harry Potter taught me. Both in what the stories taught me and what being a real Potterhead has taught me over these past 20 years.

  1. Cherish your family always. While family may drive you crazy, when things really hit the fan…they are going to be the ones to be there to protect you no matter what.
  2. With that being said, there is also value and beauty in the family that we choose for ourselves.
  3. Be proud of who you are, no matter what other people may say about you. Hufflepuff pride!!
  4. Grief and heartbreak are inevitable and is so painful. But, letting yourself truly experience those feelings are the only way to not only get through it, but to also gain power back to your life.
  5. You are never too old for a fairytale.
  6. While our past may be filled with dark monsters and memories that we want to so badly escape, the only thing that we can do is hold onto those around us and together, move forward to a brighter future.
  7. People are always so much more than what meets the eye. They may surprise you, even in the best of ways.
  8. Best friends are truly irreplaceable and they will also get into trouble right alongside with you.
  9. Love always ALWAYS trumps hate. Like, always.
  10. No one outgrows magic.
  11. Never be afraid to ask for help.
  12. Being wealthy doesn’t necessarily mean having lots of money; it also means having a lot of love in your life.
  13. Sometimes, adult don’t always know what’s best. And sometimes, we need to let our children be our voices.
  14. With that being said, age truly does bring wisdom. Seek the wisdom of those who have done life before us.
  15. Hermione taught me that my education will be my greatest asset in life and that I shouldn’t let anyone take that away from me.
  16. Snape taught me that love is forever. Always and forever.
  17. Malfoy taught me that we should never judge people, as we never truly know what is going on in their lives.
  18. Luna taught me that weird and being different is wonderful and beautiful. My weirdness and awkwardness makes me beautiful.
  19. A “home” is a place that is filled with love and happiness, meaning a “home” can be more than just the house that you live in.
  20. Stories that you love will stay with you forever. Thank you, J.K. Rowling for this lesson.

The Harry Potter series has brought so much joy and happiness into my life over the past 20 years. As a young and anxious child, Harry Potter helped me to feel less alone and to feel like there was beauty in my anxiety. So thank you to J.K. Rowling for writing a story that has stayed with so many for so many years.

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Quick Take: Born A Crime

Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
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This was absolutely delightful! I find Trevor Noah incredibly funny and so, I had to born a crimelisten to this via audiobook on a road trip that my boyfriend and I took this past weekend.

This was a very different memoir in that this focused on his childhood in South Africa, which was a huge part of why I loved this book so much! It was so interesting to hear about his experiences growing up as a bi-racial child in South Africa after the apartheid. It was both heartbreaking and really empowering. My biggest take away from this book was definitely that his mother is an actual BADASS!! She is fierce and doesn’t put up with anyone’s nonsense, which you can tell is where he gets his drive from.

This was a poignant memoir that confronts racism and classism in some real ways. It was empowering to read, as a person of color myself, and it is a much needed statement during this time of too much hate in the world. I highly recommend this book and I actually recommend listening to the audiobook version.

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Quick Take: Legend

Legend (#1) by Marie Lu
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legendThis will be another “Quick Take” review style, as this was a quick read for me and I don’t have a whole lot to say, other than the fact that I very much enjoyed this book! 🙂

I have heard so much about Marie Lu and her two trilogies and needless to say, I’ve always been quite intrigued. I got this on the cheap at the Amazon Bookstore in Seattle (which is now my favorite thing in the entire world!), so I thought that this was a great time to be able to read this! 🙂 And I am definitely happy that I did! This was super fast-paced and I read this in two sittings! 🙂

The first thing that I really loved about this book and was really intrigued by was the very interesting typography in this book. The typography alternated between both Day’s and June’s perspectives, which I thought was so interesting and definitely added to the overall reading experience.

My two critiques about this book were the lack of world building and the convenience-ness of part of the plot. I have heard that the next two books in this trilogy do get better and fix some of the world building issues in this first book, so I’m keeping an open mind. I also do wish that there was a little bit more work to the plot line, rather than it feeling a bit too convenient in how it all worked out.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this and will definitely be continuing with this trilogy. I will also be checking out Marie Lu’s other trilogy, as it also sounds very interesting and definitely right up my alley! 🙂

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Lord of Shadows (#2) by Cassandra Clare
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Oh my goodness, y’all!!! This book!!! I can’t even begin to explain howlord of shadows much I loved this book and how much I want to read it again and AGAIN!!! Cassandra Clare is an actual QUEEN when it comes to writing fantasy and not only that, she is a definite voice for a new generation!! And I am not even exaggerating!

So, as this is a sequel in the trilogy AND a continuation of the overall Shadowhunters Chronicles, there really isn’t much I can say that aren’t spoiler-y. I will say, I have to thank Cassandra Clare for taking some major risks with this book. I always feel that YA authors have an incredible responsibility with their books, as they have the ability to form not only young minds, but opinions and values of those young minds. With that being said, I think Cassandra Clare did an amazing and respectful job addressing some important issues around trans representation, how autism is represented in books and empowerment of young women.

While Cassandra Clare and her books have definitely become guilty pleasure reads for myself, I definitely have to give it up for Cassandra Clare for sustaining this incredible world and for creating this incredibly sophisticated piece of work! 🙂 I obviously loved it – I am super bummed to have to wait so long for the next one, but I will definitely keep reading Cassandra Clare and ALL of her books. If you haven’t read this yet, now’s the time to go! 🙂 For the rest of you, read on and discuss! 😀

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Quick Take: CRAy!!

Crazy Rich Asians (#1) by Kevin Kwan
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crazy rich asiansI am so behind in my reviews, so the next few are going to be “Quick Take” styles just to get myself caught up on everything! But, I have definitely read quite a bit and have enjoyed all of it! 🙂

Up first for my “Quick Take” reviewing marathon: “Crazy Rich Asians”!! I definitely very much enjoyed this and had so much fun with this book. Yes, I did partially pick this up because of the INCREDIBLE news about the all-Asian cast film adaptation coming here soon!!

As an Asian-American woman, I am always excited when I see movies or books centered around Asians/Asian-Americans and attempting to broaden the narrative around Asians/Asian-Americans. So, I am all about this book and the upcoming film – I cannot wait! 🙂 Continue reading

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Quick Take: Wild

Wild by Cheryl Strayd
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Whew! I have been in quite the reading and blogging slump, my friends -_- Le sigh… I wildfinished “Wild” by Cheryl Strayd at the beginning of April and totally put off my review and even picking up another book. But…I’m back! 🙂 I am posting a “quick take” review of this AND you’ll be seeing another review from me in the next few days here of another book I just finished. Your girl’s got her reading/blogging groove back! 😉

Like I said, I read “Wild” towards the beginning of April. A colleague/friend of mine lent it to me and it was one of my 2017 Pop-Sugar Reading Challenge reads. I was excited to pick this one up! I had heard quite a bit about it and had heard some great reviews. Overall, I did enjoy it. I think Cheryls’ writing style is captivating and incredibly expressive. Her writing somehow evokes the same feelings in you, as you read her words on the page. Her story is heartbreaking and empowering, all at the same time…and I fully appreciate Cheryl putting herself out there for the world to see. Continue reading

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Presenting: Hits & Misses, March Edition!

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Hello readers! Happy April! 

So alas, this is usually the time of the month where we share our thoughts on our most recent monthly TBR book and share our TBR’s for the coming month. We have had a lot of fun doing this this past year, but I was thinking that we were in need of a bit of a change.

So I present to you…our new “Hits & Misses” series! This will be a simple way for any of us to share what our “hits” and what our “misses” from the past month have been, hopefully giving you a glimpse into what we read in that month and give you some recommendations!

Now without further ado, here are my March Hits & Misses!! 🙂

MARCH HITS!! 

By far, the greatest hits of this month had to have been “The Sun Is Also A Star” and “The Hate U Give”!!! Both novels were stunning in their own right and made me feel all the feels!! Both conveyed incredibly important and much needed messages about race; one focusing on the Black Lives Matter movement and one focusing on the perils of immigration in this country. Both definitely should be read by everyone…like now!

MARCH MISSES!!  

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Now…I didn’t necessarily read any “misses” this past month. I’ll just share the read that maybe felt like the most let down? And that let down this month, unfortunately, was “Truthwitch”. Now…don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate it. I liked it!! I’m continuing with the series. It just let down in the high-fantasy aspect of this first book. I was looking forward to more world-building, as I felt slightly confused and left behind as I was reading. I’m hoping that the second book does more in that department!!

There you have it! My first set of monthly hits & misses!! I hope y’all enjoy the new monthly wrap-up format!! Happy reading everyone!!

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