This blog is turning 10 next year! While it’s not a big deal for anyone else, I’m quite pleased with the upcoming milestone.
Throughout the year, I’ve been reading the She Persisted chapter books. They’re great biographies to learn about some amazing women. I liked the section in the end of each book sharing ways the readers can emulate who they just read about. I enjoyed the ones about who I wasn’t aware of like Virginia Apgar and about who I wanted to learn more about like Nellie Bly. I’ll definitely continue reading the series.
As you probably know by now, I’m a completist when it comes to series. Another one I decided to complete was Storytelling Math. I was first introduced to them with Grace Lin’s board books. And like with the picture books that came after from other authors and illustrators, I loved that they incorporated math skills and concepts with engaging stories featuring diverse characters of different backgrounds. I’ll definitely continue reading the series as more books come out.
With its evocative cover, this debut novel wasn’t really on my reading radar until I came across it on some list. I was thinking it would be a mix of Crazy Rich Asians and The Handmaid’s Tale. While the story is largely motivated by money (what the people who have them can do with it just because they can and what the people who don’t have them will do for it just to survive) and the surrogates for the mysterious wealthy people they’re carrying life for discover the restrictive yet posh surrogacy center they’re staying in has secrets of its own, ultimately it’s an immigrant story- what is the American Dream and who can attain it and the lengths people will do to get through life. I wish it leaned more heavily in the psychological thriller aspect of it as the ending left me a bit wanting.
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It’s a short but powerful collection of contradictions- being seen (for being different) and being invisible (for being different), being included (for being the token other) and being excluded (for being too much of the other)- that’s sadly too familiar. It’s also being fed up with how the system is rigged and deciding to not play by the unfair rules. It’s about finding your voice and learning to love yourself.
You can go to my Goodreads page to see other books I’ve read which I’ve been too busy to review. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7247248-earl
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