Bianca is a proud Chamorro American woman living in Arizona. She enjoys reading classics by authors like Jane Austen and really enjoys stories that offer adventure! She has rekindled her love for poetry thanks to the beautiful “I Woke Up” by Jameson Fitzpatrick. When she isn’t screenwriting, Bianca can be found playing the guitar or playing on her island in Animal Crossing.
This story is about a cute bunny named Peaches who meets a mysterious cat named Taro. At first, Peaches and Taro seem to have nothing in common, but brave Peaches tries to make friends with Taro! Will Peaches and Taro become friends in spite of their differences? Find out in Pocket Peaches! Not to mention the illustrations are ADORABLE!
In this story, we have a passionate culinary artist named Dylan who meets the rich and charming Theo. If you loved the story of Crazy Rich Asians, have a love for cooking and baking, AND are into the concept of fake dating, then you will LOVE this book! I was charmed with this story from beginning to end and it's definitely one I will revisit time and time again.
If you are a fan of the "fake dating" trope and love the dramatic flair of Chinese Dramas, then you will enjoy this book! Eliza and Caz have such amazing chemistry and I had an amazing time following their journey!
This story broke me into a million pieces. If you want to read a story about marital love, motherly love, and magical realism about human-to-animal mutations, then this is the story for you. Emily Habeck is a true talent because her prose sounds poetic and beautiful. Lewis and Wren's story will leave you questioning what it means to love, and what it means to be human.
This story warmed my Kpop, Kdrama, hopeless romantic loving heart! Elena and Robbie brought out the best in each other through their struggles, their hopes, and their dreams. As their story developed, I couldn't stop reading. Kat Cho, from one Kpop fan to another, thank you. Fighting!
I lost my grandma while I was in high school, and every day since then I have missed her. This book can help anyone, especially little ones, process their grief and the message within the story is one I will carry with me now every time I miss my grandma.
Following the main two female narrators in this story was a roller coaster for me! It definitely made me realize exactly what the title was trying to tell me. Laura Sims did an amazing job of writing a story that was really dark and completely twisted, and managed to send chills down my spine as I learned more about these two women!
The imagination behind this story is amazing and so interactive! Definitely a tale that we have all lived: what can we do when we are bored? There is hope for this little crow, and the ending is just adorable beyond words!
I felt like this book did a wonderful job at personifying the many emotions that live inside of us. It had a similar feel to Pixar’s animated film “Inside Out” in all of the best ways! The art style behind all of the illustrations reminded me of Maurice Sendak’s “Where The Wild Things Are” which is one of my favorite books of all time. If “Inside Out” and “Where The Wild Things Are” had a baby, then this book would definitely be that! This was a really beautiful book that encapsulated every feeling in imaginative ways.
I absolutely loved this book! If you love Korean dramas that are filled with romance, then please pick up this book because you will not be disappointed! Following Hannah and Jacob’s journey is always exciting and you find yourselves rooting for them the whole way through! Everything from the chemistry between them, their personal journeys and the many different Korean cultural references keeps you interested. I even picked up on some romanized Hangul in the story that I have learned from all the dramas I’ve watched before. There was definitely fun little trivia here and there and this story offered me an escape from reality!
If you want a book that is your classic “locked room” mystery, but takes place all under one roof then this book has it all! The suspense always left me anxious to find out what was going to happen next, and I loved the connection between all of the characters that lived “under one roof” in the Davidson Condos. Detective Cara Kennedy is a protagonist that you can root for. I really enjoyed going on this journey with her. And the final reveal of the crime is a surprise you don’t see coming. This is a thrilling mystery that knows how to keep one turning the pages!
I absolutely loved this book! Tom Mead has a talent for fleshing out his characters so thoughtfully. He does a superb job at keeping his audience guessing with a plot that involves not one, but THREE impossible crimes. This book is perfect for fans of a great, classic mystery of “whodunit” and the magician Joseph Spector is a great lead for all of the investigating. And that final reveal is definitely one that I didn't see coming at all! What a fantastic debut from Tom Mead!
I chose this book because of the certain topics that they discussed and the life experiences that they had. Although I did not have the same exact experiences as Purcell, I think they discussed a lot of important issues that I think are relevant in today’s political climate involving the LGBTQ community. They had a way of writing where you could feel them. From the people they knew to the awful times they had gone through as a queer individual. Every single poem had a verse that stayed with me.
You don’t have to love legos or live on the Harlem streets to understand young Lolly’s character. After losing his big brother there is nothing that can help him cope. That is until he is given two huge trash bags filled with legos! In a way, he fills the void his older brother left behind by making his lego kingdoms. The road we have to go on after losing the people we love is always painful, but sometimes you can make yourself a sanctuary with colorful lego blocks.
This book was laying down on a shelving cart when I found it at work, and the adorable illustrations were enough for me to want this book. It’s adorable and cats are some of the most magnificent members of the animal kingdom! From beginning to end our cat friend Simon is constantly being judged for not being “cat” enough for the bigger cats. This story is definitely a metaphor for individuals who always feel “othered” by fellow members of the same group. Even if cats aren’t really your thing, this book teaches life’s most important lessons: be open-minded and be kind.
This book was ADORABLE and it was such a unique way to teach the alphabet. I learned so many new things and I enjoyed it from beginning to end! There are three different reading levels with each letter, so if you have a little one it can be used for various stages. From the illustrations to the details about cooking techniques, this book ticks all of the right boxes! And even if you don’t have any little ones, it’d be a wonderful gift for a beloved chef in your life! And as the great Gusteau once said, "Anyone can cook!"
In the world of Middle Earth, I always saw myself as one of the Hobbits, particularly the ones similar to the famous Bilbo Baggins. If only I could live in the Shire, what a dream that would be! I had my eyes on this book for a good year and I’m so happy I finally purchased it! From the illustrations to all of the linguistics cleverly used by David Day when talking about these Hobbits, one cannot stop turning the pages! This is perfect for anyone fascinated with the world of Hobbits. If you’re a Tolkien fan, Hobbit fan, or just love diving deeper into the meaning behind names of AMAZING creatures, this is the book for you! BRILLIANT!
I chose this book because of the title, “Heaven” and I was intrigued by what that would mean to the protagonist in this story. Mieko Kawakami’s story was a rather difficult read for me because she had this way of describing physical pain that became visceral. And if reading about one victim wasn’t difficult, our protagonist becomes friends with a classmate that is also being bullied. Sometimes I found myself taking deep breaths just to calm down because of how excruciatingly vivid Kawakami describes the bullying. Even though it was difficult for me to finish this novel, I left this story feeling hopeful. Just as she was talented in writing about the gruesome parts of life, Kawakami also managed to write about the beautiful parts as well.
This title was a choice for a book club I joined last year, but that was certainly a blessing in disguise! For years, I had been longing for a new mystery/thriller book and Foley’s The Hunting Party ticked off all of the boxes. From the dynamic relationships between the characters (and the intimate details of a certain few!) all the way to the climactic moment of “Who did it?!” Foley kept me anxiously entertained while trying to guess who the murderer was and who was their unfortunate victim. A treat for any New Year celebration with a darker twist! I cannot wait to start reading Foley’s latest work The Paris Apartment!
Driven by obsession and loneliness, the woman in the “yellow cardigan” lives in a voyeuristic manner constantly watching the woman in the "purple skirt". If you’re into a story that is thoroughly detailed (with such chilling behavior!) that spirals slowly towards a chaotic end, then I invite you to open up Natsuko Imamura’s "The Woman in the Purple Skirt". The whole time I read this novel, I was kept on my toes and I never truly knew what to expect from the woman wearing a yellow cardigan.
What else can I say? Amari and Han’s book is about many different cats with many lovable traits. It’s a fun way for your little ones to learn about different colors and temperaments, but I would argue that any cat lover out there will surely be happy upon opening this book! All of these cats were equally amazing in their own right and a happy cat is the best cat. Shout-out to all the fabulous felines out there that make the world a happier place! Also, I'd like to mention Emi Lenox for her beautiful illustrations!
These days I try my best to find my own light, be my own light, but I am only human. Sometimes we need to seek solace in someone else and their words. In the book there are photographs that Gregson took himself! There are also scraps of paper that he used for his poems. He's an artist! I don’t know if I could fully appreciate what Gregson had to say without the darkness that comes my way. Whether or not poetry speaks to you, please give Gregson’s work a try! And to Tyler Knott Gregson, you are an inspiration to artists everywhere. Thank you for “lighting up the darkness.”
Upon reading the first page of this book I realized that it wasn’t written just for children and their parents, but for anyone who loves someone immensely! My partner and I were reading it together and it amazed us how this book had all the words that we wanted to say to each other. We are children at heart, so the imaginative illustrations of these pandas made us marvel with wonder. If you have anyone in your life that you love and would like to say just how much you do, read “I Love You This Much” alongside them and they will know.
Rupi Kaur is an artist. She has a way of sharing her experience with her audience that is SO GENUINE. I was reading one of her poems casually at work one day, and my heart was pounding NONSTOP. I would rate the "Couldn't Put it Down"-ness 9/10 because I was feeling so many emotions. If you need a friend to help guide you through any issues that you're afraid of confronting, please open "Home Body" because it helped me with my own. Cheers to you, Rupi Kaur, and thank you for your beautiful words.
I have always struggled with communication, but I honestly think that this book can help anyone who is struggling! Harper goes into amazing detail, but always keeps you interested. Not to mention the illustrations in this book are incredible and helped me visualize some of Harper’s points! Cheers to having the freedom to speak your mind and draw the line!
As a child that was not from the states and had to assimilate into a brand new culture with a brand new language, math was not always my friend. For what is math but another language the whole world must learn? It just didn’t click with me right away! And having to speak English at home wasn’t always challenging since my parents learned English as children, but over time I wondered if math would have been easier if I had taken the time to learn my native tongue. My first love of board books started with the beloved Eric Carle and his cute caterpillar friend. Cats and math were always intimidating to me, but upon finding 1 2 3 Cats A Cat Counting Book while I was shelving in our Kids department, they finally felt like good friends! My partner loves cats and I am blessed to be his cat's stepmom! So, if you know anyone in your life that is a child, adult, cat or anything else in between-- buy this book! At one point I even found myself laughing out loud while reading it on my backyard patio!