The Cake-Flavored Book Tag (+ small update)

Hello everyone! How are you? The last time I posted something on my blog was exactly a week ago, but it feels like months to me… Since that post, I have finished classes, my exams, and am now ready for the summer!

I am planning on keeping with my three-times-a-week posting schedule. I even opened a spread on my daily planner with posts to write (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) and schedule them. I am hoping for a busy summer doing what I love the most before school starts again in September. Anywhoooo — I decided to do this tag today. It went around on bookstagram last summer and I saw Cait @ Paper Fury put it together and tweak it. Nicki @ The Secret Library also did the tag and you should totally check it out! So that’s the post today, folks!

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💻🌻 Posts I loved in May 🌻💻

May went by so fast and I’m happy to say that I read a lot of posts I loved. I love doing these link roundups, so today I’m back with another one. I wanted to share with you guys some of the blog posts I read and loved and maybe recommend a few bloggers you don’t already know.

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Without further ado, here is my list!

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May Wrap-Up (#AsianLitBingo and more!)

Hi everyone! I’m back again with another monthly wrap-up. I love writing these posts, they make me feel so accomplished and motivated to keep on reading and blogging. Today I bring you my May monthly wrap-up. Oh boy, was this a month! I read a total of eight books and I’m really happy about it!!!

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Let me proudly show you what I read in May, as well as what I wrote here on the blog this month…

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Crazy Rich Asians (book review)

Crazy Rich AsiansTitle: Crazy Rich Asians
Kevin Kwan 
Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Published on:
June 11th, 2013
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 5 Alamak stars!

I am so excited to review this book because I absolutely loved it! It had everything I was looking for at the time — an interesting cast of characters, fascinating setting, and lots lots of cultural references! This was the fifth and last book I picked up for the #AsianLitBingo Challenge and probably the one I enjoyed the most! I can’t wait to go watch the movie now!!!

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Rachel Chu is an ABC (American born Chinese) and her boyfriend, Nick Young, has just invited her to travel with him to Singapore. He’s from there and wants to show his girlfriend of two years the house, family and food he grew up with. They’re both living in New York City and working as professors at a university and have a life there. However, Nick forgot to mention that he’s “Asia’s most elligible bachelor.”
Coming from an extremely rich and priviledged background, Nick doesn’t realize how different this all looks to Rachel.
What at first sounds like a paradisiac holiday has turned into a living nightmare for Rachel. Without even realising, she had just walked into somewhere no one thinks she belongs. There’s money, dinners, bachelor and bachelorette parties, mansions, impromptu trips, and plenty of gossip and scheming.

This was such an entertaining book. To know what my full thoughts were, just keep reading!

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Jamilia (mini book review)

JamiliaTitle: Jamilia (“Джамиля”)
: Chingiz Aitmatov
Genre: Adult Fiction, Cultural Interest
Published in: 1958
My rating: 4 stars

This was the fourth book I read for the #AsianLitBingo Challenge. I must say that I loved it. I went into it with high expectations and I was not let down! This had first been recommended to me by one of my best friends, so I had to get around to it sometime. Since it was such a short book and I was in the mood for some character analysis, it was the perfect read. I can’t recommend it enough!

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The narrator is an artist, Seit, who goes back decades to his childhood to tell this story. It centers around the character of Jamila (also spelled Jamilia or Djamila), his sister-in-law. This woman stays behind in their small Kyrgyzstani town when her husband goes to war during WWII.

Seit becomes increasingly fascinated by Jamila. He gets to know her more and they manage to talk during the errands they must run to help the war efforts. Left behind and with little to no loving words from her husband, Jamila changes. Until one day, she becomes interested in the town’s “crippled” and everything changes.

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Down and Across (book review)

Down and AcrossTitle: Down and Across
Author: Arvin Ahmadi
Genre: Young-adult contemporary
Published on: February 6th 2018
Published by: Viking Books for Young Readers
My rating: 3 gritty stars

The third book I read for my Asian Lit Bingo Challenge was Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi. I had heard a lot of things about this book, but the reviews never really captured my attention. Until the ALBC came along and I was looking for own-voices books from East Asia. This was it! I went into it excited for a fluffy read aaaaand… I came out disappointed.

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Scott (aka Saaket) is still in high school, but his Iranian dad has his whole life planned out. He will spend his summer being a lab research assistant, ace all his tests, and then go off to med school. Needless to say Saaket is less than happy about this. When his parents leave for Iran, he knows it’s now or never if he wants to spend a summer not studying mouse poop. Saaket hops on a Greyhound bus to Washington D.C. and has a month to figure out what to make of his life.

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If you want to read why this was nothing but an average YA book to me, keep on reading! This is a spoiler-free review.

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