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The Diversity Corner #2 : March Updates, Asian Representation, and April New Releases

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Hello everyone, welcome to the second edition of The Diversity Corner! ♥

ICYMI, I talked about Muslim representation in books on my first edition, you could read it here. Today I’ll be talking about Asian representation and I teamed up with several Asian bloggers to put this post together! 😀 But before we get there, as usual, I’m bringing you some diversity-related news and updates ♣

P.S. it’s gonna be long, so grab your drink, settle into a comfortable position, and read 😉 Continue reading

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ARC Reviews : You’re Welcome, Universe & Things I Should Have Known

Hello everyone! ♥

It’s Thursday and according to my new blogging schedule, it’s review time! 😀 Lately I’ve been reading so many books, mainly review copies and ARCs, which means there are a lot of reviews I need to post. That’s why today I’m doing a double review of You’re Welcome, Universe and Things I Should Have Known. However, my reason of doing a double review isn’t merely for convenience! These books also have several things in common 😛

Behold, I’ve prepared a list :’) Both books are 1) diverse contemporary, 2) e-ARCs I received from netgalley, and 3) going to be released in March. Without further ado, let’s get down to the reviews! ♣

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

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Review : The Sun is Also a Star // Way Too Insta-Lovey for My Taste

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RATING : 2-5-stars

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This is my first Nicola Yoon’s book and I was initially reluctant to read it because of the insta love. But then I read positive, glowing reviews from some bloggers whose opinion I trust and decided to give this book a shot. I was disappointed. My initial thought was true. I’m honestly so sad to be giving this book 2.5 stars because I loved the writing so much! 😦 It hooked me right from the beginning but sadly there’s so many things that didn’t work out for me.

Let me break it down to you. Continue reading

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My Stance as A Diverse Book Blogger & Introducing New Feature : The Diversity Corner

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Hello everyone! Welcome to another discussion post ♥

Today we’ll be talking about something a little more serious than usual. As you probably have known, I once wrote a post declaring my support for diversity. It’s true, I thoroughly support it. BUT, you might also notice that I almost never tweet about diversity or voice my further opinions in that matter. Why is that? The truth is, I have a lot of reasons, and today we’ll be talking about it along with my future plan.

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Review: More Happy Than Not // More Like Depressing Than Happy… but in a Good Way!

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RATING : 4 Stars

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera is a hard one to review, but before I attempt to do so, I’m gonna be nice and warn you this : despite its title and the many, many smile icons inside the book, this is not a happy book. It’s dark and deals with heavy but important issues. It’s actually so much more depressing than happy 😛

It took me over two weeks to finish this book because it was hard for me to get immersed in it AT FIRST. The writing felt a little… off? I can’t pinpoint what exactly but some things took times to work for me. On top of it all, I was distracted by something else. But once I started to get the grip of it and removed the distraction, it was easy to get back into it! Continue reading

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#DiverseAThon Recap: Breaking Out of My Comfort Zone

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In addition to my diversity discussions & TBR last week, I decided to join #DiverseAThon  😀

#DiverseAThon is a Read A Thon where we were encouraged to read as many diverse books as we could hosted by JoceMonica, Whitney, and Christina ♥ Not only that, these lovely ladies also hosted twitter chats discussing diversity everyday for a week. It was held from Monday, September 12, until yesterday, September 19. So before I start, I just want to thank them and everyone who has participated for enlightening me about diversity and ‘forcing’ me to read something that is usually not my cup of tea 😀

For this #DiverseAThon, I managed to join 4 twitter chats and read 5 diverse books. YAYYY TO ME! I’m proud of myself ♥ Let me take you to all the books I read this week! 😀 Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Diversity: My Thoughts & A Bunch of Book Recs!

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Before I start, I just want to tell you that this is by far the longest and most difficult post I’ve ever written. I hope I could get all my points through to you and I apologize in advanced if there are a couple things that don’t make sense or by any chance offend you 🙂 P.S. I’M NERVOUS!!

If you’re even remotely following the bookish community, you’d know that #weneeddiversebooks isn’t actually a new movement. It’s been going on for a while but lately, it became a really hot-of-the-press issue. You might have seen (or even be a part of) this ‘war’ about diversity on twitter these couple of weeks. I’ve actually had this diversity post planned for a while but kept putting it off because I wanted to read more books to support my point, but seeing all the buzz around diversity, what better time to post it but now? Continue reading