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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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Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before // My Favorite Trope, Relatable MC, & Fabulous Sister Dynamic

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RATING : 4 Stars

I was nervous to read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before because of the possibility of a love triangle, but surprise, surprise, I loved it! I actually, really loved it ♥ The plot is as usual as contemporary romance can get BUT all the other details are what make this book so special.

I love Lara Jean as a character. She’s half Korean half American, which is refreshing, and her Korean family name is Song, which reminds me of Song Hye Kyo and Song Ji Hyo and every other Songs I knew from Korean entertainment 😛 Lara Jean is a fun, witty girl who prefers to stay at home to bake, scrapbook, and hang out with her sisters and I could completely, utterly relate to 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

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Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books Set Outside the US

Well hi there, avid readers from all over the world! This week I’m gonna take you through my ‘around the world’ reading experience, because today’s theme is Ten Books Set Outside the US ♦

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

After some times scrolling through my goodreads shelves, I found out that apparently I only read books set in US, Europe, and Asia 😦 Ditching the US, that only left us with Europe and Asia. Let’s break it down.

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Mental Health Issues in Young Adult Fiction

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At some points in your reading experience, you might have stumbled upon at least one or two books about mental health issues. My first experience with it was when I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It was okay but I honestly had NO IDEA what it was about. It was too unconventional and being the little young reader that I was, I couldn’t relate or even understand the essence of the story. You could say that it wasn’t something I wanted to read twice.

So after that, I stayed out of books about mental health issues.

It wasn’t until recently that I finally pushed myself to read more about it. As you may have known, I’m a psychology student. I study about mental health and it would make me a lousy psychology student to not be able to read books about it. So after some research on Goodreads, I picked up several books and I surprisingly LOVED them! ♥

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