Rating: ★★★★★ Synopsis: If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d say he was a rock. Steady and strong, but not particularly interesting. His grades are average, his social status unremarkable. He works at his parents’ pho restaurant, and even there, he is his parents’ fifth favorite employee. Not ideal.If Linh Mai had to describe herself, she’d … Continue reading ARC Review: A PHỞ LOVE STORY

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end of year favorite reads – a guest post by trin of allegoryofwords!


Hey! I’m Trin, owner of AllegoryOfWords— a blog dedicated to all things literary. My journey with reading has been a bit tumultuous until quarantine. At the age of nine, I immigrated to California from Viet Nam and, like most diaspora community members, I struggled with fully grasping the new language while desperately clinging onto my native tongue. Through books emerged a sense of escapism, allowing me to simultaneously learn this foreign tongue while revealing worlds I was eager to dive into, escaping the difficulties of being an immigrant, woman of color in the U.S. I learned English through Harry Potter, The Grimm Sisters, The Hunger Games, Divergent, all of John Green’s books, Deltora Quest, Eragon, and more. Fantasy was, obviously, my favorite genre! And it still is to this day.

But it was disheartening to read about characters that do not look like me, to the point of feeling…

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The Burning God by R.F Kuang – Review & Analysis

NOTE: This trilogy is not for everyone. Themes of war are constant throughout the books; it is very graphic. Check out Tiffany’s “Things You Should Know Before Reading The Poppy War” first before you read! Additionally, these are my own opinions. I am in no way claiming that mine are any more valid than others, … Continue reading The Burning God by R.F Kuang – Review & Analysis

Filipino-American History Month

This Filipino-American History Month, I dug out my Asian American Studies 101 class's syllabus and re-read some of the most important and influential texts that transformed my understanding of Filipino history and Asian America. The Filipino-American history is a story of the struggle against imperialism, immigration, family, justice, and belonging. Although I'm not Filipino-American, educating … Continue reading Filipino-American History Month