Reads and beats reunited

Books to celebrate AAPI Month, Sinead of course and more

In January, I mentioned that one of my goals for the new year was to read 48 books because I didn’t hit my target of 50 books in 2020. I have read some pretty good books with this goal, and most recently, I finished reading Michelle Zaur’s book, Crying in H Mart, and I recommend it.

What a beautiful book on grief, loss, and family? I cried so much while reading the book, even doing an ugly cry on my mom’s couch, and it was not a cute cry either.

I think reading this book on grief during a pandemic was both a beautiful and unfortunate experience. I also believe that this book awakened a piece of grief experienced during the pandemic that I had been keeping in. I highly suggest this book.

Also, Michelle is Asian American, and reading this book during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI) made me want to take a deeper dive into books by Asian authors. Thankfully, my super reading friend Alisa (she’s read like 100 books already this year) put together a great list of books that I have shared here.

  • Dear Girls, Ali Wong

  • America is in the Heart, Carlos Bulosan

  • Minor Feelings, Cathy Park Hong

  • Know My Name, Chanel Miller

  • Dear America, Jose Antonio Vargas

  • The Making of Asian America, Erika Lee

  • Her Wild American Self, Evelina Galang

  • Interior Chinatown, Charles Yu

  • America is Not the Heart, Elaine Castillio

  • Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

  • Exhalation, Ted Chiang

  • My Year Abroad, Chang-Rae Lee

  • Unfinished, Priyanka Chopra Jones

Here are a few things that I felt were worth sharing this week: 

First and foremost, do yourself a favor and listen to my favorite Sinead Harnett’s new album, Ready Is Always Too Late. I’m in love with this album and Sinead for that fact. This album is so good and beautiful. 

I’ve updated my Spring Mood playlist and added a 90’s Party playlist in the mix.  

Yesterday was the 16th anniversary of Common’s Be album and honestly still one of my favorite (and his best) albums. Be is still an album I can listen to from start to finish. Do yourself a favor and listen to Be today.

Where Would Food Be Without Padma Lakshmi? (The Cut

Love this interview so much:

“Everybody is valuable, regardless of what they do. There’s no value between one human being and another, and it’s about time we acted like it.” 

Also, can we just take a minute to appreciate all of these photos from the interview. 

Wendy Williams Dishes The Dirt (The New Yorker

Long but good read on Wendy Williams if you care to read. 

Why Millennials Can’t Grow Up (The Atlantic

America Offline (The Atlantic)

Many Americans struggle with debt. Social media doesn’t help (Vox)