July Wrap Up + Big Changes on BRBA

What I’m Up To

July was great because I mostly stayed at home reading and writing. A highlight was visiting lots of incredible museums such as The Frick Collection and the Guggenheim, which are super cheap ways to explore incredible artwork. I also started visiting colleges, which was not so fun. Stay tuned till the end of this post for my big announcement!

What I’m Reading

Right now, I’m reading This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura. Sugiura’s second novel follows CJ, a Japanese-American teenager living in California. CJ happily works in her family’s flower shop, but when her mom decides to sell the store– to the same family that took advantage of her grandparents during WWII– CJ decides to take action. Stories about internment camps feel especially relevant right now, when our government is holding thousands of innocent children and families in camps and conducting ICE raids throughout the country.

Favorite Quote

“It’s funny the decisions you make because you like someone, he says, and then your whole life is different. I think we’re at that weird age where life can change a lot from small decisions.”

Sally Rooney, Normal People

What I Blogged About

Review: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: I liked Bardugo’s adult debut, but couldn’t find the same magic in New Haven that I did in Ravka.

Review: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler: Handler keeps his signature humor in this book for older teens. Kalman’s illustrations beautifully enhance his writing.

Post: 3 Reasons to Support Indie Bookstores: There are millions of reasons why your local bookstore will always be better than Amazon. Here are just three.

Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. I didn’t love Chokshi’s latest novel. It’s writing and plot felt flimsy, but ever so often a good sentence would appear, giving readers a glimmer of hope.

The Big News!

In September I’m flying to Spain, where I’ll spend my junior year of high school. I am incredibly excited and grateful for this opportunity and to reflect that, I’ve decided to make some changes here. First, starting this August and continuing through the school year, I will be posting twice weekly, once on Tuesday and once on Saturday. Tuesdays will still be book reviews and related content, but on Saturdays I’ll be writing about my experiences in Spain (and hopefully some other places). I’m so excited to take you on this journey with me, so let me know if you have any questions or any ideas for what you’d want to read about. Until Saturday!

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