May has been A MONTH! I have been doing well during these three months of quarantine, but towards the last two weeks of May, it got to me. I started feeling sad because I miss my family and was in an off mood. I just wanted to get back outside to “normal” life. Does anyone else feel like this? Thankfully, my husband was patient with me and reading was able to get me through this. This month I spent most of my time reading and trying to keep myself busy. I’ve been watching shows/movies here and there, but there are times that I don’t even turn my TV on after work.
As I mentioned, reading really kept my spirits up and I was able to enjoy 5 reads this month!
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo: Camino Rios lives in Dominican Republic with her Aunt and every summer waits for her father to visit from NYC. Yahaira Rios live in NYC with both her mother and father, who leaves to Dominican Republic each summer. This time their father’s plane does not make it to Dominican Republic after it departs, leaving both Camino and Yahaira mourning for their father. They soon discover the secrets that their father has kept from them, including one another. (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan: Four daughter, four mother and four families come together to share their stories about their history. It is 1949, four Chinese women in San Francisco come together to share their stories, eat dim sum and play mahjong, this is known as the Joy Luck Club. The older woman share their stories abou their lives in China and in America, while their daughters who are brought up in America shares their view of life. (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
American Royals by Katharine McGee: What if America was under a monarchy? Princess Beatrice has been train her whole life to become the first Queen Regnant. Never has stepped out of line and has followed every duty that has been given to her, but what happens if finding her true love one of them? Princess Samantha is known as the spare heir, she does not care what others think and likes to do whatever she likes. That is until she meets a boy that is off-limits. As for Prince Jefferson, twin of Princess Samantha, is a handsome prince that early young girl gushes about. He would’ve been King if the law hadn’t change. But Prince Jefferson is stuck in his own love triangle. (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)
The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah: Afaf Rahman is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and principal of the Nurrideen School for Girls, an all girls Muslim school in the suburbs of Chicago. One morning, a shooter decided to come in to the school to attack. Afaf is stuck listening to this happen, which brings her back to her childhood; the bigotry she endured, her older sister’s disappearance and her family being torn apart. In all of this, she finds peace in her father playing the oud and her faith in Islam. (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang: Khai Diep believes that he has no feelings and definitely cannot love someone. He dislikes it when people have touched his things and moved it elsewhere. His family knows that his autism makes him feel things differently. He avoids getting into a relationship at all cost, that is until his mother goes to Vietnam to find him a wife. Esme Tran, lives in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, a mixed-race girl that has always felt out of place. A grand opportunity is presented to her to go to America, finally a way to help her family. She meets her potential husband and is immediately swept away, something she did not expect, but definitely hard to deal with someone who cannot return the love back. (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)
June has already started with change, change in All Black Lives Matter, because THEY DO and now there is space for others to listen and educate themselves. Change needs to happen and this generation is ready to be that change and voice.