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[Top Ten Tuesday] – #157 – Reasons I Love Attending Book Events/Conferences

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, which is now hosted on That Artsy Reader.

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This Week’s Theme:
Reasons I Love Attending Book Events/Conferences

Initial Thoughts:

Many entries this week may feature swoon-worthy romances that give all the feels but with the coming and going of many book events as of late (e.g. Book Expo America, American Library Association Conference, Ontario Library Association Super Conference), I thought I’d depart from the main prompt to glimpse into nostalgia and up-vote book events being a rad experience and why you should consider going if you have the resources to attend.

I should also preface this post to say that for many industry events, the focus is for librarians and educators. Not saying it always is, but bloggers and other influencers need to be mindful of that fact.

For the purposes of this post, I’ll be highlighting standout moments from Book Expo America.


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[Top Ten Tuesday] – #156 – Books That Have Been On My TBR Forever

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, which is now hosted on That Artsy Reader.

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This Week’s Theme:
Books That Have Been
On My TBR Forever

Initial Thoughts:

Otherwise known as the bottom-of-the-book-pile readings that I will likely not get to but would like to get to…but most likely will not get to. I could have actually picked books that have been on my shelf the longest but I’m certain those have a 0.01% chance of being picked up anyhow.


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[Review and Q&A] American Panda – Gloria Chao

Book Title: American Panda (Standalone)
Author:     Gloria Chao
Number of pages:  320

Synopsis:

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

(re: Goodreads @ American Panda by Gloria Chao)


Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:

– First generation Taiwanese American protagonist beginning university at MIT at age 17 (one year earlier than her age cohort)
– Struggles of culture and family expectations balanced against protagonist’s passion and her struggle with germaphobia being a hindrance to her current success at school
– The setting/world building is lush with Chinese culture re: traditions, idioms, food, art, values, etc.
– Heavy on the instalove romance with a Japanese love interest

Initial Thoughts

Like looking into a mirror.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of American Panda from Simon and Schuster Canada.


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