A Day in NYC + @blogboundcon

A Day in NYC + @blogboundcon

This is going to be a very poopy recap because a) I didn’t take a whole lot of notes, b) my memory’s not the best, c) I didn’t have enough caffeine, d) I was tired, and e) I was tired. The Morning I woke up super early (probably the earliest I’ve been up since starting college) to catch a train to get to the city before 9:40am. So of course, I needed not one, but two cups of coffee in order to function like a […]

Posted June 5, 2017 by Emz Chang in Bookish / 2 Comments

What Makes or Breaks a Book?

What Makes or Breaks a Book?

It’s day 2 of Armchair BEA and today I’ll be tackling the question: what do readers want? As readers, we want many different things. Here are some of the many things I think can make or break a novel. Characters Diversity As an Asian American, diversity and good representation is very important to me. Although I wish more books will have diverse characters as leads, I will settle for positive representation through a contributing supporting character. The token diversity characters don’t cut it anymore. They […]

Posted June 1, 2017 by Emz Chang in Armchair BEA, Investigated / 15 Comments

Armchair BEA 2017 – Introduction

Armchair BEA 2017 – Introduction

I think this is my fourth? year doing Armchair BEA but I skipped last year so I’m a bit rusty. ? If you don’t know, Armchair BEA is a way for those of us who can’t make it to BEA to participate online. It’s really fun, I swear! And you get to meet so many awesome bloggers and discover some cool new blogs. ? As you’re reading this, I’m probably (if it’s Wednesday the 31st) in New York City for the day to go to […]

Posted May 31, 2017 by Emz Chang in Armchair BEA / 32 Comments

20 Books of Summer 2017

20 Books of Summer 2017

Cathy over at 746 Books is hosting a lovely challenge called 20 Books of Summer. The name is pretty self-explanatory – the goal is to read 20 books during the summer. I thought the challenge would be perfect for me. I’m not doing much this summer and the challenge runs from June 1st to September 3rd, perfect timing since I’m off from school during that time. The biggest struggle is not so much finding the time to read, but getting into the mood to do […]

Posted May 30, 2017 by Emz Chang in Bookish, bookish challenges / 8 Comments

State of the Blog – Updates & News

State of the Blog – Updates & News

I decided to change things up and try out monthly recaps instead of weekly ones, which I’m now calling ‘State of the Blog’. I’m linking this one up to two memes: Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and The Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. 🙂 Looking Back on May… oh and April Oh gosh, it’s been a while. I have so much to say. A few weeks ago, I finished my freshman year of college. It was all kinds of crazy and […]

Posted May 27, 2017 by Emz Chang in wrap up / 24 Comments

Saying Goodbye + Expanding My Horizons

Saying Goodbye + Expanding My Horizons

Changes are coming. They’ve been brewing for a while, if I’m honest. When I first started this blog back in 2012, I had all of these idealistic goals to accomplish as a blogger. Make friends. Post every single day. And now, a few years later, my friends have stopped blogging. Stopped posting. In fact, a large majority of the bloggers I looked up to back then, the ones that inspired me to actually take a plunge and create a blog are not even blogging anymore. […]

Posted March 17, 2017 by Emz Chang in Life / 2 Comments

Springing into My Spring TBR

Springing into My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s prompt is Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR. And boy do I have a LOT. It was hard to narrow it down but I managed. Why the need for a smaller list you ask? Well, for starters, if I was going to list my whole spring TBR, we’d be here forever and even I don’t want that. To be Published First up, the books that have yet to hit […]

Posted March 14, 2017 by Emz Chang in Meme / 8 Comments

State of the Blog

State of the Blog

I decided to change things up and try out monthly recaps instead of weekly ones, which I’m now calling ‘State of the Blog’. I’m linking this one up to two memes: Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and The Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. 🙂 Looking Back on February I still cannot believe we are in March. I know February is the shortest month of the year, but that doesn’t mean it has to feel very, very short. February was a super […]

Posted March 4, 2017 by Emz Chang in Meme / 8 Comments

Review – The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Review – The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Review: The Bone Witch is a high fantasy novel that alternates between the point of view of the main character, Tea, telling her story to… somebody (oops, I forgot, a guy gifted with storytelling?) for most of the chapter and the guy’s point of view for the chapter’s introduction. Oh, The Bone Witch, how I so desperately wanted to love it but just couldn’t. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis, interesting, but I could not keep following the story. The writing was elegant, yes. […]

Posted March 2, 2017 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments

Review – Mischief & Magnolias by Kristi Cook

Review – Mischief & Magnolias by Kristi Cook

Review: Mischief & Magnolia is a short novella follow up to Magnolia. It follows Jemma and Ryder during their first winter break from college. I really enjoyed reading Mischief & Magnolias. It was definitely the perfect book to read around Valentine’s Day. It was short and sweet, cute and fluffy. It gave me the warm fuzzy feelings I was craving. But it was too short! I blinked and it was already over. ? I want more Jemma and Ryder! I feel like the plot (and […]

Posted February 23, 2017 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments