No. 10 | May 2018

Hola. Long time no write. I’m quite bad at this whole “writing regularly” thing. I want to be better! So here we go!

I moved out of my first apartment last month. I lived there for three years, two roommates, three cats, and so many laughs, cries, sneezes, and walks. I left my job at the newspaper because reading the horrifying news every day in the era of 45 was too much. My mental health was compromised. I took some time off in between the newspaper and my new job, designing book internals. It’s lovely. Things are good. 

What I read

Instead of rounding up everything I’ve read and loved since last I wrote, I’ll just give you my May favorites.

My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma: So much Bollywood drama in a young girl’s life! Delightful.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: A powerful story told in verse. Do this one on audiobook, if you can.

Sick: A Memoir by Porochista Khakpour: This memoir about Porochista’s life with late-stage Lyme disease wrecked me. It comes out June 5 and you need to read it.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera: Look, I know that the ending is right there in the title, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t ruin my life in the best way possible. Adam Silvera is a monster and I love him.

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson: Goth witch brings her friend back from the dead. But two other girls come with. They’re zombies, sort of. This is just a whole lot of good old-fashioned witchy fun.

When We Collided by Emery Lord: This absolutely blew me away.

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What I wrote

I’ve been writing more often for Book Riot these days. I ask the tough questions: Are We Done With Sweary Self-Help Books Yet? (nope) and round up a boat load of fabulous feminist audiobooks with bonus reads, because I can’t help myself. And I give the most important news updates: John Green’s Looking for Alaksa is going to be a series on Hulu! 

I also read a LOT of poetry to give you this list: 18 Powerful Poetry Books like Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.

With my new gig as a book-maker (okay, I design book interals, aka typesetting, aka invisible book magic!), I’ve been looking more closely at the art of books. So I’ve been collecting pretty book covers. Here are the ones for April and May.

Oh! And I wrote a snarky post about some Productivity Apps to Help You Live for my friends over at Burn Your Faves.


This is the tenth edition of my quasi-newsletter. I’m rounding up my month with what I read, what I learned, and what I wrote, and whatever else I want to write about, in a hope to be more mindful of my days. Check my last letter, and the This Month archive.

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