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Pop Culture

Why Every “Books To Read for Quarantine/Lockdown” List is Trash

Out of all of the digital content that was released during our government mandated lockdowns, all of the articles, videos, and tweets being released of what books to read during quarantine bothered me so much. LIKE WHAT WHY?

I underststand that because most of us have time on our hands because of unemployment, working less, or just working from home, and we need ideas of what to do with our time. I just don’t appreciate the message behind it.

Most of my agenda is trying to push forward the message of why we must read in a fast paced world. While others are telling you to read only when you have down time. Which is a good message don’t get me wrong, it’s just that many people would read that and say, “Oh well im busy and I don’t have time to read.” Although reading is great for when ever you have time for yourself, but reading requires effort for you to make time for it out of your busy schedule. 

During the first few weeks I was even motivated to creating a list of books to read during quarantine, but my whole blog is an escape to reality! It would be pointless for me to compile a list of books to read in quarantine when literally any book or genre is good to read during quarantine. 

Here are my reasons why every “Books to Read in Quarantine” list is trash:

1. Every book allows us to escape
A lot of the books of that are mentioned in these lists are books that are made for you to escape the harsh reality of COVID-19. Which is a dumb idea because literally EVERY FICTION BOOK IN THE WORLD is an escape to reality. Books are made for us to escape into the world of every book. Any book published before March of 2020 is a book to escape reality. 

2. The recommendations
Most of the book recommendations on these lists are so broad. Everyone has different tastes and there’s no way that a list has a book for every person in the world to read. There’s a reason to why these books are being recommended, which brings me to my next point.

3. They Announce New Releases
Most of these lists recommend new releases, books that are affecting sales due to COVID-19, so they are trying to advertise these books for you to read. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great new releases, but there are also great books that were published a year ago, or a decade a go, or even a century. Publishers are trying to hit their projected sales quota. 

4. They recommend books that are on the NYT Bestseller lists.
Most of these books that are recommended are on the bestsellers list and that’s because they wanna recommend books that you’ve heard of or are popular. Which is a good idea on paper, but there are hundreds of books that were once a hit, and still are a hit. There are also some very good books written by indie writers who don’t have a huge publishing house behind them to promote their books. Not only that, most good books don’t make the New York Times bestseller list because it’s a list of 20 books out of the thousands of books released within the past two years. 

5. Book Bias 
I’m sure that the recommended books that Ted loved are good, but will I like them? Ted, you don’t know me. You don’t know my tastes, and what kind of
books that I like. Many of these picks are picks by one person. 

6. More pictures, no words.
Lots of these lists do very little in talking about why this is a good book, and they give you a short synopsis, and show you a huge picture of the book. Rather than telling you what books to read, it tells you which pretty cover to read. 

Do these lists work? Have you been tempted to read a book from a recommended publisher? Let me know down in the comments!

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Book Club

May’s Book Club Pick: Dear Girls by Ali Wong

Genre: Humor, memoir, autobiography
Page Count: 214
Release Date: October 15, 2019

I’m so excited to announce this book as May’s book club pick! For the past four months, I’ve chosen classics and this month, I decided to spice things up. I wanted to choose a book that will make you literally laugh out loud, and just laugh away the pain. Perfect for a great laugh, just before Mother’s Day, this book is a series of stories that Ali Wong had to encounter as a comedian, writing it all her daughters. I hope everyone can join along and read this book with me. After all, laughing is the best medicine.

Where To Buy This Book:

If you are currrently unemployed or underemployed and cannot afford to read this book, email me at readinglitty@gmail.com and I could offer you tips on how to get your hands on this book.

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.

“Fierce, feminist, and packed with funny anecdotes.”—Entertainment Weekly

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time • Variety • Chicago Tribune • Glamour • New York

In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong resonated so strongly that she even became a popular Halloween costume. Wong told the world her remarkably unfiltered thoughts on marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women, and why you never see new mom comics on stage but you sure see plenty of new dads.

The sharp insights and humor are even more personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she’s learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal single life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong’s letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and gross) for all.

How To Join Our Book Club:

Throughout the month, I will be posting a series of blog posts that correlate to our book club pick.

There is no reading schedule, or obligations. All you have to do to join is buy the book and read along with us!

Disclaimer:

This book is intended for readers 18+. Ali Wong’s comedy is known for being crude and speaking about sexual activities without any shame. That’s part of what make Ali Wong so funny, and that’s because she has no filter.

Watch Ali Wong’s Stand-Up

If you want to familiarize yourself with Ali Wong, she has two stand up specials on Netflix.

Or you can watch the series of YouTube Videos.

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Book Recommendations book review

Six of Crows: YA’S Gold Standard of A Thriller | Book Review

Spoiler Free Book Review

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: September 29, 2015

Page count: 465

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Themes: Thugs and Thives, Money Talks, Darkness

My Rating:★★★★★

Where to buy this book:

Synopsis

A soon to be Netflix series in late of 2020, Six of Crows is the young adult fantasy version of the film Ocean’s Eight. Full of action, magic, and wit, Six of Crows is an adrenaline rush ride with a group of thugs and thieves that join a heist. This group of thieves are not afraid to kill, steal, and loose their loyalty for money. Bardugo’s craft allows you to escape into a dark world with a group of thieves and you are the spectator, witnessing all of their crimes.

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Book Recommendations Reading Tips & Tricks

The Ultimate Readers Guide to Quarantine

Everyone around the world is forced to be at home and practice social distancing. Now that we are forced to to stay home, we should take advantage of this time to read, create, and relax. Below I have my list of ideas to kill the boredom, read more books, create book marks and book covers, and most importantly, multiple ways to challenge your mind.