Cozy fantasies

I loved every book in here, a lot!!!!!!! I think this might be the coziest group of books I’ve read.

Ling & Ting: Together in All Weather – It’s Grace Lin, so obviously I am a fan! I loved that she dedicated this book to her husband. Ling and Ting are always up to something and their episodes are always a treat. Here’s to the people with us in all weather ❤ .

5 Centimeters per Second – I cried reading this and I should’ve guessed I would. It is just like life to move too quickly and to pull people apart. I feel like both Tohno and Akari because I live in the present, but there is someone as important to be as Akari was to Tohno. I love Kanae too. I just want all the characters to find love and happiness. What a beautiful manga!

Neruda’s Book of Questions – I loved Pablo Neruda’s work ever since I read The Dreamer, which is about his childhood. He sure is a dreamer!!! He thinks of things we would never ever think of. His questions in 10 words can say so much than 50 words could. What a powerful and unique book.

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus– This was a great book for kids and adults alike! Dusti Bowling is a future awards winner. Aven is my inspiration.

Everything on a Waffle – I adored this book! It is short and sweet, and I made the tuna noodle casserole from the recipes inside. It’s like Pushing Daisies, sort of.

I Am Pusheen the Cat – I read this while I was eating breakfast at a Taiwanese cafe. It’s Four Seas! after I came back from Knott’s. This was probably the most fun day I had this year before the hectic work schedule started 😦 .

I loved all the books here!

Silly, scary & tough

I loved this series of books because it opened my eyes to how fun early readers, graphic novels, and chapter books could be. What a fun bundle of books 😀

The Story of Diva and Flea – This is a graphic novel by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi. It was as charming as a story about a cat and a dog in Paris could be. ❤

The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party – I really love this series because it’s a fun combo of princess and ninja stories. I also loved all the different princesses! (even though it is a little stereotypical). Princess Sneezewort is my favorite.

Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly – I’m so glad I gave early readers a try because the stories are so charming and distills storytelling into its most basic. Each episode in this series was so fun! and Grace Lin’s illustrations are wonderful as expected.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters – It would be adorable and chaotic if my future son is anything like the kid in this story.

Lint Boy – Such a unique story! The pictures could be kind of scary but it was also very interesting. It reminds me of Coraline which I also am a big fan of.

MY FAVORITE COZY AUTHORS!!

My favorite authors are Kate DiCamillo, Shannon Hale, and Grace Lin. I have read like ALL of their books!!!!!! and I would love to read them again.

Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? – I loved this book because I feel like Baby Lincoln 🙂 When I am an old lady I might go on a train and get lost as well. The kids she meets in this book are so adorable.

Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon – DiCamillo is a master because she can create the most realistic yet cartoonish characters. How does she come up with Francine Poulet? It is so much fun! This series is like a comic book in a chapter book.

Real Friends – I looooove this book ❤ Shannon Hale is my favorite author and probably person if I knew her in real life. I love the story and illustrations. Baby Shannon 😥 I just want to be popular even though I wear glasses and am nerdy.

Fortune Cookie Fortunes – I love Grace Lin’s picture books, early readers, chapter books, and novels. Everything she writes and draws. I loved this book because it encouraged me in a lot of ways to stay positive.

Bringing in the New Year – Grace Lin does a good job of showing Chinese traditions like Moon Festival and New Year. I think the best thing about it is that they’re all based on her family and her childhood.

Grand plans

The Tail of Emily Windsnap – A mermaid story that turns some of the mermaid tropes on its head! In it, the dad is a merman and the mom is human. Emily thought she couldn’t swim but once she is in the water she turns into a mermaid!

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything – I loved this book! It’s like a Bollywood story + a middle grade novel. So much fun and action! It has everything and is truly “grand.” 🙂

When the Sea Turned to Silver – Grace Lin is a master writer, illustrator, and storyteller!!! This is her masterpiece. The conclusion of the trilogy is the best. Minli is the grandma!!! Everything has come full circle and Pinmei goes on a gran journey. The series is a testament to the power of stories, peace, and how to find what we are looking for in life.

Listen, Slowly – Thanhha Lai is a good writer. There are not many children/young adult books on Vietnamese Americans, and I’m glad Thanhha Lai is writing them (there are only 2 so far and I want more!) Mai is very realistic as a Laguna Beach girl who has to go to Vietnam to fulfill her grandma’s wish to find her missing husband. I loved her adventures in Vietnam !

Eleanor & Park – I had heard how great this book is, but I just cannot seem to get into Rainbow Rowell. It feels kind of racist to me. Eleanor and Park didn’t feel like real people to me, they seemed like movie characters. So I did not finish this book even though I gave it about 70 pages or so. :/

Author love: Grace Lin

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One of my favorite authors is Grace Lin. I love both her realistic novels like Year of the Dog as well as fantasy novels like Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. I love her picture books and early readers too. In short, I love all of her work!

(Clearly I am not a good writer since I can’t seem to find another word to describe how I feel except LOVE!!)

When I read her books, they just feel so cozy. Everything is like a picture book come to life. Reading the Pacy Lin series feels like a warm hug or meeting an old friend to me, since I’m from Taiwan and I know exactly what she is referring to! When I read Starry River of the Sky, I feel like I’m in ancient China but it also feels like going on a journey with a young friend. I think I have read pretty much her entire work now, hehe. I will happily re-read them again and look for new releases!