underlined: hunger


I’m a huge fan of Roxanne Gay. She’s up there with Zadie Smith.

Her sentences flow flawlessly but has enough weight to ground it to fit her overarching narrative about her struggles with weight. I’ve enjoyed reading Hunger so much that I savored it, reading slowly, hesitant to finish, until I realized that I still have Bad Feminist: Essays to read.

Below are my underlines of the book. Read More »

book shopping list: october, 2018


I love celebrating Fridays and first day of every month. Friday celebration is just my way of rewarding myself for a hard week. The first day of every month was a new celebration that rubbed off from my then co-worker, now friend, used to celebrate it religiously.

To celebrate October, here is another list of books that are on my mind.

The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google
David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview Expanded with New Introduction: and Other Conversations
Hit Makers: How to Succeed in an Age of Distraction
The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
Leading Gracefully: A Woman’s Guide to Confident, Authentic & Effective Leadership
Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Steve Hawking
Sharp: The Women Who Made Art by Having an Opinion
21 Lessons for the 21st CenturyRead More »

book shopping list: september 2018


Another month, another long list of books that are on my mind. Glad to report that I finished two books this month! Sequential reading, at least with fictions, is proving to be a solid method.

Deleting Instagram and Facebook on my phone freed up a lot of time, allowing me to read at least twenty to thirty minutes before going to bed every night. I can’t get myself to delete Youtube yet due to my irrational obsession with the tiny house movement. Happy with my progress so far!

Suicide Club
Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf
The People We Hate at the Wedding
The Windfall
Matchmaking for Beginners
Who Is Rich?

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underlined: eleanor opliphant is completely fine


Reading a book without a pen in hand feels naked, wrong, and unbearable. To feel whole, I have pens lying around all over my apartment so that I can underline sentences that grab my attention.

These underlines are the reason why I cannot part with my books. They are too precious. They are artifacts of my thoughts and feelings.

However, one needs to be rational and calculate the tradeoff between book occupying space in my apartment vs. its value after read. While I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, it’s time for me to part with it.

To preserve the underlines, I’ve copied them below. The list is short but I can now donate this book without feeling compromised.¬†Read More »