• Mystery Thriller Book Review

    Arsenic and Adobo

    My Thoughts I had never read a cozy mystery and I hadn’t had much of an interest until I spotted this book. I’m Filipino, so it was an instant yes for me to read. Aresenic and Adobo follows Lila, a Fil-Am woman helping her aunt manage a struggling restaurant that finds herself caught up in a murder mystery involving her ex-boyfriend. The chapters are short which keeps the pacing of this book snappy, it’s an easy book to binge. “Food was how she communicated. Food was how she found her place in the world.” One of my absolute favorite aspects of this book is the great emphasis on food. All…

  • Literary Book Review

    The Human Zoo

    Warnings: Violence, Death, Homophobia My Thoughts The Human Zoo is a surprising novel, one that I feel is needed to shine a spotlight on the current state of the Philippines’ broken political system. The main character, Ting, is researching and writing about Timicheg and the Igorot people who were brought to the United States as part of a human zoo. The Philippines’ long and horrendous history of colonization provides context for Ting’s story in present-day New Manila. I loved this book because it was both charming and uncomfortably real, many of the characters felt like I was reading about my actual friends and family. “If you spend enough time in…