• 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…

  • Book Review

    The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine

    Warnings: Sexual Assault, Rape, Child Abuse, Violence Against Women and Children My Thoughts I didn’t know a thing about Somaly Mam or her NGO, AEFSIP (Acting for Women in Distressing Situations) when I picked up this little book at the library. Human trafficking has been a well-known issue in Southeast Asia that is still prevalent today despite humanitarian efforts. It is a horrible industry that continues to grow and affects even my home country, the Philippines. This memoir details Somaly’s upbringing as an aboriginal girl in the years following the end of the Khmer Rouge. Mam was abandoned and eventually picked up by an abuser that sells her. The book…