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An illustration by mailinhstudio shows a young Asian woman wearing a mask, surrounded by text with racial slurs and microaggressions.
Illustration by mailinhstudio

Last Tuesday, a white gunman in Atlanta, Georgia targeted Asian-owned businesses and killed 8 victims, 6 of whom were Asian women. The sadness of this tragedy has been sitting heavy in my body throughout the week, especially after months of reporting (mostly in Asian-centred media and resources, rarely in mainstream media) about anti-Asian racism during the pandemic. I've been retweeting and sharing information in between bouts of crying on the couch since the shooting. At the same time, I've been reluctant to speak about my own experiences until now. The instinct to always be the model minority, to brush things off and keep my head down and quietly succeed, runs strong.

Solo Lisa Reads: February 2021

Book covers for the 9 books featured in this post, including: 1. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson; 2. The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams; 3. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord; 4. Eat A Peach by David Chang; 5. If Only by Kate Eberlen; 6. Self Care by Leigh Stein; 7. The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim; 8. White Ivy by Susie Yang; and 9. Simmer Down by Sarah Smith

My reading habits took a post-New-Year nosedive. Work dominated for 3 weeks, and after the anxiety and adrenaline of meeting my big January deadline wore off, I found to my dismay that I had the attention span of a goldfish. Some of the books on this list date back to Christmas break, but I stand by all the recommendations here wholeheartedly. Do you see anything here you want to add to your reading list?

2020 Reflections and 2021 Goals

Black and white selfie of Vancouver beauty and lifestyle blogger Solo Lisa

A very belated Happy New Year to you all, dear readers! I did not anticipate publishing my annual reflections/goals post so late into 2021. We had a very safe and cozy COVID Christmas where we had a prime rib dinner, watched a lot of TV and movies, slept, and went for long walks when the weather permitted. But as soon as Christmas vacation ended, it was back to work; I spent the next three weeks consumed with a huge deadline. Now that the deadline has passed though, I'm glad to have a chance to sit down and write this post.

Solo Lisa Reads: December 2020

Covers of December 2020 recommended reads including Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella, The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons, Eighty Days to Elsewhere by KC Dyer, Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley, The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell'Antonia, Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao, and Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

We're now in the lull between Christmas and New Year's where we have no idea what time it is, let alone what day it is. So what better time is there than now to get lost in a book? Reading was one of the few bright spots in a bizarre and difficult 2020 (there were many moments where I was intensely thankful for my Kobo reader and OverDrive access via the Vancouver Public Library), so it seems fitting that I close out the year with one more book review round-up and 9 new recommendations. Fingers crossed that 2021 is kinder to us all.

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