The Best We Could Do
Book Review / August 12, 2017

Title: The Best We Could Do Author: Thi Bui Genre: Graphic Memoir Publisher: Abrams ComicArts Release Date: March 7th, 2017 Format: eBook Pages: 330 Source: NetGalley Illustrator: Thi Bui An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam from debut author Thi Bui. This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home. In what Pulitzer Prize–winning…

#ARCAugust : Let’s Do This.
Read-a-thon / August 7, 2017

  Those of you who hang out here fairly often know that I am quite the mood reader. This is awesome because I rarely run into books that I am unhappy about reading. I might rate them with 2 or 3 stars, but I still enjoyed the reading experience. However, this is also TERRIBLE because I have a tendency to drink a bit too much champagne and request far too many books on NetGalley. Yup. I’m in a NetGalley ARC hole. And it’s so deep, I can’t even see the sun any longer. Thanks to Gretchen @ Chic Nerd Reads, I heard about Read.Sleep.Repeat’s 5th Annual #ARCAugust! I don’t do a ton of reading challenges or readathons because they require me to break my mood-reading compulsion. And, well, I don’t like to do things I don’t want to. XD But seriously, I think it’s time to kick my NetGalley backlist’s butt. Here are my goals for #ARCAugust: Read 2 ARCs. Write reviews for 2 ARCs. Post all 2 ARC reviews on NetGalley, Amazon, Goodreads, and my blog It doesn’t seem like that much looking at that list, but this will be a really wicked challenge for me this month. I have…

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