Friday, November 4, 2016

Cloudy Musings #3: Existential Crisis + New Ideas

I've finished round one of my midterms and am well into round two, which I feel much better about, though I've been going through an existential crisis recently, with the major STEM classes I've been taking. I'm not sure what I want to do yet, but I've been feeling pretty strongly lately that mechanical engineering may not be the right path for me. Working in STEM seemed like a natural progression since math has always been my strong suit, and the lingering idea that I should be in STEM just because I'm Asian. Trying to remove that label has been a little scary, but I'm opening up to the idea of quite possibly working in publishing, or with books. That is my ultimate dream career I think, and especially in the face of the troubling fact that publishing is still so non-inclusive. We'll see where the wind blows though, and who knows, I might be back to my engineering career goal in a few weeks again.

I'm still watching Shopping King Louis, which continues to exceed my expectations in how pure and fluffy the whole show is, and I want to hug the main characters so badly. I adore them and while I've dropped the majority of my current shows, I've managed to stick to this one. I saw the movie Storks in theaters mid-October, and it was adorably sweet, with a lovely and touching ending that made me melt inside. I'm apparently weak for any soft-hearted movie it seems hah. I've also returned to From Dusk til Dawn, though the gory scenes make me reluctant to watch more than one or two episodes; I will eventually catch up hopefully, since I find the main characters to be fascinating and intriguing despite these graphic aspects.
I didn't quite read as much as I wanted to the last month, due to the extended stretches of time I spent in my studying cave, but I wanted to note the few books I've read I consider, noteworthy. Heroine Complex, The Trouble with Mistletoe, How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You, The Hating Game, and Hold Me. First up, Heroine Complex is fun and zippy, a wild ride from start to finish. Bonus points for featuring a Japanese-American heroine. The Trouble with Mistletoe is a classic Jill Shalvis read, although this one is definitely ranking higher up of all the ones I've read by her and a total sweetheart romance. How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You was a delightfully charming YA romance, with a swoon-worthy boy to boot. The Hating Game was a true game-changer, and I am speechless with love for it, I am amazed at how much I heart this book. And Courtney Milan is a true talent with Hold Me, a book that not only features complex in-depth characters but also a dynamic that's riddled with flaws and strengths to really breathe life into the story.

If you haven't been around on the interwebs recently, you may have missed that I have a lovely project/blog I've started titled Asian YA. Exactly what the title says, it's a blog that both promotes Asian authors and books that are about Asian authors, with a focus on nuanced good representation. It's gotten a wonderful reception so far, and I'm so happy that it's been received so well. As an Asian-American, the way Asians are clumped together and treated very shoddily in books/media is quite upsetting and is the driving passion behind this project. I've been truly giddy with excitement as I plan future features for this blog and if you have the time, it would be lovely if you checked it out.

I hope you all have a lovely November, and cheers to those of you braving the cold weather setting in.

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