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ReadingEnvy
Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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This romance novel was good timing for May during #apicelebrasian - the author note at the end explains that part of her inspiration for Esme comes from her mother's story as a Vietnamese refugee, and not knowing much about it because she worked all the time. The author also shares her own impulse to feature a white character but Esme demanded to be more central. Between a pick and soso for me because it was too unrealistic even for what it is.
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ReadingEnvy So this is a good example of what is happening in contemporary romance - one character with Autism (who has to teach his love interest how to touch him because he's very sensitive to light touches,) one character who is an immigrant (although the whole fairy godmother element is a bit far fetched to say the least), men teaching each other how to please a woman, etc. ⤵️
4w
ReadingEnvy .
This is in the same universe as The Kiss Quotient (those characters even show up at one point) but you don't need to have read it to understand this one.
4w
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RealLifeReading
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Today‘s #apicelebrasian theme is rep your heritage. Some of you may know that I‘m from Singapore and many of you will probably know of Singapore via Crazy Rich Asians, whether the book or the movie. And I just wanted to let you know that there is more to Singapore than rich Chinese people.

RealLifeReading There are some rather exciting books out there by writers from or living in Singapore. Like JY yang, Rachel Heng, Thea Lim, Kirstin Chen, Nuraliah Norasid, Clarissa Goenawan Jeremy Tiang, Catherine Lim, Amanda Lee Koe, Sonny Liew, Dave Chua, Ovidia Yu and the rest of the writers of these books and stories featured in the photo (edited) 1mo
Emilymdxn Screenshotting to try and track them down! Would love to read as many of these as I can 1mo
batsy What a stack! I'm ashamed to say I haven't read any of these. 1mo
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