About Me: Hi, I'm Linzi! I'm a graphic designer, illustrator, mental health advocate, and aspiring confetti connoisseur. I’m from the Midwest but currently reside in Brooklyn, NY with my husband and two cat children. Reading is a major pillar of my identity, and I simply couldn't live without it.
What Followers Can Expect: I read A LOT (301 books in 2020), and love to explore across different genres; my favorites being fantasy, historical fiction, and speculative short stories. When I love a book, I SCREAM (or cry) about it from the streets of Brooklyn, so followers can expect a lot of very enthusiastic (read: blubbering) reviews and book photos around the city. I also take every opportunity to feature independent bookstores and have a goal to visit every indie bookstore in NYC. Lastly, as a huge proponent of sharing one’s story and destigmatizing mental health, I often get up close and personal about my mental health journey, identity as a Chinese American adoptee, and grief over the loss of my dad at age 20.
A Recent Book I Loved: Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa was so wholesome, lovely, yet heart-wrenching in ways I wasn’t expecting. A 30-year old Japanese man, Sentaro, is barely scraping by in life, indebted and bound to a confectionery shop specializing in dorayaki, a pancake dessert filled with sweet bean paste. His soul-numbing existence is disrupted when an elderly lady, Tokue, steps into his life with the best sweet bean paste Sentaro has ever tasted. So begins their friendship and work together. There is so much more depth to this book than just fluffy pancakes, though. Tokue has secrets from her past as well that have led to a life of suffering, spoiled dreams, and isolation. This book has a slow, flowing nature that is almost meditative, with definite philosophical and spiritual undertones.