Another Magazine Inspiration…

Title: Oh Reader Issue 001, Fall 2020

Editor: Gemma Peckham

# of Pages: 64

Finally! A magazine for book lovers!

Whenever I go to a bookstore or a grocery store, I see magazines for current events, and for almost every hobby humans conjured. I say almost because I’ve seen magazines about books, book recommendations, and writing. This is the first time I came across about readers, on how reading and books have impacted their lives.

Books and reading always take me through a roller coaster of emotions. I firmly believe that they are still an integral part of our lives. I’ve always wondered if there are others that felt the same. This magazine proves that.

Is There Anything Lurking in Your Backyard?…

Title: Haunted Las Vegas

Retold by: Paul W. Papa

# of Pages: 256

Even the city of Las Vegas has room for the supernatural. Don’t let the 24-hour town connotation fool you. The lights are bright, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything lurking in the shadows.

I wish that had discovered this book sooner. As time went by since its publication, the city definitely changed. The land is the same, but the building built on top will be different soon after.

This city has its own dealings with the supernatural. I wish we have more time to learn about them before the next renovation comes along.

In the Safety of Daylight

Title: La Llorona: Ghost Stories of the Southwest

Author: Rodarte

# of Pages: 160

We are basking in the safety of daylight so that the La Llorona won’t get us.

I’ve never heard about the La Llorona up until seeing the movie that came out in 2019, and reading this book.

We don’t have a “weeping woman” in our legends, but there is a similar theme of a woman scorned, revenge, and a curse in the Philippines.

We also have that underlying message that children shouldn’t play when it gets dark, and that they should go home. That men should be virtuous once married. That hell has no fury, like a woman scorned.

“The truth is out there.”

Title: The X-Files; The Official Archives

Author: Paul Terry

# of Pages: 304

I grew up watching the tv series, movies and the updated series. I’ve bought the magazines and read the books. Nothing came close to this one.

I did not realize how big, bulky and heavy this book was when I saw it at the bookstore. I almost didn’t buy it because of the initial coffee-table book appeal, but I’m glad that I did buy it.

This one is definitely more of a collector’s item. It doesn’t go over all of the episodes, but rather select ones. You will have to discover the truth for yourself.

Food and Death…

Title: Death by Dumplings: A Noodle Shop Mystery

Author: Vivien Chien

# of Pages: 352

I love dumplings! I can easily eat them for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. They have a good selection at both Chinatown and Koreatown in my area.

Food allergies come in many forms. As this book introduces us to its characters, food allergy plays a role as well.

This one is very interesting read, and the first in a series. I love to follow along to see where the mystery leads.

Magazine Inspirations…

Title: Vogue Magazine September 2020

Editor: Dame Anna Wintour

# of pages: 596

Magazines were my source of inspiration before the internet and social media take over. From makeup to clothing patterns, I ripped it all out of the pages of a magazine.

As Vogue was one of those, I would use certain pages as book and notebook covers. After reading the articles, I used to tear off the advertisement pages for covers and collages.

In the Mood for Some Suspense…

Title: The Whisper Man

Author: Alex North

# of Pages: 368

Any town, rural or urban gets scarred when a child goes missing, and then never found. It’s something whispered in the wind, but never forgotten.

I always wanted to know what happened next as I started reading Alex North’s book. There’s nothing cozy about his mystery, suspense, and anticipation.

His book felt like something you’ve seen on television, heard on the news, and maybe even happened in your own hometown.

Face Off….

Title: If I Had Your Face

Author: Frances Cha

# of Pages: 288

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book! And the wait was worth it. It has all the feels! By the time I was done reading, it made me feel that they were my friends too.

Beauty maybe in the eye of the beholder, but mainstream media sets the standard. Even I get swept up from time to time in keeping up with the standards. The eruption of social media definitely upped the standards even further.

Being a woman, what would it take to have it all? Or is that a ghostly illusion that we as women constantly chase the after? Would we be happier if we have everything we wanted? Would we be better off having it all? Are all of our sacrifices worth it?

Feelings…

Title: Feel It Out: The Guide to Getting in Touch with Your Goals, Your Relationships, and Yourself

Author: Jordan Sondler

# of Pages: 144

I love this book! Jordan really helps out in learning about our own feelings without the guilt of being selfish.

Growing up, I was always taught to consider everyone’s feelings. There are times I question it, but I didn’t have the courage to voice it out in fear of being reprimanded.

Jordan makes it clear that how you feel about yourself matters and it is not selfish at all. How can you love and care for others if you do not know and love yourself?

Family Values?

Title: Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the Most Dangerous Man

Author: Mary L. Trump

# of Pages: 240

Nothing like your own family member to let it all out. Part of me would like to know that he should have known that she is writing the book about it. And even with his own title, he couldn’t not stop the publishing.

I would have done more that Mary if I were in her shoes. But it does seem like an out of body experience when you are going against your own family.

Still, she’s very brave for exposing her own family’s darker history and be able to somewhat move on. If it means that writing a book is the way to expose her truth, then so be it.