Who Tells Our Stories – Alexandra

56F29A0E-862F-4E6A-9D2C-895212AAB750.jpegHere’s another installment to my Who Tells Our Stories photo / interview series highlighting diverse readers and the diverse stories that represent their identities! Today I’m interviewing Alexandra about diverse literature and how she connected to the book she has chosen to be photographed with.

(A FULL EXPLANATION FOR THE PHOTO SERIES IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS INTERVIEW.)

Click here to see all the Who Tells Our Stories interviews!


Name: Alexandra

Book title: American Panda by Gloria Chao 

Social Media links: Instagram // Youtube //  Twitter // Goodreads // Tumblr 


Alexandra’s Interview

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Favorite New York City Locations

Percy KleinIt’s easy to lose yourself in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The building is enormous and houses an endless amount of art from various times in history and different cultures, as well. Each time I visit the museum, I find something new to see and can never seem to run out of exhibits to explore. It’s a peaceful museum. Everyone’s voices are hushed as if not to disturb the art around us. Eyes are filled with awe at the sight of ancient relics, and languages from all around the world flow around you as you wander each room. 

This museum is a worldwide phenomenon that I believe everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It has something for everyone: Roman statues, ancient Egyptian sarcophaguses, modern paintings, Van Gogh pieces, and Samurai armor. Each collection is awe-inspiring and is sure to leave you struck by all the history that is placed in one building in NYC.

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Food and Fiction: Simon Vs. the Oreo Cake

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda | Chocolate Oreo Cake

In Becky Albertalli’s novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the main character Simon is obsessed with Oreos. It is his favorite snack and he loves to talk about them with his crush, Blue. So when I decided to make an Oreo Cake, I had to relate it back to this heartwarming novel. Read More »

Favorite Villain Quotes

IMG_8001.PNGIf you know me, you know that I adore villains. I love how cunning they are, and I love learning about what pushes them over the edge enough to turn their back to the world and cause chaos. Villains are always the most complex characters in a storyline, so in honor of their cryptic motivations, I wanted to share my favorite lines said by some of my favorite villains. 

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My Writing Playlist

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Inspired by Sudio‘s Reagent headphones that I got recently, which are AMAZING, wireless, incredibly comfortable, and play music so well, I wanted to talk about my writing playlist with you all! (If you are interested in Sudio’s headphones, use my coupon code: STORIESFORCOFFEE to get 15% off your order!)

Music is a great tool for writers to use to help them dive into the story that they’re working on. It has helped me get into the minds of the characters I’ve created and immerses me into my story. I believe that having a playlist for your work in progress is a great way to help you write more vividly, so in lieu of that idea, I wanted to share my writing playlist and give you a little bit of insight into the songs I’ve chosen.

A short, somewhat vague summary of my WIP: A girl is escaping her past. A boy is trying to disentangle himself from the life chosen for him. There’s Vegas nightlife, tons of mobsters, and a potential war between families.

I haven’t made a true order to this playlist because I tend to listen to it on shuffle, so choose how you’d want to listen to it.Read More »

The Girl With the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke (Review)

34448522DIVERSE READ: #Ownvoices Jewish MC* + Romani MC

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Summary: When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process. 

My thoughts: The Girl With the Red Balloon is officially one of my favorite novels of 2017. I didn’t realize how much it would impact me, but it managed to find a place in my heart through its powerful message and heartwarming characters that I never wanted to stop reading about. This fantastic story follows 3 POVs*, two taking place during 1988 in East Berlin, and the other taking place during 1942 in a ghetto in Poland. Majority of this novel focuses around Ellie, who accidentally time travels back to East Berlin with the help of a magical red balloon, but it also follows a character living in a ghetto in Poland during WWII. Both narratives are so well written and deliver a powerful story showcasing the horrors of WWII and the equally troublesome times that followed after the war ended. Read More »