Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Crying in H Mart’.

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Anyone shocked to see a book review here?!? It’s been a while!

I have still be reading, although I read half as much in May as I did in April, but my work situation changed majorly — leaving with less time to read.


The reason there hasn’t been a book review here in awhile is because… I don’t like to post about a book that I didn’t like. I usually just post about books I think are really good.

I used to post about every book I read and then I realized that’s probably not very nice to highlight a book I didn’t enjoy. And do blog readers really want to hear about things NOT to read?

I doubt it.

But just in case you DO, I have been recording a YouTube video at the end of every month and I share all the books I read — the good and the bad — and I chat about them.

I haven’t been promoting the videos because they are not produced or edited — I don’t even think I’m wearing makeup in most of them… but it’s something I told myself I would do at the start of this year, just to get more comfortable in front of the camera, so that’s that.

But, I actually got into a great book, and that’s why we’re all here today: “Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner.

This book was on my list of titles to read by Asian-American & Pacific Islander Authors.

The book recently came out, and I heard about it from a book podcast I like — “From the Front Porch.” This is a memoir on grief, after the author lost her mother to cancer.

I lost my dad to cancer in 2018, and since then, books with a terminally ill parent (or parent in the hospital) have been a trigger for me. So, I hesitated with this one.

But, it had so many great reviews, I figured I would give it a try… and well, I’m so glad I did.

The bulk of the book is about Zauner’s mom being diagnosed, being sick, and passing away, and there’s a bit about grief, of course.

But so much of this book is about food — Korean food — and that is what hooked me. Zauner wrote about the food so beautifully.

I should also note that I listened to the audiobook of this and it’s actually read by the author, which makes such a difference. She has a beautiful voice!

Yes, this is a book about grief, but it is also about culture and food and family. I definitely recommend it (only if you don’t have triggers related to cancer and death).

I have actually been devouring audiobooks lately because I’ve had lots of typing to do, so if you have any audiobook recommendations, please let me know!

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