Hello, potential readers!
I am Estelle, and welcome to The Pearls of Reading! I’m happy that you have dropped by for a visit whether it is out of curiosity or by accident, but if I was with you in person, I would’ve asked you to sit down and have a glass of water or whatever you would prefer to drink. We would probably talk about life, and if you’re a book lover also, perhaps, we would also discuss books we have read.
Anyway, as of right now, I am waiting for 2 books to be available to me: Oscar Wilde’s “Complete Short Stories” and Han Kang’s “The Vegetarian”, a novel translated from Korean. I plan to start off this month with these two books, and if time permits, I may end December with three. That would be wonderful if things go as planned!
I’m really excited about finally joining the book blog community, and I hope to grow furthermore as a person before entering university. In the past, I have read books written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, short stories by Edgar Allen Poe, and so on forth–but when it dawned on me that I have reading almost nothing but works by English-speaking men in classrooms…it made me realize how close-minded I was. I wanted to change that, because I am a person of color.
You see, representation has always meant so much to me. While growing up in the midwestern and southern parts of the United States, I saw little to no visual representations of Asian or Asian Americans. When I wanted an Asian Barbie doll, it wasn’t available. When I wanted more Mulan merchandises, I couldn’t find them. Eventually, I started recognizing this in academic books as well–and in history. I felt invisible. As a result, I was led to believe that this lack of diversity was “normal” until now.
While the works I was given to read in academic settings were all absolutely brilliant, I knew that there are many authors out there, who are working just as hard to get their books published. Whether they are of minority status or from foreign countries, I know that they have a voice and I want to hear it. I want to find those hidden gems, the new and long forgotten pearls of this deep-sea literary adventure.
And hence, the journey starts.