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22 must-read books written by women

As recommended by women

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How women are seen and portrayed are largely shaped by how men view them. The only way to see and understand women past stereotypes and traditional roles is by exposing ourselves to their perspective. Ask anyone — men and women alike — what their favorite books are, and most of them would be surprised to find that their list is mostly authored by one gender.

Whether you’re practicing social distancing or celebrating Women’s History Month, there’s no better time to expand your reading list to include more books written by women authors. Here’s a list of 22 must-read books as recommended by women, including myself:

1. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

“Reading this will make women (and men) feel both hopeful and helpless at times. If you need convincing why feminism is still necessary in this day and age, look no further.” – Chay

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2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

“This coming of age book will make readers reflect how women’s self-identity is influenced and shaped by society, and more importantly, what it truly means to be a woman.” – Suzie

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3. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

“In a world where you feel like you don’t quite fit in, this Japanese novel provides the reassurance that it’s okay to be different and to carve a path of your own that’s not bound by others’ expectations.” – Chay

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4. Circe by Madeline Miller

“Yes, Circe, as in the daughter of Helios. The story is about making a place for yourself in a world that doesn’t understand you. A bold and feminist take on Greek mythology.” – Ali

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5. Becoming by Michelle Obama

“This book is a testament that hardwork, determination, and drive never go out of style. Michelle Obama’s journey from the Southside of Chicago to the White House serves as an inspiration for readers to daringly dream and courageously break the status quo.” – Suzie

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6. Dear Girls by Ali Wong

“Dear Girls is a series of candid, hilarious letters from Ali Wong to her two daughters about topics from working women to Asian culture to love. I pulled an all-nighter in a hotel room reading this entire book and cackling to myself.” – Bonnie

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7. What Works: Gender Equality by Design by Iris Bohnet

“It took me months to get through this book because of the sheer amount of information and research Iris Bohnet presented. It’s a great resource for anyone who’s in a position to help rid of gender bias in organizations and communities.” – Chay

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8. Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman

“Reading Kalman’s writing is like reading my own scattered thoughts. It’s a picture book of paintings with seemingly random existential questions.” – Chay

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9. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

“This is a strikingly quirky collection of comics that dabbles into silly, borderline psychopathic, memories and tendencies Allie Brosh embodies. This book is relatable, hilarious, and shamelessly Allie Brosh that you have to read it.” – Leez

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10. Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

“Insightful, articulate, and at times, funny — Jia Tolentino’s first book is as brilliant as everyone says it is. Pure Heroines, Always Be Optimizing, We Come from Old Virginia, and The Story of a Generation in Seven Scams are my favorite essays from the collection.” – Chay

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11. Normal People by Sally Rooney

“It’s a simple story of right person, wrong timing. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful.” – Mik

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12. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

“If you want to remind yourself what young love’s like, this is a good choice.” – Leslie

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13. Severance by Ling Ma

“It’s about the life and routine of a millennial in New York, until it isn’t. It goes from her musings about growing up with Chinese immigrants as parents, to her office job, to all of a sudden surviving a pandemic outbreak that wiped most of the population. It’s a work of fiction that feels eerily similar to current events.” – Chay

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14. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“I cannot stress this enough. It’s one of those few books where I vividly remember how I felt when I finished it. You’ll know that feeling when you read it.” – Marian

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15. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

“A friend recommended Tiny Beautiful Things at a time when I felt alone and badly needed to be surrounded by friends. It’s a comforting voice of reason and source of nuggets of wisdom about adulthood that would otherwise take you years and lots of tears to learn on your own.” – Chay

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16. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

“The stunningly slow yet haunting slippery slope into a mental illness is portrayed in this novel through its protagonist. There is so much said in this book that isn’t explicitly said. It mirrors the author’s insufferable demons which makes this novel a fundamental read.” – Leez

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17. The Door by Magda Szabó

“This is a story about two very different, complicated Hungarian women. It will leave you not knowing how to identify how you feel, and wanting to read it again as soon as you finish it.” – Chay

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18. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

“Rosamund Pike’s Oscar-nominated portrayal of a cool girl should tap one’s curiosity into reading this book! The storytelling is suspenseful that you will have a difficult time putting it down.” – Suzie

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19. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

“This is a coming-of-age slash murder mystery, written by an author who happens to be a zoologist too. I’m about 1/4 of the way through it so I’ve yet to see how the author will weave these two narratives together but the book is nothing quite like anything I’ve read before.” – Marian

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20. His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire Series) by Naomi Novik

“The napoleonic era fought with dragons! Reading sci-fi fantasy broadens even the most practical of minds, and this strong story by an amazing female writer is a must.” – Geneva

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21. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

“This novel is a heart-wrenching science fiction that references the Gospel of Matthew 10:29–31, which relates that not even a sparrow falls to the earth without God’s knowledge thereof. Although it has religious undertones that deep-dives into human suffering, it stays unbelievably profound in describing love, friendship, and grief.” – Leez

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Hands-On

Huawei P40 Pro Unboxing and Complete Hands-On

‘Visionary Photography’

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Everything you need to know about the new Huawei P40 Series. Yep there are 3 phones this year, the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. Yep a pro plus model!

In this video you get a P40 Pro Unboxing, Hands-On, some photo samples, and a camera comparison vs the P30 Pro.

Of course I’ll also answer you questions: What’s new? How is the P40 Pro’s camera vs the P30 Pro, and what’s it like without Google Play Services? And while you’ll have to wait for my full review for a verdict, I’ll try to answer the question, Is it your GadgetMatch?

Watch our Hands-On video.

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Dating

How to quench your thirst for dating in the time of social distancing

Combat that craving for someone’s affection!

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After self-isolating myself for more than two weeks already, I found myself on the verge of insanity. In true Britney Spears fashion, “My loneliness is killing me.”

But there’s a silver lining in this adversity. When we’re forced to do social distancing, there are ways you can cope with badly craving someone’s attention. Here’s how you can quench that thirst for dating or seeing your person.

Set aside time for your hobbies

This enforced social distancing has made a lot of people realize they don’t have much of a hobby. It’s time to rebuild yourself and realize hobbies are building blocks of your personality — a much-needed ingredient in dating.

Imagine being in a relationship with someone who doesn’t have any hobby except talking to you and making you their world? That’s a recipe for disaster; a gateway to a co-dependent, toxic, and potentially abusive relationship.

Now’s the time to do something else. You can create art, put together a collage using your old magazines, start journaling, or dabble in crafting. If you have an instrument, you can start playing music again. Have some books you hoarded from the last book sale? It’s time to read them.

There are a lot of things you can do, so set aside time for your interests. Your future self and your future partner will thank you.

Learn something new to develop yourself

Ever since I met my beau, I had this dream of becoming a trophy house husband. In my quest to achieving this silly fantasy, I’ve been learning stuff that my future self will thank me for, even if I don’t end up marrying the person I’m seeing.

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I’ve opened up cookbooks to learn and try new recipes, so I can make my person some homemade lunch with love when this is all over. I’m also getting into gardening, tarot reading, and most recently, making smoothies while dancing.

With all this extra time we used to spend on traffic, we now have time to do things we need to improve ourselves. Take advantage of this instead of overthinking your crush’s messages to you.

Level up your conversations

If you’re already seeing someone ~and you badly miss them~, it’s time to level up your conversations. Gone are the days you slide into their DMs, chat them on messaging apps, or send them an SMS (really?). It’s time to do video calls and voice calls, or start sending voice messages.

Conversing through the usual messaging and social apps just don’t carry the same level of emotional depth versus a face-to-face encounter. However, hearing or seeing them even through your smartphone’s screen is enough to make you swoon and fall for them again. Nothing beats the calmness your person’s face or voice gives especially on an exhausting, trying situation.

Also, connecting through video and voice calls is just a better way to communicate. You can clarify stuff easily, and there’s a lesser chance of misunderstanding because you can see and hear their tone and reactions. If you have a friend who’s in a long-distance relationship, ask them for some advice. This social distancing situation is a piece of cake for them!

Swipe around

If you don’t have anyone to obsess over, it’s high time you download dating apps (if you haven’t already). For a limited time, Tinder is offering its premium service for free. Set up your dating profiles, and start swiping!

Just make sure to never meet any potential matches until this is all over. Remember, social distancing is a must and you can’t self-quarantine yourself with another person while on lockdown. Behave properly and just chat sexily! You can start with getting to know the other person (especially their political inclinations so you know what you’re getting into).

Keep yourself healthy and well-sanitized

During a pandemic, it’s a must to keep yourself healthy. While there are no ways you can rapidly boost your immune system, it’s still a good practice to eat healthy food and sanitize yourself properly — something that everyone should’ve been doing whether there’s no outbreak.

Additionally, maintaining proper hygiene is a plus in anyone’s book. It’s definitely a turn on for the person you’re dating. Make sure to wash your hands the right way!

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Last but not the least, don’t forget to drink your water. When you drink a gallon of water, you won’t have time to listen to people’s drama and cater to your negative thoughts because you’ll be busy peeing. Stay hydrated, my dear friends!

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As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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Camera Shootouts

Samsung Galaxy S20+ vs OPPO Find X2 Pro: Camera shootout

Which one shoots better for you?

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OPPO just came out with what arguably is their best phone to date — the Find X2 Pro. So we decided to take the phone out for a camera shootout against the Samsung Galaxy S20+ — arguably one of the best phones to come out so far in 2020.

Can the OPPO give Samsung a run for its money? Let’s find out!

Make sure to jot down your answers, as the results of this blind test will be at the end of this article. As usual, photos were labeled, resized, and collaged (this time) for you to load the images faster. No post-processing nor any color adjustments were done in any of the photos. So, let’s begin!

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Results

So, I’m just messing with you guys. It’s not actually a blind test since all photos labeled Photo A were taken using the OPPO Find X2 Pro. Meanwhile, all photos labeled Photo B were taken using the Samsung Galaxy S20+.

If you analyzed the photos, the Find X2 Pro clearly holds out on its own. In certain lighting conditions, the Find X2 Pro produced brighter and more saturated photos during the daytime. At night, it tends to illuminate the scene captured, and process it with a warmer tone.

On the other hand, the Galaxy S20+ produced balanced results, although vibrancy and contrast were strengthened in both day and night shots.

The most notable differences are how the Galaxy S20+ has subtle bokeh — making it more believable — and wider scope on its wide-angle mode, while the Find X2 Pro has a softer look whilst retaining details. Both phones were astounding and as always, everything will depend on a user’s preference and how they use their smartphone’s cameras.

How about its selfie camera?

While the Find X2 Pro goes toe-to-toe with the Galaxy S20+ on the rear camera department, its front camera samples look way different. The Find X2 Pro has a greener tint and warmer tone, while the Galaxy S20+ has a better white balance, but adds a pinkish tint.

Both phones upped their contrast and colors, adding an unnecessary beautification when processed despite not using beauty mode. The backlit selfies were captured properly, illuminating Michael Josh‘s face without compromising details. You just have to choose how you’ll post-process your selfies later on if you’re planning to upload it on social media.

Author’s opinion

Personally, both phones captured awesome photos. Even I had a hard time choosing between the two when putting this article together. Smartphones, particularly the best ones, capture outstanding results which makes it difficult for consumers to decide, especially when they’re concerned with the camera performance.

The key is to figure out how you’ll use the cameras. For instance, I’ll use the OPPO Find X2 Pro to capture more of my daily life — which I can readily upload to my social media platforms. The Galaxy S20+ proves handy though for frequent travelers, especially with its wide-angle lens.

Nonetheless, whatever you choose, know that you’re in good hands. Just don’t forget, there’s more to a smartphone than its cameras. Watch our YouTube videos for the Galaxy S20+ and Find X2 Pro to know more about these flagship devices.

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