st-clare

Peter Paul Rubens’s 1625 painting, The Defenders of the Eucharist.

Rubens featured St. Jerome, St. Norbert, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Clare of Assisi, St. Gregory the Great, St. Ambrose, and finally St. Augustine.

why you should read outrun the moon by stacey lee

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okay i just finished this book the other day and i absolutely loved it it’s honestly the right amount of cute and seriousness in a historical setting and i don’t often like historical fiction books

more reasons to read!!:

  • chinese protagonist!!!
  • chinese love interest!!!!! but not a romance!!!!
  • set in 1906 in san francisco (ofc with the great earthquake)
  • anyway mercy wong or wong mei-si is growing up chinese in a very anti-immigrant world
  • she has “bossy cheeks” (high cheekbones) which a lot of people don’t like in a woman but she actually likes them and sees them as another reason why she should rise in social status
  • all mercy wants to do is go to st. clare’s school for girls (ofc a school for only rich white girls) so she can get educated and later own a business so she can be wealthy and get out of the poverty of chinatown
  • ((mostly bc she wants a better life for her little brother whose lungs aren’t fully formed so he doesn’t have to spend his life working in a laundromat))
  • she gets in with a little bribery and persuasion
  • but then she has to deal with the girls there
  • also she has to pretend to be a chinese heiress when in reality she doesn’t really know the traditions there
  • and then the earthquake hits
  • so mercy takes charge of the remaining girls and help the other people who were affected by the earthquake
  • time for quotes!!:
  • “it is like the moon. we can see it differently by climbing a mountain, but we cannot outrun it.”
  • “Their deaths might leave a hole in our hearts as deep as the ocean, but it is only because we are as deep as the ocean, and our capacity to love is as high as the sky. The earthquake took much from us. But there is much we can take from it as well”   
  • “even if I did climb to the top of that mountain one day, people will never stop seeing my color first, before me.”

anyway you should read this book bc it has a strong female as a main character who’s also really in touch with her chinese culture and also a love interest who doesn’t think he deserves her AND it’s primarily not a love story!!! it’s primarily mercy working hard for she wants and getting it i love her so much tbh she’s probably one of my fave characters now please just go read outrun the moon by stacey lee!!!!

February BPC // Day 13 - Fictional Boyfriend //

William Herondale from The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

Noah Shaw from The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

Sam Roth from The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series by Maggie Stiefvater

Cole St. Clair from The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series by Maggie Stiefvater