Hello, and welcome to Beyond the Read! ๐Ÿ’– I’m Abby, a Christian teenage girl with a passion for books and music. I’ve always loved to read, but sometimes this gets in the way of my relationship with God. I created this blog in April 2020 in order to try to find a healthy balance between the two loves of my life. Some fast facts about me:

  • I primarily read young adult fictionโ€”I love the variety of topics YA books address! ๐Ÿคฉ
  • My most-read genres are fantasy and contemporary, but I read from just about any genre… except for horror/paranormal books, which terrify and/or freak me out to no end ๐Ÿ“–
  • I’m the proud daughter of South Korean immigrants, and I speak fluent Korean, which comes in handy when binging K-dramas (which I do on a regular basis) ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • I’m perhaps overly emotional and existential regarding life, and most certainly regarding books. I’m also an incurable perfectionist ๐Ÿ˜…
  • I absolutely adore musicals! My favorites include, but are not limited to: Hamilton, Starry, Hadestown, The Phantom of the Opera, and Les Misรฉrables. Besides Broadway, I also love listening to mainstream artists like Taylor Swift, K-pop artists (especially BTS), K-drama soundtracks, and Christian music ๐ŸŽถ
  • The entire Bible is perfection, but my favorite books from it (as of writing this) are Romans and Ecclesiastes ๐Ÿค
  • And now for what we’ve all been waiting forโ€”the books! There is no possible way I’m going to be identifying a singular Favorite Book, so here are some of my all-time favorites (in the plural) so that you don’t have to ask ๐Ÿ˜† Let me know down in the comments if we share any faves!

Legend by Marie Lu โœจ An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir ๐Ÿ”ฅ The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon โ˜€๏ธ A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer ๐ŸŒน The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry ๐Ÿ“š The Silence of Bones by June Hur ๐Ÿ” Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo ๐Ÿ‘‘ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows ๐Ÿฅง We Are Not Free by Traci Chee โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿฉน Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate ๐Ÿช A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro ๐Ÿซ

Thank you for stopping by my blog! Hope you enjoy!

Donโ€™t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)

7 thoughts on “About

  1. I also fall in love with fictional characters way too easily! Your posts are very nice, Abby! Ah I’m an Indian but I want to learn Korean so badly – well, Duolingo to help ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad I stopped by your blog!๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Ahaha happy to find a fellow victim ๐Ÿ˜† Aww thank you so much! And please feel free to ask me any questions you have about Koreanโ€”I’m always happy to help ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting Siya! I hope you have a beautiful day (or night) ๐Ÿ’œ

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  2. Do you have any posts about Korean culture? โค My parents immigrated from China, but I love learning about other Asian cultures, too. My favorite books of the Bible are the Psalms, Proverbs, and the Book of Esther. The rest are perfect, but these three are beyond perfect. ๐Ÿ˜† Anyway, it was so nice to get to know you more, Abby! I hope you have a blessed day. Shalom! โค

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    1. not yet, but this comment may or may not have inspired me to jot down a new idea in my drafts folder ๐Ÿ˜‰ ooh thatโ€™s super cool! learning about different cultures is always so exciting.

      ahh Esther and Psalms are also faves of mine!! Esther is one of my favorite figures in the Bible ๐Ÿ’• and thank you so much lily!! hope you have a beautiful day as well โค๏ธ

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