Year in Review 2018

An incomplete series of lists detailing what I built, wrote, cooked, talked about, and read in 2018.


  • Finished my fifth year reading 52 books in 52 weeks
  • Helped coordinate a sponsor for Flawless Hacks
  • My sister and I launched season two of our podcast, Sweet and Sour, with a focus on independent Asian Americans creatives and entrepreneurs
  • Completed The 100 Day Project, where I wrote 750 words of fiction every day for 100 days
  • Selected to participate in AAJA’s Catalyst, a media entrepreneurship program for founders of color



Panel on how to break into a career in tech (July 2018, Her Conference)


  • Breakfast grilled cheese with soft scrambled eggs, for lunch while working from home on a snowy day (Bon Appetit)
  • 东北红烧肉 / Northeastern style red-braised pork, for Chinese New Year (my mom’s recipe)
  • Strawberry summer cake, for a friend’s birthday dinner (Smitten Kitchen)
  • Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce, for a lazy late-night dinner with E (NYT Cooking)
  • Broccoli spaghetti, for weeknight dinners (Food 52)
  • Easy sheet cake with chocolate-cream cheese frosting, for a friend’s birthday (Basically)
  • Balthazar’s cream of mushroom soup, to test out my new immersion blender (Smitten Kitchen)
  • Black and white cookies, for Saturday afternoon baking with a friend (Epicurious)
  • Tagliatelle with poppy seeds and prosciutto, for a Saturday night in (Saveur)
  • 茄子西红柿打卤面 / Eggplant tomato noodles, for when I was homesick (my mom’s recipe)
  • Ultimate sugar cookies with royal icing, for office cookie day (Bon Appetit, Epicurious)
  • Triple berry summer buttermilk bundt, for Christmas dinner (Smitten Kitchen)


56 total in 2018. For additional metadata and more details on how I choose the books I read, check out the corresponding spreadsheet.

  1. Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorthms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech by Sara Wachter-Boettcher
  2. Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest by Zeynep Tufekci
  3. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  4. My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown by Meera Lee Patel
  5. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  6. The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane
  7. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  8. The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
  9. Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding
  10. Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want by Ruby Tandoh
  11. An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
  12. Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil
  13. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  14. This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jerkins
  15. A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole
  16. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  17. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
  18. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  19. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
  20. The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
  21. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  22. Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
  23. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  24. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
  25. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
  26. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
  27. Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare
  28. The Pisces by Melissa Broder
  29. Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste by Bianca Bosker
  30. How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
  31. The Power by Naomi Alderman
  32. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  33. Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
  34. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  35. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  36. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  37. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman
  38. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay
  39. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  40. Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings
  41. Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person by Dami Lee
  42. If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim
  43. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  44. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  45. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  46. What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
  47. The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
  48. The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
  49. All You Can Ever Knowt by Nicole Chung
  50. The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
  51. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
  52. The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
  53. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
  54. Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
  55. A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
  56. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Written on December 29, 2018