Earlier this month, I got the opportunity to interview Books & Boba! I’ll be posting about it on my bookstagram sometime next week. You can check out my Bookstagram here.
Hi Marvin & Reera (@books & boba) and welcome to my Blog! Do you have any advice for others who want to start a podcast ?
Marvin: It’s honestly never been easier to start a podcast, but if it’s something that you want to do long term, it’s important to have a clear concept and a long-term vision past your first few episodes. If you’re really serious about it, you should ask yourself what your show will offer your listeners, why people will tune in, and how you can structure your show so that your listeners can get the most out of it. (on the other hand, you can always just make something for yourself and do what you want!).
Reera: Do it for the passion and not the numbers. Pick a concept you can talk about for several episodes without getting bored because you won’t gain listeners right away. If you’re not having fun on your podcast, you’ll quickly lose motivation.
What is an episode that you’re proud of?
Reera: One episode that stands out in my memory is Ep. 46 – The Leavers. I remember having so much fun chatting with our guest Lily Rugo. I was truly grateful that she shared her own experience as a Chinese American transracial adoptee with us for the discussion.
Marvin: Not a specific episode, but I’m really proud of our author interviews, I’m still amazed that actual writers agree to chat with us on the podcast.
What is your current read?
Marvin: The Burning God by RF Kuang & A Pho Love Story by Loan Le.
Reera: Arsenic & Adobo by Mia P. Manansala.
What is your favorite and least favorite book trope?
Marvin: Favorite: I’m not sure why, but I’ve been really into grimdark SFF lately (gimme them bad feels).
Least Favorite: White savior narratives.
Reera: Favorite: Civilian-turned-reluctant-detective. Extra points if the civilian is the prime suspect for murder.
Least: Anything that romanticizes mental illness or suicide.I hate it when a character with a mental illness is only in the story to serve as inspiration for the protagonist.
If you could have a conversation with anyone (dead or alive ) who would it be and why?
Reera: Namjoon of BTS. I think he’s brilliant and so wise for his age. He always seems to find the right words of comfort without belittling other people’s struggles.
Marvin: Honestly don’t have anyone top of mind, but I think it’d be fun to talk to Randall Park
What is your favorite (or go-to) boba tea order?
Marvin: Black Sesame Milk Tea from Soma in Fullerton, CA.
Reera: Brown sugar milk tea, no boba (gasp!)
Do you have a comfort tv show or book recommendation? If yes, what is it (and if not what are you planning to read or watch next)?
Reera: Pride & Prejudice the BBC series.
Marvin: My comfort watch right now is definitely Top Chef! I like rooting for the Asians.
Who is your least favorite character?
Marvin: I don’t think I have a specific person in mind, but manipulative dudes in positions of power are always sucky.
Reera: Wade Watts in Ready Player One.
How do you feel about pineapple on pizza?
Reera: I am unapologetically Team Pineapple.
Marvin: I don’t mind it, but I also won’t go out of my way to order it myself.
What is something you hope listeners take away from your podcast episodes?
Marvin: To engage more with works by Asian authors, and to appreciate and demand more diversity in media. We created the podcast because we wanted to highlight works by authors who look like us and are writing cool stories and I hope our listeners are able to gain a better understanding of these stories through us sharing our perspectives.
Reera: I hope our listeners realize that Asian stories are rich and diverse just like our cultures. Asian and Asian diasporan authors write about topics aside from immigration, assimilation, and generational trauma. We have stories about us falling in love, leading rebellions, going on magical quests, and chasing after our dreams. I hope our listeners give those stories a chance.
Questions for the readers
- Who would you like to see me interview next?
- Do you have a current read? I’m currently reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and The Secrets of Divine Love.