On loss and monsters: Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

“From the rubble-strewn streets of U.S occupied Baghdad, Hadi a scavenger and an oddball fixture at the local cafe collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal, he claims, is for the government to recognize the parts as people and to give them proper burial. But when the corpse … More On loss and monsters: Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

2018 May TBR – Reading Books by Pasifika Writers: Support Pasifika spaces like Ruru Reads

To support Pasifika spaces, check out Anjulie’s post on Pacific Islander erasure in the book community, which highlights how Pacific Islander voices are often left out of AAPI and Asian Pacific American Heritage month. Readers can support Pasifika voices in May through their spaces such as Our Stories – Tala mai le Moana compiled by Lani Wendt Young, the Pasifika Book Club, Pasifika … More 2018 May TBR – Reading Books by Pasifika Writers: Support Pasifika spaces like Ruru Reads

2018 #AsianLitBingo TBR – A Reading Challenge for May

#AsianLitBingo is back! Asian Lit Bingo is a reading challenge aimed at supporting and highlighting books with Asian protagonists by Asian authors. Many thanks to Shenwei for launching this project last year. You can check out what I read last year here. The Lit CelebrAsian co-hosts and I are happy to return this year too. General … More 2018 #AsianLitBingo TBR – A Reading Challenge for May

Always ready for a space opera: Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

“Shuos Jedao is unleashed. The long-dead general, preserved with technologies and resurrected by the hexarchate to put down a heretical insurrection, has possessed the body of gifted young captain Kel Cheris. Now, General Kel Khiruev’s fleet, racing to the Severed March to stop a fresh incursion by the enemy Hafn, has fallen under Jedao’s sway. … More Always ready for a space opera: Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

Historical fantasy: The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

“In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be. Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valérie Beaulieu, she hopes to find a … More Historical fantasy: The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Historical YA – Sleeps Standing: A Story of the Battle of Ōrākau by Witi Ihimaera with Hēmi Kelly

“Both fiction and fact, this fascinating book is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the Battle of Ōrākau. During three days in 1864, 300 Māori men, women and children fought an Imperial army and captured the imagination of the world. The battle marked the end of the Land Wars in the Waikato and resulted in vast tracts … More Historical YA – Sleeps Standing: A Story of the Battle of Ōrākau by Witi Ihimaera with Hēmi Kelly

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

“Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #NotYourPrincess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories … More #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women