If anyone is up for fun in May, a group of book bloggers and I are co-hosting the #AsianLitBingo. 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 and bringing all the co-hosts on board.
General Rules for Qualifying Books:
- Book must have an Asian main character (can be one of several main characters) and be by an Asian author to qualify. It does not have to be #ownvoices but #ownvoices is strongly encouraged.
- Book can be a novel/novella/novelette or comic book/graphic novel.
- Book must be read during May 1st through May 31st to qualify.
- Review link-up will close end of June 1st at midnight PDT. The extra margin is to give people the opportunity to write up a review for a book they might have finished late May 31st. We’ll follow the honor system assuming you didn’t read the book on June 1st.
Due to the erasure of Pacific Islander identities under the AAPI umbrella & during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, this reading challenge is a separate initiative out of respect for Pasifika activists and their spaces. (July Update: To support Pasifika spaces, please read Anjulie’s post on Pacific Islander erasure in the book community and their Pasifika spotlights posts. Also, check out this Storify of book recommendations.)
See the announcement post by Shenwei for the details on signing up, prizes, interviews and Twitter chats with authors later in the month.
*Update: Timezone Schedule for the #AsianLitChat with readers & authors is live!
Onto the TBR & the reading challenge bingo!
We’ve also provided a masterlist of book recommendations for the bingo board to help any readers out. I’ll aim to dart across the middle line but as fellow readers know, I tend to have multiple reading options:
– Options for SFF –
- Alternative Alamat: Stories inspired by Philippine mythology, edited by Paolo Chikiamco
The title speaks to my heart. Even if I don’t get to my copy in May, I’ll read it this year.
- Starfang: Rise of the Clan by Joyce Chng
Space opera and werewolves? Yes, please.
- Raven Stratagem (The Machineries of Empire #2) by Yoon Ha Lee
I adored the first book, Ninefox Gambit. Ready for more intrigue and space opera. Also has LGBTQ+ rep.
- Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
YA space opera. Belatedly added to the TBR after my library reserve came in!
– Options for Historical fiction –
- Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Wendy calmly suggested I read this. I’m a fan of stories about sisters, and MG/YA with heart.
- Archer’s Quest by Linda Sue Park
Shenwei convinced me to track down a copy through their review. The illustrated cover is everyone’s goal for YA historical fantasy.
– Options for Free space –
- Seven Tears at High tide by C.B. Lee
YA fantasy with selkies & a m/m romance. CW recommended it when we were chatting about the wonderful Not Your Sidekick.
- Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki
I’m catching up on Tamaki’s work before the writer’s festival. Her later YA graphic novel Skim is one of my favourite books.
- Stained by Abda Khan
A gritty contemporary Feminist book that tackles rape culture. Recommended by a few diverse book bloggers.
– Options for Retelling –
- When Fox is a Thousand by Larissa Lai
A lyrical fantasy novel with Chinese mythology.
- The Kappa Child by Hiromi Goto
I didn’t realise my copy of the book had a transparent mythical Kappa on the cover until I tilted it in the light. Curious to learn more.
– Options for Contemporary –
- The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil
I’m currently reading this at the moment. Sophia watches Doctor Who. We’d bond over acquiring a Tardis.
- Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
Saving this for when I need it. Loved The Land of Forgotten Girls.
- Rubik by Elizabeth Tan
Lastly, an intriguing mystery to explore.
Has anyone read any of the above? Feel free to share thoughts and/or link your TBRs if you’re also participating – will drop by!
*All reading challenge graphics by the amazing Aentee from Read at Midnight (who has Ninefox Gambit on her TBR, so I’m ecstatic for her).