– #Ownvoices Books Read in May –
- SFF – Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
I’m so excited for the sequel now. The cover reveal warmed my heart.
- Historical fiction – Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Beautiful and a little heartbreaking. Definitely recommended for younger readers.
- Free space – Starfang: Rise of the Clan by Joyce Chng
This was such an excellent space opera with werewolves! Can’t for the next adventure.
- Retelling – The Hour of Daydreams by Renee M. Rutledge
I got side-tracked from my original line-up of retelling options when I discovered this retelling of the star maidens, a Filipino folktale. Beautifully written magical realism.
- Contemporary – The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil
This was my first read and a lot of fun. It may have prompted me to pick up Doctor Who again.
I didn’t get a chance to review these books but will review a few of the above ARCs outside of Asian Lit Bingo in the near future. As co-hosts of Asian Lit Bingo, we organised chats with readers and authors on Twitter towards the end of the month – see the #AsianLitChat recaps for more. I also interviewed Samira Ahmed, author of Love, Hate and Other Filters:
On Asian Lit Bingo:
Seeing readers pick up books that meant so much to us as co-hosts of #AsianLitBingo, just made this a great experience to share. To everyone who participated, thank you for making this reading challenge into a space where each person could share their love for stories by Asian writers.
I’m also thankful to the co-hosts for the Asian Lit Bingo chats filled with ideas, book recs, Bollywood films, K-dramas, T-dramas and C-dramas. Can’t wait to catch up on both my expanding TBR and my to-watch list.
Thanks to co-hosts:
Shenwei @ READING (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICA (#AsianLitBingo Creator)
Isabella @ The Book Pandas
Janani @ The Shrinkette
Wendy @ Written in Wonder
CW @ Read, Think, Ponder
Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts
Mish @ Chasing Faerytales
Hazel @ Stay Bookish
Sue @ Hollywood News Source
Cassidy @ Quartzfeather
Stephanie @ Igniting Pages
Anisha @ Sprinkled Pages
Sinead @ Huntress of Diverse Books
Rana @ Words Across Borders
Aila @ One Way Or an Author
Aentee @ Read at Midnight (Graphic Designer Extraordinaire)
ICYMI – Author interviews/features for #AsianLitBingo from fellow co-hosts:
Author Interview: Riley Redgate via One Way Or an Author
Author Interview with Stacey Lee via Written in Wonder
Author Interview: Zen Cho via Read, Think, Ponder
Character interview: Faye from No More Heroes by Michelle Kan via Huntress of Diverse Books
Author interviews via READING (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICA:
Outlook for the coming months:
Feel free to join in as I pick up a few books by Pacific Islander writers in response to the erasure of PI identities during celebrations for AAPI heritage month. July Update: To support Pasifika spaces, please read Anjulie’s post on Pacific Islander erasure in the book community and their Pasifika spotlights posts. I’ll also be casually taking part in #RamadanReadathon and have just posted my TBR, check it out here.