#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 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.
To support Pasifika spaces, please read Anjulie’s post on Pacific Islander erasure in the book community. We encourage readers to support Pasifika spaces in May via Our Stories – Tala mai le Moana compiled by Lani Wendt Young, the Pasifika Book Club, Pasifika Tales and the Pasifika Spotlight hosted by Anjulie Te Pohe.
I will also be reading Pasifika books as part of a separate reading goal to support Pacific Islander voices during May. See the Pasifika book pile post for more books.*
For Asian Lit Bingo, see the announcement post for the details on signing up, prizes, interviews and Twitter chats with authors later in the month. Reading Challenge Board:
Asian Lit Bingo TBR:
Contemporary: A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
Historical fiction: Saree by Su Dharmapala*
Retelling: Apple and Knife by Intan Paramaditha*
*Indicates a writer who lives in Australia, so glad to read local books this year too.
My TBR might shape-shift but I’m excited to read more books this month.