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 Rules for Qualifying Books:

  1. 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.
  2. Book can be a novel/novella/novelette or comic book/graphic novel.
  3. Book must be read during May 1st through May 31st to qualify.
  4. 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.

We encourage readers to support Pasifika spaces via Our Stories – Tala mai le Moana compiled by Lani Wendt Young, Pasifika Tales and the updated resources below.

Update: Back in 2017, Alec Te Pohe collected these useful Pasifika lit resources:

Māori and Pasifika Month Reads via Ruru Reads

Tina Makereti: five Maori and Pasifika favourites

Māori (and Pasifika) writing in 2017: Thalia Kehoe Rowden recommends 22 picture books that feature Pasifika and Māori children

Ministry of Education Pasifika and ESOL resources

HUIA Publishers

Pacific Island Books

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 2018 - vers.2

Asian Lit Bingo TBR:

Contemporary: A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

Historical fiction: Saree by Su Dharmapala*

Free space: Vixen or The Lady of the Realm by Hoa Pham*

SFF: The Red Threads of Fortune by J.Y. Yang

Retelling: Apple and Knife by Intan Paramaditha*

*Indicates a writer who lives in Australia, so glad to read local books this year too.

Q1) Introduce yourself, a favourite mythical creature + your workwhat you write or if you don't write, a seasonal food #AsianLitChat (4)

My TBR might shape-shift but I’m excited to read more books this month.



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