Reading Challenges for May


Always excited to be a co-host for #AsianLitBingo in May. Check out the announcement post over at Lit CelebrAsian for all the reading challenge information.

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

Asian Lit Bingo 2019

Possible path I’ll be treading:

SFF with Asian MC: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Historical fiction with Asian MC: The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhader

Free space with Asian MC: Starfang: Claw of the Clan by Joyce Chng or The Black Khan by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Retelling with Asian MC: A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

Contemporary with Asian MC: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

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

Note: A few of the books from my above to-read pile also qualify for #AsianReadathon hosted by Asian Readathon and #YARC2019 hosted by Year of the Asian, so definitely check out those reading challenges too!

What are you reading in May?

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