own voices

#AsianLitChat Schedule and Recaps with readers & authors is live! May 14, 20 & 27

Thanks again to the wonderful Aentee of Read at Midnight for designing the #AsianLitBingo graphics! I’ll be updating this post below with recaps of each #AsianLitChat: – 1. Europe Session – ICYMI: May 14 – Storify Recap of Answers Hosts: Sinead @DivBookHuntress, Glaiza @Glaiza_echo Guest Authors: Zen Cho and Aliette de Bodard – 2. Australia, New Zealand, South-east Asia Session… Continue reading #AsianLitChat Schedule and Recaps with readers & authors is live! May 14, 20 & 27

book list · own voices

#AsianLitBingo TBR – A Reading Challenge for May

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… Continue reading #AsianLitBingo TBR – A Reading Challenge for May

australian author · historical fiction · own voices · young adult

Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim

Ming survived the famine that killed his parents during China’s ‘Great Leap Forward’, and lives a hard but adequate life, working in the fields…When a group of city boys comes to the village as part of a Communist Party re-education program, Ming and his friends aren’t sure what to make of the new arrivals. They’re… Continue reading Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim

fantasy · own voices · speculative fiction

Afrofuturistic tales: The Voices of Martyrs by Maurice Broaddus

We are a collection of voices, the assembled history of the many voices that have spoken into our lives and shaped us. Voices of the past, voices of the present, and voices of the future. There is an African proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” which translates as “It is not wrong… Continue reading Afrofuturistic tales: The Voices of Martyrs by Maurice Broaddus

australian author · historical fiction · own voices · young adult

Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Thirteen-year-old Hayaat is on a mission. She believes a handful of soil from her grandmother’s ancestral home in Jerusalem will save her beloved Sitti Zeynab’s life. The only problem is the impenetrable wall that divides the West Bank, as well as the check points, the curfews, the permit system and Hayaat’s best-friend Samy, who is… Continue reading Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah

book list · fantasy

Spotlight #5: Djinn

As a fan of fantasy literature, it’s also important to recognise the cultural roots of mythological beings. The writing podcast with Sami Shah and Nadia Niaz highlights the place djinn has in Muslim mythology from the perspective of writers who grew up with these stories. The following books below are layered stories which acknowledge these roots.… Continue reading Spotlight #5: Djinn

fantasy · middle grade · own voices · speculative fiction

Sun Dragon’s Song #2 by Joyce Chng & Kim Miranda

Yo Hi’s life’s dream has finally come true: He’s been accepted into the Dragon Riding Academy. While his life will never be the same, unfortunately, some things may never change. Sun Dragon’s Song #2 by Joyce Chng  Illustrated by Kim Miranda Published: March 1st 2017 by Rosarium Publishing Source: ARC via Netgalley Thoughts: I reviewed the first… Continue reading Sun Dragon’s Song #2 by Joyce Chng & Kim Miranda