It has been a while since I have posted a blog post, a bunch has been going on in my life (academical wise) and they aren’t that great. I won’t go into detail, because I have no energy to talk about negative things and I don’t want to. So instead let’s talk about the books I plan to read in May.
In May the Asian Readathon created by Cindy @ readwithcindy on YouTube will take place. And as you can see in the title of this post I am participating in this readathon. It will run from May 1st – May 31st. There are five challenges you can follow and you can make it a bit more ‘difficult’ for yourself by reading diversely, which basically means that every book you read the author must be from a different Asian ethnicity (and I like to challenge myself so I am doing this as well).
So here are the books I plan to read per challenge. There is one book which combines two challenges.
- Read any book by an Asian author.
For this challenge I am going with Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi. I have already read a book by her, The Gilded Wolves, but I didn’t really end up enjoying it. So I hope I will enjoy this book more because it revolves around mythology and I love reading about mythology. Roshani Chokshi is a mixed Filipino-Indian author.
- Read a graphic novel featuring an Asian character or written/drawn by an Asian author.
For this challenge I am going with the same graphic novel as Cindy and that is the Boat SBS by Matt Huynh. This is a graphic novel version of a book originally written by Nam Le. This graphic novel is read online and it is for free. The author and main character are Vietnamese.
- Read a book featuring an intersectional Asian character or written by an intersectional Asian identity.
So for this challenge and the next one I am choosing the same book and that is Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 by Naoki Higashida. This is a non-fiction book translated from Japanese, the author has autism and as far as I could make up, this book is about that. The author is Japanese.
- Read a book by an Asian author that was originally written in their native language.
See the book from the third challenge. Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8 by Naoki Higashida.
- Read the group book.
The group book is A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh. To be honest, I wasn’t really planning on reading this book for two reasons. One, I don’t tend to enjoy anthologies and short stories. Two, I don’t agree with something the author has done and I can’t see the work separate from the author. But since I have Storytel I am able to listen to the audiobook, so I will be doing that.
After I have read these books, I still have some books on my physical TBR which are written by Asian authors, so I will be reading them after completing the main challenges. Those books are:
- Starfish and Summer Blue Bird by Akemi Dawn Bowman (Japanese)
- Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean (Japanese)
- Descendant of the Crane by Joan He (Chinese)
- The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (Chinese)
And there are still a few more on my TBR but I plan to focus on these first and I’ll see how far I’ll come.
Are you participating in the Asian Readathon? What are some books which are on your TBR?