from one readathon to the other….
This readathon is a month-long readathon from the 1st to the 31st May. There are several reading challenges and a challenge twist at the end. Its all about reading Asian authors, characters and narrators. I have had a few Asian authors on my shelf for a while so this is a perfect excuse to finally read them all together 🙂
Asian Readathon was created by Cindy over at Read With Cindy. She is my new favourite booktuber! I love her!
There is also a google doc with ideas for what to read for the different challenges., which you can find here. The makers have done an amazing job putting this together. Well done!
- Read an Asian author/MC
- Read an comic/graphic novel/manga/kava/etc
- Read a translated book
- Read a intersectional author
- Read the group book
Each book needs to represent a different Asian country!
My wishful TBR
Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars; A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom
Author’s origin: Malaysia
A trans woman’s semi-autobiography with a bit of magic.
It recently featured in Emma Watson’s book club Our Shared Shelf. This highly sensational, ultra-exiting, sort-of-true coming-of-age story about an Asian trans girl pathological liar and kung-fu expert who runs away for from her parents abusive home to make it on her own.
I’m very exited for this book and its fairly short so perfect for a readathon.
Monstress Vol 2 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
Author’s origin: China and Japan
I read volume 1 last year and loved it! I can’t wait for the next instalment.
This graphic novel follows Maika in an alternative matriarchal 1900’s Asia with steam-punk and art deco influence. Maika struggles with the trauma of war and being a war orphan, while sharing a physic link with a mysterious monster of tremendous power.
The first volume was filled with amazing art, heavy on the violence, magic and politics, but it caught my interest and I’m very curious to see what happens next.
Moribito; Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uhehashi (Illustrator; Yuko Shimizu)
Author’s origin: Japan
I first found this book when I research for my own voice fantasy post last year. This book caught my interest as it mixed Japanese myths and western story telling. I even got my hands on a copy which turned out to be difficult.
It’s translated from Japanese and follows Balsa who is a wanderer and warrior for hire. Then she rescues a boy and her destiny changes. The boy is a prince on a quest and she must protect the boy while he tries to deliver the great egg of the water spirit to its source. But monsters are at their backs.
Again I’m very exited for this book and to see how you combine western story telling with Japanese myths.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Author’s origin: Philippines
I’ve had my eyes on this book for years, but never gotten around to it. Now with the Asian readathon its the perfect time to pick it up. As on cue, my local library got it in stock and it was standing int he “new” section *smirks* oh hello…!
I don’t know much about it and I like it that way. I will be going into this book completely blind. Or partly, I think its a fantasy book considering the title…
As of this moment I struggle to find a copy of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings. Doesn’t help that I have a limited book buying allowance and the library doesn’t have it 🤔 I’ll work on this but I might have to replace it with something else.
Anyone else participating in the Asian Readathon?