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Asian Readathon Wrap-Up!

Asian authors, Asian characters, Asian settings…

This readathon was a month-long readathon from the 1st to the 31st May. There were several reading challenges and a challenge twist at the end. It was 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 πŸ™‚

All in all I managed to read 8 books by Asian authors and with Asian main characters. I have added more information and thoughts in my monthly wrap-up.

Reading Challenges

  1. Read an Asian author/MC – The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco βœ…
  2. Read an comic/graphic novel/manga/kava/etc – Monstress Vol 2&3 by Marjorie Liu (illustrated by Sana Takeda) βœ…
  3. Read a translated book – Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Ueashi – Almost complete…
  4. Read a intersectional author – Fierce Femmes and Nutorious Liars by Kai Cheng Thom βœ…
  5. Read the group book – A Thousand Beginning and Endings edt by Ellen Oh❌

Each book needs to represent a different Asian country!

Rin Chupeco – Philippines πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­

Marjorie Liu – Chinese American πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³

Nahoko Ueashi – Japanese πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅

Kai Cheng Thom – Malaysia πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ

Books Read for the challenges!

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars; A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom

Author’s origin: Canadian Malaysia

A trans woman’s semi-autobiography with a bit of magic.

I did a full review here! In short I really enjoyed this book and I wish there were more memoirs like this around πŸ™‚

Monstress Vol 2 & Vol 3 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda

Author’s origin: China and Japan

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 didn’t manage to complete this book. I had 100 pages by the end of the readathon which was mostly due to my reading slump.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Author’s origin: Philippines

I ended up doing a full review and gush here! In short I loved this book and I cant wait to get my hands on the next one!

I also read the following Asian authors:

One Con Glory by Sarah Kuhn – it was so sweet and nerdy! I loved it!

I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya – I loved this and loved the writing. Vikek Shraya has an amazing ability to put feeling and actions into word that I feel it the perfect description of the feeling or action. I definitely want to read more from this author.

Waiting on a Bright Moon by J Y Yang – a short novella focused around a sci-fi community who uses singing to gain a telepathic connection to other planets for trad purposes. Its a queer little thing and its narrated in 2nd person which I find to be a rare thing.

The Terracotta Bride by Cho Zen – in the Chinese afterlife Siew ends up being the second wife to her dead uncle, but when he takes a third bride things change. This was also a bit queer and I didn’t see it coming.

Anyone else participating in the Asian Readathon? How did you do? What was your favourite read?

2 thoughts on “Asian Readathon Wrap-Up!

  1. All of these books sound so great! I really wanted to join in with this Readathon, but found out about it quite late and wasn’t organised enough to get caught up. My copy of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings arrived today though so I will read it at some point soon, hopefully!

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