Cindy has quickly become one of my favorite BookTubers, so it’s really no surprise I immediately jumped on the readathon she’s hosting during the month of May. I know I have been participating in so many readathons these past few months, but I’m having lots of fun with them! As a bonus, I do think they help me read more than I would otherwise.
You can find all the information on the #asianreadathon here, such as the hosts, challenges, and tons of recommendations. There are a few challenges, and then there’s an additional twist to the challenge. You can use a book for multiple challenges, but as an additional twist, every book you read for the readathon should feature a character or author of different Asian ethnicity.
I probably won’t do the fifth challenge because that is to read the group book, which I don’t own.
read any book by an Asian author
There are so many possibilities here! They’re endless. Here are some books I either have a physical or digital copy of, I can borrow from the library, or are available on Scribd. I only added books in this category that I didn’t mention for the other challenges.
Here’s a list of possible reads for this prompt!
Sorcerer to the Crown | A Thousand Splendid Suns | The Poppy War | Severance | Forest of a Thousand Lanterns | The Gilded Wolves | On Such a Full Sea | Emergency Contact | All You Can Ever Know | Sea of Strangers | AI Superpowers | Ninefox Gambit |From Twinkle, With Love | If the Dress Fits | Descendant of the Crane | Empress of a Thousand Skies | Shadow of the Fox | Markswoman
read a graphic novel/manga with Asian characters/written and/or drawn by an Asian author
I might read Fullmetal Alchemist volume 3 as I’ve been really loving that series, or pick up Black Butler volume 3 or Death Note (Black Edition) volume 2 instead. All three are written/illustrated by Japanese manga artists. I could also go for We Were There volume 1, which I bought second hand on a whim last year. I could instead go for American Born Chinese as well, if I want to read a graphic novel written by a Chinese author.
read a book featuring an intersectional Asian character or written by an intersectional Asian identity
I recently spotted Not Your Sidekick on Scribd, which seems like a fun story about superheroes and villains, and an LGBT+ main character. The author, if I’m not mistaken, is Chinese-Vietnamese-American, bisexual, and open about her struggles with mental illness. Starfish is another book I spotted on Scribd, and could fit for this challenge. The main character is half-Japanese and struggles with social anxiety. There’s a huge chance I’ll go with The Black Tides of Heaven though because it sounds amazing and has been on my TBR for a while. J.Y. Yang is an author from Singapore, and identifies as queer and non-binary. There’s apparently a lot of discussion on sexuality and gender in their book, which I can’t wait to read. Lastly, I could listen to the audiobook of Darius the Great Is Not Okay for this challenge, which is the story of a biracial Iranian-American boy who goes to Iran for the first time. There’s also (according to reviews I’ve read) great depression representation.
read a book by an Asian author that was originally written in their native language
I could combine this challenge with any of the manga I’ve planned for the second challenge, as those have all been translated, but here are some other options too.
I have three more novels by Japanese authors for this challenge. Last year, I bought a copy of Train Man used, which seems like a funny, contemporary novel. I could also go for The Travelling Cat Chronicles. I bought it on a Kindle sale, as I heard nothing but great things about it. I’m pretty sure someone said it would make me cry. Lastly, I could go for the audiobook of Norwegian Wood. I’ve never read any Murakami, which I think is a crime in some places.
Obviously, I won’t read all of these in May. That would be insane! However, I do think I have a decent amount of books I could choose from, no? Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I pick up first? Let me know if you’re participating in the readathon as well!