If you’re asking yourself why I’m posting on a Saturday, the answer is that I am clearly way too bored and don’t have enough to read, so I’m challenging myself to another readathon. I already have a reading project I’m working on for a blog post later this month, and I’m planning on participating in Tome Topple, so why not throw in another month-long readathon? I found out about this from Cindy from readwithcindy, which is a BookTube channel I’ve been following recently. She’s great and makes really original videos, and I think she created a great readathon, so go check her out.
Seriously, though, I am not doing too great with my goal to read more authors of color this year, and this readathon sounds like a great way to both improve my goal and bring some attention to a few asian authors. You know me, I have to at least try to complete all the challenges, so that’s what I’m doing. With the exception of reading Little Fires Everywhere, because I already read it (and Celeste Ng’s other book, Everything I Never Told You – they’re both excellent). I’m sure you’re tired of hearing me talk, so here are the readathon challenges, and the books I’m hoping to read to meet each one:
Read Any Book by an Asian Author
For this one, I’m going with a book that’s already on my TBR for this year: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. Not agent to lie, I did add this to my TBR solely because of the title, but it genuinely sounds like a great book. It also might make me cry, but we will find out.
Read a Book Featuring an Asian Character or Written by An Asian Author Who You Can Relate To
Since I am a woman, I decided to go with a female Asian author for this challenge (this was Cindy’s idea, and I like how simple it is) and read another book already on my TBR: The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan. This one has been on my radar for a while, so I think it’s a great excuse to finally read it.
Read a Book Featuring an Asian Character or Written by An Asian Author Who is Different From You
Since I went with a woman for the first book (and also literally any Asian author is different from me because I’m not Asian, so anything counts), I’m going with a male author that I have been meaning to read for probably close to a decade. I might change my mind, but, as of right now, I am planning to read Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.
Read a Book Recommended by an Asian
For this one, I’m going with one of Cindy’s recommendations and reading Severance by Ling Ma. This is about a woman who finds herself in the middle of an epidemic, from a virus that originated in China. So, not at all like real life. I know I recommended not reading books like this right now, but it just feels too perfect. You’re all hearing it here first: if I have a meltdown, it’s probably me own fault.
Since I think this is a great readathon and you all should try to participate, here are some of my recommendations (I am not Asian, so these do not count for the last challenge, just FYI):
- The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
- A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
- Monstress by Marjorie Liu
- The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
- The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Alright, that’s it for my reading plans for this readathon, and a few recommendations. Let me know if you’re planing on participating in this readathon, or if you have any recommendations to add to the list!
Also, please send good vibes my way because my reading plans got a little bit out of control this month and I don’t know what I’m doing. Stay tuned for my Tome Topple TBR next week!