I think most of the people who read this blog have already seen the #AsianLitBingo posts from Shenwei or Huntress. In case you haven’t, this is a challenge to read books by Asian authors in celebration of Asian American Heritage Month.
Since one part of the challenge is to review these books (there is also a reading-only option), I am going to do a few re-reads of books I read previously but haven’t reviewed. After looking at the bingo sheet and the books I had around me, I think my best bet is to focus on the left-hand column.
*I’ve added in links to reviews as I complete them.*
East Asian MC – Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.
I’m so excited about this book. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of middle grade fiction and I have seen so many great reviews of this series. I have a few other books on hand which would fit this square but this one I just picked up used at the end of April and haven’t read yet.
LGBTQIAP+ Asian MC – ??
This is the only one I’m not sure about. I want to read Not Your Sidekick but have been purchasing a lot of books lately and I’m not sure if I can get it from the library. If I get the other ones done then I’ll figure something out.
SFF with Asian MC – Dove Arising
I purchased and read this one back in April, but need to reread it before reviewing. It was gripping and wonderful, with a fully developed society and great characterization. I know that this time around I’ll notice even more details.
Graphic Novel with Asian MC – Johnny Hiro: Half Asian, All Hero by Fred Chao.
Randomly found this book at the used bookstore and snapped it up. The main character is biracial and also a superhero (I think) so this could also be used for those squares. Originally I wanted to reread a book by Gene Luen Yang but I can’t find any of mine and suspect I gave them away or lent them out.
South East Asian MC – The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
I requested this book from the library and got it at the end of April when I was busy reading and reviewing for the #100indigenousbooks project, so I was about to return it unread and request it again later when I saw this challenge. There isn’t really a way to fit more literary fiction into my current schedule but I decided to read a short story during my lunch breaks at work. It’s working out so far, but I’ll only have time to read it once before returning.
I don’t buy too many Asian lit books (my focus is mainly on African-American authors/characters) but I have a couple more on hand.
A Time to Dance – Read this once already and loved it, which is surprising given that it’s a verse novel.
Only One Year – Another MG book. This one is about two sisters whose younger brother goes to live in China for a year.
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream – This is by Jenny Han, famous for her YA books. Story of a young Korean-American girl with big dreams.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Another Jenny Han, haven’t read this one but there’s a lot of buzz around it. YA Romance.
Silence – Since this was just made into a movie, a lot of people have been talking about it. One of my friends said this is one of the best books he’s ever read, so I had to get it but don’t have that high of expectations.
I’m sure there are some others scattered here and there. I have Reading Lolita in Tehran and Persepolis and The Arab of the Future somewhere around here, and probably some others I don’t recall.
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You might be able to find one of Shyam Selvadurai’s books for LGBTQIAP+ MC. He’s a Sri Lankan Canadian author and he writes very beautiful but sad stories. I read The Hungry Ghosts for this challenge and liked it a lot, it was also much nicer than Funny Boy.
I’m very happy that you’re participating!
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It’s not available through branch loan so I’m going to request it but ILLs can take a long time so I might not get it and be able to read it before the end of the month. Added him to my TBR though also, thank you!
It’s going to be a fun challenge!
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The other CB Lee book, Seven Tears at High Tide, would also count for LGBT+ Asian MC! I really want to read The Refugees – hopefully I’ll get to it sometime soon!
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Thank you, I hadn’t heard of that one, but have added it to my TBR. One of the branch libraries just added Not Your Sidekick so I’m hoping my hold got there first and it is sent to me in time to read and review! The Refugees was excellent – I just posted my story-by-story review.