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.
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.
Just 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.