A group of Asian book bloggers have come together to host this awesome challenge for May (Asian American Heritage Month).
All the details can be found here
- Fiction books should have an Asian main character (can be one of several main characters) and be by an Asian author to qualify. It does not have to be #ownvoices, but reading #ownvoices books is strongly encouraged!
- Nonfiction books should be by an Asian author with a focus on Asian people, whether it’s a[n] [auto]biography, history book, essay collection, etc. A nonfiction book can count for prompts other than the nonfiction square provided that it that focuses on a person/group that corresponds to that prompt (e.g. an autobiography of a Asian trans woman could count for either the nonfiction category or the LGBTQIAP+ Asian MC category).
- The free space is for any book with an Asian main character by an Asian author.
I have to admit that some of the topics are quite tricky! I know that there is no way I can read books to fill ALL the squares but I still want to write up a TBR list, to push myself to think about books that I don’t immediately reach for. I hope to complete at least one line somewhere!
East Asian MC – Hotel Iris by Yoko Ozawa
Asian Refugee MC – The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
Asian Immigrant MC – Mãn by Kim Thuy
Asian MC with a Disability – A time to dance by Padma Venkatraman
Multiracial/Multiethnic Asian MC – The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
LGBTQIAP+ Asian MC – Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai
West Asian MC – House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
Asian Muslim AC – Does my head look big in this? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Religious Asian MC – A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Poor or Working Class Asian MC – Lotus by Lijia Zhang
SFF with Asian MC – Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
Historical Fiction with Asian MC – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Retelling with Asian MC – Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino
Contemporary with Asian MC – The Love Wife by Gish Jen
Graphic Novel with Asian MC – Turning Japanese by MariNaomi (does it count? It’s a graphic memoir)
Queer Romance with Asian MC – If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
Romance w/ POC/Indigenous Love Interest – The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev
Central Asian MC ? (Because my library doesn’t seem to have any)
Translated Work by an Asian Author – Malice by Keigo Higashino
Southeast Asian MC – Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen
Asian Superhero MC – Ms Marvel Vol 6 by G Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
Asian Transracial Adoptee MC – Lucky Girl by Mei-Ling Hopgood
Non-Fiction by an Asian Author – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Of course a graphic memoir counts. It’s still a graphic novel 😉 . I read Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai and am just reading The Hungry Ghosts, and I do like the latter a bit more.
Ahhh this is a wonderful TBR. I’ve only read a fraction of these (The Girl From Everywhere, A Time to Dance, and Does My Head Look Big in This?) and a lot of others are on my TBR in general or for the reading challenge, but I see some that I didn’t know about that I’m going to add. Happy reading! 🙂
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