#AsianLitBingo TBR list

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 

Eligible Books:

  • 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

South Asian MC – What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera

Panels’ Read Harder Challenge!

Andi recently put up her latest update for her Panels Read Harder Challenge. I’d seen this on Panels previously but wasn’t thinking of joining in. But as I read Andi’s post, I realized that hey, I could easily fill most of these categories with the comics I’ve read this year – and it’s only March! I’ve got plenty of time to finish up!

The comic book links are to my mini reviews.


Read a comic book from the Golden Age (30s to early 50s)

(Ok I am stuck on this one. And that link to Wikipedia isn’t helping).



Read a comic book that features a creative team representing more than one gender 

Ms Marvel – writer G. Willow Wilson, and artist Adrian Alphona


Read a comic book originally published in Europe 

Glacial Period – Nicolas de Crecy (first published in France)


Read a piece of comics journalism

Showa: A History of Japan, 1926-1939 (Showa: A History of Japan #1) – Shigeru Mizuki



Read a self-contained graphic novel 

Ethel and Ernest by Raymond Briggs


Read a comic book from an independent publisher 

Deadly Class Vol 1: – Rick Remender (published by Image Comics)


Read a comic book by an all-female creative team

Pretty Deadly Vol 1: The Shrike – Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Ríos


Read a comic book about a culture other than your own

I Remember Beirut – Zeina Abirached

Read a comic book about a religion other than your own

Just requested Buddha 1 Kapilavastu by Osamu Tezuka from the library

Read a comic book marketed for children or all-ages.


Read a comic book that features an LGBTQ character

A + E Forever – I Merey



Read a comic book that won an Eisner Award 

Saga. Volume three – Brian K. Vaughan, writer ; Fiona Staples, artist

Read a webcomic 

I did read Nimona by Noelle Stevenson but I’m using that for the ‘villain as protagonist’ category. So I’m going to see what other webcomics there are! Maybe I’ll try Thunderpaw (read it here), partly because I’m intrigued by the use of animated gifs.


Read a comic book starring anthropomorphic animals  

Wonderland – Tommy Kovac, Sonny Liew. The White Rabbit!


Read a volume of manga 

Children of the Sea – Daisuke Ishigara



Read a comic book written and drawn by the same person 

Rose and Isabel – Ted Mathot

Read a collection of comic strips.


Since there’s a Peanuts movie coming out this year, maybe that’s what I’ll read


Read a comic about a non-traditional superhero 

Shadow Hero – Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (obviously, Ms Marvel would fit here too!)

Read a book about comic books.

Just requested one from the library!

Read a comic book featuring non-traditional art.

Er….I’m not sure



Read a new-to-you comic from the library 

Will and Whit – Laura Lee Gulledge (many others would fit in this category, as I get almost all my comics from the library!)


Read a science fiction comic book

Pluto Naoki Urasawa x Osamu Tezuka – robots! Androids! Set in the future!


Read a fantasy comic book

 The Last Unicorn – Peter S Beagle; Peter B. Gillis; Renae De Liz


Read a comic set in a country other than your own 

A Chinese Life – Li Kunwu and P. Otie


Read a controversial comic book.

Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan (Showa: A History of Japan #2) – Shigeru Mizuki (well, its translator calls it controversial. And since this second book is about Japan’s involvement in WWII, it is almost definitely controversial)


Read a comic with a villain for the protagonist

Nimona – Noelle Stevenson


So I’ve still got some categories to figure out. And one in particular – Golden Age comics?? – I’m not sure if I can get my hands on… but hey, that’s not too shabby.


The thing about being a parent is that weekends are no longing about the doing nothing. Because the feeding, diapering, soothing, playing, they still go on. Of course the husband is around more and he can handle more of that while I do other things, but there are always things to do. Things that are easier to do when there’s someone else to watch wee reader. Like tidying up and making freezer meals.

I know I’m stating the obvious here but I guess that it wasn’t all that obvious to me before wee reader arrived some 5.5 months ago! It’s just amazing how he’s changed our lives, our routines, our own bedtimes and eating schedules.

So it’s taken me a while to write this review – a whole week to be exact. And I have to warn you, it’s a terrible one. Partly because my mind is elsewhere. But also because I’m just not sure about this book.

For I was so sure that Chocky was a reread.

In secondary school in Singapore, we did John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids (not Day of the Triffids as I originally recalled it as!) as part of our literature class. I remember quite enjoying it and heading to the school library with my classmate to check out Wyndham’s other books. We borrowed what we could and savored them all. I was so sure that Chocky was part of that collection. Now I’m not. Or perhaps it was something that didn’t stick in my teenaged mind?

It’s not going to stick in my mind today either, unfortunately.

Anyway here’s the synopsis from Good Reads:

Matthew, they thought, was just going through a phase of talking to himself. And, like many parents, they waited for him to get over it, but it started to get worse. Mathew’s conversations with himself grew more and more intense – it was like listening to one end of a telephone conversation while someone argued, cajoled and reasoned with another person you couldn’t hear. Then Matthew started doing things he couldn’t do before, like counting in binary-code mathematics. So he told them about Chocky – the person who lived in his head.

After reading that I thought, hey, creepy kid, that’s rather RIP-ish, no? And I guess it kinda was, especially when I thought of how I would feel if that were my boy. Well, except I wasn’t creeped out. I read this with a sense of detachment, I didn’t care for Matthew, plus his parents just irritated me. And when I finally finished it, I just wasn’t up to writing a review of it. Obviously that’s not going to encourage anyone to read this book! However because of my fond memories of really enjoying Wyndham’s work those years back, I’m going o give him another try. Perhaps revisit Day of the Triffids and see how that stands up.