There’s nothing like a reading challenge to wake a book blog from its slumber – especially one with a theme so close to my heart: Asian literature. #AsianLitBingo aim to promote Asian representation in fiction, especially #ownvoices stories.
This reading bingo challenge was originally created by Shenwei at Reading AsiAm. They kindly accepted me on board as a co-host, and I’ve created the graphics you see in this post. These are free for anyone participating in the challenge to use, you don’t have to ask!
Here are some ground rules for the challenge:
- Book must 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 #ownvoices is strongly encouraged.
- Book can be a novel, short story collection, or comic book/graphic novel.
- Book must be read during May 1st through May 31st to qualify.
- Review link-up will close end of June 1st at midnight PST. The extra margin is to give people the opportunity to write up a review for a book they might have finished late May 31st. We’ll follow the honor system assuming you didn’t read the book on June 1st.
For more details, please check out Shenwei’s post where you can also sign up and add a link to your own TBR. Check out the bingo and my own TBR below!
The bingo line I’m choosing is 3-Across, as it contains genres I know I would love, ones that are slightly outside of my comfort zone, as well as the coveted Free Space (a god-send for people unable to stick to a TBR like myself!)
SFF With An Asian MC:
Ninefox Gambit by Yoonha Lee: It’s been a while since my last science fiction, and Ninefox has been sitting on my Kindle for a while so this was an easy pick. It sounds like a challenging read as it’s filled with hard-science and mathematics – but the intriguing concept of a disgraced space captain sharing her consciousness with an undead tactician is one too promising for me to pass up!
Historical Fiction With An Asian MC:
Everything I’ve Never Told You by Celeste Ng: Another one that’s been sitting at the back of my Kindle. The story is set in 1970s Ohio, featuring a Chinese-American family and the events surrounding the death of their eldest daughter: Lydia. I’ve heard such amazing things about how this book discusses race and family.
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh: Although her debut duology had its imperfections, I absolutely love the way Renee Ahdieh captures the senses with her writing. She also has a knack for writing some killer sentences, be in romantic or inspirational. Flame in the Mist boasts cross-dressing, a heroine who’s tough-as-nails, and a Japanese setting. I am 100% on board.
Retelling With An Asian MC:
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: The amount of time I’ve false-started on this book throughout the one year I’ve owned it is near laughable. It’s not a criticism on the writing, but it seems every time I go to read it – something comes up in real life and I have to leave it unfinished. I hope this is the year I can read and complete this enchanting retelling of the Mahabharat.
Contemporary With An Asian MC:
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: I am cutting this one close because it’s not released until the 30th of May – but I am crossing fingers and toes that Netgalley comes through! The happiness in this cover is so delightfully infectious, and I need a romantic comedy to get me through the start of Melbourne winter. It’s also been getting excellent ratings from South Asian readers so I have high hopes.
I would love to see your TBR if you’re participating in the challenge, please link them to me if you have one posted! What are some of your favourite books featuring an Asian protagonist/by an Asian author?
16 thoughts on “#AsianLitBingo Reading TBR”
I can’t wait to post my TBR (rip this computer), but I’m so so excited for this!! 😀 I’ll be doing the same row as you. I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO READ WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI – it’s so good! And I also hope you enjoy all the other books! Flame in the Mist was a little meh for me, but I feel like the black sheep for this one. 😀
Yay, excellent TBR!! I knew Flame would be on there hehe. ❤️ I can’t wait to read Dimple, too! You’re right it looks so happy and adorable!!!
This is so awesome! I’ve been meaning to read When Dimple Met Rishi, can’t wait to hear what your reaction. Good luck!
Ooh these are some amazing sounding books!! *takes notes* I’ve got Dimple and Rishi and on my TBR and I DEFINITELY want to read Flame in the Mist when it comes out.😍 Unless it’s already out haha. I’m rather hopeless at keeping up with releases this year. 😂 Also Everything I Never Told You sounds amazing!! Good luck with the challenge!
Flame in the Mist was so amazing, I’m sure you’ll love it. I’ve got an arc of When Dimple Met Rishi and a couple chapters in, I think it’s quite spectacular. Dimple is one of my favorite MCs so far this year.
Everything I Never Told You was one of my top 5 reads last year 😀 Good luck!
*Dances happily. Ninefox Gambit! I have a copy of The Palace of Illusions but I think it’s somewhere hidden in the family bookshelf. *Considers belatedly adding it to my retelling options.
The Palace of Illusions is such a choose-by-the-cover book for me. I’ll check out your review before reading it. It sounds so good (ok, actually it looks so good too).
I’m interested to see your opinion of When Dimple Met Rishi. I quite liked it, a bit of mental illness ableism but otherwise it was awesome. Rishi is so relatable!
Love your tbr Aentee! I’ve heard amazing things for all your tbr, and Palace of Illusions has been on my tbr for so long too!
Yay Aentee! I love your TBR and I love the idea of this challenge! It’s so great that you took on co-hosting this, I really appreciate it.
Here’s my personal TBR, if you’re interested: https://lollipopsbooks.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/asian-lit-bingo-tbr/
Thanks times a million for doing all these lovely graphics for our reading challenge! I’ve only read Everything I Never Told You out of the titles here, and the rest are on my TBR (not for the challenge but in general), so I’m looking forward to reading your reviews once you post them. I actually already own Palace of Illusions but haven’t gotten around to it because there are so many books on my TBR. Happy reading! 🙂
Yay, I love having a challenge to promote Asian Lit! I’m looking forward to participating and your thoughts on all of these books. I’ve heard great things about Everything I Never Told You and Flame in the Mist is going to be on my tBR for this as well.