#1KBE A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Reading Challenge

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This challenge is co-hosted by LitCelebrAsian, so please keep an eye on the blog and twitter to follow updates, author interviews, and more!

What is A Thousand Beginnings and Endings?

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is an upcoming anthology featuring retellings of mythology and legends from East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.The collection is edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, and will feature stories from the following authors: Elsie Chapman, Renée Ahdieh, Sona Charaipotra, Preeti Chhibber, Roshani Chokshi, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Rahul Kanakia, Lori M. Lee, E. C. Myers, Cindy Pon, Aisha Saeed, Shveta Thakrar, Alyssa Wong.

For more information and preorder:  Harpercollins | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indiebound | Book Depository | Dymocks | Booktopia

Why this reading challenge?

I have always been a drawn to retellings. Seeing old and well-worn stories given fresh life by a contemporary writer is a testament to the enduring power of words and its capacity to transform. However, a vast amount of the stories I grew up with have been largely forgotten in favour of western fairy tales and Greek mythology.

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings promises doors into worlds that are at once familiar and new. It also serves as a gateway to the writing of 16 Asian authors, and I wanted this reading challenge to help readers interested in the anthology to explore its contributing authors’s other works.

How do I complete this challenge?

Every prompt is an author and to complete the prompt you have to read one of their published book/short fiction/poetry/article.

The challenge is completed when you finish four prompts in any direction, for example, I will finish 1 Down if I read one published work each by Cindy Pon, Rahul Kanakia, Sona Charaipotra, and Roshani Chokshi.

If you’re ambitious, you can try and fulfil all 16 prompts and read every single author on the list.

When is this taking place and how do I participate?

Sign up is open from today and will remain open for the entire duration of the challenge period. The official challenge period is from Sunday 10th June to Sunday 1st July in your timezone.

To sign up, please create a post on your blog, upload a video to your booktube, or link me to your twitter thread/instagram post with your intended TBR.

Only people linked in the inlinkz form will be eligible for the prize!

What is the prize?

Everyone who participates by linking the sign up post in the inlinkz form below will be entered into a draw at the end to win 1x Hardcover Copy of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings. If you already have a copy of the book, you can swap it to an order or preorder of a book written by one of the anthology’s authors.

Sign Up

Click on the icon below to link your sign up post! The sign up post should include all of the books you intend to read during the challenge period.


1. Can I reread a book during this challenge?

As a few of the authors in the anthology are newer writers with fewer published works, rereading will be fine. We do encourage exploring authors you have not read before during the challenge.

2. Do I get any extra entries to the prize draw for completing more than four books in the challenge?

At this point, each sign up will only be worth one entry for the prize draw.

3. Can I listen to an audiobook instead of reading the book?

Of course! Audiobooks definitely count.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask me!

16 thoughts on “#1KBE A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Reading Challenge

  1. This sounds brilliant. I am both in a huge reading slump (I haven’t picked up a book in a week. It’s bad) and lacking time right now, so I don’t know if I will be able to participate in the actual challenge, but I am going to keep this grid for reference next time I’m looking for a new read. I’ve only ever read Cindy Pon! Need to sort myself out.

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