Guess who signed up for yet another reading challenge? 🙋♀️
The timing is great since I’m actually through all my May ARCs* and I’ll have plenty of spare time to read once finals are over: my last one, organic chemistry, officially ends at 3pm on the 13th. So it seemed like a good time to switch gears and also get caught up on the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge since the books I read for these prompts can be used for that too, and I anticipate many will fulfill other reading challenges. (I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to finish all 25 this month, but I’m sure as heck going to try!)
* Technically when I posted this I hadn’t yet finished Fake It Till You Break It, but I was saving it for this challenge and it wasn’t due until the end of May. And now I’ve finished it, so there! 😜
The Asian Lit Bingo challenge takes the form of a bingo board, a 5 by 5 grid with 25 total prompts for books to read. The baseline goal is to read prompts for a single line, vertically, horizontally, or diagonally on the board, for a total of 5 books. Post your progress on Twitter with the hashtag #AsianLitBingo.
- 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/novella/novelette 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 PDT. 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.
Bingo TBR + Review Links
prompts listed from left to right, top to bottom (MC = main character)
* indicates #ownvoices book; you can click on the title of each book to see my Goodreads review
🗹 East Asian MC: The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan*
🗹 Asian refugee MC: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid*
🗹 Asian immigrant MC: The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly*
🗹 Asian MC with disability:
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
🗹 Multiracial/Multiethnic Asian MC:
The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller The Astrologer’s Daughter by Rebecca Lim
🗹 LGBTQIAP+ Asian MC: Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
🗹 West Asian MC: Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi*
🗹 Asian Muslim MC: Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali*
🗹 Religious Asian MC:
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee* The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani*
🗹 Poor or working class Asian MC: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok*
🗹 SFF with Asian MC: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
🗹 Historical fiction with Asian MC: The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo*
🗹 FREE SPACE (Any Asian MC): Jade City by Fonda Lee
🗹 Retelling with Asian MC: Reflection by Elizabeth Lim*
🗹 Contemporary with Asian MC: Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen*
🗹 Graphic novel with Asian MC: American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang*
🗹 Queer romance with Asian MC:
(You) Set Me On Fire by Mariko Tamaki It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura*
🗹 Romance with POC Love Interest: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim*
🗹 Central Asian MC: The Sky at Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi*
🗹 Translated work by an Asian author: A Hero Born by Jin Yong*
🗹 Southeast Asian MC: The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen* [short review]
🗹 Asian superhero MC: Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee*
🗹 Asian transracial adoptee MC: The Leavers by Lisa Ko*
🗹 Non-fiction by Asian author:
On Gold Mountain by Lisa See Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan*
🗹 South Asian MC: The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob*
Did you participate in Asian Lit Bingo? Have any recs for any of the above categories, or general recs for books by Asian authors?