Hello, beautiful readers of the world! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week thus far. Despite all the homework, my week has been pretty good. I’ve been as productive as I could be, getting all my work done and reading every single day. Then I came across Read-A-thons and I’ve been dying to participate in one. Turns out May is Asian Read-A-Thon and I love the Asian culture so I’ve decided to partake in it. Down below I’ll link the announcement video where you can find all the information for this event. Without further ado, let’s get into my Asian Read-A-Thon TBR!
1. Read any book by an Asian author
For this challenge I actually decided to read two books:
Anna K by Jenny Lee & Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
I’ve been hearing a lot about these two books and they’re obviously by Asian Authors so I’m so excited to dive into these! Anna K follows the life of 17-year-old Anna, who pretty much has had amazing teenage years, unlike her siblings. But then she meets Alexia and falls head over heels in love and has to decide which part of her life she’s willing to give up for him. Wicked Fox is a story about a gumiho, Gu Miyoung, who loses her fox head after saving Jihoon, who’s a human! And then Miyoung has to choose between her own immortal life and Jihoon’s. Can you hear my heart breaking??
2. Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who you can relate to
Tomie by Junji Ito and Sparks of Phoenix by Najwa Zebian
I mentioned in my previous blog post for my May TBR that I’m dying to start reading Manga. And after I read the synopsis for Tomie I knew, just KNEW, I had to read it. Basically she has the ability to seduce men and led them to murder her, but they can never truly get rid of her. How awesome does that sound?? I think COMPLETELY AWESOME!! But apart from me being an awesome person as well, I relate to Tomie because she has long black hair like me *cue my smile*. I’m also super excited for Sparks of Phoenix. It’s a book about rising from the turmoil and basically healing. I absolutely loved this synopsis, especially since I’m all about healing and growth.
3. Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who is different from you
Loveboat Taipei by Abigail Wen and Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida
Apart from the GORGEOUS cover art on Loveboat Taipei, the book also has an amazing synopsis. It follows Ever Wong who was sent to Taiwan by her parents in order to study Mandarin. Her parents think the program she’s in is this marvelous place full of smart kids who only care about their education. But Ever soon realizes that the kids around her only care about two things: clubbing and drinking! So naturally, she starts breaking all of her parent’s rules until she reaches a point that she’s scared she’ll end up breaking her own heart as well. Tokyo Ghoul is another manga I’m super excited to read. It’s literally EVERYWHERE. It’s a story about ghouls living amongst humans, only humans don’t really know. They also feed off human flesh! So basically Ken Kaneki finds out his date is a ghoul and after being in critical condition it turns out that he turned into a half-ghoul. And now he has to feed off of human flesh to survive too! And it was actually adapted into an Anime that streams on Hulu, so if you don’t hear from me for a while… you know where I’m at.
4. Read a book recommended by an Asian
Uzumaki by Junji Ito and Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
I’ve been watching a lot of BookTube lately and a couple of the wonderful women I’m subscribed to (who happen to be Asian) have suggested these two. Uzumaki is yet another manga! Making that my fourth manga of the month!! Uzumaki is about a town that’s cured by no other then, yes you guessed it, Uzumaki, a sort of hypnotic shape of the world. And get excited about this because Dragon Pearl has fox spirits!!!! If you knew me growing up you know I was so obsessed with stories about wolves and foxes and spirits and other magical things. So you know as soon as I saw “fox”, I. was. hooked! The issue with this story is that Min has fox magic, but her mother doesn’t let her use it so she can appear normal to the humans around them. She’s dying to escape and follow in the footsteps of her brother, Jun. But then she finds out that he left his post at the Space Forces in pursuit of the Dragon Pearl. But, Min, knowing her brother, knew that wasn’t possible. So she sets out on an adventure to find him and clear his name.
5. (Optional) Read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I will most likely be participating in this. If you didn’t’t know Little Fires Everywhere is a book about a mother and daughter duo that bring a little spice to a perfectly ordered community. But, an issue arrises when the Richardson’s try to adopt a Chinese baby, leading the pair to be on opposing sides. Essentially, it’s a tale about secrets, the power of motherhood, and what can happen when you bring disorder to a rule abiding town.
I probably won’t get through all of these since my May TBR is also massive. But, in the off-chance that I do, I wanted to add two more books I’m super excited about: The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf and Frankly In Love by David Yoon. I won’t get into too much detail, but definitely make sure to follow me on Bookstagram in case I do decide to read them. I hope you all join me in supporting the Asian community by partaking in this event!! Happy readings<3
Until next time,
Stay Vibrant & Embrace The Gray