Having enjoyed this Readathon so immensely last year (my 2019 TBR and Wrap Up), I look forward to participating again this year. If you haven’t heard of the Asian Readathon before, it’s a month long Readathon in May created by Cindy (from ReadWithCindy) all about reading, enjoying, discovering, and appreciating Asian authors.
For more information about the Readathon, I suggest checking out their Twitter “@asianreadathon” as it is already been quite active for the Readathon. This is also an easy way to find the Master List of Book Suggestions and Reading Goals/Prompts for the Readathon.
**For anyone who’s discovered my TBR system for the first time, I’ve organized the books on my TBR by Physical Books, AudioBooks, and eBooks. Oh, and Library books, too. **
While I expect to deviate from this selection of books slightly, and to add to it as the month progresses, here is my (current) TBR for the Readathon:
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He: Princess Hesina has a habit of shirking her responsibilities to the crown. But when her father is murdered Hesina is thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does the desperate thing of engaging a soothsayer, a treasonous act punishable by death. Turning to Akira, a brilliant investigator who’s a convicted criminal with secrets of his own, Hesina hopes to find justice for her father. But will the cost be too high?
While I planned to read this book last year for the Readathon, I didn’t end up getting to it. Thankfully, I not only still have the physical copy of this book, but you can also listen to the audiobook for free on Spotify.
Wicked as you Wish by Rin Chupeco (A Hundred Names for Magic, Book 1): Years ago the Snow Queen waged war in the Kingdom of Avalon, leaving its former citizens in a world mostly devoid of magic. This is how the crown prince and his protectors find themselves stuck in Arizona. Prince Alexei is in a town so boring magic doesn’t even work there. His friend Tala is one of the few who know his secret identity. A new hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when the Firebird, creature of legend, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala must unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon for a showdown to change the world as they know it.
This book is also available for free listen on Spotify, should you wish to listen to it. This story intrigues me, as I’m a fan of phoenixes and stories that revolve around them. While the Firebird might be different than your classical phoenix, I look forward to seeing how Chupeco ties the mythical creature to this story.
Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini: An illustrated book written in response to the refugee crisis in Syria. Written in the form of a letter from a father to his son, reflecting on the dangerous sea crossing before them. “Impelled to write this story by the haunting image of young Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed upon the beach in Turkey in September 2015, Hosseini hopes to pay tribute to the millions of families, like Kurdi’s, who have been splintered and forced from home by war and persecution, and he will donate author proceeds from this book to the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund lifesaving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe. Hosseini is also a Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR, and the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.”
Having done a lot of research on the Syrian refugee crisis during my undergrad in cultural anthropology, I’m glad that I was able to borrow this book from the library. I’m glad that I get to see this insight into Hosseini’s point of view on this issue. I am happy to read a book that promotes awareness on this important topic, and look forward to reading everything that Hosseini says within its pages.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: Elena Richardson embodies the rule following nature of Shaker Heights, a progressive suburb of Cleveland. When Mia Warren – enigmatic artist and single mother to a teenage girl – rents a house from the Richardsons, all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo. When an old family friend attempts to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that drastically devised the town and leaves Elena and Mia on opposite sides of the divide.
While my main motivation for picking up this book is that it’s the optional Readalong book for the Readathon, the synopsis itself was enough to interest me in giving the story a try. If you decide to pick this book up, the Readalong/Watchalong is to be hosted by Ali Dunn.
Readalong Dates & Info:
Read: May 1st-May 15th
Live show: Saturday, May 16 @ 7pm EST on Ali’s channel
Use #littlefiresreadalong to update as you read
Watchalong Dates & Info:
Watch: May 15th-May 29th
Live show: Saturday, May 30 @ 7pm EST on Ali’s channel
Use #littlefireswatchalong to update as you watch