I have decided this month to participate in the Asian Readathon. This readathon is a month long affair and is very flexable in its requirements, which I appreciate. It is being hosted by Cindy (from ReadWithCindy), Sandra (from GotAThingForThings), Chloe (from BooksWithChloe), Kav (from xReadingSolacex), and Ellias (from ElliasReads). All five of these individuals are BookTubers and I recommend checking their channels out if you haven’t already.
For more information about the Readathon, I suggest checking out their Twitter “@asianreadathon” as they have already been very active on it. This is also an easy way to find the Master List of Book Suggestions and Reading Goals/Prompts for the Readathon.
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:
Reflections by Elizabeth Lim: This is a retelling of Mulan, in which Fa Mulan goes further than disguising herself as a man named Ping. In this novel, Mulan must travel to the Underworld in order to save Li Shang’s life as he sacrificed himself to save her. As this story is focused (very loosely) around Chinese history, I believe this books works wonderfully for this Readathon.
The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon: This story takes place when Natasha finds out that her family is being deported back to Jamaica. The day before they leave, she runs into a boy named Daniel. As Daniel is a person that has Korean ancestry, I thought that this month would be a perfect time to read this book. I’ve had the desire to read the book for a while now, and what’s a better time to do so than during an Asian Readathon?
As Miss Beelzebub Likes by Matoba (Vol 1): A manga that was originally written in Japanese, this book fulfills more than one of the readings prompts for the Readathon. The concept of Satan’s right hand [wo]man being a ditz and all about love sounds intriguing to me. I’m looking forward to reading the first volume of the series and, hopefully, continuing on with series.
Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee: This is a story about two sisters and their journey through love, loyalty, and heartbreak. This is a book that deals heavily with mental health, a topic that is extremely important to understand.
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman: This is the group book of the Readathon, to be discussed in a live stream on Cindy’s channel May 25th at 6pm EST. It is an anthology based around the authors’ own East and South Asian cultures.
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He: As He is a Chinese author, this story is perfect for this Readathon. It is about Princess Hesina of Yan dealing with the aftermath of her father’s murder and her sudden elevation to queen. Hesina turns to Akira, a cunning investigator with his own past, to help solve her father’s murder.