There are so many readathons in May! From the Mentalhealth-a-thon to Moody May, there are way too many for me to do them all. However, I will be attempting to read some books for two readathons – but not to the point where I start to stress.
The Asian Lit Bingo:
Hosts: Shenwei @ READING (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICA (#AsianLitBingo Creator) | Glaiza @ Paper Wanderer | Janani @ The Shrinkette | Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts | Stephanie @ Igniting Pages | Wendy @ Written in Wonder | Kate @ Snarky Yet Satisfying
Similar to the Diversity Bingo challenge, 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.
- Fiction books should 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 reading #ownvoices books is strongly encouraged!
- Nonfiction books should be by an Asian author with a focus on Asian people, whether it’s a[n] [auto]biography, history book, essay collection, etc. A nonfiction book can count for prompts other than the nonfiction square provided that it that focuses on a person/group that corresponds to that prompt (e.g. an autobiography of a Asian trans woman could count for either the nonfiction category or the LGBTQIAP+ Asian MC category).
- The free space is for any book with an Asian main character by an Asian author.
I am probably not going to get a bingo, but I would like to read:
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (South East Asian MC, SFF with Asian MC)
Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (East Asian MC, Historical fiction with Asian MC)
My Past is a Foreign Country by Zeba Talkhani (West Asian MC, non-fiction by Asian author, Asian Muslim MC, Asian immigrant MC)
My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma (South Asian MC, Contemporary with Asian MC)
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan (LGBTQIAP+ Asian MC, West Asian MC, Contemporary with Asian MC)
The Ramadan Readathon:
The purpose of this readathon is to celebrate and support Muslim authors during the holy month of Ramadan.
The readathon this year will be taking place between May 6th and June 4th! You can follow @MuslimReadathon on Twitter and Instagram for all the updates, as well as #RamadanReadathon to share your progress throughout the month.
The main focus this year is a bingo board that is themed around the five pillars of Islam. Each pillar has four different prompts and one free space to complete.
My Past is a Foreign Country by Zeba Talkhani (involves a journey, nonfiction)
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty (adult fiction, sci-fi or fantasy, part of a series, non-Western setting, multiple points of view, recently bought/released)
If I can read more books for either of these readathons, I’ll try.