Asian Readathon: May 2021 Wrap Up

Start Date: May 1, 2021
End Date: May 31, 2021
Status: I was so close!!

  1. Read any book written by an Asian author.
  2. Read any book featuring an Asian protagonist.
  3. Read any book written by an Asian author in your favorite genre.
  4. Read any nonfiction book written by an Asian author.
  5. Read any book written by an Asian author that’s not US-centric.

HOW iT STARTED

OriginalTBR-052021


As expected from a mood reader, the TBR didn’t go as planned…yet, I continue hoping that at least once it will! I’m an optimist. I wish I had been as smart as everyone else and chosen something else for non-fiction like a book of poems or a cookbook, but I thought I would pick a book that I actually needed to read. Because need doesn’t necessarily equate to want, I just kept pretending it wasn’t there. I will have to get to it before summer ends…eventually.

HOW iT WENT

Author/Protagonist (Korean)
Fave Genre (Vietnamese)
Not U.S-centric (Chinese)

I was productive because the semester was coming to an end, and I finished grading just after the middle of the month. Also, with only five challenges and books being able to fulfill multiple challenges, it didn’t feel as daunting. What was difficult was trying to ensure I had different ethnicities/nationalities to fulfill the challenges.

Although not pictured above or listed as part of the readathon challenges due to overlapping ethnicity/heritage, I read other books that could easily be interchanged with the above selections (titles link to Goodreads). You will also note that I went on a Stacey Lee marathon. I’m hoping to post about how much I adored her books soon.

This was a fun way to celebrate API month by doing what I already love to do anyway. I will definitely be there for next year’s Asian Readathon. Hopefully I’ll be able to successfully complete the non-fiction challenge and will try to not use the same book for multiple challenges.

Asian Readathon: May 2021

Start Date: May 1, 2021
End Date: May 31, 2021

I was supposed to be working last night but I needed to create my TBR for the Asian Readathon hosted by Cindy (withcindy). I was suddenly reminded of the Asian readathon while scrolling through my feed. (I know, I know…that’s not work either.) This is my first year participating in it, and I’m excited. (Look at me branching out and doing more readathons! Woohoo!) You can watch Cindy’s announcement video or access the Google doc for more information.

The goal of the readathon is to encourage reading more books by Asian authors and what better month than May, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to do it in! While challenges can be combined, the twist is that books should feature a character or an author of a different Asian ethnicity. If one book features a Japanese character, then the next book read should a character of a different ethnicity/nationality for it to fulfill any remaining challenges. I really like the push for diversification.

  1. Read any book written by an Asian author.
  2. Read any book featuring an Asian protagonist.
  3. Read any book written by an Asian author in your favorite genre.
  4. Read any nonfiction book written by an Asian author.
  5. Read any book written by an Asian author that’s not US-centric.

I know that I’m not as productive when school/work is in session, but hopefully I can get these done. The most difficult one for me will be reading a nonfiction book. ACK! Unless it’s something I HAVE TO read, I tend to stay away from nonfiction because I use books for escapism…

PLANNeD TBR

This has already undergone multiple transformations because the diversity twist that seemed fun was a bit harder than expected. This is the final planned TBR–keyword is planned. Heh…

Author
Protagonist
Fave Genre
Non Fiction
Not U.S.-Centric